Dear Friends,

The DC Collaborative would like to share updates and thank you for your ongoing commitment to equitable access to arts and humanities education for all DC students! Because of you, this new year is off to a great start!

This February has been keeping us on our toes and as we move into March we are building momentum up to the advocacy and awareness building opportunities for local DC government budget hearings and National Arts Advocacy Day. We hope to see organizations large and small speak to the importance of arts and humanities education. 

Here are some updates on what we've been up to so far and what we are looking forward to this next month.

This newsletter includes:
    • Advocacy Update, Dates and Helpful Hints When Testifying
    • New! Online Town Halls on DC State of Arts and Humanities Education 
    • AHFES Program Updates
    • AGC DC Collective Impact Updates
    • Membership Update
    • Member Spotlight
    • Story Bank Blog Highlights: Spotlights on our New Team Members
    • DCPS Arts Corner
    • Learn24 Updates
    • Jazz and Hip Hop - Teaching its Connections 
    • Kennedy Center Teaching Artist Resources
    • World Alliance for Arts Education Summit
All the best,
The DC Collaborative Team

BoBeen, Clarissa, Kelsey, Lissa, Manon, Tracey, Trés, Wendy and Yasmine

Advocacy Update
Five things you can do today to Support 
Arts and Humanities Education

1.) Sign up to be a public witness at the Committee on Education and 
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities FY19 Performance Oversight and 
FY21 Budget Hearings - New Dates!

2.) Join us, Hear from and ask questions with our key partners at the CAH and DCPS! 
at our New! State of the Arts and Humanities Online Town Hall to voice your support! 
March 23,  June 18,  October 1,  January 14 
Our First Town Hall is Monday March 23 at 2:00pm!


3.) Learn and Connect with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Promise document- make it a living practice and vital part of our entire community

4.)   Save the Date:  Join Americans For the Arts March 30-31 for
the National Arts Action Summit and meeting with Congresswoman Norton's Office

5.) Submit a story about why equitable access to Arts and Humanities Education 
is important to you for the DC Collaborative StoryBank!

Helpful Hints!

AHFES Program Updates
Calling All Members

AHFES Spring Lottery is Open Starting March 2nd
The lottery will be open through til March 6th at 11:59pm

Surveys and Assessment
As schools are attending your field trips please reinforce our assessment process by distributing our surveys to schools that visit your programs.  In order for us to capture more student and teacher responses, your voice will help ensure their participation.  If you don't already have the survey links specifically designed for your institution, please contact our Manager of Education Programs Trés McMichael at

AGC DC Updates
Any Given Child DC in the National Spotlight
at The Kennedy Center's Any Given Child Exchange
Earlier this month, members of the Any Given Child DC Equity and Access Committee were featured in a special breakout session led by Jeanette McCune "The Role of the Equity Committee", at The Kennedy Center's Any Given Child National Exchange which brought together arts education collective impact leaders from 27 communities across the United States, including the District of Columbia, along with national arts education and collective impact leaders from The Aspen Institute and the National Endowment for the Arts, among others.
The break out session discussed the role of DC's unique committee and how it is leading Diversity, Equity and Inclusion work with its first step in creating a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement which we shall now call our "promise document" for our entire arts education community of practice. Session participants included:
Jeanette McCune, The Kennedy Center,DC Collaborative Board,and committee co-chair; Michelle Hoffmann, Washington Performing Arts, and committee co-chair Clarissa Heartsfield, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative ; Michelle Edwards, Live It Learn It; and Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
You can read Any Given Child DC's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion "promise document" here . Stay
tuned for our next community conversation about operationalizing the our DEI promise document!
Working Together Collaboratively-- Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC is pleased to share these 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.

MemberClicks Update

DC Collaborative MemberClicks Profile 
New Feature!

Our new Membership Directory is ready for your information!  

As we are transitioning to the new MemberClicks database we really appreciate all of your help and support as we innovate and simplify our processes. The newest feature we are updating is our billing system. 
We've added two custom attributes to each organization's profile: A "billing contact first name" and a "billing contact last name". These were added for bookkeeping purposes so that we can invoice your organization profiles directly, not individual members. In addition to this information, we need the main email for each organization to be that of the billing contact for that organization. 
This will only take two minutes if you could check to see 1) if the main email on your organization's profile is the one your invoice should be sent to and 2) ensure the billing contact information is included in your profile. 

Once you have updated this information on your profile or if you have any questions please email We appreciate your participation and time in establishing our new MemberClicks database.  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!

Member Spotlight!
Check out Anacostia Community Museum's 
Profile on MemberClicks!

Want a chance to be the next Member Spotlight?
 Just All fill out your organizations profile completely and you will be put into a drawing to become that months Spotlighted Member!

To Check Out the Whole Directory Click Here!

Story Bank Blog Highlights

Meet Trés McMichael!

Introducing (drumroll please)  Trés McMichael

Trés is our new Education Programs Manager here at DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. To give him a warm welcome and introduction to you all we sat down with our awesome new co-worker for a get-to-know-you interview. Enjoy!

What are you most excited about working for DC Collab?
I think I'm most excited about just the scope of what the organization does. I think it offers so much to DC Public schools and without the Collaborative, a lot of schools would not have the opportunities that they need to go on arts field trips and have arts access because a lot of schools in DC don't necessarily have consistent art programming or teachers. So without the Collaborative, a lot of students wouldn't be having those opportunities and so I'm excited to be apart of that and to continue to allow public school students especially to have exposure to the arts and humanities. I grew up in public school. I went to a title 1 elementary school so I know how the arts have impacted my life and the lives of so many of my friends. To be able to continue to give that to someone else the way that someone did it for me is really inspiring for me.  

Why are you an Arts and Humanities Education Advocate?
I think the arts allow us to see humanity in a way that we just can't see it walking down the street. And so I think the arts has a way of touching into all of our senses the emotional, the physical, the spiritual and how all of that is so much a part of our education as well. It should be valued as a part of our education. I think that everyone should have access to feeling all of those senses and to feeling humanity on a different level. And I think that the arts provide that. 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Spicy Ramen, Chocolate Chip Cookies, and Apple Juice. My go-to meal is ramen, a really good chocolate chip cookie...or a honey bun, and I really like apple juice but I've also been getting into seltzer water. And so any combination of that will bring joy. 

Meet Wendy Wang Pisa!
Introducing (drumroll please)  Wendy Wang Pisa!

Wendy has officially gone from being our part-time Program Assessment Coordinator to our full-time Special Projects Manager! To give her a warm welcome in her new position and an introduction to you all, we sat down with our awesome new full-time co-worker for a get-to-know-you interview. Enjoy!

What are you most excited about working full-time for DC Collab?
I am excited about the work that we do here, I think it's exceptionally inspiring to advocate for students to gain more equitable access to the arts, which is extremely important. I think the impact the arts have on students aren't necessarily clear cut since it isn't always something that is easily presentable, it's not something easily measurable. So what we do here is very important. 

Why are you an Arts and Humanities Education Advocate?
Like I said before, the Arts and Humanities are things that actually make a hugely positive impact on young people and oftentimes I feel like it isn't always measurable. And being someone who has the opportunity to either measure it or to present it so that other people can learn about its positive impact is something that I'm passionate about. 

If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life what would it be?
Probably Ramen, but not the spicy kind. I'm not a spicy person.

DCPS Arts Corner

The 2020 Performing Arts Festival will be held at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on May 18, 19, 20 & 21 (8:45-2:30pm daily) and will feature nearly 3,000 DCPS students (Grades K-12) in over 80 music and performing arts ensembles.
We welcome adjudicators from our partner organizations, military bands, local colleges, etc. to participate and support young musicians, actors, and performers. We are seeking adjudicators for music, dance, and theatre. Each performing ensemble has elected to receive feedback and a score based on their group's unique journey. Adjudicators will receive a score and adjudication form for each ensemble and will have the opportunity to confer with two other judges on each group performance.
In order to be considered by the festival committee as an adjudicator, please fill out this form .  Additional information will follow upon submission.
Please let me know if you have any questions, or if you'd like to nominate someone else to be an adjudicator.

Thank you for supporting arts education in DC Public Schools!

Jazz and Hip Hop - Teaching its Connections
Thursday, March 26th, 2020
5:30 - 7:30 PM WORKSHOP
  THEARC BLACKBOX, 1801 Mississippi Avenue Southeast, Washington, DC 20032
DC Jazz Festival presents record producer and instrumentalist Nate Jolley who will lead a professional development workshop to DC educators; demonstrating the main elements in jazz, hip hop and go-go and their connection. The workshop will offer specific curriculum recommendations to inspire young people to get "jazzed" about learning. Music, Geography and History teachers encouraged to participate. Workshop includes demonstrations on swing, improvisation, blues, sampling, signifying and swagger. This FREE workshop is for DC teachers.

Learn 24
The Learn24 network invites youth development professionals to participate in a two upcoming workshops on March 6, 2020. The Introduction to the Active-Participatory Approach and Cooperative Learning are two workshops that will help youth development professionals broaden their skill sets and stay informed about the most important trends in youth development. More information about these workshops and future workshop can be found here.
Support Afterschool and Summer programs, also called OST, this tax season with a Contribution to Taxpayer Support for Afterschool Programs for At-Risk Students, under the contributions section on Schedule U part II, line 2 of the 2019 DC Individual Income Tax Form. The funds go to the Office of Out Of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office) to support program for homeless youth and youth residing in public housing communities. Learn more here .

In Kennedy Center Education, we have been working across programs to devise an updated Teaching Artist Strategy. As of last week, we finally have a page within the updated website that links to an online application and provides in-depth details about our current programs. We are excited to share this new information with the public and fellow organizations. Please check out our site and feel free to distribute this update to your network of teaching artists. 

If you are interested in collaborating with the Kennedy Center as an organization, please contact me at You can also schedule a time to talk on the phone via the link in my signature.

Erica Palmiter


World Alliance for Arts Education Summit
Call for Proposals

The World Alliance for Arts Education is partnering with the University of Florida and SEADAE to host a World Summit on Oct. 26-29 in Gainesville, Florida. This event invites out-of-school time, primary and secondary school arts educators, higher education professionals, arts education researchers and policymakers, national, state and local education officials from across the world to submit proposals and attend the summit to network; share research; and examine quality structures, processes and practices. Ahead of the summit, there will be a Young & Emerging Leaders Forum on October 26.

Deadline to submit a proposal is October 20.

Find more information and submission details below.

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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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