Dear Friends,

We would like to say THANK YOU to our members, board of directors, funders, school partners, teachers, students and larger arts and humanities education community of practice, for contributing to an amazing school year! Due to the excellent programs offered by Collaborative members and their continued commitment to serve DC students, we will reach more than 50,000 students together this school year. As we come down the home stretch from this school year and prepare for the next one, the DC Collaborative team would like to express our sincerest gratitude to the community. Together, we've made  our collaborative stronger with the work of Any Given Child DC and the Programming Committee and were able to provide more experiences in the arts and humanities to more students than ever before.

This newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming events for members, including our Gratitude themed meeting at The Kreeger Museum on June 4 and Connecting to Curriculum Workshops,
  • More info about how to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program in the 2019-2020 School Year,
  • How to partner with the DC Collaborative on the CAH Field Trip Experiences grant,
  • An FY20 Membership Enrollment Update,
  • A DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog summarizing a study Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences,
  • Updates from DCPS Arts and Learn24.
Thank you for your dedication to the mission of making the arts and humanities accessible for all!

DC Collaborative Team

Tracey, Clarissa, Katherine and Lissa

Upcoming Events
Image credit: Richard Deutsch, Against the Day (detail), 2007, granite, size variable. Photo by Colin Winterbottom.
In celebration of another successful school year, the DC Collaborative invites you to attend convenings and conversations important to the DC arts and humanities education community. Reference our upcoming events here.

Please note: A Connecting to Curriculum Workshop with DCPS English/Language Arts will be added shortly.
Spring 2019 Members Meeting: Gratitude Edition
The Kreeger Museum is hosting the DC Collaborative and its members and friends for a celebration of the 2018-2019 school year! Members, educators and partners are invited to attend!
Tuesday, 6/4/2019, 4:30-6:00 PM
DC Collaborative Connecting to Curriculum Workshop with DCPS Social Studies
Engage with the DC Public Schools Social Studies Team to hear about opportunities for connecting to students, teachers, and schools in support of social studies learning experiences. Strongly encouraged to members participating in the Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student program. Open to anyone wanting to learn more about the DCPS Social Studies Curriculum!
Thursday, 5/30/2019, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
DC Collaborative Connecting to Curriculum Workshop with DCPS Arts
Mary Lambert, Director of the Arts for DCPS, will engage participants in a 'walk-through' of the DCPS Framework for Arts Learning and the DCPS Arts Unit Design Structure. Strongly encouraged to members participating in the Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student program. Open to anyone wanting to learn more about the DCPS Arts Curriculum!
Tuesday, 6/18/2019, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM 
Art Buzz Fundraiser for the DC Collaborative
The Monroe Trust Artist Collective Presents SUNDRY | Contemporary Artworks by Glenn Fry and Photography by Charlie Gaynor. Proceeds benefit the DC Collaborative!
Thursday, 5/23/2019, 6:30-8:30 PM
May AHFES Update
Participate in AHFES 2019-2020!
Submit your programs for the 2019-2020 school year TODAY!
Even though it is only May, the Collaborative is already starting to think about our AHFES program for next 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, you can use the AHFES program to promote your existing programs. We will assist with marketing to DC public and charter schools, teacher registrations, communications, transportation and assessment. To participate in the 2019-2020 school year, please complete the appropriate form(s) below, submitting one per program.

Submit your programs!
Program information is due by COB on June 28th for the annual AHFES Review. Otherwise, program information should be submitted no later than one month before each lottery cycle.
AHFES Fees:  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 .
Questions? Please contact  if you have any questions regarding your program offerings or how AHFES works. We hope you will attend one of our upcoming Connecting to Curriculum events as you plan your 2019-2020 programs!
District Arts and Humanities Initiative
The DC Collaborative Wants to Work with you!
CAH Field Trip Experiences | Grant Deadline 6/14, 4 PM

Once again, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is offering its DAHI Field Trip Experiences grant and  the DC Collaborative wants to work with you!  The grant is due on 
June 14th at 4 PM. More information can be found on the Commission's  website

DC is the Field-trip Capital of the World... And, as you may know, we are quite the field-trip experts, as we have been serving cultural institutions, students and teachers in the District with our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program for 21 years. The Collaborative fulfills its mission in providing equitable access to arts and humanities opportunities by utilizing a selective lottery model for registration. Additionally, we have serviced the majority of the grantees on the District Arts and Humanities Initiative (DAHI) Field Trip Experiences grant for the past three years.

Working with the Collaborative to help service your Field Trip Experiences grant is a guarantee that your programs will reach the students in DC who need access to these opportunities the most.

Contact us to find out more info about the services we offer and how to partner.
FY2020 Membership Enrollment
Join the DC Collaborative
Mark your calendars! FY2020 Membership Enrollment opens in July!

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. (There are gifts for you in becoming a member too!)

With your membership, we can support our 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, a member feature page on our website, access to our community calendar, invitations to our quarterly member meetings, round table discussions, and our committee meetings along with being eligible to apply to AHFES and PD programs. Read more information about membership on our  website.

May Story Bank Blog Highlights
Investigating Causal Effects of Arts Education Experiences
Submitted by: Hope Cagel, School Outreach Intern, DC Collaborative
May 10, 2019

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative would like to share the  findings of a study conducted  in February 2019 by the Houston Education Research Consortium at Rice University. This study was conducted to explore the negative impacts test-based accountability has on K-12 arts education experiences. 
DCPS Arts Update

Keep up with the latest from DCPS Arts!
transform mural
Celebrate our DC Public High Schools through art and music at their  Transform DC Community Day Mural Reveal! We will have a parking lot festival, featuring our local students, including bands, musical previews, open mic, and art activities led by our students. We will also have live painters, a community graffiti wall and gourmet hot dogs from Dogs on the Curb Food truck. We have 12 murals completed by our high school students that will make their debut! Please join us and spread the word!
DCPS Performing Arts Festival

The 2019 DCPS Performing Arts Festival will return this year from Monday, May 20th to Thursday, May 23rd Over 90 ensembles from DC Public Schools will take the stage to showcase their musical ability. We will hear from bands, choirs, keyboard and ORFF ensembles, drum lines , and much more. 

Hosted by the Kennedy Center, this event is free and open to the public.

Date: May 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd
Time: 9:00 AM - 2:45 PM
Venue: Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage 
Learn24: Institute for Youth Development

Summer 2019 Learn24 Network Conference
Friday, June 7 | RSVP Today!

Join the Institute for Youth Development on  Friday, June 7, 2019  at the Charles Sumner School Museum & Archives for the Summer 2019 Learn24 Network Conference This conference is designed to provide youth development professionals with essential training on best practices, evidence-based research, innovative ideas, and more. Come learn, grow, and network with awesome peers and youth development professionals.  Act fast , space is limited!

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.

Are you a government employee? Give through the  CFC Catalogue of Caring. We're on pg. 20 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 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.