Dear Friends,

The DC Collaborative would like to take the time to express our gratitude and thanks for our important work together. We are so appreciative of our community and the work we do together and have some important updates to share in this month of giving and gratitude.

This newsletter includes:
  • 2nd Annual Holiday Auction
  • End of Year Giving
  • Staff Transitions and Holiday Happy Hour
  • Winter Membership Meeting: Advocacy Edition Save the Date
  • Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program Update
  • Any Given Child DC Collective Impact Update
  • Membership Update
  • DCPS Arts Update
  • Learn24 Update
  • National Children's Museum Volunteer Opportunity
2nd Annual Holiday Auction
Get your bids in before December 15!
On December 15, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative will be closing its second annual Online Holiday Auction in support of our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program.

Auction items include tickets to DC's best shows, museum passes, private tours of DCs most interesting exhibits, gift cards, 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 charter school students. 

In the spirit of Holiday gift-giving let's all gather around our computer monitors, tablets, and phones to support the DC Collaborative.

Visit to bid high, bid often, and buy it now!

End of Year Giving
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 about half way into reaching our goal, please help us get to $5,000 by December 31st!

$22 Buys a Seat on a Field Trip
Please help us reserve at least one seat for a DC public and public charter school student on one of our next Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) field-trips that are not currently funded. 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 $22 per student donation to help provide a transformative arts or humanities educational field-trip experience for a student.  Please Make Your Donation  HERE.

More Field-Trips for More DC Students
Last year nearly 50,000 students from DC public schools attend upwards of 800 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!

DC Collaborative Staff Update
DC Collaborative Staff Update
Katherine Custer, our beloved Director of Education Programs and Assessment, is leaving  to pursue  an opportunity at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art, relocating  her family to Virginia Beach as of January 10, 2020. Her last official day in the office will be on December 20, 2019.

Please join us in wishing Katherine well and best of luck in her future endeavors. We will miss her leadership, expertise and friendship within the DC Collaborative team as well as within our community of practice.  Contact Katherine at to send her your well wishes.

We will also hold a Holiday Happy Hour in her honor on December 19 at 4:30 p.m. More info below.
Education Programs Manager Job Opportunity
The DC Collaborative is seeking an Education Programs Manager  to serve as the primary contact for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES)  program for cultural institution and practitioner providers and serve in this capacity for special partnership projects and professional development initiatives.

View the full job posting and more details about how to  apply.
Holiday Happy Hour
Please join the DC Collaborative Team for a  Holiday Happy Hour  honoring Katherine Custer and celebrating holiday cheer! Join us in thanking Katherine for her contributions and wishing her well!

Date: Thursday, December 19, 2019
Time: 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: The Smith - Penn Quarter
901 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20004 
Metro Center and Gallery Place Stops

RSVP to to let us know if you will be stopping by!

Winter Membership Meeting: Advocacy Edition
Save the Date!

The DC Collaborative invites you to Save the Date for our annual 
Winter Membership Meeting: Advocacy Edition

Date: Monday, February 24, 2020
Time: 4:30- 6:00 PM
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005

Please join us as we hear important updates from our special Keynote Speaker Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia and learn more about the advocacy and collective impact initiatives for our DC arts and humanities education community of practice.

More information regarding registration along with a finalized agenda will be shared in the coming weeks.

Thank you to our host, 

AHFES Program Updates
We had a very successful Winter Lottery last week with over 650 teacher responses! We are excited to share your reservations with you, hopefully by the end of this week. Please contact with any questions you may have. 

It's hard to imagine, but the next deadline for Spring AHFES Programs is right around the corner!
Please submit your Spring program information (if you haven't already) by January 31st. Your  cooperation with this deadline is especially appreciated during this time of staff  transition.  

To participate in the AHFES Spring Lottery, please
complete the appropriate form(s) below by submitting one per program. 

If you have questions about spring programs after December 20th, please contact
Any Given Child DC Updates

Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DCis pleased to share some highlights with you from the 2019-2020 school year. As always we would like to express gratitude for the committee members as they volunteer their time to share expertise and make our work together more equitable.

Quick Updates
  • Currently Any Given Child DC has six active committees and are looking to add two more this year with a Governance Committee and a Fundraising Subcommittee.
  • As you may have seen from our recent Story Bank Blog covering the State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable, the DC Collaborative is seeking public and private investments to create a data visualization platform on behalf of Any Given Child DC that connects to the Office of Out of School Time Learn24 Program Finder.
  • The Assessment Committee is in the validation phase of its Social Emotional Learning tools 
  • We have two new co-chairs of the Communications Committee, Anne Robinson of Building Pathways and Katrina Forrest of CityHealth. Thanks to JR Russ for your previous service and thanks for remaining engaged with the work! 
    • The Communications Committee is looking for some more committee members. sign up via this form!
  • The Equity/ Access Committee is looking at operationalizing the DEI Statement drafted last year and sharing learning opportunities around DEI for the community of practice
  • The Capacity Building Committee is gathering research around qualities of successful Professional Development (PD) to inform a PD series they are creating
  • The Student/ Parent Advisory is conducting a student needs assessment survey at different youth groups and teen councils around DC. The survey is available here. Please Share!
  • The DC Collaborative is working with DCPS Central Office to secure an Any Given Child DC MOA 
Membership Update

New Membership Management Software:

As a result of working to expand our membership services, we are happy and proud to announce that we are introducing a new database exclusively for our members! This new website is called MemberClicks. By utilizing this new database, members will be able to easily access membership information, DC Collaborative news and events, search a member directory and practitioner bank, contribute to a community calendar, keep-up-to-date with committees and discover easier ways to stay connected and get involved!

We will be highlighting different features of this software weekly for the next few weeks.

More information will be included in an email this week to active members!

A Holiday Message from DCPS Arts

Ballou HS was chosen to create 24 ornaments for the Washington, DC tree at the National Tree celebration. The walkway surrounding the National Christmas Tree features 56 state and territory trees decorated with handmade ornaments that are unique to each tree.Two of the Ballou designed ornaments were chosen to hand out at the White House visitor's main tree. The art teacher's at Ballou is Donna Bonavia, a highly effective veteran teacher for the district.


"Learn24 Networking Forum - Ready. Set. Network!"

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST) Office and The Institute for Youth Development invite all Out-of-School (OST) professionals from across the District to the "Learn24 Networking Forum - Ready. Set. Network!" Come join us for this event and network with colleagues from across the District.  Professionals, school staff, volunteers, mentors, coaches, PTO's and others that serve school-aged children and youth are encouraged to attend. This event will provide networking opportunities to share promising practices and learn tricks of the trade from other OST professionals. Come network and win Learn24 swag items!

Attendees should bring business cards to exchange with attendees. Register   HERE
Continental breakfast will be provided.
Learn24 Network Forum Agenda
  • Breakfast
  • Welcome
  • Facilitated Icebreaker
  • World Cafe
  • Speed Dating
  • Closing Remarks
National Children's Museum Volunteer Opportunity

Volunteers Needed: Family Celebration 

The National Children's Museum is actively recruiting volunteers who might be interested in assisting with the second Family Celebration on Saturday, December 14 from 1-4pm. We are actively recruiting volunteers who might be interested in receiving a sneak peek of the Museum and helping out at the event. 
Key details:

National Children's Museum Family Celebration
Saturday, December 14
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Volunteers needed from 11:30am - 4:30pm 
Morning shift: 11:30am - 2:30 pm 
Afternoon shift: 1:45pm - 4:30pm
To volunteer, please email Sarah Ledoux and Clara Mucci at
Please find attached a flyer with relevant details.

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 FY20 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 120 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.

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