Dear Friends,

For many of us this week often means lots of cooking-- and eating, travel, family and friends, football and visiting museums. This week is also another opportunity to give thanks for what we have and what reflect on what is important to us in the upcoming year.
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is so grateful to each of you-- our members, partners, teachers, volunteers and supporters, for the time that you devote to providing amazing arts and humanities learning experiences for our DC students. We know students are better strategic thinkers, active community citizens and more empathetic as a result of these experiences. 

Thank you for the tens of thousands of smiles that result from their experiences!

Our work is not always easy, but we gain strength and inspiration from each of you in our arts and humanities education community of practice. That brings a very big collective smile to our staff and board. 

Wishing a wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family!

DC Collaborative Team

AHFES Announcement for Providers

Field Trip Information Deadline!

The opening of our Winter Lottery on December 3rd is just around the corner! If you are an AHFES Provider, please make sure to submit your program details to us no later than EOD Wednesday, November 28th!

If you are interested in becoming an AHFES Provider, please contact Katherine Custer at for more details.
Collective Impact Update: Any Given Child DC

We're Ready for Phase II!

The DC Collaborative is pleased to share a successful strategic planning year with the Any Given Child DC  Community Arts Team. As you may know, the DC Collaborative was awarded a NEA Arts Education Emerging Collective Impact Grant and worked with the Kennedy Center's Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program to facilitate strategic planning and implementation. (View more information  here.)

Last school year, September 2017-2018 the Community Arts Team embarked on strategic planning and and data collection over the course of seven meetings. We will have an announcement very soon regarding our findings from the data and how the community at large can get involved in this work and in implementation during Phase II and beyond!

Get Involved!

An announcement of the goals and committee structure will be coming shortly and  we want you to be involved! The Implementation work will focus on the following areas:
  • Strategic Alignment (Including a Student and Parent Advisory Group)
  • Equity
  • Capacity Building (Including Programming and Fundraising)
  • Assessment/Evaluation
  • Communications
More information will be available in the coming weeks including a  Collective Impact training session! For more information contact- Tracey Wyton at-

DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog Highlights
What's YOUR Story?

This year, rather than asking for money on #GivingTuesday (November 27), the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative plans to "give back" to our community by sharing our stories that highlight the work that we do together to ensure equitable access to the arts and humanities for DC students and their educators. We're calling this campaign #WhatsYourStory.

What are we asking? We're asking for stories from you! our members, teachers, students, board members, supporters, friends and all community stakeholders. View the Google Form with some questions about why arts and humanities education are important to you. Questions include:  what you have done to promote arts and humanities education, and why you think the work of the DC Collaborative is important. 

Please complete the form this week! By filling out this form, you are giving the DC Collaborative permission to use your responses in our #WhatsYourStory campaign.

Attention Members and Artists!
1st Annual Holiday Auction

From December 3rd through December 31, the DC Collaborative will hold its  first annual online Holiday Auction for our Arts and Humanities for Every Student!

Would you please help us by donating an item to our online auction?  

To donate an item and provide details that we will need to promote your donation, please complete this formWe will need your confirmation of your donation no later than November 30th.
Donated items can be original works or art, pairs of tickets to performances, museum passes, items that relate to our collaborative work.
In addition, please reach out to your networks or artists and organizations, anyone you think would be interested in donating an item.

Our auction has not gone live yet (starts December 3), but you can preview it here. Please click the green box "View All Items" to see current items/donations.

If you have any questions, please contact Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Many thanks for your consideration. Together, we can raise more money for more field-trips this year!
Learn 24 RFP Deadline

Summer Out-of-School Time RFPs Due Today

The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes have three different Requests for Proposals (RFP) for out of school time programming for the summer of 2019 due today, Monday, November 19.
Get Involved - Join our Committees!
Programming Committee

The DC Collaborative's Programming Committee is open to members, partners and educators. The Committee will assist the DC Collaborative team in furthering their mission of equity and access to quality arts and humanities education for all students and teachers in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter). The Programming Committee will analyze and evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education experiences, develop opportunities for mentorship and program improvement and inform the Arts and Humanities for Every Student policies and procedures.
Collective Impact Committee
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us in the strategic planning year of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC,  Collective   Impact  work! The Collective Impact Committee,  formerly known as the Membership Committee,  will aid us advising and executing the work of the Community Arts Team, as well as assisting us in keeping our members up-to-date during the strategic planning year. We value the input from all of our members to make this process a success.

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 FY18 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.

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.