Dear Friends,

During these trying times, we at the DC Collaborative would like to dedicate this month's Newsletter to provide timely updates and equitable resources to better support you, the members of the Arts and Humanities Education Community. We would like to thank you all for your ongoing commitment to striving for equitable access to arts and humanities education especially as we as a community navigate the intricacies of the effects of the COVID-19 in our daily lives. 

This March has been keeping us on our toes in an assortment of ways as we're sure you all can imagine and are also navigating.  Here are some updates on what we've been working on to better support you and your needs.

This newsletter includes:
All the best,

The DC Collaborative Team
BoBeen, Clarissa, Kelsey,  Lissa, Tracey, TrĂ©s, Wendy and  Yasmine

 #ArtsandHumanitiesforEveryStudent #StaySafe #SocialDistancing #Arts&Humanities #DCCommunity #Serve #CollectiveImpact #CollaborativeEffect #KeepMakingArt

Keeping it Together...

Just Barely...

Check Out the DC Collaborative 
Distance Learning Resource Database!!!

Great news! DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, along with its organization and practitioner members and DCPS Central Office Arts Team, have launched the DC Collaborative Distance Learning Resource Database, a list of online and downloadable arts and humanities education resources from our members. We already have more than 80 responses from our cultural institutions and practitioner/teaching artist members! These resources encompass curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other educational activities to enhance students' at-home learning experiences.

Here are four easy things you can do to support our newly launched DC Collaborative Distance Learning Database!

  1. Please share! Let your community know about the DC Collaborative Distance Learning Resource Database! If you share on social media, use the bitly link- , tag @DCCollaborative and  @DCPSArts , and use the hashtags: #DistanceLearning #CollaborativeEffect #KeepMakingArt #202Creates
  2. Members- Please tell us what you need! We need to hear from you regarding how COVID-19 has impacted the education programming at your organizations. We've been called upon by funders, the public education system, DC government and other key community stakeholders to share the needs of the greater arts and humanities education community of practice. Fill in the needs assessment here!
  3. Please contribute! We will continue to update the database on a rolling basis with additional Distance Learning and downloadable/ printable resources. Cultural institutions and practitioners/ teaching artists are encouraged to continue to submit distance learning resources!  Submit your programming here.
  4. Use it! Don't let the kids have all the fun. Take a look at what organizations are submitting for students and families as well as the Professional Development page.
Stay Connected in a time of Social Distancing

Friday, 3/27, DC Collaborative Daily ZoomChat features DCPS Arts!

Tomorrow, 3/27 James Mitaritonna and Katy Weatherly of the DCPS Central Office Arts Team will walk members through the DCPS Canvas Portal

Join us on ZoomChat
Friday, 3/27 at 11 AM

DC Collaborative Daily ZoomChats take place weekdays at 11: 00am  to provide arts and humanities education community updates and opportunity to chat with DC Collaborative staff in response to COVID-19:

video chat meeting link:

Dial: +1 669 900 6833
Meeting ID: 853 164 8236

View the Daily ZoomChat Notes/ Recordings Archive 
  NEW! Daily ZoomChat Topics Weekly Schedule

The DC Collaborative continues its Daily ZoomChats in response to COVID-19 but will feature themes that will remain the same each weekday! We are calling all members and partners to participate in and lead a session!

Mondays:   State of Arts and Humanities Education "Town Hall" - Kick off the week with David Markey of DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Mary Lambert of DC Public Schools Arts team, regarding updates from their respective agencies

Tuesdays: Open Forum - Different topic/ theme assigned weekly

Next Tuesday, 3/31, hear from Jeff Poulin of Creative Generation about the  #KeepMakingArt Campaign

Wednesdays: Teaching Artists/ Practitioners ZoomChat - a forum for teaching artists/ practitioners. Join us to share your successes and challenges in your practice and distance learning program adaptation

Thursdays: Community of Practice- Whether you are a school or community-based educator developing distance learning materials, addressing the new needs of your out-of-school programming or planning for summer camps or other future programming. The DC Collaborative will turn the mic over to you to discuss and collaborate with your colleagues.

Fridays:  Equity/ Access   We are increasingly concerned about student equity and our continued digital divide, especially during our current crisis. We recognize that not all families have access to technology and the Internet, and we are working on creating equitable solutions to provide our most marginalized students with resources. Join us to discuss how you are finding creative solutions to address equity in a time of social distancing.
  We need your Leadership!

Guest Host
Signup to be a guest host and lead a DC Collaborative Daily ZoomChat session! We are excited to present focused meeting times to encourage partnerships and resource sharing. Take part!

Contribute to an Elist (Listserv)
Want to keep planning and sharing resources after the calls? Signup for a DC Collaborative EList

Educator Needs Assessment Analytics
What Support do DCPS and Charter School Educators Need?

Friday, March 20, the DC Collaborative team sent out a needs assessment survey to approximately 700 educators! So far 50 educators responded to tell us what support they need in delivering distance learning instruction.

Key Takeaways:
Live classroom lessons and resources around distance learning for students with special needs are the highest priority. 

Visual Arts and Reading/ Writing/ Journalism seems are the most requested disciplines.

Arts and English/ Literature are the most requested content areas.

For more information regarding the results of this needs assessment, contact

It's not too late! Educators can still respond to the survey!
COVID-19 Updates
Stay Informed!

During this chaotic time its hard to keep up with the day to day changes. Here are some helpful links to help keep you up to date and informed! These links can also be found on our website. 
Check Out All the Art!

Is Social Distancing bringing you down? Check out the  National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Contest Virtual Gallery  to brighten your day! Spend an afternoon browsing over 130 students' interpretations of the beauty of spring in DC.

DC Commission Update

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Commission on the Arts and Humanities  
Commissioner Meeting Call: Open to Public!

Full Commission Special Meeting 

March 26, 2020 | 3:30 pm

T his is a meeting of a public body in open session via teleconference. Members of the public are welcome to join the teleconference at the number listed below to listen to the meeting's proceedings.

Teleconference Number: 1 (646) 558-8656
Access Code: 996 177 8490 #

DCPS Arts Corner


Go check out DCPS's digital learning resource CANVASThey provide learning spaces and digital support for families and their students as they adjust to Distance Learning. 

Need some help with CANVA?
 Join in on our Friday Daily ZoomChat @ 11AM tomorrow to hear from DCPS Team members who will be giving an informational meeting about CANVAS. 

&Pizza DCPS Fundraiser 

Offer Code: SING20

DCPC is partnering with Children's Choir and &Pizza to give a percentage
of the profits from &Pizza to the Honor Ensemble events when you use the code above!  Order and give your support today!

AGC DC Updates
***ATTENTION Any Given Child DC MEMBERS***
Meetings Suspended

The DC Collaborative has elected to postpone all Any Given Child DC ( AGC DC) committee meetings until our virtual Steering Committee meeting on April 13 , to ascertain what new supports we can provide to schools as well as AGC DC community-wide, given our new reality with the COVID-19 pandemic.

But... There are still ways to stay engaged in Collective Impact!

We received a message from the Kennedy Center's National  Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child team. They provided two resources to help AGC DC participants stay involved:


Keep in touch by viewing Collective Impact resources through the Collective Impact Forum


Join the Any Given Child Communities Facebook page here

If you have any questions, contact Tracey at !

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.

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