Dear Friends,

Welcome Back! We hope you were able to have a relaxing summer and take some much needed time off during these stressful times. As you settle back in, take a look at the important news that the DC Collaborative has to share about the upcoming school year.

This newsletter includes:
  • AHFES Staff Update
  • 2020 - 2021 AHFES v2.0 Orientation
  • Educator Needs Assessment- Respond by 8/21/2020
  • DC Collaborative Distance Learning Resource Database
Thank you for all that you do. We look forward to embarking on a new school year with you!

The DC Collaborative Team
BoBeen, Grace, Juliette, Lissa, Tracey, TrĂ©s, Wendy and Yasmine

AHFES Staff Update
Dear Teachers,

Many of you have worked with Clarissa, our beloved Manager of School Partnerships, for the past two school years. We are sad to announce that Clarissa will be leaving the Collaborative to join the School Performance Department of the DC Public Charter School Board. Her last day with the Collaborative is

While we are sad to see Clarissa go, we are excited for her  to continue her career in the public education sector. During her time with the Collaborative, she has thoroughly enjoyed working alongside dedicated and passionate arts educators and she will miss you all. 

The Collaborative will be in touch about staffing updates and the incoming Manager of School Partnerships shortly.
2020 - 2021 AHFES Orientation
AHFES v2.0 | Sign up in Two Easy Steps! 

The DC Collaborative is excited to announce that we will offer virtual arts and humanities education experiences through the AHFES program in the fall!

Although nothing can compare to an in-person field trip or workshop, we are thrilled to offer your students engaging, high quality virtual experiences during these uncertain times. DC Collaborative Cultural Institution and Practitioner Members are busy creating engaging learning opportunities that will compliment your virtual instruction and we will be offering these experiences in our AHFES Lottery and distributing them equitably.

To Become a School Partner
  1. Return the School Partnership Agreement (To be messaged out soon. Make sure you're on the teacher communication list!)
  2. Register for the virtual AHFES Teacher Orientation (Info below)
AHFES Teacher Orientation

The DC Collaborative invites you to attend our AHFES v2.0 Orientation on Tuesday, September 1 from 4:30PM - 5:15 PM in celebration of the first week of school. The orientation will be held virtually and will go over our new policies and procedures for virtual experiences. All schools who plan on participating in the AHFES program this school year must attend orientation.

Date: Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Time: 4:30-5:15 PM
Location: Virtual- Link will be provided upon signup

**Orientation is a requirement of all school partners. If educators have any further questions, please contact Tracey Wyton at
Educator Needs Assessment
We Need Your Feedback!

Since the recent announcement that DCPS will be all virtual through the first term, the DC Collaborative needs to know both the feasibility of certain program logistics and what programming will meet your needs as an educator.

Please fill out the survey below by the end of the day on Friday, August 21 so we can best serve your students in a virtual learning setting. 
Distance Learning Resource Database
DC Collaborative Members are still adding to the DC Collaborative's 

On the database, you will find a compilation of online and printable arts and humanities learning resources for students, teachers, and families. It is our hope that that materials on this database will be used to enhance arts and humanities education, equitably, inside or outside of the classroom. The database now has more than 120 resources!

The database will be continuously updated with curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students' at-home learning experiences as well as Professional Development for educators.

Please note: The Distance Learning Resource Database, is more for pre-recorded or sample activities. The AHFES v2.0 lottery will contain interactive virtual field trips and workshops that teachers need to register for live!

Ways to Give

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Are you a government employee? Give through the CFC Catalogue of Caring. We're CFC#66894

Does your company have a matching gift program? Would you like to make a gift of stock or a planned gift? Let us know!

The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY20 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.

The DC Collaborative is the backbone support organization that leads members of the Any Given Child DC program, part of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

About the DC Collaborative:
More than 120 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 websiteIf you would like to include something in our next member e-news, please email us!

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