Dear Friends,

It's almost October! And that means field trip season is upon us - it's our favorite time of the year! Be sure to keep an eye on your email for confirmations and surveys! Included in this issue of our E-Newsletter is an announcement about our upcoming member's meeting.

Also included in this issue: a look back at our most recent Professional Development Institute, a recap of National Arts in Education Week, and an exciting announcement from one of our member organizations! We look forward to continuing to work with all of you for a fun year full of arts and humanities learning opportunities!

DC Collaborative Team   

National Arts in Education Week Wrap-Up

Celebrating Arts in Education Week

From September 10th through the 15th, the United States celebrated National Arts in Education week. Schools and organizations hosted events nationwide in celebration.

Here at the Collaborative, we celebrated with the opening of our Fall Lottery and the  culmination of our work with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and their Hamilton Education program to provide transportation to and from the Kennedy Center.  Title-1 eligible schools were invited to integrate Alexander Hamilton and the Founding Era into classroom studies and then see the musical. Over 4,000 DC students participated in the program at the Kennedy Center on September 12 and 13.
DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog Highlights
Social Emotional Learning through the Arts Professional Development Institute
September Professional Development Institute focused on Social Emotional Learning through the arts. On September 15th, we co-hosted this event with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  " The PD Institute was filled with workshops led by our member organizations with valued expertise on how to integrate emotions and thread students into conversations that would help them become their best selves. "

Member organization presenters including Imagination Stage, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Levine Music, Center for Inspired Teaching, Inner City Inner Child, teaching artist Mary Hall Surface, Arena Stage, Project Create, guest presenter Gary Glazner with Poetry for Life, and Split this Rock.

Read on to explore some of the highlights of the day!
Annual Members Meeting

Date : Thursday, October 25, 2018
Time : 4:00pm - 6:00pm
Location: Phillips@THEARC
1801 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC

Formal invite to follow. Members register here.
Kids Euro Fest 2018
Kids Euro Fest is right around the corner! The festival runs  October 20 through November 4

Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe's most talented children's entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, movies, storytelling, puppetry, dance, magic, and cinema. 

Many of our member organizations are working in collaboration with the European-American Cultural Foundation, the EU Delegation, and 28 EU member state embassies to prepare for the upcoming festival.

For more information, visit their website!

81st Annual Conference for Community Arts Education

The Conference for Community Arts Education brings together more than 700 leaders and educators from a range of backgrounds to share knowledge, build relationships, and advance a common vision: a nation where arts education is accessible and embraced as essential for human development and healthy communities.

This year, the Conference will showcase visionary and creative change makers from across the country and throughout Baltimore. They are using the power of the arts to examine and challenge inequity, engender hope, and promote connected, creative communities.

The Conference features four days of transformative learning and networking. With breakout sessions, special community events, networking opportunities, site visits, and a host of other offerings, the Guild Conference is an invaluable resource for the field.

The program is organized into tracks to provide learning in Organizational Growth & Sustainability, Creative Youth Development, Social Justice, Arts in Education, Leadership Development, and Human Resources-with a special Lessons from Baltimore track this year.

Date: November 14 - 17, 2018
Location: 202 E Pratt St. Baltimore, Maryland 2120 
  Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace
Adventure Theater MTC launches DC-wide Search for Teen Musical Theater Stars
Chosen teens will work with Tony-award winning playwright and top DC talent!

Adventure Theater MTC celebrates the glorious richness of our world by cultivating Equity, Diversity, and Inclusivity as they inspire the creativity that nurtures great art, artists, and audiences.

Coming from award winning playwright William Hauptman, Adventure Theater presents a new musical Huckleberry Finn's Big River, based on the award winning musical Big River

In partnership with Duke Ellington School of the Arts, NextStop Theater, Frederick Community College, Six Flags America, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Montgomery County Public Schools, these auditions will seek to find four teen African American performers, female and male, and four teen performers, female and male, of any race. 

To illustrate an American story, against the tapestry of different ethnicities and cultures, the Huckleberry Finn's Big River script and designs are sculpted using feedback from community influencers. These influencers ensure the production reflects the values of our current culture.

For more information about audition times and locations, follow the link below.
Sitar Arts Center Selected as DC Bloomberg Philanthropies Grantee

DC Collaborative member  Sitar Arts Center  has been chosen as a grantee recipient of the invitation-only Bloomberg Philanthropies' Arts Innovation and Management program (AIM). Sitar is among a cohort of cultural organizations in Washington, D.C. that were selected to participate in the $43 million, multi-year initiative to strengthen small to mid-sized arts nonprofits (find the list of D.C. grantees  here ). This grant not only reflects Bloomberg Philanthropies' devotion to inclusive, equitable arts education for D.C.'s young people, but its investment in the professional development of arts leaders and cultural innovators. 

The Bloomberg grant is unrestricted and comes with a wealth of training opportunities and access to experts in fundraising, marketing and board development. Sitar plans to use the unique grant to engage more individual donors, whose generous support will enable them to expand after-school and offsite programs in traditionally underserved communities. With dozens of local organizations learning new skills together, the AIM grant is expected to have a multiplier effect on the D.C. arts community.  

Sitar Arts Center envisions a city where families across the cultural, economic and racial spectrums can live and thrive in a city that fervently believes that high-quality arts education and transformative arts experiences for all are essential. Their mission is to offer possibilities that transform the lives of children and teens born into a world of unequal access to opportunity.
Bloomberg Philanthropies works in over 480 cities in more than 120 countries around the world to ensure better, longer lives for the greatest number of people. The organization focuses on five key areas for creating lasting change: Arts, Education, Environment, Government Innovation, and Public Health. Bloomberg Philanthropies encompasses all of Michael R. Bloomberg's charitable activities, including his foundation and his personal giving.
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.

Ways to Give

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible the the fullest extent of the law.

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!

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 .

The DC Collaborative is members of the Any Given Child program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing 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.

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!

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