Dear Collaborative Community, 

Happy New Year! As we welcome a new year full of opportunities, all of us at the DC Collaborative hope you had a restful and peaceful holiday break. 

We certainly have some New Year's Resolutions for 2018! Reaching more DCstudents, providing new and innovative experiences for schools and educators, and celebrating our 20th Birthday just to name a few.

2018 is going to be COLLABOR-18!  We can't wait to continue to work with all of you to ensure that DC students receive the high-quality learning experiences they deserve.

Cheers to 2018!
The DC Collaborative Staff

DC Collaborative Team on our walk-thru at GALA Hispanic Theatre for our 
Winter 2018 Members Meeting.

Winter 2018 Members Meeting: Advocacy Edition
Please Join Us to Talk Advocacy!
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us for our Winter Members Meeting at GALA Hispanic Theatre on Thursday, February 8, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. As a lead in to National Youth Art Month and National Arts Advocacy Day  in March, our annual Winter Members Meeting will once again have an arts and humanities education advocacy focus. More details will be provided in the coming weeks!

Date: Thursday, February 8, 2017
Meeting Time: 3:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Networking: 5:00-5:30 p.m.
Location: GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 | Directions

Hear from:
  • David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia
  • Jeff Poulin of Americans for the Arts
  • John-Paul Hayworth of DC State Board of Education
  • More information will be added in the coming weeks!
Thank you to our host, GALA Hispanic Theatre

Councilmember David Grosso Announces a Public Hearing
Councilmember David Grosso
Committee on Education
Announces a Public Hearing

Councilmember David Grosso announces the scheduling of a public hearing of the Committee on Education on PR22-0523, the "Sense of the Council Arts Humanities in Education Resolution of 2017" . The roundtable will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 18, 2018 in Hearing Room 412 of the John A. Wilson Building. 

Thursday, January 18, 2018
10:00 a.m., Hearing Room 412, John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Special performance by one of DC Score's student poet-athletes.
The stated purpose of PR22-0523 is to declare the sense of the Council that the District of Columbia is committed to promoting arts and humanities education in both traditional and public charter schools.
Those who wish to testify may sign-up online at or call the Committee on Education at (202) 724-8061 by 5:00p.m. Tuesday, January 16, 2018. Persons wishing to testify are encouraged, but not required, to submit 15 copies of written testimony.  Witnesses appearing on their own behalf should limit their testimony to three minutes; witnesses representing organizations should limit their testimony to five minutes. 
If you are unable to testify at the hearing, written statements are encouraged and will be made a part of the official record.  Written statements should be submitted to Ashley Strange, Committee Assistant, via email at , or via post to the Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia, Suite 116 of the John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20004. The record will close at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018.

Pro-rated Dues Special!
Join Today to Celebrate 20 Years with the 
DC Collaborative!
Join more than 100 arts and humanities organizations and individuals in the DC region who are working to provide equitable access to arts and humanities education to DC students and teachers. Celebrate 20 years of this work with the DC Collaborative and help us to make our 20th year the best one yet for the community! 

January is the beginning of pro-rated FY18 Membership Dues! It's half way through our fiscal year so you get half off of your dues! Enroll today for 50% on dues through June 30, 2018! This is a great value!

Note: This is for new members for the last half of the fiscal year, ending June 30, 2018. All Members will be invoiced in July for the full amount of FY19 dues.
Join online or remit payment by check to: 

DC Collaborative
Attn: Membership Renewal
975 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

For more information on membership, please contact Tracey Wyton- or 202-470-6467 ext. 2.

DC Collaborative Connecting to Curriculum Series
Schoolwide Enrichment Model
Learn about the DCPS Schoolwide Enrichment Model and learn how your programs can connect!

To provide more engaging programs on the middle school level, the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) was piloted in three DC Public School sites in the fall of 2012. A major goal of The Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) is to apply gifted education pedagogy to total school improvement. 

In the SEM, students are provided with advanced-level enrichment opportunities that evolve out of student interest. The SEM focuses on enrichment for all students by actively engaging students in challenging and enjoyable learning experiences based on student interests, learning styles and preferred modes of expression. The model has since expanded to thirteen school communities.

During implementation of the SEM, students are exposed to a wide variety of content areas and experiences. To make these experiences as meaningful as possible, teachers need to engage with the community, cultural organizations and other area institutions to help students discover and grow their interests and talents to make school a more engaging and challenging experience. DCPS wants to connect with cultural institutions to explore ways in which we can create partnerships to support robust implementation of the Schoolwide Enrichment Model. Please contact Felicia Messina-D'Haiti, Manager of Academic Enrichment Programs in the DCPS Division of Advanced and Enriched Instruction at or 202-306-4749 , if you would like more information or to be connected with our programs.

Date: Wednesday, January 31, 2017
Time: 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Refreshments: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: DC Public Library Southwest Branch
900 Wesley Place, SW
Washington, DC 20024
(Waterfront Metro- green line)
 Get Involved With 
Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC
Be a Part of Our Collective Impact  for the 
DC Community!

The Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC Community Arts Team will begin collecting data on Monday, January 8.

As you may know the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative was awarded a Collective Impact grant by the National Endowment for the Arts and named the 25th Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child community through The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. In both cases, we are delighted to serve as backbone support for our community. Read more about Any Given Child by viewing our  Collective Impact F.A.Q. Sheet!

This is a big deal for arts and humanities education in DC!

We will be sending out more information on Monday, January 8.
Office of Out of School Time Grants Available
Two New 2018 Summer Programming 
Request for Proposals

The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education is excited to share the release of two Requests for Proposals (RFPs) in support of 2018 summer programming. We anticipate that these two competitions will result in over $2 million in grant awards to out of school time (OST) providers, who will impact thousands of children and youth in the District next summer.

The Summer Strong DC 2018 RFP will award grants to high-performing, non-profit, youth development organizations providing children and youth between the ages of 5 - 21 with high quality summer programming at various locations throughout the District. This grant competition anticipates awarding up to $2 million, contingent upon availability of funds.

In addition, a new 2018 Summer Coordinating Entity at DC Housing Authority Sites RFP will award grants to two (2) coordinating entities that will organize summer camps at two (2) identified DC Housing Authority (DCHA) communities. Coordinating entities will subcontract with grassroots entities to provide educational, social, emotional, and physical health opportunities and activities for children and youth ages 5 - 17. This grant competition anticipates awarding up to $200,000 to the two (2) coordinating entities and via subcontracts to grassroots organizations, contingent upon availability of funds. In the coming weeks, the District will issue a Request for Applications (RFA) for grassroots organizations interested in providing services and programming as a part of these camp opportunities.

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education, will work with United Way of the National Capital Area to administer both competitions. Questions related to the RFPs and forthcoming RFA may be sent to Abby Bonder, Director of OST Grants Administration at United Way NCA.
DCPS Arts Update
Discover DC Through the Eyes o f Our Students

Please join DCPS Arts and The Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting for an opening reception of the  2nd annual "Everyday DC" exhibition  at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery in Washington, D.C. on the evening of Wednesday, January 10, 2018.

"Everyday DC," a photography exhibition on view at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery from January 9, 2018, through January 31, 2018, presents a visual narrative of everyday life in Washington, D.C. through the eyes of more than 100 DC public middle school students from all four quadrants of the city. The exhibition is the culmination of a unit designed by the Pulitzer Center in collaboration with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and facilitated by over a dozen DCPS visual arts teachers.

"Everyday DC" was inspired by the Everyday Africa project, founded by Pulitzer Center grantees Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill to re-direct focus toward a more accurate understanding of what the majority of Africans experience on a day-to-day basis: normal life. Like Everyday Africa, Everyday DC challenges students to consider how Washington D.C. is portrayed in the media, and how their lived experiences relate to those portrayals.

The "Everyday DC" project is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information about the unit plan and exhibition, contact

The project is also supported by the Pepco Edison Gallery, which generously donated the space for the exhibition.

Gallery opens to the public every Tuesday to Friday, January 9 through January 31, from Noon to 4 p.m. Free admission.

The opening reception on Wednesday, January 10, is between 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. Remarks from Everyday Africa co-founders Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill, student curators from Brookland Middle School and DCPS Director of Arts Nathan Diamond will begin at 5:30 p.m.
DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog Highlights
Students from West Education Campus at Discovery Theatre's "African Roots Latino Soul"

AHFES 2017 Field-trip Recap

2017 was a busy year for all of us! We at the DC Collaborative would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone that helped make 2017 an amazing year of AHFES field-trips! 

We had a total of 22,883 field-trip reservations from over 130 DC Public and Public Charter Schools, AND 140 school professional development registrations, not to mention over 200 registrations from Collaborative Members and Teaching Artists. We also celebrated our 20th Anniversary in October!

Thank you to our School Partners and Collaborative Members for another wonderful year for Arts and Humanities Education. Read our Story Bank Blog Post below to see 2017 in review!
Perisphere Theatre:
Connecting Students To History

"Theater that expands the way D.C. audiences view the past, 
the present, and one another."

Founded in 2016, the Perisphere Theatre seeks to spark the curiosity and empathy of D.C.'s students, and to inspire them to learn about local and world history, and make each performance memorable.

Calling All Teachers: Perisphere Theatre offers  free tickets and transportation for educators through the  Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program. For more information about current performances and to register, click   here
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.
Job Bank
Sitar Arts Center
The Sitar Arts Center, providing a safe haven for over 800 DC students, is seeking candidates for three full-time positions. 

Please view more information about these full-time job openings at Sitar:

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 .

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.