Dear Friends,

We hope that you have had a great start to your summer! We at the DC Collaborative wish you a happy summer as you host your summer camp, professional development initiatives and other summer programming, we would like to notify you of some activities coming up!  I n this newsletter, you will find more information on:
  • Upcoming Events
  • Membership Update
  • Any Given Child Update
  • Programs Update
  • Story Bank Blog Highlights
  • DCPS Arts Update
  • Learn24 Update
  • Participate in the DC Music Census

Thank you once again for your dedication to the arts and humanities. We look forward to seeing you at Connecting to Curriculum Workshop with DCPS ELA this Friday and the AHFES Orientation this upcoming August (more details to come!).

With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team   

Upcoming Events
Connecting to Curriculum Workshop: DCPS English/Language Arts

Please join DCPS Elementary and Secondary English/Language Arts central office staff as the present their curricular priorities for the 2019-2020 school year! 

DateFriday, June 28, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center,  1333 H Street, NE Washington, DC 20002

Thank you to our host, Atlas Performing Arts Center!

Membership Update
FY2020 Memb ership Enrollment

Mark you calendars! FY2020 Membership Enrollment opens July 1!

The DC Collaborative's 22nd birthday is coming up - and that's always a great one to celebrate. We can't think of a better gift than having you join us for another year as a member of the DC Collaborative!

With your membership, we can support our arts and humanities colleagues and friends be a part of a professional network to strengthen arts and humanities education in the District. As an active member, you will receive newsletters, an member feature page on our website, access to our community calendar, invitations to our quarterly member meetings, our round table discussions, and our committee meetings along with being eligible to apply to AHFES and PD programs. Read more information about membership benefits on our website.

AHFES Program Update
Submit your programs for the 19-20 school year!

Deadline extended to July 5!

Since we are fast approaching July, the DC Collaborative is actively thinking about our AHFES program for the next school year! Programs offered through AHFES provide students with concrete, engaging learning experiences that bring standards and curriculum to life. We could not do the work of reaching nearly 50,000 students annually without your excellent arts and humanities education programming. The DC Collaborative is inspired by your work and looks forward to another year of ensuring equitable access to the nation's best arts and humanities education programming with you.

As an active, dues-paying member of the Collaborative (FY20 due by July 31st), you can use the AHFES program to promote your existing programs. We will assist with marketing to DC public and public charter schools, teacher registrations, communications, transportation, and assessment. To participate in the 2019-2020 school year, please complete the appropriate form(s) below, by submitting one per program. 
Program information is  due by   COB on July 5th for the annual AHFES Review. Otherwise, program information should be submitted no later than one month before each lottery cycle.

New! Replacing the previous AHFES Application fee of $50 per program, this year the DC Collaborative will be implementing an admin fee for each program offered through AHFES. All providers will be charged an administrative fee of 10% of the total transportation costs of your program. More info.

**Please contact Katherine Custer at if you have any questions regarding your program offerings or how AHFES works.
Any Given Child DC Update
Any Given Child DC Year-End Convening 
O n Tuesday, June 11, 2019, The DC Collaborative hosted an end of the year  convening  of the Any Given Child DC program committee members at the DC  Commission  on the Arts and Humanities offices. This year-end convening was an internal working meeting for AGC DC committee members to learn about the individual committee's activities as well as the Implementation of our year-two plans. 

This summer, the DC Collaborative and AGC DC Steering Committee will be updating AGC DC's goals, solidifying a schedule for next year and conducting outreach for next year's participation! 
Meeting Resources:
Story Bank Blog Highlight
Connecting to Curriculum: DCPS Social Studies

The DC Collaborative encourages all of its members to connect to relevant curriculum and leading standards in all of its educational programming, including programming offered through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) and Professional Development Initiatives (PD).

On Thursday, May 30, the DC Collaborative hosted 27 members in the latest convening in their Connecting to Curriculum Series,  "Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Social Studies" with speakers Scott Abbott, Director, Social Studies for DCPS; Anthony Hiller, Social Studies Director of Professional Learning; and Jayson Wilkinson, Social Studies Professional Development Manager. The workshop was hosted by The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, so everyone at The DC Collaborative extends a huge thank you to them and especially to Orlando Serrano for helping organize and coordinate the event.
View the workshop content in the full blog post.
Connecting to Curriculum: DCPS Arts

On Tuesday, June 18th, representatives from the DC Public School Arts Team as well as educators at various cultural organizations throughout DC gathered at the beautiful East Wing of the National Gallery of Art for the DC Collaborative's "Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS Arts" Workshop. This workshop covered the state of arts education in the DCPS school system, the ways in which cultural organizations can better connect their educational programs to the DCPS arts curriculum, and some lesser known ways organizations are already working to give students access to the arts across DC.  

A huge thank you to our hosts, The National Gallery of Art!
View the workshop content in the full blog post.
Meet Katy Weatherly, the New Music Manager at DC Public Schools!
Katy's Background and Career:
Originally from Macau, Katy moved to New York City over ten years ago to further her music training. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University with a Doctorate Degree in Music and Music Education. Previously, Katy was an orchestra director, third-grade violin teacher, Pre-K music teacher at Teachers College Community School in Harlem. Katy was also an adjunct teacher teaching applied violin and viola lessons to graduate students at Teachers College for four years. She enjoys working with children as well as adults. Prior to her education degree, she earned a bachelor's and master's degree in viola performance at The Juilliard School. 

Why Katy Supports the DC Collaborative:
Katy supports the DC Collaborative because it is at the heart of what she believes in; she is a firm believer in student-centered, collaborative, and constructivist teaching and believes music is a powerful vehicle to transform the lives of children, regardless of their cultural and social backgrounds.

More About Katy:
In her spare time, Katy enjoys making food and playing with her dog, Toby, who she adopted from Korea. Her husband, Chris, who is also a music teacher, will be working in DCPS in the coming school year. 
Summer Strong DC 2019
Summer Strong DC 2019 is a committed effort by numerous government agencies to ensure District of Columbia residents are healthy, safe, and engaged during the summer months. Hundreds of activities are available for people that live, work, and visit the District. This includes outdoor festivals, enrichment opportunities, educational programs, free summer meals, youth employment initiatives, and more. 

Residents are encouraged to visit  to keep track of everything going on and to find upcoming events.
The Bowser Administration Launches the First Ever DC Music Census!

The DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment has recently partnered with Georgetown University to capture data to support the music ecosystem in the DC community! 

The Bowser Administration recently announced that the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music and Entertainment (OCTFME), in partnership with Georgetown University, is launching the District of Columbia's first ever music census. The DC Music Census aims to capture the DC music industry and economy and provide needed data to assist city officials and community members in making more informed decisions that will strengthen and grow the District's music ecosystem.  

This census will include a survey that will be open for three weeks to be filled out by anyone working creatively in music as a musician or participating in any music-related product, service or venue. The data will be released in September during Mayor Muriel Bowser's 202Creates, a monthlong celebration of the creative economy. 

For more information, check out DC Music Census' website!

To be  eligible  to fill out the DC Music Census, you must:
  1. live within the DMV metro area.
  2. have a professional interest in music (such as work creatively in music as a musician, or participate in any music-related product or service industry) 
  3. answer questions as accurately and truthfully to the best of your ability. 
Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

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.

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