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E-News: October 2016 Birthday 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:

Trick or Treat! Happy Birthday to us!

Today, we wrap up national Arts and Humanities Month full of pride and gratitude for all we do together to bring arts and humanities to DC students. 

With creatively-carved pumpkins lining our office entrance and the Halloween sun not fully set there are candy wrappers already blow over the sidewalks here in our neighborhood. We're getting our butterfly costumes ready... in good spirit and with bellies full of candy, we  mark the  19th year of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative! 

For those of you who have been with us from the beginning to those of you who have just joined us this year, our sincerest thanks and gratitude. Together, we are transforming the lives of DC students and their educators through equitable access to the arts and humanities in DC. Looking at our DC Collaborative logo, we're reminded of those who so thoughtfully designed our logo to represent a butterfly in transformation illustrating how together, and as a community, we impact and support student change, growth and life long learning through the arts and humanities. This year, the DC Collaborative continues to change and grow. With the help of you, our partners and members we are:
  • improving how we serve our Membership through our peer-led and inclusive program and membership committees
  • increasing and enhancing the work we do together for both the arts and humanities through our Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) legacy program
  • expanding our Professional Development workshops with our partners and members for both teachers and our membership
  • embarking on Collective Impact work over the next 16 months for our arts and humanities education community of practice with our new NEA matching grant
Through our collaborative spirit and collective impact, we help enhance and transform the lives of DC students through the arts and humanities! So, before you head out to celebrate Halloween and serve candy to your trick-or-treaters,  please celebrate with us and  give a birthday gift treat of $19 to the DC Collaborative to celebrate our 19th year  !

With Gratitude and Twix bars,

The DC Collaborative Team

Did you send us a present?


More Field-Trips | More Smiles
for More DC Students

Happy Birthday to Us!
Here's to 19 more years providing transformative arts and humanities learning opportunities for DC students! 

Make a $19 donation:  www.dccollaborative.org/donate

Shop through Amazon Smile:  https://smile.amazon.com/ch/52-2125047

19 Years - $19 buys a seat on the bus:
Today, please help us reserve at least one seat for a DC public and public charter school student on our next Arts and Humanities for Every Student field-trip. Students come from all 8 wards across the District of Columbia. Through the support of our members and AHFES providers, additional support of at least $19 per student from you can help us provide a transformative arts or humanities educational field-trip experience for a student. 

Shopping on Amazon? 
Select the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Inc. as your charity of choice. Once registered, shop through AmazonSmile and they will then donate an eligible portion of your purchase to the DC Collaborative. You'd be surprised how our collective percentage of eligible .5% purchases can add up!

Each year 20,000-30,000 students from DC public schools attend at least 500 free performances at our nation's world-class cultural institutions.

We look forward to another year of providing these valuable experiences to DC public and public charter school students and teachers.  With your support we know we can!

Culture Plan Update: ArtsAction DC Spark Conversation


Participate in ArtsAction DC Spark Conversation November 14.
Let's make sure arts and humanities education is well-represented!

As you know, the DC Office of Planning seeks community input as it drafts the DC Cultural Plan. This session will focus on input from ArtsAction DC. ArtsAction DC worked hard to make this culture plan possible. This is Our Culture Plan. Let's make sure that it fully represents all of us! Our goal is to fill the room with as many educators as possible!

When completed, the DC Cultural Plan will lay out a vision and recommendations on how the government and its partners can build upon, strengthen and invest in the people, places, communities and ideas that define culture within the District. Make your voice heard on November 14!

We know the pathway to DC as our Nation's Culture Capital is through Education!

You are critical to ensuring this culture plan is for all DC residents,  especially our students!
We need your help. Speak Up! Be sure to share:
  • We believe that the arts and humanities-inclusive of music, visual arts, theater, dance, and media arts, as well as languages and literature, and historical and philosophical inquiry into the human past and human condition-are central to the education of every DC student!
  • We have a responsibility in providing arts and humanities programming to all DC students to collectively impact public education!
  • We believe that every student and educator is entitled to equitable access to arts and humanities education programming. This includes frequent and consistent access to DC professional arts and humanities, artists and organizations, and their programs for students and families!
  • Arts and humanities education inspires and engages the community, leading to a more vibrant, prosperous and empowered city!
Monday, November 14, 2016 
Time: 10:00 a.m.
Where: Arena Stage 1101 6th St SW, Washington, DC 20024 

Committee Update


#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. The membership committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00am beginning November 2, for one hour. Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

DC Commission Update


DC Commission
DC Commission Update
FY17 grants  and the Celebrate the Creative Spark! Initiative

Fiscal Year 2017 Grants
Award announcements will be emailed to applicants on Monday, October 3, 2016 for all grant programs. Many arts organizations with arts education programs that have traditionally participated in the Arts Education Program (AEP) will now be covered in scope by the Heritage Grant Program (HGP). Questions regarding FY2017 awards and declinations should be addressed to David Markey (david.markey@dc.gov / 202-671-1354.)
Celebrate the Creative Spark!
DCCAH announces the availability of the Celebrate the Creative Spark! grant program for fiscal year 2017. Grants supporting individual teaching artists and organizations offering arts education programs will be available during this period. DCCAH seeks District-based teaching artists and arts organizations experienced in offering programming for children and youth to deliver arts workshops as part of a month-long celebration of the arts during National Arts in Education Month in March 2017. Celebrate the Creative Spark! is designed to meet DCCAH's goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in the city. Participating teaching artists and arts organizations will have the opportunity to build new relationships with public schools across all eight wards of the city and share the process and value of their work with them. Application window is October 17, 2016 through November 17, 2016

Update: Grant preparation workshops will be held by DCCAH on  November 8, from 1:30-3:00. Contact David Markey ( david.markey@dc.gov /  202-671-1354) for more details.

Working with DCPS


Collaborative Effect in Action: 
Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series

StoryBank Blog submitted by: Katie Greer, Programming and Communications Intern
October 25, 2016

Connecting to Curriculum Round-table Series
The DC Collaborative is working with DCPS Central Office to host Connecting to Curriculum Series this year! The series opened on August 30, with a presentation Connecting to Curriculum: A DCPS Framework for Arts Learning from Nathan Diamond, Director, DCPS Arts to assist members in connecting to their new DCPS Framework for Arts Learning. About 50 members participated in the August workshop.

On October 25th, The DC Collaborative hosted an encore workshop for thirty members.  View the PowerPoint

This workshop focused on the following topics:
  • Comprehensive overview of the brand new DCPS Framework for the Arts Learning and DCPS Art Unit Design Structure
  • Overview of the rollout for DCPS teachers
  • Ways to use the Framework as a platform for collaboration and connection

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


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

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

"Singing in German is cool!" AHFES Feature: The Washington Bach Consort
Submitted by: Katie Greer
, Programming and Communications Intern
Images submitted by: Manuel Hernandez, DC Bilingual PCS
October 6, 2016

About the Washington Bach Consort 
Founded in 1977 by J. Reilly Lewis, the  Washington Bach Consort is a professional chorus and orchestra noted for its performances of 18th-Century music on period instruments. Its mission is to perform to the highest artistic standards the music of J.S. Bach and his Baroque contemporaries. The Washington Bach Consort is presenting two programs this fall through the  Arts and Humanities for Every StudentBach in Time and  The Wunderkind Projekt.

Bach in Time is a fun, interactive presentation targeted to 2nd-4th graders, teaches solid musical basics, introduces musical instruments, and provides pre- and post-trip classroom materials.  The Wunderkind Projekt is the Consort's newest education program designed to inspire young music students! View more info about these programs on the Bach Consort's Bach to School  education page.

AHFES In Action:
 The Wunderkind Projekt with DC Bilingual PCS
Before the concert, professional musicians and educators  Barbara Hollinshead and  John Moran visited  DC Bilingual Public Charter School and discussed the upcoming  Noontime Cantata concert to assist in preparing and exciting the students. The artists also assist the teacher with linking the programs to their music classroom curriculum. The pre-trip visit with DC Bilingual PCS was highly interactive and involved live music, singing, and a short German lesson. 
See the full post here.

Tea with Tracey and Lissa


Tea with Tracey and Lissa
We are coming over!
Special thanks to our friends at  Atlas for tea and bagels!
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 !

Special thanks to those who hosted us for "tea" this month!
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Check out the Story Bank Blog from our "Member Feature Tea Time at Atlas Performing Arts Center"

Member Feature: Tea Time at The Atlas Performing Arts Center
Submitted by Rebekka Nickman, DC Collaborative Development and Communications Intern
October 26, 2016

'Tea with Tracey and Lissa'
In order to foster close working relationships and to learn how we can better serve our membership, the DC Collaborative is embarking on weekly site visits this year! During our #teatime field-trips, we'll share refreshments as we observe and learn more about the organizations that comprise the collaborative. 

This week the Collaborative team (including our fantastic interns) made our way to the vibrant H Street Corridor in Northeast, DC, to catch up with  Atlas Performing Arts Center.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

A special thanks to our founders, founding partners, members, DC Collaborative board members and donors on our 19th birthday  for all that we do collectively to bring arts and humanities education programing to students and teachers in the DC public education system.

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.

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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
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