Dear Friends,

The holiday season is upon us! It is the time of year for hot chocolate and family gatherings, snowball fights and carols. It is a time to give thanks for all the amazing work the arts and humanities community does for the students of Washington DC.  

In this December edition, we are excited to announce the DC Collaborative Holiday Auction, now through December 31! We have an update on a successful AHFES winter lottery, a funding opportunity from CAH, a Story Bank Blog featuring the DCPS Arts Director Mary Lambert as well as Terry Thomas, a new DC Collaborative Board Member and an announcement about the DCPS Chancellor.

We are so lucky to work with amazing members and teachers, schools and students, and we wish all of you the very best this December! 

DC Collaborative Team

P.S. Thinking about getting away? Win a trip to Tokyo through the National Cherry Blossom Festival. More info here.

December Any Given Child DC Update
Any Given Child Rebranding

The DC Collaborative is proud to work as the back-bone organization for the AGC DC program to implement our larger Collective Impact work.

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child has rebranded in accordance with The Kennedy Center's  new branding to further reflect their vision mission and goals. Check out the new AGC DC logo that will be added to all of our messaging moving forward.

Stay tuned for participation in Phase II work in the upcoming weeks!

December AHFES Update: 
Successful Lottery

Celebrating a Successful AHFES Winter Lottery!

The DC Collaborative is pleased with a successful winter lottery cycle! 

Last week, school partners submitted hundreds of requests for field-trips at 50 different cultural institutions in our online AHFES catalogue! This week our program staff is busy assigning trips so we can reach as many students across the city as possible. School-based educators and our cultural institution members will receive their field-trip confirmations for the winter tomorrow, December 14.

We look forward to the many field trip opportunities that are coming up in the next few months! Thank you to our cultural institution members for offering your arts/humanities education programs in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student field-trip program and thank you to the educators for recognizing the value and the impact of these trips field-trips. We could not do this work without our partners!  

If you have any questions, please email Katherine at or Clarissa at
DCPS Chancellor Search
Community Arts and Humanities Question Bank

As you may have seen in last week's news, a new Chancellor for DC Public Schools has been nominated.

View Mayor Bowser's press release here: 

This is an incredibly exciting and important opportunity for those of us in the arts and humanities community to share with nominee Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee and our elected officials what we believe is most important to our students: equitable access to quality arts and humanities education.

Over the next month, the DC Collaborative will be compiling our narrative to share with Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee and the DC Council's Committee on Education. We want to make sure that we are addressing the arts and humanities education community's questions and concerns, so we encourage you to complete the survey, available via the link below, to give your input.

We look forward to reading your questions and concerns! 

Please submit this survey no later than December 31, 2018.

December Story Bank Blog Highlights
#What's Your Story: DC Collaborative 
Board Member Feature

Meet Terry Thomas, one of DC Collaborative's newest Board Members. She is currently a visual arts educator at Seaton Elementary, DCPS. She is a recipient of the Rubenstein Award for DCPS' Highly Effective Teaching and the DC Mayor's Arts Award for Excellence in Arts Teaching.

Why Terry Supports the Collaborative

Terry grew up in a small town in North Carolina, so she did not have the access to field trips like the DC Collaborative is able to provide to DC students, "... so, being a part of this organization is a quite a privilege and a joy." Terry is not only a Board Member, but is also one of the many teachers who attends AHFES field trips with their students.
"The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is a way of casting a wide net, reaching out and touching the lives of every student in this city to have a valuable arts experience."
Terry strongly believes in the power of arts education and the direct impact it can have on youth. She hopes that every student can benefit from exposure to the arts in the way she did. 
"I am committed to work to promote arts education because I know the positive impact it has had on me, from my childhood years through my adult life. Being involved in the arts produces immeasurable gains which can be transferred to any area in any setting.  It is this experience that I wish and want for every child."
DC Collaborative Holiday Auction
BID NOW in the DC Collaborative 
Holiday Auction!

Now through December 31, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is having its first annual Holiday Online Auction in support of our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program. Auction Items include tickets to some of the best shows in DC, gift baskets, private tours, passes and original works of art! 

Proceeds will help the DC Collaborative provide equitable access to our members' high-quality arts and humanities learning opportunities for more DC public and public charter school students. Help us reach 50,000 students this year!

Auction items will be available 
to Bid or Buy-It-Now courtesy of:

Levine Music
National Theatre Corporation
Imagination Stage
Adventure Theatre MTC
Mosaic Theater
National Cherry Blossom Festival
The Keegan Theatre
Washington Improv Theater
The In Series
American University Museum
DECOY, artist
DC Collaborative Board Member Jordan Monroe, The Monroe Trust Artist Collective
DC Collaborative Board Member Susan Rosenbaum, S.A. Rosenbaum & Associates
DC Collaborative Board Member Barbara Stauffer
...and more!

Support the DC Collaborative!

Please make your year end gift to the 
DC Collaborative!

With your support TODAY through December 31st, we hope to raise at least $5,000 to provide enriching and transformative arts and humanities experiences for at least 500 DC students. We're $2,500 into reaching our goal, please help us get to $5,000 by December 31st!

$21 Buys a Seat on the Bus
Please help us reserve at least one seat for a DC public and public charter school student on our next  Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) field-trip. Students come from all 8 wards across the District of Columbia. Through the support of our members and AHFES providers, we ask you to consider a $20 per student donation to help provide a transformative arts or humanities educational field-trip experience for a student.  Please Make Your Donation HERE.

Support our Work through The Catalogue  for Philanthropy
Check out our donation page  here. Whether donating $21 or $21,000, your support through The Catalogue for Philanthropy will make great impact!

The DC Collaborative is proud to have been featured four times in The Catalogue for Philanthropy: 2003-04, 2007-08, 2011-12, 2015-16 as  "one of the best small nonprofits in the greater Washington region" for four consecutive award cycles!

More Field-Trips for More DC Students
Last year nearly 50,000 students from DC public schools attend upwards of 600 free performances and exhibitions at our nation's world-class cultural institutions. We look forward to another year of providing these valuable experiences to DC public and public charter school students and teachers. With your support we know we can reach 50,000 students this year!

We are so grateful for your support and we hope you will continue to support arts and humanities education for ALL students!

DCPS Arts Corner: Mary Lambert

Meet Mary Lambert, the Director of Arts for 

As Director of Arts for DCPS, Mary supports professional development for teachers, PK-12 curriculum development, Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts advocacy, equity for students across the district, and partner collaboration.

Mary was the Department Chair at Wilson High School in Washington, DC for the last seven years and also taught the Sculpture class. Previous to her teaching career, she was a merchandiser for over ten years in the clothing industry. Mary then returned to school for her master's degree in Arts Education from the Corcoran School of Art and Design. She received her undergraduate degree from the College of Charleston, where her art focus was in metal sculpture and painting. Today, her art creation time is limited, but woodworking is the guiding passion for her art.
Commission on the Arts and Humanities: 
Arts Education Update

Celebrate the Creative Spark!
Application Deadline: Friday December 21

Now in its fifth year, Celebrate the Creative Spark! is a series of student workshops designed to meet CAH's goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in the District of Columbia. CAH is currently soliciting applications from arts organizations and individual teaching artists through a competitive contract process. Applicants should submit a three-lesson residency targeting a specific age/grade grouping in their discipline. CAH will then pair successful applicants with DCPS and DCPCS classrooms across all eight wards to engage students in process-driven arts activities to build their creative skills. This year, CAH plans to implement 50 residencies to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the agency. The program is scheduled to take place between April 1, 2019 and June 14, 2019. The deadline for applications is Friday, December 21, 2018 at 4:00pm.  

Application guidelines may be found at For more information, please contact David Markey at / 202-671-1354.

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!

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.