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E-News: September 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:

September was such a busy month - together we've started the new school year with great resources and opportunities thanks to you!  This month as a community we came together to celebrate at the Mayor's Arts Awards and we thank Chancellor Kaya Henderson for her support and six years of service to DC students and their educators. See the latest DCPS Today newsletter summarizing her tenure.

As part of  National Arts in Education Week  we kicked off our Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) lottery and held our Annual Members Meeting at Shakespeare Theatre Studio. We shared with our membership and stakeholders the success of our previous year working together, and updates on our programming committee work and continued collective impact planning. 

Please be sure to join us at one of the Culture Plan convenings each  Tuesday in October. Let's make sure that the arts and humanities education community is well-represented in the discussions! #CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect!

By special request from many of you who missed our AHFES Members Fair and Orientation at the Kennedy Center, DCPS Arts Director Nathan Diamond will present an encore workshop "Connecting to the Curriculum a DCPS Framework for Arts Learning" on  October 25th here at the DC Collaborative office. It is exciting for our community of practice to get in on the ground floor of this innovative arts curriculum with DCPS and for those of you who missed the first presentation, we recommend you join us October 25th.
Please help us make our collective impact greater! Please become  Friend of the DC Collaborative Individual Member. Our Individual "Friends of the Collaborative" members is a way for for those of you who wish to personally support the work of the Collaborative. Individual membership supports all of the work that we do together in bridging the gap between our great institutions of arts and humanities with our future artists and consumers who will support them  tomorrow

Wrapping up September, all indications are that 2016-2017 will be another impactful art and humanities - filled school year with our partners, members, educational providers and friends. Looking forward to October and celebrating National Arts and Humanities month with you!
With gratitude,

The DC Collaborative Team

Culture Plan Update, Be Part of the Conversation!


Culture Plan Update
Check out the new Culture Plan website
Participate in a cultural conversation in October
Let's make sure arts and humanities education is well-represented!

The DC Office of Planning launched  www.dcculturalplan.org , a website that provides an overview the culture plan, FAQs, and findings from their July kick off event. The website also provides information on upcoming engagement opportunities.
Tuesdays in October: INTERMISSIONDC Community Listening Sessions presented by OP and DCCAH: invites participation in cultural conversations in each quadrant of the District Tuesdays in October. Topics discussed will include cultural identity, performance and production space needs, cultural programming and innovation.

Arts and humanities education and cultural participation opportunities for youth will be part of each discussion topic as cross-cutting themes of the Cultural Plan. Let's make sure the arts and humanities education community is well-represented at each meeting! More information: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-conversations-on-the-dc-cultural-plan-tickets-27899226337

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 committee meets the second Thursday of each month at 4:30pm beginning October 13, for one hour. 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 committee meets the first Wednesday of every month at 10:00 am beginning November 2, for one hour. Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

AHFES Update


Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update
AHFES Opened in Celebration of National Arts in Education Week!

The Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program opened its fall lottery on September 12, in Celebration of National Arts in Education Week! 105 schools in every ward in the city applied for AHFES experiences. Thank you to educators and members for coming together as a community to ensure access to arts and humanities education for students and Professional Development experiences for teachers in Washington, DC. We value your contributions to provide these experiences for your students. 

AHFES experiences through the Kennedy Center's 5th grade Kimsey Initiative are still open as well as some experiences 1st-12th grade through the Washington Bach Consort and 3rd grade for Imagination Stage's Roberto Clemente. Educators may  view the available trips here.


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. Grant preparation workshops will be held by DCCAH on October 18 and 21, 2016. Contact David Markey (david.markey@dc.gov / 202-671-1354) for more details.

DCPS Corner


Connecting to the Curriculum: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Nathan Diamond hosts a Connecting to Curriculum workshop. Please join us!

Nathan Diamond, DCPS Director, Arts, will hold a C onnecting to Curriculum: A DCPS Framework for Arts Learning workshop on 10/25. This workshop is for anyone who missed the first session at The Member Fair and AHFES orientation in August or would like a refresher.   View the PowerPoint  from the workshop August workshop.

Date: October 25, 2016
Time: 10:00-11:30am
Location: DC Collaborative Offices
1825 K Street, NW Suite 400 (4th floor) 
Washington, DC 20006

Connecting to the Curriculum: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Nathan Diamond, Director of the Arts for DCPS, will engage participants in a 'walk-through' of the new DCPS Framework for Arts Learning and the DCPS Arts Unit Design Structure. These will be examined with foci on the recent unit development process, an overview of the rollout for DCPS teachers and how organizations can use the Framework as a platform for collaboration and connection.

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


  DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog August Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog September Highlights!

Celebrating Arts in Education Week at the Annual Members Meeting
Submitted by: Nicholas Kelly
, Program and Communications Intern
September 16, 2016

You might not know it, but the  Shakespeare Theatre Company has a rehearsal space near Eastern Market. You'll recognize the red awning between Ted's Bulletin and Medium Rare. To quote "Hamilton", this is "the room where it happens." This is where the work is done to make magical things happen. On  September 15, during  National Arts in Education Week, it was a fitting time and place to convene the  Annual Members Meeting of the DC Collaborative to celebrate the powerful and transformative role that the arts play in education and to recognize the incredible work our community of practice does to make magical things happen in our city.

What We've Been Up To

The meeting began with a welcome from our host Chris Jennings, DC Collaborative Board Member and Executive Director of Shakespeare Theatre Company. Then our Board President Linda Harper called the meeting to order and got right to business by presenting the newest nominee to the DC Collaborative Board of Directors: Barbara Stauffer, Chief of Community Programs at Smithsonian Institution, Museum of Natural History. Without objection, the members voted Barbara onto the board.  Take a look at the PowerPoint for the meeting. Take a look at the PowerPoint for the meeting.
See the full post here.

The Power of Investigative Storytelling Onscreen
Submitted by:  Nicholas Kelly, Program and Communications Intern
September 29, 2016

DC Collaborative member  100Reporters is committed to the cause of investigative journalism as a means of promoting transparency and good government, and for the second year in a row, they are presenting that commitment through film.

This October, 100Reporters is presenting the second edition of  Double Exposure: Investigative Film Festival and Symposium. Pairing film screenings with a symposium featuring leading investigative journalists and filmmakers, the purpose of the festival is to provide a space for filmmakers and investigative journalists to inspire and collaborate with each other. It is also a platform to showcase innovative investigative journalism and present it to the public.

The festival will take place at the National Portrait Gallery and the National Press Club from October 6 to October 8, 2016.
See the full post here.

Tea with Tracey and Lissa


Tea with Tracey and Lissa
We are coming over!

This coming year we will begin site visits with DC Collaborative members so that we can 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 prior to us reaching out, please contact Lissa or Tracey !

Thank you to all of those who hosted us for "tea" this month!
  • Culture Capital

  • DC Scores

  • Levine Music
Special thanks to Marie and Sarah for a proper tea and biscuit, tour and good professional development conversation at Levine!

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...
 Thank you to The Shakespeare Theatre Company and the DC Collaborative Board!

A special thanks to the Shakespeare Theatre Company for hosting us at our Annual Membership Meeting on September 15. You are gracious hosts! 

Thank you to our Executive Committee slate of officers:
President- Linda Harper, LHarper and Associates Read Linda's Story!
Vice President- Nik Apostolides, U.S. Capitol Visitor Center Read Nik's Story!
Vice President- Greg McGruder, National Geographic Society Read Greg's Story!
Treasurer- Susan Rosenbaum, SA Rosenbaum & Associates Read Susan's Story!
Secretary- Susana Florian, Executive Business Development  Consultant Read Susana's Story!

Welcome to our newest Board Member:
Barbara Stauffer,  Smithsonian  National Museum of Natural History (#StoryBank coming soon!)

Sincerest thanks to our outgoing Board Members for their 9+ consecutive years each of board service:
Jeanette McCune, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (to continue as program and membership committe chair and soon to be ex-officio member of the DC Collaborative Board)  Read Jeanette's Story!
Gail Murdock, Peabody Early Childhood Center (to continue as program committee member) Read Gail's Story
Dorothy McSweeny, Chair Emeritus, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (to continue as Emeritus member of the DC Collaborative Board) Read Dorothy's Story!

Ways to Give


Ways to Give

To donate to the DC Collaborative online by credit card
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DC Arts and Humanities Education  Collaborative 
1825 K Street, NW Ste 400
Washington, DC 20006

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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.

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