Dear Collaborative Community,

It seems like spring has finally sprung for DC! Before you leave your office for the day to enjoy this weather, we would like to share with you some exciting events happening this month within our community. Alongside that, we have some great stories from local students and some updates on membership!

We invite you to join us at our Spring Member's Meeting on May 16 at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. This meeting is all about giving gratitude to our members and the school-based educators for another successful school year. The Collaborative will be joined by guests to give an updated on the arts education policy and our Collective Impact work from the Any Given Child Washington, DC. DCPS Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will also join us to provide provide an update. It is sure to be a fantastic evening - more info is available below.

We are releasing the application for the 2018-2019 Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program TODAY! All members are invited to apply to offer their field-trips, in-school workshops, and professional development training for educators through the AHFES program. A detailed schedule of Connecting to Curriculum workshops with DCPS Central office staff and "AHFES" hours for technical assistance with your applications is also available online and through the article below. Applications are due Friday, June 29View our website for more information.

As always, we are filled with gratitude for all of our members and inspired by the work they have accomplished this year. We are passionate about providing equitable access to high quality cultural events for all  students in DC - but we know that we can't do it without you. 

DC Collaborative Team
Spring Member's Meeting
Spring Members Meeting: Gratitude Edition!

Save the Dat e - It's Getting Close!

Please join us at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for a celebration of the 2017-2018 school year! Attendees will participate in:
  • A DC Collaborative business, stats and committee update
  • An update on the arts education policy by Rhona Wolfe Freidman, Commissioner, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Chair of the Arts Education Policy Task Force
  • An update from Barbara Shepherd and Jeanette McCune of the Any Given Child Washington, DC Community Arts Team
  • An update from David Markey of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on Spring Grant Opportunities
  • An update from Nathan Diamond of DC Public Schools, Arts
  • Membership and educator awards!
  • A member feature of our host, Freer|Sackler
The meeting will be followed by networking bingo with prizes and refreshments provided by Freer|Sackler! More details will be added in the upcoming weeks.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: Pre-Meeting Tour- 3:00pm*
Meeting: 4:00-5:30pm
Refreshments: 5:30-6:00pm
Location: Freer Gallery- Myer Auditorium
1050 Independence Ave. SW., Washington, DC 2056

*Docents from the Freer|Sackler Galleries are offering a pre-meeting tour at 3 PM. Meet us in the Freer Gallery of Art Mall Entrance Lobby and indicate you are attending through the registration form.

Thank you again to our host, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, for what is sure to be a fabulous night!

Connecting to Curriculum Workshop: DCPS Arts

Connecting to Curriculum Workshop:  DCPS Arts

Please join Nathan Diamond, Director of the Arts for DC Public Schools, for our next presentation in the Connecting to the Curriculum series. Nathan will provide an overview of the Framework for Arts Learning, as well as providing details on the current state of development and implementation. He will provide information on the future of the Cornerstone initiative in the arts as well as the DCPS Arts Performance and Exhibition Series. Nathan will also discuss successes and challenges of building a deeper relationship between a DC cultural institution and the public schools with examples from current partnerships.

Date:  Today,  Friday, May 4, 2018
Time: 2:30 PM-4:00 PM
Location: Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street, SE, Washington, DC 20003

Thank you to our host, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update

AHFES Update

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 28!

AHFES Spring 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.
  • May 4, 2018 Connecting to Curriculum Workshop Series with DCPS Arts | RSVP and Learn More
    • Learn how best to connect to DCPS Arts Curriculum and review successful partnerships with Nathan Diamond, Director of DCPS Arts
  • May 4, 2018 AHFES Application released
  • May 17- 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.
  • May 29, 2018 Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Social Studies | RSVP and Learn More
    • Learn how best to connect to DCPS Social Studies Curriculum and explore partnership opportunities with Scott Abbot, Director of DCPS Social Studies and Donna Phillips, Manager of Social Studies Curriculum
  • May 31, 2018 Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS English/ Language Arts | RSVP and Learn More
    • Learn how best to connect to DCPS ELA Curriculum and explore partnership opportunities with Raymond Cummings and the Secondary ELA Team
  • June TBD Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Math and Science  RSVP available soon!
  • June 29, 2018 AHFES Applications are due!
Member Enrollment
Be With Us For Another Year!

FY2019 Membership Enrollment

Mark you calendars! FY2019 Membership Enrollment opens in July!

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 AHFES and PD  programs. Read more information about membership on our website.

New Funding Opportunity
Grants For D.C. Schools

Funding Opportunity for Youth, Schools, Youth Development/Afterschool Programs and Community-based Organizations
Tapestry Collection by Hilton™ and Youth Service America are partnering to activate youth to organize projects that improve neighborhoods around new Tapestry Collection locations.
Tapestry Collection grants of $1000 will be awarded to up to 5 youth, schools, youth development/afterschool programs, and community-based organizations in cities with a Tapestry Collection by Hilton hotel to support youth-led projects that activate volunteers ages 12-25.
Proposed projects should address a cause in the community (such as poverty, hunger, health and well-being, education, equality, safety, climate change, environment, peace, etc.) by either educating others, volunteering, advocating, or fundraising. Youth will incorporate the arts into their projects to share their unique stories!
Select grantees will have a chance to be recognized by Hilton and Youth Service America at an event at The Graham Georgetown, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.
The grant information and application are available here .
DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog Highlights
AHFES Feature: SEED PCS Attends 
Dumbarton Oaks
Sometimes you never know who you might run into on an Arts and Humanities for Every Student field-trip in DC! For students at SEED PCS who attended a field-trip to
Dumbarton Oaks to see the Martha Jackson Jarvis exhibit Outside/IN, the lucky students ran into...  Martha Jackson Jarvis herself !

"Our field trip to the Dumbarton Oaks museum to see the Martha Jackson Jarvis installation of 'Outside/In' was such a good experience.  What I liked most was seeing how the artist used the immediate environment around her to use in her artwork. I felt that was really important in helping to save the environment by lessoning our footprint rather than shipping in a lot of  things as well as using it in her work to help us appreciate nature through her art."  
 - Anthony B., 10th grade, SEED PCS of Washington

Experience the National Gallery of Art
Evenings At The Edge
Explore the National Gallery of Art after hours during the final Evenings at the Edge of the 2017-2018 season! Enjoy works of art, film, music, and live performances as the East Building comes alive for a night of dance and movement. Accompanied by Chris Brubeck's Triple Play, Elisa Monte Dance Company will put some spring in your step as they perform throughout the Gallery alongside dancers from D.C.'s own Joy of Motion. Pop-up talks by museum staff will explore how a little rhythm can help you see art in new ways. Light fare and drinks available for purchase. Information and free registration at  

Date : Thursday, May 10, 6:00-9:00PM
Art + Play
A Community Weekend At The Gallery

Kick off summer with a festive weekend at the Gallery! Play classic board and parlor games with an artistic twist, move to the sights and sounds of DC-based dance company Heart Stück Bernie, and get creative with a large-scale collaborative sculpture and other art-making activities. Bring a friend and see where art and play come together at the National Gallery of Art! More information at

Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 19th and 20th | 11:00-5:00PM
Job Openings
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Live It Learn It!
Do you love extending learning beyond the school walls? Would you like to use Frederick Douglass' former home as your classroom while you teach students about the Civil War and the abolition of slavery? Or use the tropical rainforest at the U.S. Botanic Garden to teach about plant adaptations? If yes, then Live It Learn It might be the spot for you.

What You Bring
We expect our Experiential Learning Educator to:
  • Lead with confidence and humility. It is not always easy to teach in someone else's classroom or keep students focused outside the classroom. You embrace these challenges and constantly reflect on ways to improve your practice, your relationships, and your mindset.  
  • Think critically and be flexible. When Plans A, B, and C fall through, you have already thought of Plans D, E, and F and you are ready to mobilize the team into action. You find creative solutions to challenges. 
  • Inspire others. Especially students! Your love of learning is contagious and you know how to engage diverse learners. 
  • Dream big and be persistent. You are committed to ending educational inequity and you work hard every day to make Live It Learn It a stronger organization.
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.