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E-News: July 31, 2017
Celebrating 20 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative Staff @NMWA
Dear Friends:
We're Growing Up!

As we begin our 20th anniversary year this fall, we have some exciting news to share about the growth of our organization.
Our small (but mighty) staff has increase to accommodate a new member! Rebekka Nickman, who has been an intern and a part-time staffer with the collaborative since September 2016 is now joining our team full-time as the new Program Manager.
Rebekka will now be the primary contact for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) and Professional Development Programs. In this capacity she will serve as the liaison between the DC public and public charter schools and the DC Collaborative's cultural institution members to ensure the best possible field-trip experiences for students, and continued learning for educators. 
To many of you, Rebekka may already be a familiar face, but here are some fun facts you may not know about her:
  • She received a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln 
  • While in college, she interned at the Kennedy Center 
  • She is an expert crossword puzzle solver
If you haven't already met her, be sure to introduce yourself to Rebekka at the 2017-2018 AHFES Orientation and Member Fair on August 17th at the Kennedy Center! (More information in the newsletter below)
As you all know, Tracey Wyton recently celebrated her 5-year anniversary with the DC Collaborative. For her 6th year she is taking on some new responsibilities as the Director of Programs and Community Engagement. In this capacity she will oversee the Collaborative's Membership Services and Collective Impact Initiatives and programs. 
We are so excited to be able to expand our reach in the community and to further our #CollaborativeEffect.
Congratulations to all!

Remember to Renew Your Membership!


REMINDER: July is DC Collaborative 
Membership Renewal Month!
Renew your membership    TODAY   to continue actively participating in 
DC's arts and humanities education community of practice. 
Continue Your Part of Our Collaborative Effect! 

One day left to remain current with your dues!

The DC Collaborative is excited to kick of its 20th year! July is our Membership Enrollment month. This is a perfect time for members to commit to continuing our work and for new organizations  join our flourishing arts and humanities education community! 

As an active member,  you will receive current communications, a feature page on our website,  invitations to our quarterly member meetings, networking events, round-table discussions, and committee meetings, along with being eligible to apply to be part of the AHFES and PD  programs. More information about benefits of Membership below.

Member Benefits:
  • Network: Gain access to our member directory. Build relationships with other organizations through member meetings and events, professional development for staff, and other networking opportunities. Many new programs and projects have been created as a result of membership networking.
  • Programming: Gain access to DC Public and Public Charter Schools to assist your organization in connecting equitably to students through the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student, (AHFES) and Professional Development Initiatives. Through our AHFES and PD programs you will receive:
    • Outreach: coordinated scheduling, field-trip registration lottery system, PD registration system, in-school placement, reservation tracking and coordination, timely teacher reminders, post-experience survey and analysis, and contracting with transportation vendors 
    • Technical assistance in connecting to DCPS and DC Public Charter School curricular priorities
    • Contacts through an active network of teachers and administrators at each school
    • Up-to-date data on DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools
  • Professional Development: Attend and offer professional development workshops, webinars and roundtables for member organization staff.
  • Collective Impact: Join a cross-sector network of cultural institutions, government agencies, funders, schools, and families working jointly to impact arts and humanities education in the District. Help define shared language and measurements for our entire community. Contribute to our collective impact and data collection initiatives and our community calendar. 
  • Community of Practice: Join the Collaborative's clearinghouse of arts and humanities education resources. Contribute to the field by evaluating the quality and equity of arts and humanities education programming offered in the District by participating in the DC Collaborative's Programming Committee. 
  • Advocacy: Be heard as a part of a collective voice with other arts and humanities education stakeholders in advancing arts and humanities education in Washington, DC, including city-wide policies and planning. Through our membership convenings, stay connected to local and national government officials and advocacy organizations.
  • Communications and Resources: Receive monthly newsletters and other messaging regarding relevant and up-to-date information on arts education in DC schools and across the nation. Receive information about funding opportunities for your education programs.
  • Connect and Share: Feature your organization and its programs on a database of DC arts and humanities education resources. NEW this year! All members will have a "Member Feature Page" on the DC Collaborative website with direct links to your website.  Share your organization's story by featuring your organization's education programs on our Story Bank Blog and learn about other members. 
Member Roles/Responsibilities:
  • Actively contribute to our professional network which works to improve the arts and humanities education community of practice.
  • Attend the Annual Membership Meeting and at least one of the three General Meetings each year. Consider contributing to our Membership, Programming and Special Events committees.
  • Assist in our Member Mapping Initiative and other Collective Impact efforts by gathering and providing your organization's annual data.
  • Provide necessary information about your organization and your organization's education initiatives to be added to our member directory and feature pages.
  • Evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education programming offered by our members by ensuring completion of student surveys, observing field-trips, and providing feedback.
  • Build awareness of, and advocate for arts and humanities education initiatives in the District (as much as is allowable by your organization).
  • Pay annual dues.
  • Include the following language in your organization's annual report: "[Name of your organization] is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative."
  • Include the DC Collaborative logo on your organization's website and print materials where applicable.
Annual Dues:
  • Institutional Budget 1 million and above - Annual Dues $750
  • Institutional Budget 500K to 999K - Annual Dues $500
  • Institutional Budget 250K-499K - Annual Dues $250
  • Institutional Budget 249K and under - Annual Dues $100
  • Individual Practitioner/Teaching Artist Membership - $50 (For those who are part of an organization, institutional dues are recommended to take advantage of full benefits of institutional membership.)

2017-2018 Members Fair and AHFES Orientation


DC Collaborative Member Fair & AHFES Orientation - Thursday, August 17th
N EW THIS YEAR!  Connecting to Curriculum Session for Cultural Institution Members  with DCPS Arts, ELA and Social Studies
Save the Date!
Thursday, August 17th at the Kennedy Center

The Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program  ensures equitable access to educational programming at cultural institutions in the DC area. 
The AHFES online lottery opens Monday, September 11th 
and is  open to all DC public and public charter schools.

Learn more about the AHFES program by attending our AHFES orientation! Educators may peruse the 2017-2018 AHFES and Professional Development (PD) offerings and other member programs in the Member Fair and attend the AHFES orientation to learn more about the program and go over policies and procedures. 

Attending an AHFES orientation is MANDATORY for schools wishing to participate in the 2017-2018 AHFES and PD programs.**
DATE:  Thursday, August 17, 2017
    • 3:30 - 4:30  Connecting to Curriculum Session 
      • 30 minute presentation, 30 minute breakout groups
      • Note: this session is new and for Cultural Institutions andIndividual Practitioners
    • 4:45 - 5:15 Membership Fair 
      • Teachers are invited to browse the various educational offerings of our cultural institutions members
    • 5:15 - 6:30  AHFES School Orientation, Program Highlights, and Networking 
LOCATION: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Terrace Level Atrium | 

Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines) to the FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle
Educator Parking voucher of $7 will be provided for the Kennedy Center Parking Garage - will be emailed upon registration.
  • Nathan Diamond, Director of the Arts for DCPS will highlight the key priorities that guide arts education development in DCPS.  
  • Jennifer Jump, Director - Elementary Literacy Team and Raymond Cummings, Director - Secondary Literacy will present on behalf of the DCPS ELA Team. 
  • Scott Abbott, Director - Social Studies - Office of Teaching and Learning and Donna Phillips, Manager - Social Studies Curriculum will present on behalf of the DCPS Social Studies Team.

Note for Key Communicators and Educators:  Attendance at the 4:45pm AHFES orientation is required for any school wishing to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program for the 2017-2018 school year.     If you are unable to attend on behalf of your school,  please send a representative in your place.


THANK YOU to our Programming and Membership Committees!


2017-2018 AHFES Application Review
This last month, our Programming and Membership Committees reviewed our Members' educational programs submitted for inclusion in the 
2017-2018 Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Program.
This meeting was an informal peer-led panel review. The Programming Committee developed rubrics that helped us look at the quality of the experience and the curricular connections.  Peer reviewers  made recommendations based on the program applications of other members. A big thank you! to all 20 of our peer reviewers for joining us during the summer for our AHFES program review!
Please consider joining our  Programming Committee
 if you would like to help support the work of our community!

Take our Membership Survey to let us know how you would like to be involved! 
Mark You Calendars: 
September 20th - Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day

Shop at DC Whole Foods Markets to support Arts and Humanities for Every Student! 

5% of all proceeds on September 20th 
will go  directly to supporting field-trips 
for DCPS and DCPCS students!

On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, the DC Collaborative is partnering with all four DC Whole Foods Market locations (Tenleytown, NW, P  Street NW, Foggy Bottom NW, and H Street NE-- all day and night -- for a Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day . During this time, 5% of each store's daily profits (including catering sales!) will go directly to our AHFES Fund to provide field-trip transportation for DCPS and DCPCS students!
This AHFES shopping day is for OUR ENTIRE community. 

We encourage all members to get out and represent at the Whole Foods Market location nearest to you. Come volunteer and raise awareness about your arts and humanities education programs. Shop and place catering orders to support! 

More details in the upcoming weeks how you can participate and directly support us on Wednesday, September 20th to raise more funds that will benefit your organizations and schools. For now, please mark you calendars and start making your shopping lists (and plan your catering orders,) for Whole Foods shopping for Arts and Humanities Education for Every Student on September 20th!
5% Shopping Day for Arts and Humanities for Every Student
Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Advocacy Update:


"A Bill Funding Arts and Humanities Endowments Passes House Committee"

"Four months after President Trump  proposed eliminating  the cultural agencies altogether, a bill to continue to finance the  National Endowment for the Arts  and the  National Endowment for the Humanities  won approval this week from the House appropriations committee."

via Americans for the Arts, 
Article authored by Graham Bowley 
on July 20, 2017 -  the New York Times

Job Bank


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
CAH is seeking an Arts Education Specialist
Job Summary - Arts Education Specialist:
This position is located in the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Executive Office of the Mayor. The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities is the official arts agency of the District of Columbia. This position provides administrative, clerical, and technical support to the Arts Education Department.

How to Apply:
Applications must be submitted online. You can obtain assistance by visiting the D.C. Department of Human Resources (DCHR) Customer Care Center located in the South Lobby at 441 4th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001, or by visiting one of our partner agencies. Please visit Career Opportunities Site Locations to locate partner agencies and community based organizations that provide computer and internet access.
All questions and inquiries should be directed to HR Answers at (202) 442-9700.
For more information please reference the   posting here. 

Join our Team!
Now accepting applications for Fall 2017 Interns
The DC Collaborative believes that the arts and humanities-inclusive of music, visual arts, media arts, theater, dance, and literary arts-are central to the education of every student. A community-based partnership organization, now more than 100 members strong, the DC Collaborative works to promote quality arts and humanities education 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.

Interns are involved in providing clerical and logistical support to DC Collaborative staff, as pertaining to our programmatic, communications, membership, and developmental needs, as well as working to support the daily activities necessary to manage a small non-profit.  Internships can be specialized in the following areas or any combination thereof:

Conduct preliminary research on funding leads and contribute to prospective outreach list.
Generate solicitations and donor correspondence on behalf of the DC Collaborative.
Maintain electronic archives of development correspondence and activities.
Assist with grant writing and respond to requests for proposals.
Assist in preparing reports for funders; includes gathering and submission of financial information and budgets.
Process Member dues invoicing and assist with outreach efforts.
Other duties as assigned.

Assist with responding to requests for information, ensuring accurate and timely communications
Research, design, compose, edit, and proofread materials.
Assist with creation of e-newsletter, press releases, and other online communications.
Responsible for taking, editing, and distributing meeting notes.
Conduct research on arts, humanities, and education related trends. Distribute articles and information related to DC Collaborative areas of interest on various media platforms.
Develop content for our Story Bank Blog.
Other duties as assigned.

Assist with online registration and database maintenance for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) field-trip program.
Design, edit, and proof online feature pages for each cultural institution participant in 2017-18 AHFES program.
Process and document Partnership Agreements, MOU's (Memorandum of Understanding), and other materials.
Coordinate with teachers and organization contacts to ensure timely/ accurate reminders, updates, and communications regarding field-trips/ professional development workshops.
Compile and analyze program and survey reports. Synthesize information to complete statistical briefings for DC Collaborative programs.
Other duties as assigned.

Coordinate communication between the DC Collaborative's base of membership organizations.
Help draft and edit our monthly newsletter
Help schedule and organize our quarterly Members Meeting
Support the work of our membership committee
Assist with data collection, analysis and maintain a database for our 2017-18 Members Mapping Initiative
Identify potential organizational partnerships and send prospective member communications.
Other duties as assigned

Essential Qualifications
E xcellent interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills.
Attention to detail and ability to focus in an open-office setting.
Ability to work on multiple and concurrent projects.
Experience with Microsoft Office Suite, G-suite, and Adobe Creative Suite.

Preferred Qualifications
Prior internship experience in a non-profit setting.
Prior experience with DC Public and Public Charter Schools.
Working knowledge of Obvibase, and HTML or website applications.

Please submit a resume, cover letter and brief writing sample to info@dccollaborative.org indicating "Fall 2017 Internship Application" in the subject line of your email.

Status: Intern/Volunteer part-time
Hours: Monday-Friday; 10-25 hours per week; flexible schedule
Compensation: Unpaid

The DC Collaborative is an E.O.E.

With Gratitude...


A special thanks to the DC Collaborative Programming and Membership Committee members Thank you:  Nathan Diamond, Caitlin Miller, Cynthia Gertsen, Michelle Martz, Niya White, Sarah Pokempner, Thembi Duncan, Alexis Hartwick, Ali Krueger, Emily Townsend, Caryn Fraim, Janey Moskowitz, Joanne Seelig, Monica Lewis, Roberta Gasbarre, Carolina Clarens, Jeanette McCune, Karen O. Brown, and Manuel Hernandez for working with us to make improve the AHFES program.
From the bottom of our hearts, we can't thank you enough for sharing your time and expertise with us during our AHFES Application Review. You are all exemplars of great educational programming here in DC and your valuable suggestions will help to raise all boats. We couldn't do this work without your support! We are SO GRATEFUL for each and every one of you!!


Ways to Give


Ways to Give

To donate to the DC Collaborative online by credit card
click here or by check to:

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

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!

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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.

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.
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW #303
Washington, DC 20004
p. (202) 470-6467
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