August 2020 DC Collaborative Newsletter
Dear Friends,
August is upon us and we have some exciting initiatives as the school year begins. Even though this year will be different, with Distance Learning, our arts and humanities education work and the way we communicate the value of the arts and education are important now more than ever.

Wishing a very happy Professional Development Week for DC educators. We are cheering for you during this fall's distance learning and are excited to share resources to complement your teaching practice!

This newsletter contains:
Upcoming Events
Calling All Cultural Institutions and Practitioners:
Fall Update with DCPS Arts
As we gear up for a different, more virtual school year, we know there are a number of questions from the community-based educators about what programming would be most relevant practical, and set them and their organizations up for success in the 2020-2021 school year. There are also several logistical questions pertaining to DCPS clearances, the school day schedule and program design.

Hear from Mary Lambert of DCPS Arts as she shares a general DCPS update as well as priorities for DCPS Arts!

Date: Thursday, August 27, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM
Note: Virtual meeting link will be provided upon signup.
Community Calendar
View the Collaborative's Community Calendar on the online Membership Portal, MemberClicks for a list of upcoming events!
AHFES Program Update
Arts and Humanities for Every Student Orientation
The DC Collaborative is kicking off the new, more virtual AHFES v2.0 with two online orientations, one for AHFES Providers and one for Teachers! Orientation will give you the ins and outs of AHFES policies and procedures and is especially important in this new climate with Distance Learning in place through at least the first term in the fall for DCPS (and various plans for public charter schools).

Orientation attendance is required for both Providers and Educators in order to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program.
Calling All Teachers: AHFES v2.0 School Orientation
As most schools will be moving to a distance learning model in the fall, the Collaborative is excited to announce that our fall lottery will offer virtual experiences exclusively through the winter break. Updates about the AHFES Winter and Spring Lotteries will be made in the coming months.

Join us to learn more about our new policies and procedures and how virtual experiences will take place this fall.

Date/ Time: Tuesday, September 1 at 4:30PM
Note: Virtual meeting link will be provided upon sign-up.

To Sign up for AHFES Schools Must:
  • Return a Partnership Agreement prior to the first field trip (to be provided soon)
  • Don't forget to fill in the AHFES Interest List!
  • Participate in AHFES Orientation (register below)
Calling All Members: AHFES v2.0 Provider Orientation
The DC Collaborative is excited to share updates with its cultural institution and practitioner members participating in the AHFES program this fall! As we navigate the changing education landscape post COVID-19, we will go over our new policies and procedures as well as our expectations of the learning environment that will affect program design and outreach.

Please join us!

Date/ Time: Thursday, September 10, at 3PM
Note: Virtual meeting link will be provided upon sign-up.
Membership Update
Online Membership Portal, MemberClicks
As you may know, the DC Collaborative online Membership Portal is live! In the time of social distancing, the Collaborative is fostering an online community inclusive of:

  • A searchable interactive membership directory inclusive of organization and individual profiles that feature your organization and your unique profile as an arts/ humanities administration professional.
  • Active listservs by topic, including Community of Practice (program design), Community Partnerships, Teaching Artists/ Practitioners, Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities
  • Peruse the Job Bank and a Community Calendar

Members of the DC Collaborative will be receiving weekly updates highlighting different features of the online portal. For more information contact us!

Explore MemberClicks! If you haven’t done so already, members can click click here to set up your password! Once updated, you can login here using your username (which is always your email) and your new password. 
Learn About Our Online Community!

The DC Collaborative will be distributing a recorded webinar introducing MemberClicks and host a virtual Q&A! Register for the Q&A and view more info below.

Please join us!

Date/Time: Monday, September 28 at 11 AM

Note: Virtual link will be provided upon signup
Any Given Child DC Update
Got Data? Collective Impact Mapping Project Update
The DC Collaborative is proud to announce that almost 70 individuals and organizations submitted data to its Collective Impact Mapping Project. This year especially, data is extremely important!

The deadline for the survey completion was Friday, August 14. We have a little flexibility with the due date so, moving forward, people will be reminded individually to fill out this mapping survey. Don't be left out, take the survey!

We are making data visualization dashboards to inform our overall strategic planning moving forward! View one of our draft dashboards from the 17-18 school year data here.
Funding Opportunity
Arts Forward Fund Deadline Approaches!

Remind your Development Teams- Arts Forward Fund is due Thursday, 8/27!
The Greater Washington Community Foundation and The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation have joined with seven other funders to launch the $1-million Arts Forward Fund to support arts and culture organizations in the DC region as they make essential shifts needed to continue their work during the COVID-19 pandemic and respond to the nationwide movement for racial justice. 

Arts Forward Fund will make grants ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 to support short-term capacity-building, training, and innovation. Arts Forward Fund will prioritize organizations that serve Black, Indigenous, and other communities of color, and organizations with limited access to philanthropic capital. It will also prioritize requests that address longstanding racial inequities in organizations, in the arts and culture field, and in the broader community.

Arts and culture organizations with annual revenue of less than $10 million in their most recently completed fiscal year are eligible to apply, provided they serve the District of Columbia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties in Maryland, and Arlington and Fairfax counties and the cities of Alexandria, Falls Church, and Fairfax in Virginia.

The application deadline is August 27, 2020, and grant decisions will be made on or before September 21. More details and the call for applications are available here.

Note: Charter Schools are not eligible to apply.
Job Bank
The DC Collaborative is Launching a Job Bank
The DC Collaborative is launching a Job Bank as part of its membership services in FY21! To view and submit a job posting go to and sign in with your MemberClicks username and password!

We currently limited postings listed from Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center and National Museum of Asian Art. Post your opportunities in the arts/ humanities education field below!
Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Center Seeks a
Virtual Arts Instructor
Seeking dynamic bi-lingual Arts Educators with K-12 experience in digital learning, lesson planning, and curriculum development in the following content areas: Dance, Theatre, Music, Visual Arts, Creative Writing, Culinary Arts, & STEAM.


LTYC's ideal Instructor will possess:
  • 3 Years of age appropriate classroom teaching experience in applicable content area.
  • Must have experience facilitating virtual learning classes.
  • Must have a working electronic device and internet service.
  • Bachelor’s Degree/ Master's Degree in the content area preferred, MD Teaching Certification, or at least 30 completed college credits.
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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

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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 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.