Dear Key Communicators,

As we move into PARCC testing season, we at the DC Collaborative are beginning to reflect on the amazing accomplishments of this school year.

After twenty years working with DC educators, scholars and arts and humanities organizations - the DC Collaborative is serving more students and educators than ever before!  We've grown to be able to serve nearly 50,000 students at more than 150 schools this year and increased our capacity to affect change within our own community of practice through our Collective Impact efforts.

That's incredible! It's only with your hard work that we can continue in our mission to provide equitable access to high quality arts and humanities education for every DC student. We look forward to the next twenty years and can't wait to keep growing and serving DC's young scholars.

We're coming up on our 21st Birthday (always an exciting one)! In this next year we want to grow with you. How can we help you, how can you help us grow - what can we do to lift each other up to make DC better? 

All the best,

Highlighted Field-Trip Opportunities
As a reminder, these field-trip are offered at  no cost to you or your school!!

Presented by: Dumbarton Oaks
The program will engage students wit h a temporary installation of outdoor and indoor sculpture and works on paper by noted Washington artist Martha Jackson Jarvis. The installation, "Outside/IN," is inspired by natural forms and materials and spans both garden and museum spaces. In her artwork, Jackson Jarvis explores our relationship to nature and uncovers the "emanating auras," historical references, and stories within natural materials such as clay, glass, stone, and wood. Students will engage with Martha Jackson Jarvis' work in the garden and the galleries, comparing her work to objects from Dumbarton Oaks' pre-Columbian and Byzantine collection. In doing so, students will reflect on how past (and present) understandings of natural materials as having spiritual and animate powers have informed their use in art and culture. Students will also be encouraged to bring into the discussion their personal experiences with nature and their surroundings. The visit will end with students making their own cyanotypes.

Date : 5/15, 5/22, 5/29
Time : 10:00 a.m.
Length of Event: 90 Minutes
Location: Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32 nd Street, NW, Washington, DC 20007
Discipline: Humanities, Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Arts; History & Geography; Diversity
Grades: 6th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 30 per date

Presented by : GALA Hispanic Theatre
The Mirabal sisters of the Dominican Republic were elegant and wealthy. Using the code name "butterflies," they inspired resistance cells against the dictatorial regime of General Rafael Trujillo until their brutal murder. This memory play is a riveting account of courage
Written by Caridad Svich and based on the novel by Julia Álvarez.

El 25 de noviembre de 1960, encontraron los cuerpos de tres hermanas en la costa de la República Dominicana. La prensa oficial calificó el hecho como accidente. No se mencionaba que las muchachas eran férreas oponentes a la dictadura del General Trujillo. No era necesario... Todo el mundo conocía a las Mariposas. 

Dates: 5/3, 5/4
Time: 10:30 a.m.
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: GALA HISPANIC THEATRE, 3333 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20010
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Theatre; History/Geography.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Foreign Language, Diversity, History/Geography.
Grades: 9-12th
Ticket capacity per performance: 100 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)
Presented by : Solas Nua
In 1845, as an abolitionist speaker, Frederick Douglass made a personally transformative trip to Ireland (and Great Britain). Solas Nua ( ) has commissioned Irish playwright, Deirdre Kinahan, and DC playwright, Psalmayene 24, to create a theater/performance piece capturing this experience. Two special performances, for DCPS high school students, will be staged at the Metropolitan African American Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church's Frederick Douglass Hall. Douglass was a member of the church, it was the site of his last speech and of his funeral.

DateMay 17 and 18, 2018 
Time12:30 p.m. 
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Location: Metropolitan AME Church,  1518 M Street NW, Washington DC 20005
Discipline : Theater, Humanities: social studies, history
Curriculum  Connections : Social Studies, History
Grades : 9th - 12th Grade
Ticket capacity : 200 per performance

Professional Development Opportunities
Providing Voices To Students Who Are Often Unheard
Presented by : Imagination Stage

Description: ¡ Óyeme! (which means hear me in Spanish) strives to provide a creative arts outlet for young people, utilizing best practice culturally-based, trauma-informed theatre and arts activities to create a sense of community among the participants, and provide a safe space for immigrant youth to share their stories. Learn the techniques for using theatre as a tool for creating a safe space in your classroom, as a vehicle to share stories, and how it can promote language development.  This workshop will be led by Director Elena Velasco and Imagination Stage Director of Education Joanne Seelig Lamparter. It will explore themes of the play  Oyeme based on the stories of refugee youth and provide hands on activities that teachers and community leaders can bring back to their students.

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Rd NW Washington DC 20010

Investigating Where We Live
2018 Summer Student Program
Presented by: National Building Museum

Description How do the arts and culture impact Washington, D.C.? Participants in the
Investigating Where We Live program this summer are exploring the city, meeting artists and residents, and making connections to their own communities to answer this question. 

Visit their curated exhibition to learn about local teens' views of Washington, D.C. through photographs, writing, and artwork.

Investigating Where We Live, awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013, is a five week summer program at the Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

Teens interesting in applying or for more information can email 

Visiting Our Nation's Capitol
History Jargon Jeopardy
Presented byU.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Description : Become a contestant for the game History Jargon Jeopardy and test your knowledge of Congress, the separation of powers, and the history of the Capitol! Tuesdays in April are a chance for you and your students to test how much you know about our nation's Capitol!

Dates: Tuesdays in April
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: First St. NE, Washington, DC 20515
Meet in the House Theater in Exhibition Hall.

BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival 
Spring Member's Meeting: Gratitude Edition
Please join us at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for a celebration of the 2017-2018 school year! Attendees will participate in:
  • A DC Collaborative business, stats and committee update
  • An update from the Any Given Child Community Arts Team
  • Give out membership and educator awards
  • A members feature of our host, Freer|Sackler
The meeting will be followed by networking bingo with prizes and refreshments provided by Freer|Sackler! More details will be added in the coming weeks.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: Pre-Meeting Tour- 3 p.m.*
Meeting: 4-5:30 PM
Refreshments: 5:30-6:00
Location: Freer|Sackler
Freer Gallery- Myer Auditorium
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560

**The Freer|Sackler Galleries are offering a pre-meeting tour at 3 PM. Meet us in the Freer Gallery of Art Mall Entrance Lobby and indicate you are attending through the registration form.

Thank you to our host, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery!

Fighting Words
Pulitzer Center Poetry Contest
Fighting Words Poetry Contest
Presented By: The Pulitzer Center

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Pulitzer Center invites students to consider: How can poetry be an effective response to conflict and current events? How can we use poetry to connect global issues to our local and personal contexts? 

All K-12 students are eligible, and prizes include up to $100, publication, and performance opportunities!

To enroll, submit a poem about peace and conflict including lines from a Pulitzer Center news story. 

If you have any questions, or want to schedule a free poetry workshop, email!

Deadline: May 18th, 2018
Charity Off the Hook is April 24! 
DC Collaborative is a BeneFISHiary 
Will We SEA you there?

Vegas in Ivy City" Charity Off the Hook  is a great chance to support the work of the 
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative  and have some fun with friends. 

The 7th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser, hosted by Ivy City Smokehouse, is Vegas in Ivy City themed evening of great food from notable chefs, auction items, casino games, magic, cigar rolling, local liquor and beer companies, and most importantly a chance to raise money for 4 important community non-profits, including the DC Collaborative! 

Check out the Chefs who will participate here

Please purchase your tickets using the promotion code DCARTS, 
and an additional $25 of your ticket price will go directly to The DC Collaborative!

Buy your tickets today HERE

More information at:

Follow the  Charity off the Hook Instagram account  to get all of the growing 
details  about this year's celebration. 



The DC Collaborative, in partnership with our members, advances access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students.
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The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY18 General Operating Support 
Service Grant from the  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities .

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the  National Endowment for the Arts .

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 100 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student and the Professional Development Initiative. View our  Member Directory.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities  Education Collaborative, please visit our  website

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