Dear Friends,

Happy August! The DC Collaborative is excited to begin another school year with our members and school partners. We are pleased to share updates around upcoming events to help kickoff the school year! 

This newsletter contains:
  • Save the Date for our Annual Membership Meeting
  • AHFES Submission Deadline Reminder 
  • AHFES Provider Orientation RSVP
  • DCPS Arts Update: Partner Fair
  • FY20 Membership Enrollment Update
  • AGC DC Data Collection Update
  • August Story Bank Blog Highlights
  • Learn 24 Call for Presenters
  • Job Bank: Shout Mouse Press, Kennedy Center, and DC Collaborative!
All best,
DC Collaborative Team

Upcoming Events
DC Collaborative Annual Meeting

Save the date!

The DC Collaborative's Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, September 19 at The Kennedy Center's new REACH space during the Opening Festival. More information, including a detailed schedule and tour opportunities and activities will be shared shortly.  Please join us!

Date: Thursday, September 19, 2019
Time: 4:00-6:00
Location: The Kennedy Center REACH
2700 F Street, NW Washington DC 20566

Thank you to our host,

August Program Update
Participate in AHFES 2019-2020!
Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program Submission 
Fall Deadline: August 9th
As an active dues-paying  member  of the Collaborative, you can use the  AHFES program  to promote your existing programs. If programs or changes are submitted after 
August 9th , we cannot guarantee that they will be included in the catalogue for the Fall Lottery. 

Members offering programs in a future lottery should refer to the  Key Dates   document for program deadlines.  

AHFES Provider Orientation
T his orientation is a  mandatory  event for all organizations and individuals participating in the AHFES program for the 19/20 school year. We will hig hlight successes from last year, discuss future  key dates/deadlines , streams of communication, and expectations for the upcoming school year.

DATE: Tuesday, August 20th
TIME: 3:00- 4:00 PM
LOCATION: Smithsonian American Art Museum
*Virtual Members Fair: 
Because of capacity limits at our new space for the AHFES Orientation, this year we will have a virtual member's fair instead of the traditional tabling event. 
Please bring any brochures/ handouts to the Provider Orientation to leave on our shared resource table. Additionally, please consider submitting  one slide  with your organization/program information to be included in a slideshow that will run during the Teacher Orientation. This information is due by August 14th. Please email your slide information to
DCPS Update

Partner Fair

The DCPS Arts team will be hosting our back to school district wide professional development for all of the Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts teachers on August 21st. This "Partner Fair" will be a conference style event where you can bring any advertisement, information, sign up forms, and of course swag to get teachers engaged with your programs.  Please confirm your participation by emailing Mary Lambert, Director of Arts, by August 9 th.

Wednesday, August 21st
Stuart Hobson Middle School

FY20 Membership Enrollment
Join the DC Collaborative
It's not too late to join!

Our July Membership Campaign is wrapping up, but it's not too late to join the Collaborative. We have already welcomed back many returning members, as well as nine new members! By renewing your membership with the Collaborative, you will be able to participate in our AHFES program, as well as our professional development programs and collective impact work. 

For more information about membership benefits and how to join, click here
. We are excited to have you or your organization join us in providing equitable access to arts and humanities for DC students!

AGC DC Update
Annual Collective Impact Data Collection!

The DC Collaborative is excited to continue its Collective Impact work through Any Given Child DC.  We will begin collecting programming information from the 2018-2019 school year from any organization who offer arts/ humanities education programming to DC youth grades PreK-12. In order to ensure that ALL students have access to arts/ humanities education in the future we need to collect a solid baseline of data about the arts and humanities education programming currently occurring for DC students. 

Who should participate: Organizations and practitioners who offer arts/ humanities programming for DC youth PreK-12.
When: Week of August 12- September 13.

August Story Bank Blog Highlights
2019 AHFES Review
Blog post submitted by Tessa Kay, Membership and Collective Impact Intern
On Wednesday, July 17, twenty-five members of the DC Collaborative's Programming Committee got together to review all School Year 2019-2020 Arts and Humanities for Every student (AHFES) program submissions. 

The DC Collaborative would like to take the time to thank everyone who participated in the programming committee review panels as well as all of the AHFES providers. Thank you so much to our gracious hosts at the Building Museum, and especially Caitlin Miller for helping to coordinate the review. 

Why do an AHFES Review?

Collaborative's Programming Committee participates in a quality review process of all of the programs offered through AHFES. The programming Committee, along with DC Collaborative staff determines criteria, develops a rubric, reviews programming and participates in observations throughout the school year. The purpose of the program review process in particular is to determine whether, in the opinion of the programming committee, a proposed program offering is ready to be listed in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Online Catalogue.

Learn24 is now accepting  youth development professionals and experts to present at the Fall 2019 Learn24 Conference. Thought provoking speakers, subject matter experts and leaders are invited to share best practices, innovative ideas, evidence-based research and other strategies that benefit out-of-school time youth development practitioners. 

Topics of interest include but are not limited to youth engagement, mental health, brain development, youth voice and choice, designing evidence-based programs, engaging older youth, staff management, positive leadership, capacity building and organizational development.  Presentations that include youth as speakers or co-facilitators are strongly encouraged to apply. 

The deadline to apply is Friday, August 23, 2019. 

Job Bank
Shout Mouse Press & Kennedy Center
Shout Mouse Press is a nonprofit writing and publishing program dedicated to amplifying unheard voices. Through writing workshops that lead to professional publication, we empower those from marginalized communities to tell their own stories in their own voices and, as published authors, to act as agents of change.  Shout Mouse authors have produced original children's books, novels, comics, memoirs, and poetry collections that engage reluctant readers as well as expand empathy, advance social justice, and increase understanding of unheard perspectives.

Please find below three job openings at Shout Mouse Press:

Shout Mouse Press is looking for a self-motivated Communications Manager with experience in nonprofit communications to support communications (60%), programs (30%), and sales (10%) functions.
Timeline: Training (part-time): August 2019; Start Date (full-time): September 2019

Shout Mouse is hiring a part-time (.5 FTE) Sales and Operations Manager to ensure effective and efficient operations on all fronts, including finances, sales, HR, donations, events, and general administration. This position is an opportunity to dive deep into all aspects of nonprofit management, systems design, and book sales operations on a small and collaborative team. 
Target start date: Fall 2019

Shout Mouse Press is looking for a self-motivated, ambitious Marketing Specialist with experience in children's book marketing. This is a high-impact opportunity for a mission-driven, social media-savvy candidate interested in working in a small team environment. 
This position is part-time, contract-based work (up to 20 hrs/week), with minimum 10 hrs/week based at Shout Mouse Press office in Dupont Circle area, Washington, DC.
Target start date: Fall 2019 or Winter 2020
The Kennedy Center seeks a Manager of Local School Partnerships.

The Kennedy Center seeks a Manager, Local School Partnerships to manage the planning and implementation of local school partnerships (DC Partnership Schools and Changing Education Through the Arts) with a focus on developing and maintaining long term relationships with schools in the DC, Maryland and Virginia communities. 

The DC Collaborative seeks a part-time Member Services Associate.
The Member Services Associate primarily provides support to the Director of Programs and Community Engagement, as well as other staff members as needed to support the daily activities necessary to manage a small non-profit. This includes accounting and database management responsibilities. 

Fall 2019 Internship opportunities also available now! Read more  here !

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.