Dear Friends,

The DC Collaborative would like to once again thank our community for all of the important work we've done together over the 2010s. Moving forward into the new year and the new decade, we have some updates to share!

This newsletter includes important and useful information that we have compiled for you and for a successful 2020, so please be sure review, 
click  the links to take action, and bookmark for future reference:
  • Winter Membership Meeting: Advocacy Edition - Please be there!
  • Call to Action:  Register to Testify for key Performance Oversight and Budget Hearings
  • DC Collaborative Staff Update
  • AHFES Program Updates
  • Membership Directory Profile
  • Any Given Child DC Update
  • Story Bank Blog Highlights - Exploring the Arts of Asia
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Update-  GOS Grants!
  • DCPS Arts Corner
  • Cathedral Choral Society
  • World Alliance for Arts Education Summit
All the best,
The DC Collaborative Team

BoBeen, Wendy, Clarissa, Yasmine, Renee, Lissa, Tracey and Kelsey

Arts and Humanities Education Advocacy:
We Accomplish More When We Work Together
Six 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.) Participate in Mayor Muriel Bowser's 2020 Budget Engagement Forum

3.) Join us at our Winter Members Meeting March 4 at the 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

3.) Learn and Connect with our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement - 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

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

Winter Membership Meeting: Advocacy Edition
Save THIS Date: March 4th!

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

NEW! Date:  Wednesday, March 4, 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 advocacy and collective impact initiatives, including our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion statement for our  DC arts and humanities education community of practice.

More information including a finalized agenda will be shared in the coming weeks.

Thank you to our host, 

DC Collaborative Staff Update
DC Collaborative Staff Update
Two new staff members are joining us this month! We're so excited!
DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome our new  Education Programs Manager and  Special Projects Manager to the team!  Get to k now Tré s and Wendy!

Trés McMichael - Education Programs Manager

Trés McMichael is an emerging arts leader and performer who is passionate about community engagement, arts education, and social justice. He has experience working with various nonprofit organizations such as Arena Stage, Maryland Leadership Workshops, and the NAACP. Trés is an alumnus of Elon University, where he graduated with degrees in Music Theatre and Arts Administration. While at Elon, he was an Isabella Cannon Leadership Fellow, Engagement Scholar, and "Gender and LGBTQIA Center" Student of the Year twice. He continues to be recognized on regional and national levels because of his work in the arts as a performer and administrator. Over the years, Trés has been seen showcased in the Baltimore Sun, Playbill, and Time Magazine, performing on stages at Mill Mountain Theatre, Theatre Raleigh, Lyric Opera House, Signature Theater, and Lincoln Center. Through his work, Trés strives to make the arts inclusive and equitable for all.

Trés begins his role at the DC Collaborative on Monday, February 10! Contact him at to give him a warm welcome!

Wendy Wang Pisa- Special Projects Manager

Wendy Wang Pisa is the Special Projects Manager after having been a Program Assessment Coordinator at the DC Collaborative. She is delighted  (and so are we!!) to take on this new special role to help advance the Collaborative's various projects towards providing equitable access to the arts for DC public school students. Wendy has an impressive museum education background! She came from the Freer|Sackler, the Smithsonian's Museum of Asian Art where she worked closely with its Education team. She received her BFA degree in Art History and Digital Art from Moore College of Art and Design in Philadelphia and her MA degree in Museum Education from UCL in London.  Some of her other previous museum and youth education experiences include Educator roles at the British Museum, the Phillips Collection, the International Spy Museum, and teaching in Taipei, Taiwan. Wendy champions for the positive impact of the arts and humanities and values people-centered missions.  You can reach Wendy at

AHFES Program Updates
Calling All Members

AHFES Spring Lottery Submission Deadline is Today, January 31

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

If you have questions or already submitted programming and would like to make updates, submit new dates or provide supplemental materials please contact or 202-470-6467 ext. 2. 

Membership Directory Profile

DC Collaborative Membership Directory: 
Update Your Member Profile Today!

Our new Membership Directory is ready for your information!  By utilizing our new database, MemberClicks, 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! The directory is searchable so people can find you and you can connect with your colleagues! 

Please take the time to fill out the Member Profile Page Information Form for our Membership Directory by using the following links and steps. By the way-- and we promise-- This should take no more than fifteen minutes!
  1. Click Here to access the form to update your profile information for your organization (organization members only).
  2. Click Here to access the form to update your personal profile information for organizational, and practitioner/ teaching artists members.
  3. Don't forget to update your individual profile by clicking on "My Profile" on the "Member Home" after you login. This picture will be uploaded to the directory!
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!

Story Bank Blog Highlights

Key Elementary School Students Explore 
the Arts of Asia at Freer|Sackler 
On January 16th, 2020, Key Elementary DCPS students visited the Freer|Sackler Gallery to tour one of its featured programs, Exploring the Arts of East Asia . This program is part of the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student program Winter Lottery, as an initiative to ensure that DC public school students all have an equitable opportunity to experience the arts and humanities up close. 

Students spent over an hour touring the gallery's various exhibits, showcasing art from all over Asia. They were able to see ancient jade weapons and tools from China, bronze statues of the Hindu god Shiva and his steed Nandi, and rooms full of scrolls and prints from the famous Japanese painter Katsushika Hokusai. Students were especially excited to see the Monkeys Grasping for the Moon sculpture, a three-dimensional art piece that extends from the roof to a fountain on the bottom floor of the Sackler Gallery.

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Update

FY 2021 General Operating Support Grant Program | Request for Applications

Attention all arts/ humanities organizations and teaching artists!

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is now seeking applications for its Fiscal Year 2021 General Operating Support Grant Program (GOS). Qualified applicants for this grant have the chance to receive funding for an educational program or curriculum centered around the arts or humanities. Teachers and organizations that may have need for this funding are all welcome and encouraged to apply.

See the following forms for more information:

Application Deadline: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 4:00 pm ET

DCPS Arts Corner
Our City Showcase 2020

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.

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 to the fullest extent of the law.

Are you a government employee? Give through the  CFC Catalogue of Caring. We're 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.

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!

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