Dear Collaborative Community,

This spring is filled with exciting opportunities for our Arts and Humanities education community of practice. 

We invite you to join us at our Spring Member's Meeting on May 16 at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. The focus of this meeting is giving gratitude to our members and the school-based educators for another successful school year. The Collaborative will also have an update on our Collective Impact work from the Any Given Child Community Arts Team as well as DC Collaborative business updates.

The DC Collaborative was selected as a beneficiary for the Charity Off the Hook fundraiser on April 24  at Ivy City Smokehouse. Please join us and indicate DCARTS when you purchase your tickets do the DC Collaborative receives the a portion of the ticket sales. This a great chance to support our arts and humanities education community of practice and have some fun!

In our 20th year, we certainly have something to celebrate! In partnership with our members and funders, we've had our most successful Arts and Humanities for Every Student program year yet. Together we have served nearly 50,000 students and 500 school-based educators and staff from our member cultural institutions attending professional development and networking convenings. This is a 40% increase from last year. As the Collaborative grows, we will be adding an additional part-time opportunity to our staff. Please see the posting below and froward to your networks.

This newsletter also includes a recap of our Teaching Artist/Organization "Speed Dating" Happy Hour in March, including the resources provided at the meeting, the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest winners announcement and a save the date for a Connecting to Curriculum Workshop with the DCPS Arts team.

We are excited celebrate our 20th anniversary year and the 2017-2018 school year with you and look forward in continuing the work of providing equitable access to high quality arts and humanities education for all DC learners in the future!

DC Collaborative Staff

Spring Member's Meeting
Spring Members 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
  • Membership and educator awards
  • A member's 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 upcoming weeks.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: Pre-Meeting Tour- 3:00pm*
Meeting: 4:00-5:30pm
Refreshments: 5:30-6:00pm
Location: Freer Gallery- Myer Auditorium
1050 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 2056

*Docents from 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 again to our host, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery!

Connecting to Curriculum Workshop: DCPS Arts

Connecting to Curriculum Workshop:  DCPS Arts

Please join us on Friday, May 4 for a presentation and working session with Nathan Diamond of DCPS Arts! Nathan will be sharing the DCPS Framework for Arts Learning curricular priorities for the upcoming school year. There will be a presentation and an accompanying activity.

More info will be added in the coming weeks!

Date: Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Location: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Thank you to our host, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest
"Home Is Where The Blossoms Are"

Thanks again to all the talented students who submitted their art pieces and  congratulations to all of our participants for this years theme, "Home is where the Blossoms Are." A huge thank you to the teachers and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for their continued partnership. 26 schools participated with more than 160 pieces entered into the contest.
National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest 
Awards Reception
Winners of the 2018 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest

Category 1 (K-2 grade)

  • 1st place: Cesca Lemargie  (John Eaton Elementary School)
  • 2nd place: Isabella Pyfrom (Filmore Art Center)
  • 3rd place: Rahnaya Stevens  (St. Coletta of Greater Washington)
  • Honorable Mention: Ella Scott (Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School)
Category 2  (3-5 grade)
  • 1st place: Sanaa Matthews (Imagine Hope Community Charter School)
  • 2nd place: Curtis Murphy (Imagine Hope Community Charter School
  • 3rd place: Violet Acosta ( Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS)
  • Honorable Mention: Adelaide Hobert (John Eaton Elementary School)
Category 3 ( 6-8 grade)
  • 1st place: Kayln Howard (Stuart Hobson Middle School)
  • 2nd place: Laura Jablow (Stuart Hobson Middle School)
  • 3rd place: Jayia Nickens (Friendship Chamberlain Middle School)
  • Honorable Mention: Chiamaka Irika (Center City DCS - Brightwood Campus )
Category 4  (9-12 grade)
  • 1st place: Jasia Smith (School Without Walls SHS)
  • 2nd place: Jada Brown (National Collegiate Prep)
  • 3rd place: Mynian Sweetney (Richard Wright PCS)
  • Honorable Mention: Diamond Williams (Richard Wright PCS)

There were so many incredible pieces, so once again thank you to all the students and educators who participated!

DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog Highlights
Spring Break "Speed Dating" Happy Hour
On Tuesday, March 27 the DC Collaborative hosted a Spring Break Teaching Artist/Organization "Speed Dating" Happy Hour at Shakespeare Theatre Company. The event opened with a panel discussing Teaching Artist and Organization partnerships with:
  • Teaching Artist Lenore Blank Kelner 
  • Dan Crane, Resident Teaching Artist of Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • Jeanette McCune of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Ingrid Zimmer of Inner City Inner Child
  • Sylvia Zwi of Sitar Arts Center
After the panel the participants participated in the "Speed Dating" networking session! Participants shared what they could bring to a partnership and what they needed and shared their own teaching artist/organization "magical moments" and challenges.

AHFES Update
The DC Collaborative in partnership with it's membership and funders, serves nearly 50,000 students this 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 through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program!
We've grown to be able to serve nearly  50,000 students at more than  150 schools this year and increased our capacity affect change within our own arts and humanities education community of practice through our Collective Impact efforts.
That's incredible. It's with your help and resources 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 and our members.
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? 
Join our membership or Donate Today!

7th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser 
Benefitting the DC Collaborative
Vegas In Ivy City - Buy Tickets Now!

Charity Off the Hook is a great chance to support our work and have some fun with friends, the 7th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser is an evening of casino games, magic, food from notable chefs, auction items, cigar rolling, local liquor and beer companies, and most importantly a chance to raise money for important community non-profits, like The DC Collaborative!

Held at Ivy City Smokehouse this year - the tavern, patio, and event space will be taken over for this event! 

Date: Tuesday, April 24
Time: 6 PM -10 PM
Location: Ivy City Smokehouse
1356 Okie Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Sign up using the promotion code DCARTS, and $25 of your ticket price will go directly to The DC Collaborative!
Job Openings With DC Collaborative
Love The DC Collaborative? 
Join Our Team!
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative believes that the arts and humanities are central to the education of every student. A community-based partnership organization, now more than 100 members strong, the DC Collaborative works to advance access to high-quality arts and humanities education experiences for all DC public and public charter schools. Working with our partners, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development initiatives.

Starting June 15, 2018- June 30, 2019 the DC Collaborative has a part-time Programs Assistant opportunity available. The Programs Assistant will work closely with the Program Manager and DC Collaborative team to coordinate logistics for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) and Professional Development (PD) programs and develops content in our monthly newsletters, other e-updates and social media marketing.

The DC Collaborative is an E.O.E. and values diversity in the workplace.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to indicating "Programs Assistant Application" in the subject line of your email.

Status: Part-time non-permanent opportunity, June 15, 2018 - June 30, 2019. Extension possible if funding is available.
Hours: Monday-Friday; up to 35 hours per week;
Compensation: Entry Level/ Commensurate with Experience

National Guild DC Planning Meeting
Coming Together As a Community
The  National Guild for Community Arts Education  and the  Sitar Arts Center  are pleased to invite you to participate in the upcoming planning meeting for the 2018 Conference for Community Arts Education . The Conference will be held in Baltimore, Nov. 14-17. This spring, the National Guild is hosting a number of meetings and listening sessions in the Mid-Atlantic area to connect the Guild to critical issues and opportunities affecting the field regionally and help identify local organizations, thought leaders and artists to highlight during the program.

Their next meeting will be at  Sitar Arts Center on   Wednesday, April 18th from 11:30am to 2:00pm, and will include a complimentary networking lunch Their goal is to have a diverse and representative group from the region at this public meeting. Sitar is located at 1700 Kalorama Rd NW #101, Washington, DC.

The  Conference  is the nation's leading annual gathering of the community arts education field, drawing 700+  representatives of arts schools; arts centers; arts education divisions of performing arts institutions, universities, and museums ; arts in education programs, as well as teaching artists, researchers, supporters and other arts education stakeholders. The program addresses the specific needs of leaders in the field and provides support for expanding equitable access to arts learning opportunities in communities across the country.

RSVP  below by  Wednesday, April 13th  (complete one form per attendee), for the planning meeting and networking lunch
Get Involved - Join our Committees!
Programming Committee

The DC Collaborative's Programming Committee is open to members, partners and educators. The Committee will assist the DC Collaborative team in furthering their mission of equity and access to quality arts and humanities education for all students and teachers in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter). The Programming Committee will analyze and evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education experiences, develop opportunities for mentorship and program improvement and inform the Arts and Humanities for Every Student policies and procedures.
Collective Impact Committee
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us in the strategic planning year of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC,  Collective   Impact  work! The Collective Impact Committee,  formerly known as the Membership Committee,  will aid us advising and executing the work of the Community Arts Team, as well as assisting us in keeping our members up-to-date during the strategic planning year. We value the input from all of our members to make this process a success.

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 the the fullest extent of the law.

Are you a government employee? Give through the  CFC Catalogue of Caring. We're on pg. 20 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 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 .

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!

Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and are subject to edits by the DC Collaborative staff.