Dear Friends,

We hope everyone had an amazing, relaxing summer break. As the school year is quickly approaching, we're excited to share upcoming opportunities to kick off the new school year. In this newsletter you will find:
  • AHFES Orientation 
  • Creative Spark! Residencies

  • Early Registration Field Trips
  • Ford's Theater Lincoln Oratory Festival + Student Matinee Opportunities
  • Cathedral Choral Society's DC High School Choir Festival
Thank you once again for your dedication to the arts and humanities. We look forward to seeing you at the AHFES Orientation. In the meantime, we hope you enjoy the rest of your break!

With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team   
AHFES Orientation
AHFES Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 20th   from 4:30 - 6PM at the Smithsonian American Art Museum . If you are unable to attend the in-person orientation, please join us for our   online webinar orientation  on Wednesday, August 28th at 4PM. Attendance is required for schools who want to participate in AHFES during the 19-20 school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to
Creative Spark! Residencies
Now in its fifth year, Celebrate the Creative Spark!  is a series of three-lesson residencies designed to meet the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH's) goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in DC. 

CAH is making seven residencies available to key communicators in DCPS and DCPCS who attend the Key Communicator Orientation on August 20th . Providers include: Step Afrika!, Words, Beats & Life; Theatre Lab; and Young Playwrights' Theater. Make sure you are in attendance to be in with a chance of securing one of these residencies for your school.

Early Registration Field Trips
The following field trips are being offered on a  first come first served basis!  Please sign up using the registration links below. Confirmation emails will be sent in the next two weeks should your group be awarded a trip.

Presented by: Adventure Theatre
The award-winning, best-selling children's books jumps from page to stage as a musical experience you won't forget! Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie's even happier and more excited than usual. They're going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible.
Date: 9/24/19
Time: 10:30am
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Adventure Theatre, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812
Content Area: English/ Language Arts
Learning Standards: English Language Arts Standards, Arts Standards
Grades: PreK-3rd
Ticket capacity:185
Clothes of Many Cultures
Presented by: The George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum
The Clothes of Many Cultures program introduces young students to fibers, garment from around the world, and a selection of decorative techniques used in textile design. This program includes three components: fiber exploration, gallery visit, and an international dress-up activity.
Dates: 9/23, 9/25, 9/27, 9/30
Time: 10:30am
Length of Event: 75 minutes
Location: 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Diversity
Learning Standards: Manipulating (K-2): Identity, Interaction, and Language
Grades: K-3rd
Ticket capacity: 35 per date
Thinking Routine Thursdays
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
These age-specific tours, led by museum educators at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use Harvard Project Zero's Thinking Routines to engage students in an active process of learning about art from the 16th century to today. Students look closely at three to five developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, respond in writing, and make connections between visual art and their world. 
These tours are designed to improve students' vocabulary; observation and inference skills; and their ability to identify various artistic techniques and media. 
Dates: 9/16/19; 9/17/19; 9/18/19; 9/19/19; 9/20/19; 9/23/19; 9/24/19; 9/25/19; 9/26/19; 9/27/19; 9/30/19
Time: 10:00 AM (1PM on 9/17 & 9/24)
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 20 per date
Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet
Presented by: Dance Loft on 14
"GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet, directed by DC-based climate change policy expert and dance professional Diana Movius. GLACIER unveils a world affected by climate change by placing a changing Arctic environment in front of the audience. Profiled in Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and others do not miss this critically-acclaimed ballet!
Date: 9/26; 9/27
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event: 40 min
Location: Dance Loft on 14, 4618 14th Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20011
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections: Science, Environment
Grades: 6th - 8th
Ticket capacity: 100 per date
Circus Without Borders: Documentary Filmmaking for Community Dialogue
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
"Students will attend a screening of Circus Without Borders, a feature-length documentary film exploring how impoverished communities in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea are using circus to combat apathy and depression amongst their youth, at a local independent movie theater. The film is independently screening at international film festivals and models how a filmmaker adapted a short reporting project into a feature length, character-driven story. The screening will start and conclude with short exercises that introduce students to film analysis skills. Students will also connect with the film's director and two of the film's subjects."
Date: September 18th
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film, Media Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, Technology, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 6th - 8th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200
Presented by: Mosaic Theater
Two-time Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Lynn Nottage's satirical tale that follows successful African-American publicist Undine, as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the projects, where she must face the realities of the life she left behind. Penned with "the firecracker snap of unexpected humor" (New York Times), Fabulation reveals the folly of outrunning where we come from, and the challenge of returning home.
Date: 9/12 and 9/19
Time: 11AM
Length of Event: TBD
Location: Mosaic Theater; 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Grades: 9th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 80 per date

Ford's Theater Lincoln Oratory Festival + Student Matinee Opportunities

Lincoln Oratory Festival
Offered for grades 3-8, Ford's Lincoln Oratory Festival enables students to experience the power of public speaking to communicate ideas and inspire others. Classrooms study speeches by Abraham Lincoln and work with a Ford's Teaching Artist over a series of five classroom visits to stage performances of the speeches. Throughout the program, students expand their vocabulary, develop public-speaking skills and build confidence as they bring Lincoln's historic words to life. The program culminates with students sharing their work on one of two festival days in February.
Free Student Matinee Opportunities
Ford's Theater is offering free student matinees, with transportation and ticket cost covered! This year, they are offering student matinees for:
Cathedral Choral Society's DC High School Choir Festival
The Cathedral Choral Society is pleased to present its annual DC High School Choir Festival, which brings together students from public, private, and charter schools throughout the District of Columbia for a day of music-making and camaraderie. This day-long event consists of rehearsals, sectionals, vocal workshops, a group dinner, and an evening concert. Each choir performs a piece on its own along with two combined pieces -- one a cappella and one with a student orchestra -- under the baton of Maestro Steven Fox.
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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 members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

About the DC 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.

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