Dear Friends,

We at the DC Collaborative are excited to continue the important work of advancing equitable access to arts and humanities education with our members in the new year! We are in awe of the inspiring work that the community does and are invigorated for our work together in 2019.

Have Tea with the DC Collaborative! 
We're inviting ourselves for tea! We want to meet with you to hear updates and learn what your programming goals are this year and how the Collaborative can better serve you.  Email us to schedule a meeting with our staff to talk about your updates and hear about what's coming up with the Collaborative in 2019.

In this newsletter, we'll review a save the date for our Winter Members' Meeting: Advocacy Edition, an Any Given Child DC, programming and membership update, a DCPS Arts and Story Bank Blog feature as well as an exciting exhibition opportunity with Learn24. The DC Collaborative is also excited to welcome Clarissa Heartsfield as she transitions to her full time role as Program Assistant. Read more below and/or contact Clarissa at

Happy 2019!

DC Collaborative Team

Tracey, Lissa, Katherine, Clarissa and Laia are getting started on their 2019 New Years Resolutions at the office gym!

Save the Date!
Winter Members Meeting: Advocacy Edition

Let's Talk Advocacy!

The DC Collaborative invites you to join us for our Winter Members Meeting at The Kreeger Museum on Wednesday, February 20, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. As a lead in to National Youth Art Month and National Arts Action Summit in March, our annual Winter Members Meeting will once again have an arts and humanities education advocacy focus. 
Date: Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Meeting Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Networking: 5:30-6:00 p.m.
Location: The Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Road, NW, Washington, DC 20007 | Directions

Hear from:
  • David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia;
  • Terrie Rouse-Rosario, Acting Executive Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Nomination Press Release;
  • Andrew Trueblood, Acting Director, DC Office of Planning, Nomination Press Release;
  • ArtsAction DC;
  • and our host, The Kreeger Museum!
More information will be added in the coming weeks!
January Any Given Child DC Update
Participate in Any Given Child DC

The Any Given Child, DC Steering Committee would like to extend an invitation for the broader arts and humanities educat ion community of practice.

The Implementation work will focus on the following committees:
  • Strategic Alignment
  • Equity
  • Capacity Building (Including Programming and Fundraising)
  • Assessment/Evaluation
  • Communications
Sign up! Indicate your interest area(s)  here. Each committee will meet 2-4 times through June and focus on implementing the goals and action steps developed in the strategic planning year.
January AHFES Update
Kicking off 2019

The DC Collaborative was excited to kick off 2019 with our first winter field trips this week! If you are a provider, please refer to your Google Reservations Sheet regularly. 

Looking forward, our Spring Lottery is quickly approaching and will open on Monday, March 4th! Providers will be sent Lottery Request Forms for approval this month, and the opportunity to submit new programming will also be available. 

If you are not currently an AHFES program provider and would like to become one by hosting field trips, in-school workshops, or professional development opportunities for teachers, please reach out to us  at or .
Missed our Membership Campaign?
It's not too late!
We're excited to offer new members the opportunity to join the Collaborative in January, at a discounted membership rate of  50%!  This membership will be valid from the time of payment through June 30.

Some exciting membership benefits include invitations to our Member Meetings, newsletters, and a member Feature Page on the Collaborative's website. You will also be eligible to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development programs!
Member Testimony: Solas Nua
"The DC Collaborative connects us to like-minded organizations and provides professional development and resources that amplify the impact of our work. We are grateful for the logistical and networking skills that help move our projects forward." 
Please direct any DC Collaborative membership questions to
Welcome to the DC Collaborative's Program Assistant
Clarissa Heartsfield
Extend a warm welcome to Clarissa Heartsfield, 
the DC Collaborative's  Program Assistant


The DC Collaborative is excited to welcome Clarissa Heartsfield as she transitions from part time to her full time role as Program Assistant. She has worked as the part time Program Assistant for the past several months and has done a fantastic job managing the school outreach side of the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program! Please join us in welcoming Clarissa as she officially begins her full time role.

Why Clarissa Supports Arts and Humanities Education

Clarissa believes that children of all socioeconomic backgrounds should be able to have access to the arts and humanities. She first discovered her love for the arts in elementary music class and quickly started teaching herself piano at a young age. She also developed a love for singing, which inspired her to take choir all throughout school. During her junior year of high school, her choir took a field trip to the Virginia Opera in Richmond to see Puccini's Madama Butterfly. She instantly fell in love with the art form and later went on to pursue a vocal music degree from VCU. 

Read more about Clarissa's background here.
January Story Bank Blog Highlights
AHFES Feature: Takoma Education Campus Attends The Washington Ballet

On December 5th the DC Collaborative sent 650 PreK-6th graders from every ward Washington, DC, to The Nutcracker presented by The Washington Ballet. Each year the DC Collaborative partners with The Washington Ballet to send students across the city to this performance.

Program Description and Student Guide

Septime Webre's The Nutcracker
Presented by: The Washington Ballet

Holiday Magic! DC's annual favorite. This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones. The magnificent opulence of the Warner Theatre provides the perfect setting for this splendid production.
Date: 12/5/18
Time: 11:00AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: The Warner Theatre, 513 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20004
Discipline: Theatre, Dance
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: PreK - 6th

View the Student Guide!

Photos from Takoma Education Campus

Judith Castillo, a Kindergarten Teacher from Takoma Education Campus sent in photos of her field trip! View the full post to see more pictures and take a look at what the students had to say about the performance!

All schools wishing to be feature in the DC Collaborative's Story Bank Blog should submit photos and/or student quotes to

DCPS Arts Corner: Lindsey Vance

Meet Lindsey Vance, the Manager of 
Visual Arts for DC Public Schools

As Manager of Visual Arts for DCPS, Lindsey develops and supports K-12 Visual Arts Curriculum for DCPS teachers, concentrating on the role of trauma and social emotional learning in the classroom and on art within society and contemporary art movements. In addition, she builds positive and strategic relationships with local nonprofits, museums, and arts organizations to foster educational community networks and extend positive impacts of visual arts programming experiences.

For the last 3 years Lindsey served as the Program Director and Art Therapist for Project Create, an out-of-school time arts and youth development non-profit.  Lindsey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Board-Certified Art Therapist and has worked in an array of community mental health settings as a Mental Health Counselor and Art Therapist, including: medical, jail diversion, chronically homeless, school-based and out-or-school settings, with children, youth, and families. Lindsey road to arts administration stems from her value of the arts and their importance on education and developing youth. She believes they act as a bridge and a healing tool and are imperative to preparing our youth for success. 
Learn24 Network Event

Application Deadline: Tuesday, January 15

A message from our friends at Learn24 and the Office of Out-of-school Time.


Learn24 and the University of the District of Columbia-Community College would like to invite you to participate in the "Learn24 Network Event - A Convening to Support DC OST Programs.

January 22, 2019
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
University of the District of Columbia - Van Ness campus
4200 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington DC 20008

This free event will bring together agencies and organizations that provide free or low cost out-of-school time (OST) programs to children in grades K-12. Organizations that provide services such as but not limited to transportation, professional development, financial accounting and auditing, food and meal support, enrichment programming, curriculum and other beneficial services to nonprofits are encouraged to apply. We anticipate a minimum of at least 100 professionals to attend.

Exhibitors will:
  • Have two dedicated hours to interact with DC OST professionals;
  • Increase company visibility and brand;
  • Network with other  exhibitors, government agencies and non-profits;
  • Grow brand image; and
  • More.
Exhibitors should complete this application by January 15, 2019 .


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 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.