Dear Friends,

The Collaborative wishes you and your students a very happy holiday season, including lots of rest and relaxation from the classroom. Before you sign-off for Winter break, check out what we have in store for you in the New Year:
  • FREE Field Trips
  • NEW! Register for Smithsonian-DCPS Cornerstones Programs
  • Inclement Weather Policy Reminder
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Contest
  • WNO Young Associates Program
  • VSA 2020 Playwright Discovery Program
  • Georgetown GLOW Exhibit
We are so thankful for each of you and everything you do to advance equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for your students. We are proud to call you our partners in this work and continue our efforts together in 2020! Cheers!

With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team
FREE Field Trips Still Available!

Letters to Earth  (6th-8th)

Going the Distance  (6th-8th)

Parthenon to Portico  (3rd-5th) 
Capital Quest (3rd-5th)

Q?rius School Programs   (6th-12th)

Soundtrack '63  (5th-12th)

Smithsonian-DCPS Cornerstones Program
For the first time ever, the DC Collaborative in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution is excited to offer registrations for Smithsonian-DCPS Cornerstones Programs The Cornerstones opportunities are offered completely 
free of charge, with bus transportation included
as applicable.
Teachers may register for these programs up to 14 days in advance of the desired program date and will be assigned on a rolling basis.  Because of this abbreviated timeline, we ask that teachers seek approval from their administration for these experiences before completing a registration form.

The following DCPS Cornerstones are available for registration: 

Smithsonian National Zoo: Conservation (Kindergarten Cornerstone)

Inclement Weather Policy Reminder

As the winter quickly approaches, we'd like to give you a quick reminder on our inclement weather. The DC Collaborative will cancel a field trip due to inclement weather if:
  • If attending school cancels or operates on a delay.
  • If the museum or host venue closes or operates on a delay.
  • The bus company indicates that the roads are unsafe for travel. The DC Collaborative staff will contact the bus companies in the morning to check the safety of the road. If the company reports back that the road are unsafe, the Collaborative will cancel the field trip.

If a DC Collaborative field trip is cancelled due to inclement weather, the Collaborative will do our best to reschedule depending upon the availbility of the field trip provider and the school.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Contest
 Save the date for the National Cherry Blossom Festival's 2020 Student Art Contest! This year's theme is "Home is Where the Blossoms Are" with a focus on friendship. More details to come in the New Year!
WNO Young Associates Program
The WNO Young Associate program is designed for high school students in the greater Washington, D.C. area interested in exploring any aspect of opera-singing, conducting, stage management, design, arts administration, and more. The goal of this program is to help individual students interested in opera and the performing arts have a better understanding of the professional world in order to navigate through academic and career choices.

Through this program, students will:
  • Rehearsal observations reveal how a production comes together during various stages of the
  • rehearsal process
  • Exclusive discussions provide direct interaction with professionals in the field, including creative
  • team members, WNO staff, and artists
  • Behind-the-scenes access to the WNO Studios and the Kennedy Center
  • Additional optional events may be added throughout the school year, such as invitations to
  • performances, rehearsals, and events related to vocal music and theater.
All applications must be received on or before Friday, January 24, 2020.
VSA  2020 Playwright Discovery Program
Young writers with disabilities and collaborative groups that include students with disabilities, in the U.S. grades 6-12 (or equivalents) or ages 11-18 for non-U.S. students, are invited to explore the disability experience through the art of writing for performance-in the form of plays, screenplays, or music theater. Writers are encouraged to craft short (10 minute) works from their own experiences and observations in the style of realism, through the creation of fictional characters and settings, or writing metaphorically or abstractly about the disability experience.

Winners will have the opportunity to work alongside industry professionals and the nation's premier collegiate playwrights and theatre artists as they workshop their own script, as well as participating in master classes, and networking opportunities throughout the Festival.

Applications must be submitted by  January 2, 2020.
Georgetown GLOW Exhibit
Experience the sparkle of the holiday season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only free, curated outdoor public light art experience. Brought to you by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), GLOW's 6th edition runs Friday, December 6, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020, with 11 installations from local, national, and international artists lit nightly from 5 pm - 10 pm throughout Georgetown's commercial district. Bring your family and friends for this holiday spectacle, and take advantage of GLOW-inspired holiday promotions and events (including a visit from Santa!) at more than 35 Georgetown shops and restaurants while you're in the neighborhood, plus DC's largest outdoor ice skating rink overlooking the waterfront. 

Artists represented in Georgetown GLOW 2019 include: Choi + Shine (Boston); Eunsook Lee (Korea); Sui Park (New York City); Hou de Sousa (New York City), Geoffrey Hicks (Phoenix, AZ); Jeff Zischke(Scottsdale, AZ); Miracle Wonderland Carnival Co. (New Orleans); Joana Stillwell (Washington DC); Frank Foole (Netherlands); Extreme Lengths Productions, in partnership with Dance Place (Washingt on DC); and Venividimultiplex (Netherlands).

More than 30 walking tours will also be offered throughout the exhibition, tying GLOW to history, food, photography,and art themes. F ollow along on social media with #GeorgetownGLOW! 
Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.

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

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

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.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities  Education Collaborative, Please visit our  website If you would like to include something in our next  member e-news, please email us!

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