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E-News: June 15, 2017
First Day of Summer Vacation Edition
Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative Staff @NMWA
Dear Friends:

Happy First Day of Summer Vacation!

These past two weeks and as the school year was wrapping up, we held two terrific  AHFES Hours Connecting to Curriculum session to help members align their programs. First with DCPS Arts and ELA teams at National Museum of Women in the Arts and DCPS Social Studies team at the DC Collaborative office (Details including handouts, Twitter Live recording, surveys and Story Bank following below.)

Collective Impact - Collaborative Effect - Members Mapping Update:  As many of you already know, we are honored and excited to continue our collective impact work identifying our community of practice's common agenda and shared measurements through our NEA grant. This year we have been researching best practices and have applied to become a Kennedy Center Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child community. If approved, we will benefit from best practices of this important national collective impact initiative as we approach our 20th anniversary! 

Speaking of anniversaries, Tracey celebrated her 5th year at the DC Collaborative on June 4! Eva will celebrate her birthday on June 23 and Rebekka will celebrate her birthday June 27. Lissa will celebrate her 50th anniversary traveling around the Sun on June 27 (same birth day, not year, as Rebekka!)

To mark her 50th, Lissa is asking friends and colleagues to donate $50 to our  Arts and Humanities for Every Student program. Check out Lissa's Facebook message below and please consider making a donation  here.

Thanks again for a great school year - and in advance - for what will be a very busy and productive summer!

--DC Collaborative Team

AHFES and PD Applications are Due June 30th!


Reminder! AHFES and PD Applications DUE JUNE 30th!
DC Collaborative Members are Invited to apply to the 

As the school year winds down today and extended session starts, the DC Collaborative is gearing up for the 2017-2018 School Year's Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development programs! 

We invite everyone to participate next school year! More information is available on our website.

To Apply:

Mark You Calendars: July is Membership Renewal Month!


July is DC Collaborative 
Membership Renewal Month!
Renew your membership after  July 1 to continue to actively participate in 
DC's arts and humanities education community of practice. 
Continue Your Part of Our Collaborative Effect! 

The DC Collaborative begins FY18 membership renewal on July 1st! 

The DC Collaborative is excited to kick of fits 20th year with Membership Enrollment in July! Please  save the date and join our flourishing arts and humanities education community during Membership Enrollment Month in July.  As an active member,  you will receive our newsletters, a link from our website to yours,  and invitations to our quarterly member meetings, round-table discussions, and committee meetings, along with being eligible to apply to be part of the AHFES and PD  programs. 

Member Benefits:
  • Network: Gain access to our member directory. Build relationships with other organizations through member meetings and events, professional development for staff, and other networking opportunities. Many new programs and projects have been created as a result of membership networking.
  • Programming: Gain access to DC Public and Public Charter Schools to assist your organization in connecting equitably to students through the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student, (AHFES) and Professional Development Initiatives. Through our AHFES and PD programs you will receive:
    • Outreach: coordinated scheduling, field-trip registration lottery system, PD registration system, in-school placement, reservation tracking and coordination, timely teacher reminders, post-experience survey and analysis, and contracting with transportation vendors 
    • Technical assistance in connecting to DCPS and DC Public Charter School curricular priorities
    • Contacts through an active network of teachers and administrators at each school
    • Up-to-date data on DCPS and DC Public Charter Schools
  • Professional Development: Attend and offer professional development workshops, webinars and roundtables for member organization staff.
  • Collective Impact: Join a cross-sector network of cultural institutions, government agencies, funders, schools, and families working jointly to impact arts and humanities education in the District. Help define shared language and measurements for our entire community. Contribute to our collective impact and data collection initiatives and our community calendar. 
  • Community of Practice: Join the Collaborative's clearinghouse of arts and humanities education resources. Contribute to the field by evaluating the quality and equity of arts and humanities education programming offered in the District by participating in the DC Collaborative's Programming Committee. 
  • Advocacy: Be heard as a part of a collective voice with other arts and humanities education stakeholders in advancing arts and humanities education in Washington, DC, including city-wide policies and planning. Through our membership convenings, stay connected to local and national government officials and advocacy organizations.
  • Communications and Resources: Receive monthly newsletters and other messaging regarding relevant and up-to-date information on arts education in DC schools and across the nation. Receive information about funding opportunities for your education programs.
  • Connect and Share: Feature your organization and its programs on a database of DC arts and humanities education resources. NEW this year! All members will have a "Member Feature Page" on the DC Collaborative website with direct links to your website.  Share your organization's story by featuring your organization's education programs on our Story Bank Blog and learn about other members. 
Member Roles/Responsibilities:
  • Actively contribute to our professional network which works to improve the arts and humanities education community of practice.
  • Attend the Annual Membership Meeting and at least one of the three General Meetings each year. Consider contributing to our Membership, Programming and Special Events committees.
  • Assist in our Member Mapping Initiative and other Collective Impact efforts by gathering and providing your organization's annual data.
  • Provide necessary information about your organization and your organization's education initiatives to be added to our member directory and feature pages.
  • Evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education programming offered by our members by ensuring completion of student surveys, observing field-trips, and providing feedback.
  • Build awareness of, and advocate for arts and humanities education initiatives in the District (as much as is allowable by your organization).
  • Pay annual dues.
  • Include the following language in your organization's annual report: "[Name of your organization] is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative."
  • Include the DC Collaborative logo on your organization's website and print materials where applicable.
Annual Dues:
  • Institutional Budget 1 million and above - Annual Dues $750
  • Institutional Budget 500K to 999K - Annual Dues $500
  • Institutional Budget 250K-499K - Annual Dues $250
  • Institutional Budget 249K and under - Annual Dues $100
  • Individual Practitioner/Teaching Artist Membership - $50 (For those who are part of an organization, institutional dues are recommended to take advantage of full benefits of institutional membership.)
Participate in AHFES!

Active Members are able to participate in our Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program. (Dues must be paid by July 31 for program participation.)

Apply for AHFES and view more information here.

AHFES Hours with... Connecting to Curriculum Workshops 


AHFES Hours With... 
Connecting to Curriculum Workshops Recap
Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Arts, ELA and Social Studies

We recently held two terrific  AHFES Hours With... Connecting to Curriculum  Workshops to help members align their programs to DCPS. First with DCPS Arts and ELA teams at National Museum of Women in the Arts and DCPS Social Studies team at the DC Collaborative office. Special thanks to the DCPS Arts, ELA and Social Studies teams-- 

Arts: Nathan Diamond and Ray Mueller
ELA: Jennifer Jump and Raymond Cummings
Social Studies: Scott Abbott and Donna Phillips 

...for working with us to make genuine connections between your curriculum and the education programming of the DC region's cultural institutions!   

Did you attend the AHFES Hours at NMWA with DCPS ELA and DCPS Arts
Fill out our feedback survey here!

Did you attend the AHFES Hours at DC Collaborative with DCPS Social Studies
Fill out our  feedback survey here!

Based on the success and demand of these two convening we are already planning more opportunities for our members to continue to connect with DCPC. Stay tuned!

Help Us Reach our End of School Year $ Goal!


NEW! "Out of School Time" Naming Contest Deadline June 26th!


Help Youth Name the District's  OST  Initiative Today!

The OST Set-Up Team is seeking input from children and youth to name the District's new Out of School Time (OST) initiative, which will be launched by the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education this fall. The initiative will coordinate and support the District's network of providers, resources and opportunities for children and youth outside the school day, and also serve as a hub of information for stakeholders.

We are asking organizations to submit names generated by the children and youth with whom they work. We want names that capture the nature, value and impact of an excellent OST partnership in the District - and are catchy! Need help getting started, here is a lesson to engage youth  or email us and we can facilitate a session with your participants. 
Send us  possible names by 5:00 pm on June 26th!  

Program Committee Meeting 7/19 -- AHFES Peer Review w/Pizza!


Wednesday, July 19, 12:00 - 2:00
AHFES Program Review

The Programming Committee reviews the programs that our members submit for inclusion in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Program.

This meeting is an informal panel review where we make recommendations to other members who applied to AHFES on how to strengthen their programs. The Programming Committee developed rubrics that will help us look at the quality of the experience and the curricular connections. Pizza will be provided and conference call/google hangout options are available (unfortunately there is no pizza available for google hangout and conference call participants).

Wednesday, July 19, 12:00 - 2:00
DC Collaborative Office:
923 F Street NW # 303 (3rd floor), Washington DC 20004
Webinar/remote meeting access is available.

Job Bank


Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts
Wolf Trap is seeking Teaching Artists for their Training Program

For more than 30 years, the Wolf Trap Institute has supported the learning of young children-from three months through Kindergarten-by providing professional development for arts-integrated learning to early childhood teachers. The Institute, a program of Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts, accomplishes this by training early childhood educators in their own classrooms as well as other professional development programs to infuse the performing arts into their standard lesson plans, helping young children:
  • Develop their emergent literacy skills and language acquisition
  • Learn math and science concepts, vocabulary, and habits of mind
  • Engage in arts learning in accordance with developmentally appropriate practices as outlined in the National Performing Arts Standards
  • Practice and experience 21st century skills such as communication, creativity, collaboration, cooperation, and flexible thinking which are key to future success
  • Achieve pre-K and Kindergarten learning outcomes as defined by national education organizations and local education districts.
Wolf Trap Institute Teaching Artists: Professional performing artists who are comprehensively trained in the Wolf Trap model provide professional development in partnership with early childhood educators through classroom residencies designed to integrate the arts with curriculum standards in developmentally appropriate practices. Through a coaching and mentoring process for the teachers, Teaching Artists develop and implement lessons that strengthen the understanding and practice of arts-integrated experiences and strategies.

For more information please reference the posting here.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

A special thanks to the DCPS Arts, ELA and Social Studies teams. Thank you Nathan Diamond, Ray Mueller, Jennifer Jump, Raymond Cummings, Scott Abbott and Donna Phillips for working with us to make genuine connections between your curriculum and the education programming of the DC region's cultural institutions! 

Another shout out to National Museum of Women in the Arts and The Kennedy Center for hosting and agreeing to host recent and future convenings!

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.
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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW #303
Washington, DC 20004
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