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E-News: Spring 2017 Edition
Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative Staff
Dear Friends:
With Spring Break behind us and Spring Tourism season in full swing, we are reminded how important it is for our own DC students to get to experience our member's museums, theaters and cultural venues.

Our collective work for DC students, is vital and essential. We are reminded how important it is for us as a community to support each other to ensure that students have sustained access to transformative high-quality arts and humanities experiences and programs. Our most sincere gratitude to each of you who collectively work with us to bring education opportunities to DC public and public charter school students. Thanks to our membership and program committees, we're looking at our Collective Impact and how we can best serve you our community of practice. We look forward to sharing more at our next members meeting. 
Gearing up for our Spring Members Meeting and Celebration on May 16th -- Who Wants Ice Cream?:

A reminder to  RSVP for our Members Meeting on  May 16th, from  3:30-5:30 p.m. at  Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House.  This meeting will focus on gratitude for our arts and humanities education community members as we wrap-up the school year. Ice Cream Social to follow meeting in the Orangerie! 

Please Keep Sharing Sharing Our Stories:

Be sure to share our Stone Soup Films that tell the wonderful story of our collective work. In addition, the  DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog continues to grow. As we collect more stories we'll have more opportunities to promote the arts and humanities education work that our community provides collectively to DC public and public charter school students. Please contribute to our Story Bank by joining us as a guest blogger and submitting your own entry to info@dccollaborative.orgWe currently have an archive of 98 stories. Maybe your story will be 100! 

With gratitude,
DC Collaborative Team

Spring Members Meeting


DC Collaborative Spring Members Meeting
RSVP today!
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us for our Spring Members Meeting and Ice Cream Social in the Orangery and Museum Tours at Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House on  Tuesday, May 16, from  3:30-5:30 p.m. This meeting will focus on gratitude for our arts and humanities education community members as we wrap-up the school year. More details will be provided soon!

Date:  Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Meeting Time: 3 :30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Networking and Ice Cream Social in the Orangery:  4:30 -5:30 p.m.
After the meeting, join us for an ice cream social and Dumbarton House tours! 
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Fellowship House
1700 Wisconsin Avenue, NW |  Directions 

*Wear your walking shoes! We will walk about a block through Dumbarton House gardens to the orangery for an ice cream social at the conclusion of the meeting. 


National Arts Advocacy Update


National Advocacy update 
Hope from The Hill: Federal Arts Funding to Receive a Boost in the 
New FY2017 Budget! 

Encouraging news thanks to our friends at
Arts Action Fund

"Congress has reached a bipartisan agreement on a bill to fund the nation's federal agencies and programs for the remaining balance of the current FY2017 fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2017. None of the nation's arts and cultural agencies nor programs incurred a budget cut. In fact, many of them received funding increases for this year"   

Next Steps:
  • FY2017:  Both chambers of Congress will next vote on this bipartisan Omnibus Appropriations bill before it proceeds to the President's desk for him to sign/veto by this Friday, May 5th.  Despite the President recently proposing funding cuts to many of these cultural programs (i.e. $15 million cut to NEA), it appears that he will sign the bill.
  • FY2018:  Please note that the FY2018 appropriations bill for funding the federal government from October 1, 2017 through September 30, 2018 is still very much in play and going through the legislative process. This is the bill that the President recommended eliminating the NEA, NEH, IMLS, CPB, etc.  We remain focused on getting all of these agencies fully funded as well in the coming months.
Read more about Arts Action Fund, and how this new budget benefits the arts and humanities, here!

May Advocacy Opportunities


Arts and Humanities Education Advocacy
The DC Collaborative's Membership Committee wants your
help to testify for the May Budget Hearings! 
There is one remaining opportunity to testify before the DC Council Committee on Education (schedule here) as advocacy season winds down.
  • Committee on Education | DC Public Charter School Board and DC State Board of Education- May 4, 2017 10 a.m., John A. Wilson Building, Room 412
Please testify!

Include our 2017 Arts and humanities education message points developed by our membership committee in your own testimony, with personal stories that highlight experiences through the lens of a DC cultural institution or DC resident. If you would like a sample testimony please contact lissa@dccollaborative.org. Make sure that you include that your organization is a DC Collaborative Member in your testimony!

Thank you in for supporting Arts and Humanities Education in DC!

Members Map


  DC Collaborative Members Mapping Project
Contribute to the Members Mapping Project!

NEW and improved data collection method for the  School Year 2015-2016 Members Map!

As you may know, we've released the data collection for the 2015-2016 school year's Members Mapping Project. We need the whole arts and humanities education community to participate!

Collective Impact | Collaborative Effect
The goal of the DC Collaborative's Members Mapping Project is to illustrate our members' individual as well as our community's collective reach among DC public and public charter schools. This data will help to seed our community's Collective Impact work featuring shared measurements and collective voice, and it will provide information essential in our advocacy efforts. While we understand this is a detailed request - it is so very important for all of us to participate. Making the case for our community in helping to serve all DC students is only as good as the data that you provide.

This is a resource for your organization to show your outreach through a visual representation of your educational offerings to DC's public school system. You could use the map as a development tool to assist you in advocating for support. 

What Info Do We Need?
As with previous years, we are collecting information on all of the programs/workshops that your organization provides to DC Public School and Public Charter School students and teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. This includes both in-school (field-trips and residencies that take place during school hours), and after-school or summer programs, along with professional development opportunities. We will be collecting 16-17 School year info as soon as this school year concludes!

We are collecting additional information on which teaching artists your organization works with and we are creating a new community calendar. 

Timeline for Collection:   Program Info due  Friday, May 26th!
To Participate:  Please contact us at membership@dccollaborative.org to participate in this project! Note: All current members received an individual email during Spring Break! Contact us if you have additional questions.

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


  DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog April Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog April Highlights!

Have a story to tell? We have 98 stories! Your story can be number 100! Make sure yours is one of them. Contact us.

A Trip to Freer|Sackler for the "Look and Discover Museum Tour"
AHFES Feature:Freer|Sackler
Text submitted by: Maya Simkin, DC Collaborative Programs and Communications Intern
Images submitted by: Karen Daniels, Fillmore Arts Center
April 27, 2017

On March 30th, Karen Daniels and her 1st and 2nd grade classes from Fillmore Arts Center (pictured above) went on the Look and Discover Museum Tour at the Freer|Sackler Museum. This program is part of our Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program March Lottery and runs through the end of the school year.

In this program, students spent time exploring the museum's gallery  looking closely at artworks depicting various styles and cultural traditions from the permanent collection. They also took a look at Japanese paintings from the special exhibition  Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered (April 8-July 9, 2017). The lively and engaging docents helped students describe what they saw and consider how the elements of art-line, color, shape, pattern, etc.-helps us to understand individual artworks and the cultures that produced them.
Read the Full Post Here

Committee Updates


#CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect
Programming, Membership and  Special Events and 
Outreach 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!

Special Events and Outreach Committee
Calling All DC Collaborative Friends and Advocates! 
Interested in helping to raise $, support and awareness through events and campaigns for the DC Collaborative this Spring? Please join our Special Events and Outreach Committee! Our next meeting is next  Wednesday, April 5th at 1 p.m.  We're a fun group that gets along, enjoys planning and creating Art Buzz and enhancing community events, parties, "friendraisers," merriment and awareness of the #CollaborativeEffect of our work. 

Contact Lissa for more information!

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. 

Join us Thursday, May 11, 4:30-5:30 p.m. 
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; participating in developing advocacy messaging; 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.

Join us Wednesday, May 3, 10:00-11:00 a.m.
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

Funding Opportunity


Lorraine S. Dreyfuss Theater Education Fund Application
Applications Due June 1, 2017

The Lorraine S. Dreyfuss Theater Education Fund aims  to promote arts engagement among early career artists and arts professionals. Arts organizations of all disciplines (including, but not limited to theater) with a strong history of training emerging artists and arts professionals through either classroom training or pre-professional internship programs are encouraged to apply for up to two years of funding. Organizations will then  bestow scholarships upon recipients who otherwise would not be able to be part of their programs. 

To apply, please submit up to two pages describing why  your organization needs this financial support, including a brief history of education efforts and programs at your organization, and  the selection process of the scholarship recipients. Organizations must be based in the DMV region.
Applications can be submitted by e-mail to dreyfuss.fund@gmail.com by June 1, 2017.

DCPS Arts Updates


DCPS Music Festival on Millennium Stage
Volunteer Today!

More than 60 ensembles comprised of over 1600 students and representing 30 schools will perform on the Millennium Stages at the Kennedy Center for the 2017 DCPS Music Festival. This three day event bring people together from across the city to celebrate the work of teachers and students in music education.  Ensembles perform for a panel of professionals and are evaluated based on their technicality and creativity of their performance. Ensembles range from ukulele to orchestra, performing works from Bach to rap.

Performances run from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm each day. More info is available here.

If you are interested in volunteering at the event, please complete the  Volunteer Sign Up Form.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

A special thanks to our programming and membership committees... Thank you to those of you who participate in our committee work which helps to bolster our programs and membership services. Your input on our programming and membership services work is invaluable. We are inspired to work with educators and administrators who are dedicated to the community work of providing equitable access to arts and humanities education for all DC students. We appreciate you!

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 
975 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004

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 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!

Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and are subject to edits by the DC Collaborative staff.
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW #303
Washington, DC 20004
p. (202) 470-6467
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