Dear Friends,

The DC Collaborative team is excited to share its April arts and humanities education updates with you!

This month rolled out the long anticipated DC Cultural Plan and began the FY20 DC Government budget process. We plan to hold opportunities for more dialogue with DC agencies involved with the Cultural Plan and continue our collective impact work through Any Given Child DC to ensure that DC students have the best arts and humanities education resources and opportunities.

April wraps up DC Council budget hearings. As Arts and Humanities education champions, it is important for all of us to testify and share why the arts and humanities continue to be vital and integral to a well-rounded education. Together, let's continue to make the case for arts and humanities education. Together, let's tell our stories. Let's make sure that arts and humanities education community is well represented! 

There's still one more budget hearing with the Joint Hearing with Committee on Education & Committee of the Whole:

Deputy Mayor for Education - Apr. 25 at 10:00am
Sign up to testify here.

DC Collaborative Team

Save the Date!
DC Collaborative BeneFISHary Event

Charity Off the Hook Fundraiser April 22 at Ivy City Smokehouse  

Please join us tonight!

Charity Off the Hook is a great chance to support the work of the  DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and have some fun with friends!

The 8th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser, hosted by ProFish and Ivy City Smokehouse, is includes great seafood from 11 notable DC chefs, auction items, cigar rolling, local liquor and beer companies, casino games, magic, and most importantly a chance to raise money for several important community non-profits,  including the DC Collaborative!

Please purchase your tickets using the promotion code DCART,
and $10 of your ticket price will go directly to The DC Collaborative!

More information at:
Save the date!

DCPS Social Studies 
Connecting to Curriculum Workshop

How can partners bring learning to life for students? In this session, partner members of the DC Collaborative will engage with the DC Public Schools Social Studies Team to hear about opportunities for connecting to students, teachers, and schools in support of social studies learning experiences. Participants will learn details about the inquiry-based approach to instruction used in DCPS, details of the K-12 social studies curriculum, and examples of effective partnerships.

More information will be added in the coming weeks!
April AHFES Update
Arts and Humanities for Every Student is 
Gearing Up for the 2019-2020 School Year!

The DC Collaborative is grateful for the successful events offered throughout the academic year, and would like to thank organization members' teams that worked hard to make it possible!

The 2019 - 2020 school year is around the corner! The DC Collaborative will provide member organizations with more information about next year programming policies by mid-may.

If you have any questions about the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program contact us: or .
AHFES Feature: ABC programs at 
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Check out the latest from our Story Bank Blog for an overview of the high quality programs offered at National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) In addition to its contribution to the creation of the DC Collaborative, of which it is a founder member, the museum offers  Arts, Books & Creativity (ABC),  a comprehensive program aiming to facilitate art integration into school curriculum

Director of Education Deborah Gaston  and  Senior Educator in charge of Arts and Humanities for Every Students (AHFES) at NMWA Adrienne Gayoso , present the creation and the implementation processes of ABC programs.

April Story Bank Blog Highlights
Measuring the Social-Emotional Effect of 
Arts Field Trips

The DC Collaborative had highlighted a recently released study exploring the benefits of multiple arts field trips on social-emotional learning outcomes for students.  The paper, entitled " Altered Attitudes and Actions: Social-Emotional Effects of Multiple Arts Field Trips" , has just been published by the  University of Arkansas' Department of Education Reform It highlights the results of the second year of an ongoing longitudinal experiment of the effects of multiple arts-related field trips involving students in a an undeserved, urban area of Georgia. This study is unique for two reasons:
  1. It explores student attitudes and actions with performance over time.
  2. It takes student administrative data into account. 
The researchers ask:  "What is the impact of multiple arts field trip exposures on student social-emotional outcomes?"  In attempt to answer this question, the study consists of three arts field-trips per year and a student student survey of more than seventy questions aiming to measure the effect of those experiences on the development of students' social-emotional skills.

The researchers found significant educational benefits from attending multiple arts field trips on social-emotional outcomes for students, including increased feelings of tolerance and social perspective taking. Additionally, they found that "isolated and economically disadvantaged" populations seem to be more impacted by the reduction of school sponsored field trips.

View more information in the full post.
DCPS Arts Update

Keep up with the latest from DCPS Arts!

DCPS Performing Arts Festival

The 2019 DCPS Performing Arts Festival will return this year from Monday, May 20th to Thursday, May 23rd!

Over 90 ensembles from DC Public Schools will take the stage to showcase their musical ability. We will hear from bands, choirs, keyboard and ORFF ensembles, drum lines, and much more. 

Hosted by the Kennedy Center, this event is free and open to the public.

Date: May 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM
Venue: Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage 

DCPS is seeking volunteers including adjudicators, group escorts, or front desk. To sign up or ask additional questions, reach out to James Mitaritonna.
Save the Date!


DCPS Arts invites you to attend "Transform DC: COMMUNITY POP UP FEST & MURAL REVEAL",  a community festival! It will feature arts workshops from students, food trucks, and the revealing of a new mural installation by our high school students. 

This event is free and open to the community. 

Date: Friday, May 17th
Time: 1:00 - 7:00 PM
Location: Shaw Middle School at Garnet-Patterson
2001 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Questions: Contact Lindsey Vance

We will provide more information in the coming weeks.
Learn24: Call for Presenters

The OST Office and the United Way of the National Capital Area (United Way NCA) are excited to release two School Year 2019-20 Request for Proposals. 

These grant competitions are designed to support high-quality programs that provide a safe and engaging environment for District of Columbia youth to thrive beyond the normal school day.  Nonprofit organizations that serve youth ages 5 to 21 are strongly encouraged to apply.  

Maximum award amount: $100,000. 
Applications deadline: May 22nd, 2019 by 5:00 PM.
National Endowment for the Arts

2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals 

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA)  and  Poetry Foundation  will present 2019 Poetry Out Loud National Finals on  May 1st !

Poetry Out Loud encourages high school students to memorize and perform great poems. It helps students master public speaking, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Students from all 50 states, DC, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico will compete at the National Finals. The Poetry Foundation will provide $50,000 in prizes and school stipends that will be a warded at the National Finals .

The event is free and open to the public. No ticket required.

Date: Wednesday, May 1st
Time: 7:00 PM
Venue: Lisner Auditorium, George Washington University

National Final host: National Book Award-winning author Elizabeth Acevedo.  
Musical guest: mother/son duo Madisen Ward and the Mama Bear.

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 FY19 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 the backbone support organization that leads members of the Any Given Child DC program, part of the John F. Kennedy      Center for the Performing Arts.

About the DC Collaborative:
More than 115 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.