Dear Friends,

This month's newsletter comes to you during an important and busy time for the DC Collaborative and contains information for members about how to join membership in FY21 as well as how to participate in Arts and Humanities for Every Student and the Collective Impact Mapping Project.

This newsletter includes:
    • DCPS Schools are Virtual in the Fall
    • Membership Update
    • Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) Program Submission Deadline Reminder- August 7!
    • Any Given Child DC Collective Impact Mapping Project Deadline Extended- August 15.
    • July Story Bank Blog Highlight
The DC Collaborative Team
BoBeen, Clarissa, Grace, Juliette,  Lissa, Tracey, Trés, Wendy and  Yasmine

DCPS Update

#ReopenStrong with Virtual Learning

DCPS will start SY20-21 with virtual learning on August 31.

DCPS will start School Year 2020-2021 virtually with all students learning at home. This will apply for all grades - Pre-K through 12 - and last at least through Term 1 from August 31 to November 6.

Learn more about the DCPS reopening plan through the DCPS website or the NBC 4 Washington article.

Membership Update

Membership Enrollment is Open! Join Today!

The DC Collaborative is enacting a "pay what you can" membership dues structure for FY21 (school year 2020-2021)

The DC Collaborative is working even harder to serve its members in FY21! As a member you will have opportunities to participate in the following this year: 
  • Reach students and educators through our Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) equitable lottery model with your experiential learning initiatives and participate in a new more virtual AHFES v-2.0!,
  • Lead the community by participating in strategic planning advancing equitable access to arts and humanities learning opportunities through the Collaborative's Any Given Child DC work,
  • Engage in networking through our virtual convenings and membership meetings,
  • Lend your voice in support of arts and humanities education advocacy, including opportunities to create a collective voice and shape asks of the DC Government.
Enroll in FY21 Membership
  • New Members: Join Today!
  • Current Organization Members: You received some automated notifications through MemberClicks. Contact or access payment directions here.
  • Practitioner Members: In response to COVID-19, FY21 dues are waived!
"Pay What You Can"

As the COVID-19 pandemic has put significant strain on many of our organizations' budgets, we've decided it would be in the best interest of all of our members to implement a more flexible membership dues model for FY21. This year, the Collaborative is enacting a "pay what you can" structure in addition to providing flexibility with due dates and opportunities for partial payments.  The DC Collaborative is also experiencing financial challenges during this time, so we would appreciate it if you only take advantage of this flexibility if you absolutely must.

We will all need to work together and we will need your support, too!

Questions? Contact Tracey Wyton-

AHFES Program Update
AHFES Fall Lottery Deadline Approaching
The AHFES Program Submission Form deadline is next Friday, August 7th.

The DC Collaborative team would like to remind you that it is not too late to send in your programming for our Fall 2020 Lottery! We could not do the work of reaching so many students in Washington D.C. annually without your excellent arts and humanities education programming. The deadline is  next  Friday, August 7th and you can submit your program using  the following form.

We are mindful that these are unprecedented times not only due to the COVID-19 crisis, but also the racial inequities our nation is being awakened to. We would like to thank you for your commitment to arts and humanities education and it is our hope you will continue to provide programming during these times. Please do note that while we are taking submissions for in-person learning experiences, we will only be able to support virtual experiences at this time. 

As an active member of the Collaborative, you can use the AHFES program to promote your virtual and in-person education programs and professional development experiences. We will assist with marketing to DC public and public charter schools, teacher registrations, communications, technology, and assessment. 

To complete the form, gather the following information:
  • Information for the primary contact at your organization (and for the day of the program contact, if relevant)
  • Information regarding the specific program including title, description, grades served, and schedule
  • Learning standards and/or curriculum connections for your program
  • Logistical information for your program, whether in-person or virtual (date, time, capacity, and health and safety)
  • Information regarding your organization's budget for the program
  • Your organization's diversity, equity, and inclusion statement/practice and professional development for its staff
Please contact if you have any questions regarding your program offerings or the AHFES program in general. 

AHFES v2.0 Timeline
  • To be included in the AHFES Fall lottery, all final program details must be submitted by - Friday, 8/7
  • Fall Lottery Opens: Tuesday, 9/8
  • Fall Programming Starts: 10/5
To accommodate the uncertainty of this Fall, we will have two larger AHFES program reviews with the DC Collaborative Programming Committee. One at the end of July and one in November (due date- 11/6).

Any Given Child DC Update
Got Data? 
Join Our Collective Impact Mapping Project

Survey Completion Deadline Extended to August 15!

Through the Collaborative's  Any Given Child DC program and under partial grant support of National Endowment for the Arts, the DC Collaborative is executing the  Collective Impact Mapping Project with the goal of illustrating the current landscape of arts and humanities programming occurring with students in the DC public education system. To thoroughly develop this project, we need your survey participation, one per teaching artist or organization.  This information is crucial to our collective impact to ensure that we are serving our community equitably, now during the pandemic more than ever. 

As we navigate and pivot our work pre and post COVID, remember that this project is designed to help tell your organization's story and visualize our collective impact through demonstrated collaborative work.  To further understand the project, please visit our webinar Importance of Data in Collective Impact During COVID-19 with Dr. Anthony Setari, our data consultant.

For more detailed informationvisit our website
Survey Deadline Extension: August 15, 2020
Data In Collective Impact During COVID-19: Recap Blogpost

July Story Bank Blog Highllight
DC Collaborative and Education Programs Manager, Trés McMichael Featured in 

Tres McMichael '19 couples arts with education in role at the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Following a fellowship in Washington, D.C., Tres McMichael '19 has been able to bring his love for the arts and education together .

A double major in music theatre and arts administration with minors in leadership studies, business administration and African and African American studies, McMichael started his role at the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative as the education programs manager in February. The D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative in a nonprofit organization that works with cultural organizations in the Washington metro area. The nonprofit connects these organizations to the district's public and public charter schools to provide arts and humanities programming at little or no cost. In his role merging the arts with education, McMichael works closely with member organizations to make sure their programming is high quality.
The organization was created because many of the students who were taking advantage of arts educational programming in Washington were not actually from the city.
"Our organization was formed out of that idea that all students in the District of Columbia should have access to the arts and humanities here, "McMichael said. "We're unique in the sense that we work with D.C.- specific students and D.C.-specific arts organizations."

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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