Dear Friends,

This month's newsletter comes to you during an important and busy week for the DC Collaborative. You should expect to hear more exciting updates with how you can continue to connect to DC students and teachers through our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program and support your arts and humanities education colleagues by contributing data through our Collective Impact Mapping program and Any Given Child DC.


This newsletter includes:

    • National Endowment for the Arts Announcement 
    • Upcoming DC Collaborative Events Including today's event at 3:00pm!
    • Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) Applications Open!
    • Collective Impact Mapping Project
    • Membership Update
    • DCPS Arts Corner
The DC Collaborative Team
BoBeen, Clarissa, Grace, Juliette,  Lissa, Tracey, Trés, Wendy and  Yasmine

Funding Update
National Endowment for the Arts 
Awards DC 2nd Collective Impact Grant!

We're proud and appreciative to share some great news for the DC Collaborative, our members and our entire arts and humanities education community of practice.

The National Endowment for the Arts announced  NEA's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included were its FY20 Art Works Arts Education awards.

The NEA has approved the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative for a second grant in the amount of $100,000 to support our continued collective impact work!

This new collective impact support from the NEA will help to provide the DC community, led by DC Collaborative, ability to  collect data and begin to build data visualization resources to help advance equitable access to arts programming for DC students. We are appreciative of the agency's continued support for our leadership of this project.

Along with our partners and members, we shall continue our collective impact work leading Any Given Child DC and continue to focus more on building our community's data this year, (more information below). All to support arts education programs and resources from DC's cultural community that benefit DC students and their educators.

#NEASpring20 #CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect 
#ArtsEd #AnyGivenChildDC

Upcoming Events
DC Collaborative Spring Membership Meeting
TODAY! Wednesday June 17 at 3:00pm!

DC Collaborative End of Year Update and
Racial Justice Plan of Action

The DC Collaborative will hosts a special Membership Meeting in response to and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. Join us to:
  • Hear from and express gratitude to Councilmember David Grosso 
  • Learn about the DC Collaborative's action items and immediate next steps within its Racial Justice Plan
  • Get involved! The DC Collaborative's Equity/ Access Committee will share more specifics in regards to specialized anti-racist and anti-bias trainings that will occur in the future.
Date:  TODAY! Wednesday, June 17, 2020
Time:  3:00-4:00 PM

Note: Virtual meeting link will be provided upon signup.
Save the Date!

Black Lives Matter: An Interactive Discussion Addressing Racial Bias in the Arts and Humanities Education Sector

The DC Collaborative will host an important discussion in response to and in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement.

This convening is a special, more interactive convening that will be led by members of DC Collaborative's Any Given Child DC Equity/ Access Committee and will feature a panel that will discuss internal and external bias in arts and humanities education organizations. Following the panel discussion, organizations and individuals will be invited to participate in breakout groups to discuss and respond to specific prompts regarding what they've experienced (within their own organization or practice), and come back together to share out.

Goals of the Convening:
  • Create a brave space for participants to share observations and experiences within their own organizations/ work and how it intersects with their arts and humanities education programming
  • Receive feedback on the types of training needed for our members and our greater arts and humanities education community of practice
Date: Monday, July 20, 2020
Time: 3:00-4:30 PM

Note: Registration will be available soon!

AHFES Program Update
School Year 20-21 Timeline Update

The DC Collaborative is operational for the fall and we're fulfilling our mission of bringing our members together to connect students in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter) to arts and humanities learning in the DMV. We are inspired by the adaptiveness of the cultural institutions and teaching artists during the pandemic and are excited to continue this work with you for the 2020-2021 school year.

We anticipate that most of the fall programming will be virtually based. We are still here to bring your programming equitably to DC public and charter schools in our revised lottery process.

As you may know, the DC Collaborative's has made recent changes to our Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program. AHFES v2.0 will now feature our members' virtual (and in-person when we are able and is appropriate), experiential learning opportunities that will be featured in our SY20-21 AHFES lotteries. 

Stay Tuned!
The AHFES program submission form process will open on Thursday,  June 18. If you have any questions about our fall programming please contact Trés McMichael, Education Programs Manager.

AHFES v2.0 Timeline
  • Members may submit their arts and humanities learning experiences beginning Thursday, 6/18
  • AHFES Program submission due date: Friday, 7/17
  • 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 (due date- 7/17) and one in November (due date- 11/6).

Stay tuned for more news and announcements!

Any Given Child DC Update

We Need Your Data!
Collective Impact Mapping Project

Data Collection Opens Today! Wednesday, June 17 (more info)

With the continuation of the DC Collaborative's National Endowment for the Arts funding announcement (above), and enhanced focus on data, we are excited to begin collecting data for the 2019-2020 school year. Data collection is important especially in this time of COVID-19 with budget cuts and educational programming looming. It is our responsibility as a community to contribute to this data project.

Originally known as the DC Collaborative Members Mapping project, the  Collective Impact Mapping Project's goal is to illustrate the current landscape or arts/ humanities programming occurring with students in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter.) These maps will provide the community with useful information about where outreach/services gaps exist. The goal is for the online version of this map to eventually reveal the extent of the arts and humanities education offerings and resources. Within the Any Given Child DC framework the DC Collaborative most recently collected data from arts organizations about their programming for the 2019-2020 school year. Organizations should submit their programming through July 31, 2020.

School Year 2019-2020 Collection Timeline
  • Data Collection Opens: Today, June 17, 2020
  • Survey Completion Deadline: July 31, 2020
  • Publish Map: October 2020
Who Should Submit Programming Data
Any organization or practitioner/ teaching artist who offered programming to students in the DC public education system during the 2019-2020 school year. 
  • Programming Info Needed: specific arts and humanities education programming (including number of students served and school partners) offered during the 2019-2020 School Year (August 1, 2019-July 31, 2020)
  • Survey Completion Deadline: July 31, 2020
  •  A copy of the survey will be provided so you can view the survey in its entirety prior to sitting down to fill it out.

Membership Update

Membership Enrollment Opens July 6, 2020

July is DC Collaborative's Membership Enrollment Month!

The DC Collaborative knows how very important it is to continue to serve community-based organizations and teaching artists/ practitioners in FY21. Now more than ever, we need to come together as a community, support each other the best we can, and advocate for equitable access to arts and humanities learning for all DC students. Whether the opportunities are virtual or in-person, or a hybrid of these different scenarios, we are here and remain committed to convene our members and serve as a support for the arts and humanities education community of practice. 

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

Membership Enrollment will open on July 6. We will be in touch throughout the month of July with membership updates and how you can be more involved!

DCPS Arts Corner
Resources from the 
Fall Forecasting Series with DCPS Arts

On Tuesday, June 16, DC Collaborative and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities kicked off its Fall Forecasting Series and hosted a conversation with approximately 80 community-based arts and humanities education institutions and practitioners to help our community directly engage and support the needs of the DCPS Arts team in the upcoming school year. 

Mary Lambert, DCPS Arts Director and DC Collaborative board member, presented a brief and informative overview of the DCPS Arts Curriculum, discussed assumptions for learning in the Fall and spoke to updates and programming supports that will be needed.

Meeting Resources:

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.

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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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