Dear Collaborative Community,

As we kick off our 20th year, we could not have asked for a more exciting month! From a record fundraiser with DC Whole Foods Markets, to the Arts and Humanities for Every Student Fall Lottery launch, to our exciting announcement as the Kennedy Center's 25th Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child site - we have certainly had our hands full! 

We start October, National Arts & Humanities Month brimming with gratitude for all of the support from our Cultural Institution and Practitioner Members, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC public and public charter school students and teachers, volunteers and our DC Collaborative Board members who have worked on behalf of all students in the DC public education system, and the DC community as a whole, to bring equitable access to arts and humanities learning opportunities to all students, in every ward in the District.

We would like to open this newsletter with gratitude for those who were involved in our activities! 


Gratitude to our Members!

Gratitude to our Board of Directors who tirelessly support the DC Collaborative and are dedicated to the cultural institutions and practitioner members, students and educators in DC. 

Gratitude to Whole Foods Market, our Volunteers and Whole Foods Market Shoppers on 5% Day Community Giving Program! More students will receive more field-trips because of your efforts!

Gratitude to Teachers and Students for participating in the AHFES Fall Lottery!

Gratitude to the Presenters at the Any Given Child Washington, DC Announcement on 9/29:
  • Antwan Wilson, Chancellor, DC Public Schools
  • Deborah Rutter, President, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Mario Rossero, Senior Vice President of Education, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Jeanette McCune, Director, School and Community Programs, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
  • Arthur Espinoza, Executive Director, DC Commission on the arts and Humanities
  • Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Executive Director, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
  • Linda Harper, President, DC Collaborative Board of Directors
  • Maria Tukeva, Principal, Columbia Heights Education Campus
Special thanks to our talented DCPS Students for performing:
  • CHEC Latin Jazz Ensemble
    • David Onley, Director; Ivan Navas, Assistant Director
    • "El Final Del Verano" - Armando Rivera
  • Moten Melodics
    • Allyson Chamberlaine, Director
    • "Disney's Little Mermaid Jr" -Music by Alan Menken; Lyrics by Howard Ashmanand Glenn Slater:
      • "Part of Your World" Soloist- Paige Douglas
      • "Under the Sea" Led by Corrin Harris
Thank you to to our host, CHEC and our friends at DCPS:
  • Principal Maria Tukeva
  • Nathan Diamond
  • Pankaj Rayamajhi
  • William Gallion
  • David Onley
  • Allyson Chamberlaine
Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child, Washington, DC
K ennedy Center President Deborah Rutter announcing Any Given Child DC with CHEC Principal Maria Tukeva; CAH Executive Director Arthur Espinoza; Kennedy Center Senior Vice President of Education Mario Rossero, Kennedy Center Director, School and Community Programs Jeanette McCune; DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson; and DC Collaborative Executive Director Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe.

The DC Collaborative is thrilled to announce that DC has been named the 25th Any Given Child Community in the United States!

A huge thank you to The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC Public Schools, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and DC Collaborative members for joining us for the Any Given Child DC press announcement. The DC Collaborative is thrilled to have been selected as the backbone support organization for Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC.

Any Given Child DC will expand the DC Collaborative members and all education leaders to work optimally with all public and private stakeholders. Our Collaborative Work and our Collaborative Effect, remains a truly collective project from planning to implementation. We are a culture capital. We collectively provide access our world-class cultural amenities for DC students and look forward to creating a plan that will be inclusive and vital - full of arts and humanities learning in ever ward and a key component of the District's strategic educational and cultural planning. We are thankful to The Kennedy Center and DC Public Schools for their continued support of the DC Collaborative. We thank the Kennedy Center leadership for being a key local community initiative stakeholder and nationally recognizing the District of Columbia as the 25th Any Given Child community during the DC Collaborative's 20th year of service! *

In addition to the newly-formed Community Arts Team, the DC Collaborative's Membership committee will now become the DC Collaborative Collective Impact committee so all members have an opportunity to be part of the conversation.

* 20th Anniversary Fun Fact: The Kennedy Center, along with DCPS, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Washington Performing Arts and other community stakeholders founded the DC Arts and humanities Education Collaborative on October 30, 1998.
Happy Birthday to Us!
Please Join Us in Celebrating our 20th Birthday!

The DC Collaborative is celebrating its 20th birthday this month!

Help us celebrate by participating in our 20th birthday by becoming a "Friend of the DC Collaborative Individual Member.

By contributing $100 to become a "Friend of the DC Collaborative" you will be making a real difference in a child's life. When a student is transfixed by the beautiful colors of a painting by Monet, it is because of your support. You helped that first grader along the way to that ballet performance that they can not stop thinking about.

With the "friend of the DC Collaborative" membership you will join a community of individuals and cultural institutions who collectively believe that every student should have access to arts and humanities experiences as an integral part of their education.

Join today by Contributing $100 at
October Calendar of Events
Please Join Us!

Please join us for our upcoming events and committee meetings in October. View the October Events Calendar and sign up for events on our website at . We have an two exciting panels this month!

Early Childhood & Family Engagement: Findings from a Community Partnership 

Date: October 24

Time: 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

Location: Sitar Arts Center



Celebrate our birthday with us!

More than Cherry Blossoms: A Forum on Local Programming in a National City 

Date: October 30

Time: 3:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Location: National Museum of Natural History


Whole Foods Market 5% Community Giving Day
Thank you to Whole Foods Market, our Volunteers, Shoppers, and everyone who helped spread the word about the 5 Percent Community Giving Program benefitting Arts and Humanities for Every Student 
field-trips for more students! 

DC Collaborative volunteers-- We could not have done this without you! Thank you for encouraging people to shop and support the #ArtsAndHumanitiesForEveryStudent program. More DCPS and DCPCS students will go on more field-trips this year and that is all because of you!

On September 20th we got to meet and personally thank throusands of shoppers, parents, teachers, media, donors and community stakeholders for supporting our mission. Thousands more who just learned about our work for the first time thanks to our friends at each of DC's Whole Foods Markets. 

We had an incredible outpouring of support from our staff, current and former board members, interns, members and educators- volunteers who stood with us at each of the 4 DC Whole Foods Market stores getting to share the work they do and love on behalf of DC students. Thank you to each of you who helped, whether inviting and socializing the event through your , schools, work and social networks, greeting shoppers, organizing a happy hour or just buying your groceries! Check out our  Story Bank Article Recap, and our  Twitter Board! Stay tuned later this week for an exciting announcement about the total amount raised!

Thanks again to our friends at DC Whole Foods Markets!

AHFES September Recap
AHFES September Recap: Arts and Humanities for Every Student Fall Lottery Opens in Celebration of National Arts in Education Week

This month the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) field-trip program opened in celebration of  National Arts in Education Week  the week of September 11! We are working hard with our members, funders and community stakeholders to collectively and equitably meet the demand of a record 50,000 ticket requests from more than a record 110 schools from every ward in the district! 

Calling All Teachers: Did your school miss out on the Fall Lottery? There are more trips available to request  on our website. Do you need to check if your school is a partner? Contact Rebekka Nickman- or 202-470-6467 ext. 1.

September Field-trip Highlights
We are also please to announce that for the first year, we piloted an early registration lottery with trips in September. Almost  2,700 students attended  Step Afrika! @ National Museum of African American History and CultureAfrican Roots Latino Soul with Discovery Theatre and  Jazzin' InSchool Blues Workshop with DC Jazz Festival.

Read the full post on our Story Bank Blog.
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.
Americans for the Arts Update
October is National Arts & Humanities Month 
See an update from Americans for the Arts!

As we begin National  Arts  & Humanities Month this October, we do so with a heavy heart, but also knowing the  arts  are powerful in their ability to help us heal. Our thoughts go out to those  Americans  in Las Vegas, Puerto Rico, Florida, Houston and the many other communities across the country that are facing their own distinct challenges. Throughout the month of October, and well beyond, let's remember how arts  and culture are uniquely suited to bring communities together to hope and heal. 

#ShowYourArt2017 on Instagram

It's October-Happy National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)! Want a creative, fun, and easy way to celebrate with your friends, family, and colleagues? Join our #ShowYourArt2017 challenge and take to Instagram to share photos that match each day's theme this October. Dazzle people across the nation with your creative side and be sure to tag @Americans4Arts and #ShowYourArt2017.

Want to stretch your creativity more? Join Creative Sprint for daily creativity challenges. More information at Mark your calendar for October 10 when we join forces for a joint prompt!

See more information about National Arts & Humanities Month here.


The DC Collaborative, in partnership with our members, advances equitable access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students.
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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 .

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.

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