Dear Friends,

The DC Collaborative team is excited to share its March arts and humanities education advocacy and awareness updates with you!

In this newsletter, we'll share: a save the date for our Charity Off the Hook BeneFISHary, a National Arts Action Summit 2019 DC debrief, an  Any Given Child DC and Arts and Humanities for Every Student update, our Winter Members' Meeting recap, a DCPS Arts/ Pulitzer Center highlight, a call for student representatives at the DC State Board of Education, as well as an exciting presentation opportunity with Learn24 at their Summer Conference. 

We are inspired everyday by the work of our arts and humanities education community of practice and the teachers and students we work with and support. Thank you for your continued dedication to the mission of ensuring equitable access to the arts and humanities on behalf of all DC students.

DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative Team with Councilmember David Grosso.
Save the Date!
DC Collaborative BeneFISHary Event

Charity Off the Hook Fundraiser April 22 at Ivy City Smokehouse  
Yes! We're a BeneFISHiary!

Charity Off the Hook is a great chance to support the work of the  DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and have some fun with friends!

The 8th Annual Seafood Charity Fundraiser, hosted by ProFish and Ivy City Smokehouse, is includes great seafood from 11 notable DC chefs, auction items, cigar rolling, local liquor and beer companies, casino games, magic, and most importantly a chance to raise money for several important community non-profits, including the DC Collaborative!

Please purchase your tickets using the promotion code DCART,
and $10 of your ticket price will go directly to The DC Collaborative!

More information at:
National Arts Action Summit 2019 DC Debrief
National Arts Action Summit 2019 DC Debrief

On March 3-5, 2019 Americans for the Arts along with representatives from over 80 arts based organizations around the country joined together for the 3-day event centered on arts advocacy. The conference included workshops on advocacy training, breakout sessions which briefed participants on the latest in arts policy, and the annual Nancy Hanks Lecture, given by this year's guest lecturer actress and singer Rita Moreno. 

A more detailed debrief including additional information on each of the activities is included in the full Story Bank BlogThis post was submitted by: Miracle Washington, this semester's DC Collaborative Community Engagement Intern and Hope Cagle, this semester's DC Collaborative Program Intern.

Arts Education Briefing and LAEN March 3rd:
The Summit kicked off on Sunday, March 3rd with important Arts Education briefings led by Americans For the Arts Narric Rome. DC Collaborative participated in the National Local Arts Education Network and engaged with peer arts education leaders from across the US, many who also work on Any Given Child initiatives in their communities, like we do. 

Legislative Meetings and Training March 4th:
During the legislative meetings and training on March 4th, representatives from the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative attended multiple break out sessions and highlighted two we found of particular interest. 

1.) The Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act 
The Arts and Juvenile Justice session panel featured David Freudenthal, Director of Government Relations from Carnegie Hall, and Christopher Fisher, President of Spinnaker Government Relations.

2.) Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy Act (CREATE)
One of the National pieces of legislation presented was the Comprehensive Resources for Entrepreneurs in the Arts to Transform the Economy Act (CREATE). The bill, originally drafted and proposed in 2016 by Tom Udall (D-NM) advocates for more government support for artists, the creative economy, and creative community development.

National Arts Advocacy Day March 5th:
The conference concluded with National Art's Advocacy on March 5th where representatives from all 50 states and the District of Columbia had the opportunity to speak with their members of congress about national and local legislation which impacts the arts community. DC Collaborative's Executive Director Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe was once again DC's State Captain and led the conversation with Congresswoman Eleanor Norton's office. Some outcomes from the DC constituent conversation include:
  • The Congresswoman co-signing the Artist-Museum Partnership Act and the Charitable Giving Tax Deduction Act
  • The Congresswoman joining Rep. Chellie Pingree (D-ME), one of the co-chairs of the Congressional Arts Caucus, in asking House Interior Appropriations Subcommittee Chair Betty McCollum (D-MN) and Ranking Member David Joyce (R-OH) to fund the NEA at $167.5 million for FY 2020 in the Interior Appropriations bill,
  • Her office made introductions to the DC OSSE team to discuss federal support that may be available for arts ed and PD through Title I, II and IV federal funds,
  • DC Collaborative will once again help to facilitate DPS and DCPCS student outreach for the Congressional Art Contest.
March Any Given Child DC Update
Call for Arts Education Assessment Tools

The Any Given Child, DC Assessment/ Evaluation Committee is placing a call for arts education assessment and evaluation tools. Submit by April 5!

This month Any Given Child DC Committees began meeting to address expanded access for arts education for DC students. The Assessment/Evaluation, Communications and Capacity Building Committees have all begun implementing the goals and action steps from the strategic plan developed last year.

Assessment/ Evaluation Committee

The Assessment/ Evaluation Committee is firstly working on creating a catalog a set of shared, high-quality, and diverse assessment and evaluation tools as a community resource and would like DC Collaborative members to share their assessment tools!

Please share any survey or assessment tools that your organization currently uses in its education work and email them to Although we are targeting tools used with student and educator (professional development) programming, please feel free to also add tools that you would use with other stakeholders and any other documents that you think may be of use (e.g. research articles, presentations, etc.). 

Please submit these tools by C.O.B. April 5th. (If you would like the tool to remain confidential and just for internal Any Given Child data gathering purposes, please include that specification when you submit the resource.)

March AHFES Update
Stepping into Spring with 
Arts and Humanities for Every Student

The DC Collaborative is pleased to share a successful Spring Lottery! 

In celebration of all of the arts and humanities awareness activities in March, The DC Collaborative opened its Spring Lottery consisting of hundreds of field trips for DC students. The DC Collaborative is projecting to reach nearly 50,000 students at 160 school partners through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program this year, in partnership with its members.

If you have any questions about the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program contact us: or .
AHFES Feature: Exploring the Universe at National Geographic Society

On March 14, the DC Collaborative worked with National Geographic Society to send 150 middle school students to the "Exploring the Universe" exhibition. Read about the experience in the Story Bank Blog post! This post was submitted by Elisabeth Orengo, this semester's DC Collaborative Program Intern.

Did you ever wonder why telescopes are located in remote, high and dry lands? Could you imagine the feeling of seeing the sky from inside a telescope wider than a school bus? Do you know that exoplanets remain invisible to us?

Through "Exploring the Universe", a field trip presented by the National Geographic Society, Munazza Alam engaged students in thinking about tools and strategies that enable scientists to "read the light" crossing the Universe. We can, for instance, learn about exoplanets when they partially hide their sun for us. Although now a renowned researcher in astrophysics, Munazza Alam has not forgotten the beginnings of her passion for studying planets outside of our solar system. On Thursday, March 14 (Pi day!), she successfully caught the attention of middle school students by sharing her personal journey. Using daily objects to provide size comparisons, she made her fascinating study accessible to everyone. 

March Story Bank Blog Highlights
Winter Members Meeting: Advocacy Edition

On Monday, March 11, we were thrilled to host 85 DC Collaborative members and guests at National Geographic Society for our Winter Members Meeting: Advocacy Edition. Thank you to our presenters, guests and our host, National Geographic Society. View the full Story Bank Blog post for the meeting resources, pictures and a full agenda recap. This post was submitted by: Miracle Washington, this semester's DC Collaborative Community Engagement Intern.
DC Collaborative board president Linda Harper with DCPS Chancellor Dr. Lewis Ferebee,
DC Councilmember and Chairperson on the Committee on Education David Grosso,
and DC Collaborative executive director Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe.

We are thankful for Councilmember and Chairperson on the Committee on Education David Grosso's continuous support of not only the DC Collaborative, but the entire arts and cultural community in the District. He highlighted specific arts and humanities projects happening in the city, including the Any Given Child DC Collective Impact initiative led by the DC Collaborative and the Humanities DC Oral History Project. He also highlighted the work of the DC Office of Out-of-school time. 

We had the pleasure of hearing from newly confirmed DCPS Chancellor,  Dr. Lewis Ferebee ! Dr. Ferebee shared his personal experience on the impact the integration of arts into school curriculum. We are delighted that Dr. Ferebee presented at the meeting, in the midst of a busy schedule immediately following his official confirmation as the Chancellor of DC Public Schools. We look forward to working together with  Chancellor Ferebee to advance student outcomes utilizing arts and humanities education!

National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest
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National Cherry Blossom Student Art Contest

Winners from this years contest will be celebrating at an awards reception, TODAY! Wednesday, March 27 6:00pm at Pepco Edison Place Gallery!

Category 1 (K-2nd grade)
  1. Aniya Tate, Amidon Bowen Elementary School
  2. Casca Lemargie, John Eaton Elementary School
  3. Myia Chapman, Amidon Bowen Elementary School
Honorable Mention: Juan Fernando, Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School
Honorable Mention: Katherine Martinez-Ramirez, Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School

Category 2 (3rd-5th grade)
  1. Elsa Hobert, John Eaton Elementary School
  2. Maddison Bailey, Amidon Bowen Elementary School
  3. Lucy Crino, Fillmore Arts Center
Honorable Mention: Mason Zachary, Fillmore Arts Center

Category 3 (6th-8th grade)
  1. India Goldson, Friendship Public Charter School- Chamberlain Campus
  2. Donyae Vaughon, Friendship Public Charter School- Chamberlain Campus
  3. Mikaela Santos, St. Coletta of Greater Washington
Honorable Mention: Kori Johnson, Friendship Public Charter School- Chamberlain Campus

Category 4 (9th- 12th grade)
  1. Benaiah Jones, Ballou High School
  2. Lauaranay Washington, Ballou High School

Category 5 - Group Submissions
  1. Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public  Charter School
  2. LaSalle-Backus Education Campus Art Club
  3. SEED Public Charter School
Honorable Mentions: School Without Walls @ Francis Stevens
Honorable Mentions: School within School @ Goding
The reception is open to all contest participants and their care givers as well as art teachers and school administrators at the participating schools. RSVP is not required but highly encouraged!
DCPS Arts Corner: Everyday DC

Keep up with the latest from DCPS Arts!

Everyday DC

The third Annual Everyday DC photography exhibition ran from March 6 th - 20 th at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery. This exhibit presents a visual narrative of everyday life in Washington, DC through the eyes of more than 140 DC public middle school students from all four quadrants of the city. The exhibition is the culmination of a unit designed by the Pulitzer Center in Crisis Reporting in collaboration with DC Public Schools (DCPS) and facilitated by over fourteen DCPS Visual Arts teachers.

Everyday DC was inspired by the Everyday Africa project, founded by Pulitzer Center grantees Peter DiCampo and Austin Merrill to re-direct focus toward a more accurate understanding of what the majority of Africans experience on a day-to-day basis: normal life. Like Everyday Africa, Everyday DC challenges students to consider how Washington, DC is portrayed in the media, and how their lived experiences relate to those portrayals.

The Everyday DC project is funded in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. The project is also supported by the Pepco Edison Gallery, which generously donated the space for the exhibition. For more information about the unit plan and exhibition, contact or

DCPS Arts presented Everyday DC in collaboration with Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting! View a video about the exhibition here!
State Board of Education: Call for Student Representatives

SBOE Seeks District Students to Serve on the State Board

Application period open for SY2019-20 Student Representatives and Advisory Committee Members | Applications due: April 28

The application period for new Student Representatives and members of the Student Advisory Committee (SAC) for SY2019-20 is now open! SBOE encourages DCPS and public charter high school students who are passionate about their local school community and who desire to represent their peers in the education policy-making process to apply online at The application period will close on Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 11:59 p.m.

The DC Collaborative would like to call on members and educators to forward this information to students involved in the arts and humanities! Wouldn't it be fantastic if the two open seats were filled with students who participate in the arts and humanities!

Learn24: Call for Presenters

Call for Presenters

Presenters Wanted for the Summer 2019 Learn24 Network Conference 
Deadline: 3/29/2019

Learn24 is currently seeking engaging and interactive workshop presenters for the Summer 2019 Learn24 Network Conference. Presenters are invited to share their expertise, innovative ideas, and knowledge with the field. Areas of interest include youth voice and choice, youth engagement, trauma informed practices, and more. Proposals must be received by Friday, March 29, 2019 to be considered.

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.

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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 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 115 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.