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E-News: November 2016 Edition
Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Tracey Wyton
Dear Friends:

As we wrap up November, we close the month with #gratitude and give thanks for what we have, and what will be important to us in the upcoming year. We have always known, and especially in these times, that our students need the arts and humanities education now more than ever. They need equity, access, inclusion and diversity now more than ever. Now more than ever, we must keep working together. As partners, members and supporters of our community of practice we know we shall.

The DC Collaborative is so grateful to each of you, our members, partners, teachers, volunteers and supporters, for the time that you devote to providing amazing arts and humanities learning experiences for our DC students-- their first concert, their first museum visit, their first play-- their love of the arts and humanities. We know students are better strategic thinkers and active community citizens and more empathetic as a result of these experiences. Thank you for the tens of thousands of smiles that result from their experiences! 

Many of you were asking, so here's what we've been up to for the last few days of November and some plans for December:

✔ Eat Thursday (We're both still working on our leftovers --anyone have leftover cranberry sauce? Tracey missed that one this year.)
✔ Shop Friday (So we bought fleecy leggings and candles and took visiting family to the Air and Space Museum.)
✔ Shop Saturday (At small businesses - one of our pup's had a spa day and we bought wrapping paper.)
✔ Bake Sunday (Anyone in a cookie swap? We researched annual holiday baking recipes!)
✔ Shop Monday: (We got up early and shopped through  Amazon Smile so that DC Collaborative gets a portion, albeit a wee one, of our purchases that will be donated by Amazon.)
✔ #GivingTuesday (We both made our personal donations and were so very happy to see our colleagues, board, family, friends, and even former interns support our work! Thank you!)

Winter Solstice Happy Hour We will be holding court at Co. Co. Sala (downstairs from our new office) from 5:00- 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 21.  Please join us

Yes, that right... we'll be moving our office in December and look forward to sharing our new professional home with you in the new year -- stay tuned for a New Year! New Office! "House-Warming" Party in January.  ;)

You can get a head start on your office-warming gifts for us by making your year-end gift to the DC Collaborative by  clicking here! With your support, starting now through December 31st, we hope to raise enough money for 700 smiles ($13,300 - just $19 each) and in celebration of 19 years of providing enriching and transformative arts and humanities educational experiences to DC students.

With Gratitude,
Lissa and Tracey

DC Collaborative Question Bank Survey


DCPS Chancellor Nomination-- 
DC Collaborative  Question Bank Survey
Please complete by Friday

We need your help! As we shared earlier this week, with Antwan Wilson's nomination for DCPS Chancellor this is an exciting and important opportunity for those of us in the arts and humanities education community to share what we believe is most important to our students -- equitable access to arts and humanities education. 

By this Friday, the DC Collaborative will compile our narrative to share with Antwan Wilson and DC Council's Committee on Education when the DC Collaborative testifies on December 8th

DC Collaborative's 
DCPS Chancellor Question Bank Survey

Please take a moment and complete our 
by this Friday, December 2, by clicking 

For more information and a complete schedule on the Public Roundtables of the DC Council Committee on Education and to attend here.

The more arts and humanities education voices the better!

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


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

Have a story to tell? We have more than 75 stories! Make sure yours is one of them. Contact us.

A Look Inside Imagination Stage's 'Looking for Roberto Celmente'
Submitted by: Katie Greer, Programming and Communications Intern

The Abacus Project: DRANREF Foundation Feature
A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers
Submitted by: Katie Greer
Programming and Marketing Intern
Images submitted by: Monica Lewis
November 4, 2016

About DRANREF: The mission of the the  DRANREF Foundation is to advance STEAM education and entrepreneurship in underserved communities. They are passionate about creatin g opportunities that cultiv ate higher-order thinking, innovation, and social responsibility. 

The Abacus Project:
invites students to explore Asian culture through the world's oldest calculator.  This workshop trains teacher on how to successfully implement this activity in the classroom. The curriculum blends the artistic process with problem solving capability which makes for an engaging experience for students at all skill levels.  

At the conclusion of the professional development workshop, teachers received an easy to follow lesson plan and assessment tools to evaluate the program's success! 

Committee Updates


#CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect
Programming and Membership 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!

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. 

The program committee meets the second Thursday of every month.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; 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.

T he membership committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00am, for one hour. Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

Tea with Tracey and Lissa


Tea with Tracey and Lissa
We are coming over!

This year we are making site visits with DC Collaborative members to learn and share more as we strive to serve our membership even better. We are committing to go on our own "field-trips" and visit at least one member each week this year. We' re inviting ourselves to your place for a "Tea with Tracey and Lissa!" 

If you would like to invite us to your place, please contact Lissa or Tracey !

Shout out to National Geographic Society and National Cherry Blossom Festival for hosting us for "tea" this month! Tremendous thanks to DC Collaborative Board Vice President, Greg McGruder and his team at National Geographic for making our 19th birthday so special!

DC Collaborative on a tour of National Geographic!

Job Bank


Job Opportunities
The National Cherry Blossom Festival and Young Playwrights' Theater are looking to add to their teams!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Seeks a Youth Art Contest Coordinator

Description- National Cherry Blossom Festival, Inc. , a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Washington, DC, is currently seeking a Youth Art Contest Coordinator during October 2016 mid-May 2017. 

Position- This position will focus on the Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show. The 2017 Art Show will display at the Pepco-Edison Place Gallery from March 23 - April 7, 2017 

Young Playwrights' Theater Seeks 
Communications Associate

Description- Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT), the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education, seeks a Communications Associate to help raise the organization's profile locally and nationally. The Communications Associate will be a skilled writer, storyteller and advocate of the organization. Job responsibilities will include imagining and implementing YPT's external communications, media relations and publishing strategy, and writing, editing and creating a variety of promotional materials, including press releases, sales materials, brochures, performance fliers, blog posts, e-communications, website and social media content, fundraising letters and videos. The Communications Associate will enjoy organizing and prioritizing many projects in a fast-paced work environment, and will thrive in a company culture driven by inspiration, creativity and collaboration.  YPT values diversity in the workplace and is an equal opportunity employer. People of color are strongly encouraged to apply.

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume and strong writing sample to bwinter@yptdc.org by January 1, 2016. No phone calls, please.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

The DC Collaborative is grateful to each of you-- our members, partners, teachers, volunteers and supporters, for the time that you devote to providing amazing arts and humanities learning experiences for our DC students-- their first concert, their first museum visit, their first play-- their love of the arts and humanities. We know students are better strategic thinkers and active community citizens and more empathetic as a result of these experiences. Thank you for the tens of thousands of smiles that result from their experiences!  

It is an honor to work so closely with a community of individuals who believe that the arts and humanities are integral to the education of our youth. Our students need arts and humanities education now more than ever. Now more than ever, we must keep working together. 
We are thankful for 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 
1825 K Street, NW Ste 400
Washington, DC 20006

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!

Volunteer!  Help us in our office .

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 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
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627

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