December 2016




DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

December Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,

The Arts and Humanities for Every Student trips for the December Lottery have been assigned! This lottery encompasses for Arts Humanities for Every Student experiences that occur January through the end of March. 

Our newsletter includes events that are still available through Arts and Humanities for Every Student this winter. Please view the articles below, especially if you did not receive a trip or missed the lottery.

T his newsletter contains:
  • Washington Bach Consort Field Trips Available
  • Washington Bach Consort Focus Group for Teachers
  • DRANREF In-School Workshops- 1 Available!
  • Pulitzer Center Professional Development
  • Kennedy Center Tickets Available
  • New Office Address
Thank you. Have a wonderful holiday season and a Happy New Year! 

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team

Washington Ballet's The Nutcracker
Washington Bach Consort 
Spots Available for Field Trips!

The Washington Bach Consort has openings available this spring for their AHFES trip:

Presented by: Washington Bach Consort
The future of music is at risk, and only a distant future relative of one of Bach's students can save it. Dr. John Goldberg travels back from the 22nd century to teach children about a precious resource that we have in our time that gone missing in his: classical music. With a focus on the music of J.S. Bach, this program will teach children about many of the important musical building blocks and will empower them to change the future of music though their own listening and appreciation.
Length of Event:   50 minutes
Location:  Sitar Arts Center (March 15)
1700 Kalorama Road, NW  Washington, DC 20009
Location:  THEARC (March 13, 14)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE  Washington, DC 20020
Discipline:  Music
Curriculum Connections:  History and Geography            
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th

Click on the dates your school is available and 
sign up today! 
Please join Washington Bach Consort for a focus group!
You are invited to participate in a focus group providing valuabl e feedback that will help the Washington Bach Consort shape & improve their educational programming!
Date: Tuesday, January 24
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: DC Collaborative Offices
923 F Street, NW Suite 303 (3rd Floor)
Washington, DC 2004
*note: this is our new location!*

BONUS! Participants will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free bus and free tickets to a
Goldberg Variations performance 
March 13, 14, or 15, 2017.

For more info on the Washington Bach Consort, 
visit their   feature page here!
AHFES Feature: DRANREF Foundation's
The Abacus Project
In-School Opportunity
T he DRANREF Foundation is offering a unique in-school program for our December Lottery and we are excited to work with them to bring this program to DC students and teachers.

Presented by: DRANREF Foundation
The Abacus Project invites students to explore Asian culture through the world's oldest calculator. Students compare and contrast designs using authentic tools, then build their own abacus using colorful beads and craft sticks. Through hands-on learning, students employ the ancient number system to perform basic operations, then watch calculations come to life through strategic bead movement. This activity helps develop concentration, fosters creativity, and inculcates the habit of careful observation, sound reasoning, and original thinking - all integral to the artistic process. Students keep their abacus, and with continued practice, can develop the ability to manipulate numbers with a mental picture.
Discipline: Humanities, Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Math
Grades: 3rd-6th
Cost: DRANREF will offer one workshop at your school and will offer the rest at a partial cost of $500, based on 20 students.
Request the Workshop Here

For more info on this event, visit their feature page here! 
Professional Development 
Opportunities for Teachers
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting  Presents
The Art of Global Journalism and 
The Empathy Gap
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Internal conflict. Global health. Conflict environmental sustainability. How do these global issues connect to local contexts? How can art help students process these important topics in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world? Where is the intersection of art and journalism? This professional development workshop brings together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital and educational resources created by the Pulitzer Center to address the incorporation of current global issues in the classroom. The program will include a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants will leave with tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues.
Date:  2/22/17 
Time:  4:30 p.m.
Length of Event:  2.5 hours
Location:  The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW #615 Washington, DC 20036
Curriculum Connections:  English/Language Arts, Philosophy. Technology, Foreign Language, Math, History and Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Science
Grades: Teachers of Grades 3-12

Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
How do you form questions that elicit stories? How do you capture the information from an interview with a picture? How is identity influenced by history and culture? Educators will explore these questions, while also engaging with reporting and photography skills, as part of a workshop inspired by photojournalist Daniella
Zalcman's Signs for Your Identity project. Zalcman interviewed survivors of government-mandated residential schools for indigenous children in the U.S. and Canada and then created double-exposure portraits with her Iphone that blended an image of the interview subject with an image of a place/object that reflects information from the subject's past. Educators will meet with Zalcman to learn about her reporting, and then will experience her reporting and photography process. They will start by practicing questioning and listening skills, and then will apply those skills by conducting an interview with another workshop participant. They will use that information to create double-exposure portraits reflecting what they learned from the person they interviewed. This session will also feature an introduction to Pulitzer Center's free educational resources and programming. Refreshments will also be provided.
Date: 1/18/16
Time: 4:30-7:00 PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 615 Washington, DC 20036
Discipline: Humanities, Media/Film Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity 
Grades: 6th-12th

For more info on this event, visit their feature page here! 
The Kennedy Center
Open the Door for Three

Grade: 5
Family Theater-1 Hour
April 28, 2017

This trio of musicians takes students on a journey
through Irish music, its history, some of the stories
connected to the songs and tunes of Ireland and all performed on traditional Irish instruments such as the fiddle, the uilleann pipes, the whistle, the flute, and the rhythmic bedrock bouzouki. Trio members Liz Knowles, Kieran O'Hare, and singer Pat Broaders are mainstays of the Irish music scene around the world, having played with Riverdance, Cherish the Ladies, the New York Pops, as well as with artists like Bonnie Raitt and Josh Groban. This trio plays and sings Irish music powerfully.

Sign up today
*Only 50 Tickets Left!*

For more info on this event, visit their feature page here! 
Value of AHFES

Collaborative Effect.
The DC Collaborative works with their member cultural institutions to provide experiences at no costs or low costs to schools. This is possible because of our internal fundraising and the pool of resources that our members contribute collectively, many of whom donate tickets or provide a steeply discounted rate. In addition, some members provide support to reimburse transportation completely. The Collaborative also receives a discounted rate for transportation because of the volume of business given to bus vendors, supporting transportation for 20,000-30,000 students per year. We are able to get these experiences at such a good value, due to the volume of work that we do and contributions of our members who believe in this work. This is part of our "Collaborative Effect."
The Collaborative's average cost is approximately $15 per student when factoring transportation and ticket costs. This means you are receiving a direct cost value of $750 every time your school takes a field-trip with 50 students. For a school with an enrollment of 350 students that is approximately $5,250 in direct costs.* The Collaborative, along with its members, work very hard to fundraise and provide these experiences at no cost (or minimal costs) to your school because collectively we believe that every student regardless of socio-economic status and location in the city should have access to high-quality arts and humanities experiences as part of their education.
*Please note that the $15 per student rate is a minimal cost that the DC Collaborative covers on average, not the full value of the experience. This figure does not factor in all costs that the DC Collaborative or our members incur in making each experience possible. Our value statement, including educational value is available 
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Media Update

The DC Collaborative Media Release will need to be distributed with all permission slips for field trips and for in-school residencies. Spanish version HERE.


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More Opportunities for More Students
Would you be willing to help with fundraising for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program at your School? If your school can provide funds to offset transportation costs, we  can reach more students at more schools! We will still provide experiences at no cost to the schools a large majority of the time but if your school has the resources, it can help us reach others who do not. Indicate if you are able to provide reimbursements on your School Partnership Agreement or email
for more information.

Schools can also help in other ways!
  • Write a letter of Support Template Here
  • Get the PTA involved by asking them to sign up for our email list.
  • Participate in the DC Collaborative StoryBank Blog by emailing us!
  • Join and recruit individual members. Email us for more information.