September Newsletter: Back to School Edition

Dear Friends,

The 2017-2018 School Year has begun in full-swing, and we have lots to share with you!

As we kick off our 20th Anniversary Year, we have an exciting announcement coming up. Make sure you are there to hear it at our Annual Fall Members Meeting on September 29th.

We had a record turnout for our AHFES Orientation and Members Fair at the Kennedy Center this last month! Thank you to all our members and educators for helping to make this event such a success. If you were unable to attend the orientation, you have one last chance to make sure your school is ready for the  2017 Fall AHFES Lottery . Register for the FINAL make-up orientation webinar on September 8th.  The Lottery opens on September 11th in celebration of National Arts in Education week.

Please be sure to join us on September 20th at the Whole Foods Market location nearest to you for the  Whole Foods Market 5% Community Giving Shopping Day , benefitting the Arts and Humanities for Every Student Fund. Whole Foods Market is donating 5% of their daily profits to the DC  Collaborative, and we are putting that money straight towards transportation for field-trips. We are still looking for volunteers, please consider working with us on this event!

Finally, Thank you to all of our new and returning Members! If you haven't had a chance to pay your FY18 Membership Dues yet, please be sure to pay them, ASAP!

Thank you for being a part of Our Collaborative. We are so excited for what this next year will bring!

All the best,
The DC Collaborative Team

*Header footage courtesy of Stone Soup Films

Whole Foods Market 5% Day Community Giving Program

Whole Foods Market 5% Day Community Giving Program
Shop to Support Arts and Humanities for Every Student!

5% of all proceeds go to support 
Arts and Humanities for Every Student field-trips for DCPS and DCPCS students!

On  Wednesday, September 20th, 2017 , the DC Collaborative is partnering with all four DC Whole Foods Market locations (Tenleytown, NW, P Street NW, Foggy Bottom NW, and H Street NE-- all day and night -- for a Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day. During this time, 5% of each store's daily profits (including catering sales!) will go directly to our AHFES Fund to provide field-trip transportation for DCPS and DCPCS students!

This AHFES shopping day is for OUR ENTIRE community. 

We encourage all members to get out and represent at the Whole Foods Market location nearest to you. Come volunteer and raise awareness about your arts and humanities education programs. Shop and place catering orders to support! 

We are still looking for volunteers!
at all four Whole Foods Market locations 

Volunteer Orientation 
Monday, September 11th from 4-5:30PM

Flyering at Whole Foods Stores
Wednesday, September 13th from 4-6:00PM

5% Day at Whole Foods Market Stores Wednesday, September 20th from 10 AM-7 PM

More information about how to participate:

Please mark you calendars and start making your shopping lists (and plan your catering orders,) for Whole Foods shopping for Arts and Humanities Education for Every Student on September 20th!

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update

Calling All Educators: Make sure to Register your School!

Each year the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program Fall Lottery opens in celebration of  National Arts in Education Week . Prior to the Fall AHFES Lottery, Key Communicators must return the School Partnership Agreement, pay the 
School Application Fee
 and attend orientation.

Register your school!
Friday, September 8, 2017 4:30PM-5:30PM

Members Mapping Project

Members Mapping 2016-17
Remember to Submit your data by September 5!

The goal of the DC Collaborative mapping project is to illustrate our individual as well as collective reach among DC public and public charter schools. These maps will provide members with useful information about where outreach/services gaps exist. The online version of this map will eventually reveal, on a member by member and school by school basis, the extent of the arts offerings and resources within DC public and public charter schools. More information here.

We are currently collecting data for the 2016-17 school year. The deadline for this information is Tuesday, September 5.
Please let us know if you need help accessing your organization's template


DC Collaborative Fall Members Meeting

DC Collaborative Fall Members Meeting
Save the Date!

The DC Collaborative invites you to join us for our Fall Members Meeting at Columbia Heights Education Campus on Friday, September 29, from 11:00 AM-12:00 PM This meeting will be preceded by an important announcement regarding our community's Collective Impact efforts.

Date: Friday, September 29, 2017
Meeting Time: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus
3101 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 |  Directions

DC Collaborative Programming Committee Meeting

DC Collaborative September Programming Committee Meeting

PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE:  Our programming committee is open to members, educators and partners of the DC Collaborative who are interested in evaluating our programs. The committee ensures that the arts and humanities education experiences offered through the DC Collaborative's AHFES and Professional Development programs are of the highest quality. The committee provides opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, and mentorship, while also supporting the DC Collaborative staff. We appreciate you volunteering your expertise that will better the field by contributing to a body of work and best practices for Members and educators alike. Your work on this committee will positively impact the education of the students in the District of Columbia.  Join us for the first meeting of the 2017-18 School Year and Make sure your voice is heard!

Date: Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Meeting Time: 4:30 PM-5:30 PM
Location: DC Collaborative Office
923 F St NW, Washington, DC 20004 |  Directions

Story Bank Blog Highlights

August Story Bank Blog

A Look-in on the DC Collaborative's 2017-2018 AHFES Orientation and Membership Fair
Submitted by: JaiAnn Haskins, DC Collaborative Communications Intern
August 18, 2017

Our 2017-2018 Member Fair and AHFES Orientation, held on August 17, 2017 at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, showcased the 2017-2018 Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) and Professional Development (PD) offerings and other member programs. Nearly 175 people including DC Collaborative members, partners, teachers and principals attended! Thank you to the Kennedy Center for hosting us!

For DC Collaborative Cultural Institution Members: Members participated in a professional development from our Connecting to Curriculum Workshop series led by Nathan Diamond of DCPS Arts ( PowerPoint Here ), Jayson Wilkinson of DCPS Social Studies ( PowerPoint Here ) and Robert Yates of DCPS English/Language Arts ( PowerPoint Here )  teams and showcased their arts and humanities education programming to teachers at the Member Fair.

For Teachers and School Partners:
 Teachers heard from The Kennedy Center and DC Collaborative board and staff about AHFES program policies and logistics in preparation for the Fall Online Lottery on September 11.  View the AHFES PowerPoint Here

**Attending an AHFES orientation is required for schools wishing to participate in the 2017-2018 AHFES and PD programs.**

If you were unable to attend the 2017-2018 Member Fair and AHFES Orientation we will be hosting a Webinar  providing vital information regarding educator policies and procedures.

ArtsAction DC Update

Ready to kick off fall with some advocacy?


ArtsAction DC Public Meeting!
September 18, 2017
5:30pm - 7:30pm
At Arena Stage - Kogod Cradle 1101 6th St. SW Washington, DC)

Please  join us on September 18  for our first open, public meeting of the year. We'll be sharing updates about the DC budget, planning for an upcoming Arts Advocacy Day in October, and talking about proposed legislation to create a dedicated funding stream for arts, humanities, and the creative economy.
We welcome past participants, new participants, and everyone who is interested in advancing the arts, humanities, and the creative economy in this city. The more voices, the better! Please feel free to forward this email and share the invitation with others you think may be interested--no formal experience in the arts, humanities, creative economy, or advocacy required.

Check us out on Facebook and  REGISTER!

Americans For The Arts Update

Arts Ed Week Happy Hour

When: Wednesday, September 13
 from  5 PM  -  9 PM 
Where: Vinoteca DC
1940 11th St NW, Washington, District of Columbia 20001

Join us for drink specials, bocce ball, and networking with fellow arts educators at Vinoteca DC to celebrate and support National Arts in Education Week! Donate $10 or more and get a wristband giving you access to extended happy hour pricing at Vinoteca from 5 to 9 p.m. Proceeds support Americans for the Arts' mission to advance the arts and arts education nationwide. 

Designated by Congress in 2010, National Arts in Education Week is a national celebration recognizing the arts importance to a well-rounded education and supporting equitable access to the arts for all students. This week highlights the arts as an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages-from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs-benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities. Learn more and join the movement at

Check us out on Facebook, event details here!

DC State Board of Education Update

SBOE Announces Second #ESSA Task Force Meeting
September Working Session Also Released

Washington, DC-  The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold its second Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force meeting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. The twenty-nine members of the task force will continue the important work of devising education policy recommendations related to the District's implementation of ESSA. More information about the work of the task force can be found at .
All task force meetings are open to the public. However, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate during task force sessions. District residents may stay involved and provide input throughout this process in a variety of ways. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony or information for consideration by the task force by emailing . The task force meeting will be streamed live via  Periscope  for those community members who are unable to attend in person.

The SBOE will hold a Board member retreat on September 6 to receive training and assist in the development of members, including a review of its current strategic plan. This meeting will be closed to the public under DC Official Code ยง 2-575(a)(12).

Also on September 6, 2017, the SBOE will hold its  monthly working session.  The working session will  be held at 5:00 p.m. in Room 1114 at 441 4th Street NW. State Board members will review budgetary items for FY2018 and FY2019 as well as receive updates from its High School Graduation Requirements Task Force and Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Task Force.

The public is welcome to attend the working session. However, individuals and representatives of organizations are not permitted to speak or participate during the working session. Individuals and representatives of organizations may submit written testimony for consideration by the SBOE. Written testimony may also be submitted by email at .

The draft agenda for the working session is below. Please note that the agenda may be altered, modified or updated without notice.
I.         Call to Order
II.        Announcement of a Quorum
III.        SBOE Budget Items
I V.        Committee Updates
V.         Office Reports
VI.        Adjournment

The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at

Thursday, August 31, 2017
Contact: John-Paul Hayworth, Executive Director

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Update:
Mayor's Arts Awards

32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards 
RSVP Today!

The  Mayor 's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers and nonprofit organizations. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will present the 32nd Annual  Mayor 's Arts Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre on  September 14, 2017 .

Tickets are free to the public and are now available online via or by calling  202-734-5613.
About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities:
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Thursday, September 14, 2017 | 7:00 PM
Historic Lincoln Theatre
1215 U Street NW, Washington, DC


Thank you to all our FY18 Members who have paid their dues! 
  • Adventure Theatre-MTC
  • AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center
  • Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
  • Art Museum of the Americas- Organization of American States
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center
  • Avalon Theatre
  • Cameroon American Council
  • Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
  • Carey Stipe
  • Carmen Boston
  • Center for Inspired Teaching
  • Choral Arts Society of Washington DC
  • Dancing Classrooms
  • DAR Museum
  • Day Eight
  • DC Fire & EMS Museum
  • DC Jazz Festival
  • DC Scores
  • Diane Macklin
  • Discovery Theater
  • DRANREF Foundation
  • Dumbarton Oaks
  • Educate to Create
  • Environmental Film Festival
  • Folger Shakespeare Library
  • Ford's Theatre
  • Freer|Sackler Gallery
  • Gala Hispanic Theatre
  • Gandhi Memorial Center
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon
  • Halcyon Arts Lab and Halcyon Stage
  • House Studio DC
  • Imagination Stage
  • Inner City Inner Child
  • Interact Story Theatre
  • James Modrick
  • Joanna Lewton
  • KanKouran West African Dance Company
  • Karen O Brown
  • Keegan Theatre
  • Kreeger Museum
  • Lana Wong
  • Latin American Youth Center
  • Learning Life
  • Lenore Blank Kelner
  • Levine Music
  • Library of Congress
  • Links. Inc Washington DC Chapter
  • Live It Learn It
  • Mahogany Bleu
  • Meridian Hill Pictures
  • MusicianShip, Inc
  • National Building Museum
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival
  • National Gallery of Art
  • National Geographic Society
  • National Museum of African Art,
  • National Museum of American History
  • National Museum of Natural History
  • National Museum of the American Indian
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts
  • National Symphony Orchestra
  • O Street Museum Foundation
  • Only Make Believe
  • Opera NOVA
  • Perisphere Theatre
  • Post Classical Ensemble
  • President Lincoln's Cottage
  • Project Create
  • Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
  • Sally Canzoneri
  • Shakespeare Theatre Co.
  • Shout Mouse Press
  • Sitar Arts Center
  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
  • Solas Nua*
  • The George Washington University and The Textile Museum
  • The In Series, Inc.
  • The Kennedy Center
  • The Phillips Collection
  • The Puppet Co.
  • Washington Bach Consort
  • Washington Ballet
  • Washington Chorus
  • Washington Improv Theatre
  • Washington National Opera
  • Washington Performing Arts
  • Wolf Trap Foundation
  • Young Playwrights' Theater
  • Zenith Community Arts Foundation
If your organization isn't on this list, fear not!
You can join our collaborative and pay your dues here!

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Special thanks to our new designer Sean Flattery!

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
975 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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The DC Collaborative is a proud recipient of an FY17 Partnership 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 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 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 .
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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW #303
Washington, DC 20004
p. (202) 470-6467

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