Collective Impact Newsletter: First Edition!
Dear Creative Community,
Welcome to the first edition of the DC Collaborative's Collective Impact Newsletter. This newsletter is intended for those who are interested in the District's arts and humanities education Collective Impact initiative, Any Given Child DC! Current participants can also use this as a resource to hear what other committees are working on, view meeting notes, and keep on top of future meeting dates.

The DC "Collab" is all about Collaboration!
Together we help and inspire children. Together we know that all children, regardless of their socio-economic status or race, need and deserve arts and humanities in their lives. The only way to ensure equitable access to the arts and humanities for DC students is for all of us to collaborate.

It is with a "Collaborative spirit" that our Steering, Equity and Justice, and Assessment and Evaluation Committees provide the updates below.
February 2021 Collective Impact Newsletter Contents:

  1. DC Collaborative "Back-bone" Update
  2. AGC DC Steering Committee Update
  3. AGC DC Assessment/Evaluation Committee Update
  4. AGC DC Equity/Justice Committee Update
  5. DC Collaborative Data Visualization Update
  6. DC Collaborative AHFES Programming Committee Update
  7. Collective Impact Resource Feature: NEA Arts Education Toolkit and Collective Impact Logic Model
DC Collaborative "Back-bone" Updates
What is Collective Impact?

Collective Impact is a framework for data-driven strategic planning. View the Collective Impact Resource Page on our website and one of the Collaborative's previous blog posts for more information.

The Goal

The Collaborative and broader DC arts and humanities education community implements this work through the committees of Any Given Child DC (AGC DC), part of the national Any Given Child initiative of the Kennedy Center.The goal of the national Any Given Child initiative is to create full access to and equity in arts education programs and resources for all students. Read more here.

DC Collaborative's Role in AGC DC: "Back-bone Support"
Collective Impact is driven by our entire arts and humanities education community. The Collaborative provides leadership and the support infrastructure to enable our community to work together to achieve its collective goals. The Collaborative Team is here to listen, guide, and help facilitate.

Read more about the Any Given Child DC Community Roles.

2021 Communications Enhancements:
  • Bimonthly DC Collaborative Collective Impact Newsletter to inform AGC DC participants and those interested in Collective Impact about committee activities.
  • Designated DC Collaborative staff person on each committee to assist co-chairs in logistical facilitation and communication with and among committee members.
AGC DC Steering Committee Updates
AGC DC Steering Committee: Level-setting and Hitting the Refresh Button
AGC DC's Steering Committee, led by Lissa Rosenthal Yoffe (view bio) of DC Collaborative and Mary Lambert (view bio) of DCPS Arts, met in December 2020 and decided to focus its efforts on two key committees to ensure the DC community is providing relevant resources to our community of practice: the Equity/ Justice and Assessment/ Evaluation Committees.
This year, together we shall we strive to answer the questions:

  • What services were we providing pre-pandemic and to whom?
  • What services are we providing during the pandemic and to whom?
  • What do we need to provide as a community moving forward to ensure that our work is relevant and delivered through an equity lens?
AGC DC Assessment/ Evaluation
Committee Update
AGC DC Assessment and Evaluation Committee: Calling past participants to reconfirm their participation!
The DC Collaborative and broader Any Given Child DC community would like to thank Anthony Setari and Trisha Taylor for their previous service as committee co-chairs! Anthony Setari will continue to serve in an advisory capacity for the Committee and participate in the Steering Committee.

We are excited to introduce the AGC DC Assessment and Evaluation Committee's new co-chair, Adrienne L. Gayoso of the National Museum of Women in the Arts. View Addie's Bio Here!

We are still looking for one more committee co-chair to co-facilitate meetings for the remainder of this school year. Please see the attached Co-Chair Roles to see what we are looking for and expect of committee co-chairs!

Past participants and those who are interested in in collective data and assessment, we ask that you "Join Today" and in the form below.
AGC DC Equity and Justice Committee Update
AGC DC Equity and Justice Committee: Let us know how you're doing and reconfirm your participation!

The AGC DC Equity and Justice Committee asks that organizations let us know the status of education teams at their institutions! Please answer this brief four-question survey as soon as possible.
The AGC DC Equity and Justice Committee, facilitated by co-chairs Jeanette McCune (view bio) of the Kennedy Center and Michelle Hoffmann (bio coming soon!) of Washington Performing Arts, is placing a call out to past participants to ensure that you are still interested in participating and to see if you would like a leadership role in the committee. Please "Join Today" and fill in the form below to confirm your participation. WIthin the form, indicate if you would like a leadership role on the committee.
Other DC Collaborative Update
Data Visualization Update
Thank you for your ongoing support as we continue our strategic planning through the DC Collaborative Collective Impact Data Project. The Collaborative is excited to start the year working with 7 focus groups for the SY17-18 data dashboards. With the abundant constructive and useful feedback we've received through our focus group convening, our SY19-20 data dashboards will be designed with framing and more purpose for the different stakeholders in our community.

The "Co-lab"
In the future, we envision that the DC Collaborative will be the go-to for arts and humanities education data in the District of Columbia. We will be taking steps (including applying for funding) as part of our commitment to AGC DC to create a "Co-lab" data hub that is accessible to DC Collaborative members (and the cultural community overall), schools, funders, and parents/caregivers. The Collaborative is in the unique position to identify these needs and facilitate the work due our past and current data work coupled with our leadership and position of service in the community, bridging cultural institutions/ individual teaching artists and school partners.

Contact Wendy Wang Pisa, Manager of Community Partnerships:, or Sanae Hendy, Spring 2021 Community Partnerships Intern:
DC Collaborative's AHFES Programming Committee

The DC Collaborative would like to extend its thanks to the co-chairs of the Programming Committee, Cynthia Gertsen of Ford's Theatre and Caitlin Miller of Planet Word, for their continued leadership and service on this committee in the midst of the ongoing pandemic. The Programming Committee will be starting preliminary conversations regarding feedback for online programming this school year.
Collective Impact Resource
The National Endowment for the Arts has recently released a Collective Impact Logic Model, as well as an Arts Education Tool Kit in Collaboration with the Education Commission of the States as part of the State Data Infrastructure Project for Arts Education. Please view more about their case studies and other resources on the Education Commission of the States and the National Endowment for the Arts Website. These are terrific resources that we can use in our AGC DC collective impact work!
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The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY21 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, an initiative of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.