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




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative Staff
Dear Friends:
Your continued leadership, support and commitment to the arts and humanities for our District's youngest residents remains a crucial component of our "Collaborative Effect" now more than ever!  We stand ready and remain committed to our work and to advocate for 
#ArtsandHumanitiesforEveryStude nt!

Together, we celebrated March's Arts in Education Month with national Arts Advocacy Day and ArtsAction DC's Arts Advocacy Day. We were part of all advocacy conversations during ArtsAction DC's Advocacy Day with Mayor Bowser, Education Chair Councilmember David Grosso, and all DC Councilmembers and their staff-- where we advocated for increasing the budget to $25 million for the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities as well as making sure arts and humanities education plays an important role in the District's Cultural Planning process. With next week's release of the Mayor's proposed budget, there will be more opportunities for all of us to testify and share why the arts and humanities continue to be vital and more integral to a well-rounded education than ever before. (Please see below for upcoming opportunities to testify before City Council during Education and DC Commission hearings in April.)

W e kicked off our annual partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest with 170 students participating from  28  DCPS and public charter schools. The Community Art Show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery remains open through April 7 .  Please take a moment and help the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and the National Cherry Blossom Festival select a People's Choice Award winner. The artwork with the most "likes" by April  wins the award. Will you help us choose a winner?
We are continuing to reinvigorate our community and reflect on the core values and collective impact of DC Collaborative members. Our Programming Committee continues its peer-led work on how we can assess and best support high-quality arts and humanities education opportunities for students and teachers with all of our members. The DC Collaborative is our Collaborative.

Thanks for all you do on behalf of DCPS and public charter school students and their educators,
The DC Collaborative Team

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


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

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ArtsAction DC Advocacy Day 2017
Submitted by: Eva Steinhardt, DC Collaborative Communications Intern
March 29, 2017

From The Hill to The Wilson Building
On March 22, the arts and humanities community of DC moved from The Hill, where they had been gathered for  Americans for the Arts National Arts Advocacy Day, to the Wilson Building for our local  ArtsAction DC Arts Advocacy dayThe day started off with an advocacy training session led by DC Collaborative's Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe and national advocacy briefing provided by Americans For the Arts.  Throughout the day conversations and meetings were held between DC government officials, and the caretakers and advocates, of Washington's cultural spaces. 

The message these advocates sought to share was a unified one. Three requests were made in every meeting - whether the meeting was held with a councilmember, a staff representative, or Mayor Bowser. These requests were:
  1. Return Funding of DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities to at least $25 Million
  2. Provide Financial Support to Implement the DC Cultural Plan (upon its completion in April)
  3. Develop a new funding cohort for the Commercial Arts/Professional Services Sectors of the Creative Economy
Curated by  ArtsAction DC, these three requests summarize the legislative priorities of our local arts and humanities community. Our cultural organizations are looking towards a future where The District both sustains  and is sustained through an investment in arts and humanities. This hopeful tone was conveyed in yesterday's meetings, as culture advocates shared their stories, and vision, with local representatives.

ArtsAction DC Members, including DC Collaborative's Executive Director Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, meet with Mayor Muriel Bowser, Kay Kendall, Chair, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) and Arthur Espinosa, Jr., Executive Director, DCCAH.

Spring Members Meeting


DC Collaborative Spring Members Meeting
Save the Date!

The DC Collaborative invites you to join us for our Spring Members Meeting and Ice Cream Social in the Orangery and Museum Tours at Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House on  Tuesday, May 16, from  3:30-5:30 p.m. This meeting will focus on gratitude for our arts and humanities education community members as we wrap-up the school year. More details will be provided in the coming weeks!

Date:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Meeting Time: 3 :30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Networking and Ice Cream Social in the Orangery: 4:30 -5:30 p.m.
After the meeting, join us for an ice cream social and Dumbarton House tours! 
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House
1700 Wisconsin Avenue, NW |  Directions

*Wear your walking shoes! We will walk about a block through Dumbarton House gardens to the orangery at the conclusion of the meeting.

#ArtsAndHumanitiesForEveryStudent Blog Series


#ArtsAndHumanitiesForEveryStudent:  A Film Series

A film series produced by Stone Soup Films showcasing the work of the DC Collaborative and the work of our members!

Check out all of the films in this series!

Thank you to to  Stone Soup Films  for helping us show off highlights of our work! 

#ArtsAndHumanitiesForEveryStudent: A Film Series Showcasing our Work by Stone Soup Films
Submitted by:  Maya Simkin, DC Collaborative Programs and Communications Intern
Video by: Stone Soup Films
March 24, 2017

This is the final  film in the short document ary series that  Stone Soup Films  made about us! We are so thankful that Stone Soup was able to create these videos for us to use as part of a month of arts and humanities advocacy initiatives. We are grateful to our community partners that were featured in this video like The Kreeger Museum, Phillips Collection and Washington Bach Consort. This video encapsulates our mission and the work we do in partnership with our members to reach as many students as possible with meaningful arts and humanities educational programs. 
We are inspired by the work of our members and school partners to ensure that the cultural institutions are seen as a integral part of the education of DC's students.

April Advocacy Opportunities


Arts and Humanities Education Advocacy
The DC Collaborative's Membership Committee wants your help to testify for the April Budget Hearings and Chancellor Engagement Sessions!

As the arts and humanities community gears up for the various budget hearings (schedule here) in April and Chancellor Wilson's Engagement Series (info here), the DC Collaborative wants to make sure that the arts and humanities education community is well represented! 

We recently met with our membership committee to develop message points specific to education so our community can have consistent, unified messaging at these awareness building opportunities throughout the spring.

Budget Hearings- Dates to Look Out For:
  • Committee on Finance and Revenue- April 12 10 a.m., John A. Wilson Building, Room 123
    • Persons wishing to testify may contact: Sarina Loy (sloy@dccouncil.us) or by calling 202-724-8058.
    • Note: This committee has oversight of the budget for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. 
    • Ask Councilmembers to return the Commission's budget to 25 million and increase arts and humanities education funding.
  • Committee on Education- April 25, 2017 10 a.m., John A. Wilson Building, Room 123
Want to participate?
  • Include the message points in your own testimony, with personal stories that highlight experiences through the lens of a DC cultural institution or DC resident. If you would like a sample testimony please contact lissa@dccollaborative.org. Make sure that you include that your organization is a DC Collaborative Member in your testimony!
  • Attend! Come to DC Council Committee on Education and Committee on Finance and Revenue Budget Hearings (updated schedule here) and the DCPS Engagement Series (schedule here).

Thank you in for supporting Arts and Humanities Education in DC!

DC Collaborative Round-table Series


DC Collaborative Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series
Everyday DC- A DCPS Arts Curriculum and Community 

The DC Collaborative hosted members at 3rd session in the Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series on Wednesday, March 29. Read about it in our latest Story Bank Blog Post!

DC Collaborative Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series
Everyday DC- A DCPS Arts Curriculum and Community Partnership
Submitted by: Rebekka Nickman Development and Communications Intern, DC Collaborative
March 31, 2017

As part of a broader vision to strengthen our community of practice and expand upon our Collective Impact work, the DC Collaborative is helping to bridge the gap and foster new connections between our members, educators and the students we collectively serve.

To ensure that our DC Collaborative members are developing high-quality programs that connect to relevant DCPS curriculum, the Collaborative began a series of professional development workshops called, "Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series." These Collaborative workshops highlight points of intersection between the arts and humanities and other academic studies, and assist teachers and members in connecting to the DCPS Framework for Arts Learning. We're happy to recap our recent convening here.

Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series: Everyday DC- A DCPS Arts Curriculum and Community Partnership
This past Wednesday, March 29,  Nathan Diamond, Director, DCPS Arts;  Kristy Esparza, DCPS Visual and Digital Arts Specialist;  Fareed Mostoufi, Senior Education Manager at the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; and  Allison Shelley, Pulitzer Center Grantee and award winning photojournalist presented a fantastic example of what a successful community partnership looks like when they discussed the Everyday DC project. This session was especially for DC Collaborative Members interested in visual literacy and connecting to the new DCPS Framework for Arts Learning and nearly 40 members attended!

Additional Resources:

Committee Updates


#CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect
Programming, Membership and  Special Events and 
Outreach 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!

Special Events and Outreach Committee
Calling All DC Collaborative Friends and Advocates! 
Interested in helping to raise $, support and awareness through events and campaigns for the DC Collaborative this Spring? Please join our Special Events and Outreach Committee! Our next meeting is next  Wednesday, April 5th at 1 p.m.  We're a fun group that gets along, enjoys planning and creating Art Buzz and enhancing community events, parties, friendraisers, merriment and awareness of the #CollaborativeEffect of our work. Contact Lissa for more information!

Join us Wednesday, April 5 at 1 p.m.

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 Thursday, April 13, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
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; participating in developing advocacy messaging; 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, April 5, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

A special thanks to our programming and membership committees... Thank you to those of you who participate in our committee work which helps to bolster our programs and membership services. Your input on our programming and membership services work is invaluable. We are inspired to work with educators and administrators who are dedicated to the community work of providing equitable access to arts and humanities education for all DC students. We appreciate you!

Ways to Give


Ways to Give

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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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Education Collaborative, Please visit our  website.
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