Dear Friends:
Happy National Youth Art Month, Women's History Month, Music in Our Schools Month, our month that we we focus on national and local arts and humanities advocacy. 
  • On March 13, we'll take part in National Arts Advocacy Day and meet with Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton. (Please see below for more information.)
  • On March 14, we'll join our colleagues and meet with our Council members during ArtsAction DC Arts Advocacy Day. 
Together, let's focus on Advocacy. For many of us, our everyday work is advocacy, but this is the month our entire community of practice joins together with all stakeholders in the arts and humanities to help advance greater opportunities for students and teachers for more access to DC's cultural institutions. 

DC Collaborative is most appreciative of continuing to work together with our members, supporters and local government agencies to ensure equitable access and inclusion of arts and humanities education for all DC students. When looking at our #CollaborativeEffect, all of us play a very important role. 

Together, we have an obligation to organize, to advocate, to create, and preserve our culture both nationally and locally. This is what sparks our collective movement to provide support to our arts and cultural educators, to support the rich histories of our neighborhoods, and to document and share our histories.  Belonging to the "Washington" part of our "DC," we must advocate for arts and humanities education on all fronts. We're fortunate to have many local government agencies and leaders that understand the importance of arts and humanities education for our youngest residents. Our students need the arts and humanities now more than ever. They need equity, access, inclusion and diversity. 

Now more than ever. Together, we have much work to do. Everyday advocacy is telling our stories. 
  • We kicked off advocacy work with our annual advocacy Members Meeting at GALA Theatre.
  • Our Collective Impact committee provided important arts and humanities education feedback on the DC Cultural Plan Working Draft which we presented to the Office of Planning. 
  • We continue to work together to ensure a unified voice when advocating for additional support and resources for our community.
Y esterday,  DC Councilmembers Evans  and Grosso  introduced a bill, co-introduced by Councilmembers Nadeau, Cheh, R. White, and Todd and co-sponsored by Councilmembers Bonds and Allen, to direct a quarter-percent of D.C.'s sales tax to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities . Roughly $42 million a year! A nd with  the upcoming release of the Mayor's proposed budget for FY19, and transitional and new education leadership, it will be important for all of us to testify and share why the arts and humanities continue to be vital and integral to a well-rounded education. (Please see below for upcoming opportunities to testify before City Council during Education and DC Commission hearings in late March and April.)

Together, let's make the case for arts and humanities education. Together, let's tell our stories. Let's make sure that arts and humanities education community is well represented! 

The DC Collaborative Team
Upcoming Events
Save the Date!
Our Next "Speed Dating" Happy Hour is March 27th!
The DC Collaborative invites Cultural Institutions and Teaching Artists to join us for our
Teaching Artist: Business, Artistry and the Relationship "Speed Dating" Happy Hour. Join us during Spring Break  to unwind and discuss best practices with the organization/teaching artist relationship.

More info coming soon!

Date:  March 27, 2018
Meeting Time:  4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Location: TBD

Teaching Artists who are not members can attend and bring a friend for complementary tickets. Those who attend will be given free membership in the DC Collaborative through the end of our fiscal year (June 30).

DC Council Hearing Schedule
It's Advocacy Season!

The DC Collaborative would love to see all of its members involved in advocacy activities and ensure that arts and humanities education is well represented in all relevant hearings! 

The   DC Alliance of Youth Advocates blog contains comprehensive listing of all hearings related to youth development. See the some relevant education and arts and humanities hearings below.

Committee on Finance and Revenue
To testify: contact Sarina Loy at or 202-724-8058

Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10 am in Room 500

Education Committee
To testify: sign up here or call 2022-724-8061 

Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education and Public Charter School Board
Budget Hearing: Thursday, March 29, 2018 at 10 am in Room 123

State Board of Education
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10 am in Room 120

Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE)
Budget Hearing: Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10 am in Room 412

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) - Public Witnesses Only
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 10 am in Room 412

District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL)
Budget Hearing: Wednesday, April 18, 2018 at 10 am in Room 120

District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) - Government Witnesses Only
Budget Hearing: Thursday, April 19, 2018 at 10 am in Room 500

National Arts Advocacy Day
Join Your Fellow Arts Advocates!

Arts advocates from across the country convene in Washington, DC for our annual Arts Advocacy Day each year. Arts Advocacy Day brings together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations, along with more than 700 grassroots advocates from across the country, to underscore the importance of developing strong public policies and appropriating increased public funding for the arts.

Arts Advocacy Day: The National Arts Action Summit is your opportunity to receive crucial advocacy training from experts in the field and then put that training into practice. Hosted by Americans for the Arts in partnership with over 85 national arts organizations, Arts Advocacy Day is the largest gathering of its kind, bringing together a broad cross section of America's cultural and civic organizations. Grassroots advocates from across the country come to Washington, DC to meet with their members of Congress to garner support for issues like arts education policy, the charitable tax deduction, and funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.

On Monday, March 12, 2018, hundreds of arts advocates from across the country convened for interactive advocacy training and peer-to-peer learning and networking. That evening, attendees attended the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts & Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Then, on Tuesday, March 13, 2018, after the Congressional Arts Kick Off, advocates meet with their Members of Congress and Senators to share their stories about the impact and transformative power that the arts have in their communities.**

**This year our Executive Director,Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is the DC State Captain. Contact Lissa to visit Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton on Tuesday, March 13 at 11:30 A M ( Rayburn House Office Building, 45 Independence Ave, SW.)
Get Involved with
Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, DC
Fill out our Collective Impact Survey

It is exciting that the DC community was chosen to be named as an Any Given Child site through The Kennedy Center and recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts! This is a wonderful opportunity for DC to work together, across the city and ensure that ALL students have access to the arts in the future. To get started with this city-wide strategic planning we first have to have a comprehensive view of arts education programming in the city.

Any organization or individual artist/practitioner that has education programming for DC youth should  fill out this 20 minute survey and pass it along to their colleagues. 

Organizations who contribute their data by March 13 will be entered to win:
  • A voucher for two tickets to any remaining Shakespeare Theatre Company performance
  • Two tickets to the Choral Arts Society's After Spring Sunset- Live @ 10th and G | Saturday, April 21 at 5 PM
  • Two tickets to The Choral Arts Society's Rossini: Sabat Mater- at Kennedy Center Concert Hall with Maestro Antony Walker and Soprano Sarah Coburn | Saturday, May 18 at 3 PM
Contact Tracey Wyton at 202-470-6467 ext. 2 or 
7th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser 
Benefitting the DC Collaborative
Vegas In Ivy City - Buy Tickets Now!

Charity Off the Hook is a great chance to support our work and have some fun with friends, the 7th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser is an evening of casino games, magic, food from notable chefs, auction items, cigar rolling, local liquor and beer companies, and most importantly a chance to raise money for important community non-profits, like The DC Collaborative!

Held at Ivy City Smokehouse this year - the tavern, patio, and event space will be taken over for this event! 

Sign up using the promotion code DCARTS, and $25 of your ticket price will go directly to The DC Collaborative!
Story Bank Blog Highlights
Winter Member's Meeting: Advocacy Edition 
With more than 75 people attending The DC Collaborative's Winter Member's Meeting: Advocacy Edition on Thursday, February 8, 2018, there is a lot of information to cover! 

All the presenters at the Winter Members Meeting focused on the many important dates coming up for this advocacy season. In case you missed the meeting, or want an overview of what was discussed, our Story Bank post below will have a complete listing of all matters discussed!
Once again, thanks to the GALA Hispanic Theatre for hosting us and providing refreshments!
Any Given Child DC Blog Series: The Importance of Collective Impact in Advocacy
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is excited to announce the DC Alliance of Youth Advocates (DCAYA) as its newest member. Like DCAYA, the Collaborative believes in the importance of collective impact in advocacy. 

The Collaborative is pleased to welcome JR Russ, Director of Community Engagement for DCAYA, as a guest blogger to share his perspectives on collective impact and advocacy efforts. 
Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update
Calling All Teachers: 
AHFES Spring Lottery is Open
The DC Collaborative is Spring Field-trip Lottery is open until Friday, March 9th! Each year the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program has three different lottery opportunities for schools to register for programs at no cost: Fall, Winter, and Spring. School partners are eligible to participate in the AHFES lotteries after they have returned their school partnership agreement.

The Spring Lottery will remain open from Monday, March 5th through Friday, March 9th. Teachers should view the AHFES Online Catalogue to make their requests! 

AHFES Stats Update

The DC Collaborative is having a record year! To date the Collaborative, in partnership with its members, have served nearly  40,000 students at 151 school partners  from every ward in the city, with particular attention to the most disadvantaged wards. View our most recent stats update   here .

Peek at the Fall Survey Responses:

During the Fall of 2017, 94% of Student Survey responses indicated that AFHES events as "High-Quality", with 85% of respondents finding ways to connect the events to their classroom curriculum.
National Cherry Blossom Festival
Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show
National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo
Reminder: Contest Deadline One Week Away!

Contest Deadline: March 14, 2018   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.

We invite you to embrace your community "Home is where the Blossoms are". Exploring home life in your own back yard with Cherry Blossoms. Discover art and blossoms in your community and find other ideas through the Resource Guide. 

Students should create artwork that tells their "Home is where the Blossoms are" story-what they look forward to when spring rolls around and what the cherry blossoms mean to their community-via symbols, murals, physical trees and icons, thinking of how to express their thoughts in the framework of a their own backyard.

Art teachers should contact Nicole Wright, the Youth Art Contest Coordinator, prior to submitting student work by email at, if possible so that receipt of submissions can be confirmed. Teachers may also fill out the  Electronic Submission Form in advance of submitting the artwork.  
The Kennedy Center Arts Summit
The Future States of America: 
Using the Arts to Take Us Where We Want to Go

The Kennedy Center Arts Summit is an annual spring convening designed to bring thought leaders from the arts and related fields together for conversation and connection. Set to be held in Washington, DC, on April 16, 2018, this year's edition of the Summit will look into the future - what is the collective future we want and how can we use arts, creativity, culture, and technology to get us there? How do we build a future where the markers of certain identities are no longer indicators of barriers or poor outcomes? 

Through the landscapes of education, health, and finite resources, we will explore stories of existing, visionary projects and engage in dialogues with artists, futurists, scientists, engineers, and policy makers that help us catalyze new projects and partnerships, and bring us closer to activating a future where we all thrive. Together we will engage in a variety of panels, interactive art activities, and curated discussions that concentrate on major themes of identity, representation, creativity, culture, and technology.

Sign up soon - teachers who sign up before March 15th will receive a discounted rate of only $50!
Poetry Out Loud
RSVP Today!
The  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is pleased to present the 
District of Columbia Finals for Poetry Out Loud in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program will take place at the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment on Thursday, March 8, 2018 (tomorrow). The event is free and open to the public.

The competition starts at 7 pm and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations. Renowned artist Joseph Green will host the event, with performances by Split This Rock's DC Youth Slam Poetry Team and Natalie Illum.

Seating it limited for this event, so RSVP as soon as possible below. 
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.