Dear Friends,

As we celebrate the end of the traditional school year and move into summer vacation season, we have much to share and much to celebrate!  

Applications to our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program are due next Friday, June 29We also look forward to membership enrollment month beginning in July.

June is a month for double birthdays in our office - Rebekka and Lissa will celebrate their respective birthdays on June 27th. To mark her 51st rotation around the sun, Lissa is asking friends and colleagues to donate to our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program. Check out Lissa's Facebook message below and please consider making a donation here.

Thanks again for a great school year - and in advance - for what will be a very busy and productive summer!

DC Collaborative Team   
Member Enrollment
Be With Us For Another Year!

FY2019 Membership Enrollment

Mark your calendars! FY2019 Membership Enrollment opens July 2!

The DC Collaborative's 21st birthday is coming up - and that's always a great one to celebrate. We can't think of a better gift than having you join us for another year as a member of the DC Collaborative (and there are gifts for you in becoming a member too!).

With your membership, we can support our arts and humanities colleagues and friends be a part of a professional network to strengthen arts and humanities education in the District.  As an active member  you will receive newsletters, an member feature page on our website ,  access to our community calendar ,  invitations to our quarterly member meetings, our round table discussions, and our committee meetings along with being eligible to apply to the Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Deveopment  programs. Read more information about membership on our website.

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update

AHFES Update

AHFES Applications are due one week from today, Friday, June 29!

The DC Collaborative Team and Programming Committee are excited to announce that the 2018-2019 Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development Applications are open! More information is available on our website and through the application instructions.

The application deadline is Friday, June 29!

AHFES Summer Timeline

Here are some upcoming dates that will make your 2018-2019 AHFES Application a breeze!
As a reminder applications are evaluated by the DC Collaborative's Programming Committee based on the programming's artistic/humanities merit and  relevancy to DCPS curriculum.
  • June 28 "AHFES" Hours | RSVP and Learn More
    • Open office hours with Rebekka and Tracey to review the AHFES program and what makes a successful application. These will occur weekly on Thursdays May 17-June 28.
  • June 29, 2018 AHFES Applications are due!
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Deadline Reminder
DAHI Field-Trip Experiences Grant
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Field-trip Experiences Grant is due today, June 22nd at 4 PM

The Field Trip Experiences (FTE) grant program supports the cost of field trip tickets, associated transportation costs, professional development opportunities for classroom educators, and/or pre/post- field trip workshops for students. Funding may also be allocated to necessary personnel support for the planning and implementation of the program.

For complete grant program guidelines and to submit an application, please click  here.

The DC Collaborative is happy to work with you in executing this grant. Please contact Rebekka Nickman for more information about how to write the Collaborative into your grant.
DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog Highlights
Recap: Connecting to Curriculum with 
DCPS Social Studies
View the full post and meeting resources here.

On May 29, Scott Abbot and Donna Phillips of DC Public Schools Central Office Social Studies presented a Connecting to Curriculum Workshop with DC Collaborative Members to discuss their curricular priorities for the coming year and how members can best connect to the social studies curriculum and partner with central office. 

The social studies team discussed that inquiry was at the heart of the curriculum and shared that they used the C3 Framework for Social Studies Standards: "Evaluating Sources & Using Evidence," "Communicating Conclusions & Taking Informed Action," "Applying Disciplinary Tools & Concepts," and "Developing Questions & Planning Inquiries." They believe that there is most opportunity for arts/humanities organizations to connect with the "Applying Disciplinary Tools & Concepts," though connections can be made to each category.
Arts & Special Education Conference Opportunity
VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference
Through innovative, thought-provoking, and interactive sessions, the VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education Conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. 

This conference brings together educators, administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and more to build new skills, transfer knowledge, network, and, ultimately, help to shape the best practices-improving educational experiences for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts. The Intersections Conference offers arts teachers the opportunity to develop skills in evidence-based approaches for engaging diverse learners in art learning. This conference offers 2 full days of experiential demonstrations, lectures, and networking with educators and leaders from across the country and 2 days of pre-conference capacity-building workshop led by national experts in the field. Educators in attendance have the opportunity to receive a signed professional development certificate or earn graduate credit for their attendance.
This year's conference will take place August 5th - 8th in Atlanta, GA. Please  visit the conference microsite for information about the conference schedule, workshops, travel, and more.

Summer Dance Classes/ Camp Opportunities
Dance Into Summer with Dance Loft on 14th
Please visit Dance Loft on 14 to learn more about our youth and adult class offerings their  their website

Dance Loft will be offering an 8 week series in Creative Movement for ages 3-6 along with a 6 week series of Zumbini for ages 0-4. Find more information about the classes and register  Here!

Summer Camps for ages 5 and up are now being offered for either a full day or half and are currently on Sale now -  Register Here Now!

We will be offering a Summer intensive for adults focusing on Ballet, Contemporary, Salsa and Jazz. Other classes being offering for adults are Contemporary Masterclasses and Break Dancing! Learn more about the  Summer Intensive here and Register for other class offerings  here!

Calling all Students: National YoungArts Foundation
National YoungArts Competition
Calling All Students: National YoungArts Foundation Application Launch

National YoungArts Foundation is accepting applications for its annual competition in the visual, performing, design and literary arts for 15- to 18-year-old artists from June 5 to October 12, 2018.

YoungArts winners receive valuable support, including financial awards of up to $10,000, master classes with renowned artists, and performance and exhibition opportunities. Learn more at

Through this competition, National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists. Benefits of being among the award winners includes a lifetime of support and mentorship throughout young artists' educational and professional development. For more information about how to support the high school aged students that you serve through your programming, please contact Evan Plummer at
National Guild for Community Arts Education
Congratulations to the DC Collaborative's Rebekka Nickman for selection to the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute
The DC Collaborative is proud to announce that Rebekka Nickman was selected to participate in the National Guild's 2018 Class of CAELI. Congrats Rebekka! Please view the press release for more information.


Developing the next generation of arts education leaders

New York, NY-The National Guild for Community Arts Education is pleased to announce the 2018 class of the Community Arts Education Leadership Institute (CAELI). Twenty-six individuals representing community arts education organizations across the nation were selected to participate in CAELI, a leadership program designed for individuals in the nonprofit arts education sector.

Over the course of eight months, the program provides participants the opportunity to hone and advance leadership skills and effectiveness through a sequential curriculum that includes virtual workshops, one-on-one coaching with top trainers and practitioners, and an introspective dive into how being a leader impacts the personal and the professional. Participants attend a five-day, in-person seminar held at Bryn Mawr College in Philadelphia, PA in July.

The CAELI class of 2018 will join an alumni network, more than 200 members strong, offering peer mentorship and a trove of resources for continued development long after the conclusion of the program. Together, these leaders represent our best opportunity to ensure all people have access to opportunities to maximize their creative potential.
Message from Americans for the Arts
Schools Must be Safe Places for Students to Learn and Pursue Their Passions

A nation plagued by school shootings watched the horror play out yet again in Southeast Texas when eight Santa Fe High School students and two teachers were killed and 10 others were wounded recently in the worst school shooting since the February assault on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Many of these victims were in an arts classroom making art at the time. 
Schools must be safe places for students to learn and pursue their passions in the arts and beyond. 
Many students have banded together in the aftermath to speak out against school violence using the skills they have learned through the arts, which has gathered national momentum and international attention. These students not only deserve our applause, but also our support as followers while they emerge as the passionate and creative leaders of tomorrow.  As arts education advocates, we fight tirelessly for equitable access to quality arts learning experiences so that all students can pursue their passions in school, work, and life. We seek to provide opportunities for young people to be part of a unifying effort, and increase empathy and tolerance.

View more information on the AFTA Website and through Arts Education Manager Jeff Poulin's blog Shooting Survivors Turn to the Arts in Wake of Tragedy.

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.