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E-News: January 2017 Edition
Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Tracey Wyton
Dear Friends:
We start the New Year heroically working hard on many fronts...
Like many of you, we've reacted to our national challenges and have thought about what we value most, and what is important for our youngest residents. From inauguration day to the women's march to the march for immigration, our city, our home is central to each national response, to our national identity and history. Each story becomes ours. Indelible marks are made.
When the size of crowds on the Mall was in the news, we're reminded that a conversation about what surrounds these crowds is needed -- a conversation about the value of our Culture. It is no mistake that museums representing arts and humanities were strategically placed with the Capitol building on our National Mall. One can ask "...how is that arts and culture are not fully valued by all? When standing in the Mall, it appears what matters most to American society is preserving and supporting American Culture." How many other participants, and new leaders, thought about this as they participated in our history these past few weeks?
Now more than ever, arts, humanities and cultural organizations and teaching artists and educators who inspire and encourage students, their families and the local community, all of us-- we need to speak up, to remind everyone why cultural intuitions frame our Capitol, why federal support of the Arts and Humanities matter, why cultural education matters, especially for our youngest citizens -- our students! Equitable access to arts and humanities education for DC students remains our priority. We are fortunate that we have many local leaders that understand the value and support our work. But it is critical that we continue to raise our voices, to ask for more support, and share our stories of why the arts and humanities are important.
A reminder to RSVP for our Winter Members Meeting next Thursday, February 9, at National Geographic Society. We will have a jam-packed agenda (details below) with important advocacy, culture plan and education updates for our community of practice. We are especially pleased to once again have guest speaker Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson for the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia join us.
Read the article below for details. We need all of our arts and humanities heroes at this meeting. So, keep wearing your capes and RSVP today!
Thanks for being our heroes,
The DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative Events


Winter Members Meeting
Please Join Us!

Join us next week  for updates and information on how our arts and humanities education community can take action to advocate for equitable access to the arts and humanities for DC students.  Let's discuss how our current cultural and political landscape impacts our work and the action steps that we can take together and take some time to network and discuss.

RSVP for this important members meeting with our hosts at National Geographic Society on Thursday, February 9, from 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Meeting Time:  4:00-5:00 p.m.
Networking: 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Location:  National Geographic Society  Dining Hall
1600 M Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036 |  Directions

Councilmember  David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia will be our special guest speaker.

  • Jeff Poulin of Americans for the Arts will share education and advocacy updates on the national level including Arts Advocacy Day to take place March 20, and actions we can take now.
  • Recently Added! Hear from Eric Shaw and Sakina Khan of the
    Office of Planning as they share updates on the DC Cultural Plan.
  • Updates from ArtsAction DC regarding the DC Cultural Plan and other advocacy efforts.
  • Recently Added! John Paul-Hayworth, Executive Director of the
    DC State Board of Education (SBOE), as they seek feedback from education stakeholders on the draft state plan issued by OSSE. The plan includes sections on how the District would hold schools accountable for student achievement. SBOE will provide a brief overview of the plan and give information on how to participate in the process. 
  • The National Geographic Society, our Winter Members Meeting host and member organization, will share updates about their humanities education program.
  • Networking and National Geographic"Mappy Hour" with refreshments to follow presentations.

Check out the  Giant Traveling Map "Mappy Hour." 
You can enjoy light refreshments while exploring geography in 
a big way, on a half-court sized map of North America! 

Thank you to our hos t,  National Geographic Society !

We Moved!


  We Moved!

The DC Collaborative is starting the New Year off in a New Home and we are still accepting housewarming presents! Please come visit us at our new offices!

Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004
Location: 923 F Street, NW #303 Washington, DC 20004
Phone Number: 202.470.6467

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


  DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog January Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog January Highlights!

Have a story to tell? We have more than 75 stories! Make sure yours is one of them. Contact us.

Submitted by:  Rebekka Nickman, DC Collaborative Development and Communications Intern
January 23, 2017

As a  recent recipient  of a Collective Impact grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, we at The DC Collaborative were thrilled to speak with  Ayanna Hudson , director of Arts Education at the NEA, about her work with collective impact in conjunction with her  vision  for the future of community arts organizations and arts education.

Ayanna Hudson, 
Director of Arts Education, National Endowment for the Arts

AHFES Feature: Legends and Legacies: The Real George Washington
Submitted by: Katie Greer, DC Collaborative Marketing and Communications Intern
January 9, 2017

On December 13th, 4th graders from Ross Elementary took a field trip to George Washington's Mount Vernon. Students were given a glimpse into what life would have been like when George Washington was alive. This program is for grades 3-6 and is available with our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program.

Students from Ross Elementary

Committee Updates


#CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect
Programming and Membership Committees
Contribute your expertise to our Collaborative - join one of our committees!

The DC Collaborative is continuing work with its membership and programming committees this fall and is searching for additional committee members. We promise to keep these meetings fun and engaging!

Programming Committee 
The 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. 

Join us Tuesday, February 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
Spend Valentines Day with us! (There will be special treats!) 
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is open to members and partners of the DC Collaborative and will assist the DC Collaborative team in increasing services for membership by recommending content and helping to lead parts of membership meetings and content forums; analyzing membership categories and dues structure; exploring the benefits and responsibilities of membership; increasing membership and nurturing membership renewal; and ensuring that general membership is representative of organizations located in all wards of the District of Columbia, Northern Virginia, and Montgomery and Prince Georges Counties in Maryland who are serving DC Public and Public Charter School students and teachers.

Join us Wednesday, February 15, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest


Calling All Teachers: National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show
Presented with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Contest Deadline- March 6  Contest Guidelines and Entry Form

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the world's great celebrations of spring, deepens our connection to nature; enriches our communities; and honors our unique friendship with Japan by inspiring creative international exchange and collaboration. It commemorates the 1912, gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.

This year's youth art contest theme will explore kimonos, and how it is the pattern, rather than the cut of the garment, that is significant. Students should create artwork that tells their "Springtime in DC" story -- what they look forward to when spring rolls around and the cherry blossoms are in bloom -- via symbols and icons, thinking of how to express their thoughts in the framework of a kimono pattern. 

DEADLINE  Monday, March 6, 2017
QUESTIONS Contact Amelia Wang, the Youth Art Contest Coordinator at  ywang@ncbfdc.org .

Please see the contest guidelines for more information.

Tea with Tracey and Lissa


Tea with Tracey and Lissa
We are coming over!

This year we are making site visits with DC Collaborative members to learn and share more as we strive to serve our membership even better. We are committing to go on our own "field-trips" this year. We' re inviting ourselves to your place for a "Tea with Tracey and Lissa!" 

If you would like to invite us to your place, please contact Lissa or Tracey !

Shout out to DC Collaborative Boardmember Barbara Stauffer and Shari Werb of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History for hosting us for tea this month! More info to come soon about a panel for members regarding how national organizations make a local impact!

DC Commission Update


DC Commission Update
FY17 and FY18 grants announced, call for panelists

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

Thanks for being our heroes... Thank you to the arts, humanities and cultural organizations, teaching artists and educators who inspire and encourage students, their families and the local community. We know that an education inclusive of the arts and humanities encourages cultural empathy, develops critical thinking skills and provides a pathway to a deeper understanding of the human condition for our nation's young people. You are heroes. Your work of empowering the next generation with these skills is extremely important (now more than ever) and we are honored to champion your commitment to our shared mission.

Ways to Give


Ways to Give

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DC Arts and Humanities Education  Collaborative 
975 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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About the DC Arts and Humanities Education 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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