Dear Friends,

We are excited to recap an advocacy-filled National Arts and Humanities Month and follow-up on some next steps for our community of practice!  

This newsletter includes:
  • State of Arts Education Roundtable Recap Story Bank Blog
  • Participate in our 2nd annual online auction
  • AHFES Program Update
  • Story Bank Blog Highlights
  • Community Updates

State of Arts and Humanities 
Education Roundtable

State of Arts and Humanities 
Education Roundtable

On October 30th, 2019, and on the occasion of DC Collaborative's 22nd anniversary, more than 40 teachers, students, and community members from across the DC Arts and Humanities community met to testify on the state of arts and humanities education in our schools. Across the span of 4 ½ hours, person after person spoke on the importance of equitable access to arts and humanities education in school, out of school and farts and humanities experiential learning (field trips) opportunities for all students. The roundtable also discussed potential areas for improvement and gaps in access.

Didn't get to participate? Submit your testimony to lend your voice and expertise about why arts and humanities education is important! Written statements should be submitted to Ashley Strange, Committee Assistant, via email at by 5 PM on November 13.

The roundtable started off with a chorus performance by students from Friendship charter school
2nd Annual Online Auction

December 1 through December 15, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is having its second annual Online Holiday Auction in support of our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program.

Auction items include tickets to DC's best shows, museum passes, private tours of DCs most interesting exhibits, gift baskets, and original works of art. Proceeds will help the DC Collaborative provide equitable access to our members' high-quality arts and humanities learning opportunities for more DC public and charter school students. 

In the spirit of Holiday gift-giving let's all gather around our computer monitors, tables and phones to support the DC Collaborative.

Follow us on FaceBook, Twitter and Instagram @DCCollaborative to see sneak peaks of our fantastic auction items, and be the first to bid when we release our auction link!

Want to Contribute?

We are accepting item donations from members through November 22nd. The donation form is linked below!
AHFES Program Updates
Now that the deadline for Winter Lottery programs has past, the Collaborative staff are hard at work building our registration form and getting information added to the online catalogue. Feel free to browse what has already been posted and let us know if any changes need to be made.

The Winter Lottery opens to teachers on December 2nd. Providers can expect to hear from us regarding Lottery results by Friday, December 13th. Please let us know if you have any questions in the meantime!
November Story Bank Blog Highlights
Blog post submitted by Jake Hahn, Program and Communications Intern, DC Collaborative

On October 15, 2019, D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative held a speed dating workshop for local curriculum teams and members to come together for an opportunity to learn from one another and collaborate. The event, hosted by Shakespeare Theatre Company, kicked off with short presentations given by representatives from the local schools , allowing them to give a brief description of their curricular methodologies and objectives. After the presentations, members were given a chance to rotate through conversations with the curriculum representatives  and ask questions in short "speed dating" style sessions. 

A Master of Art: D.C.'s Claire Smullen Is Surprised with $25,000 Milken Educator Award

The DCPS Central Office Arts Team is pleased to share that Claire Smullen of Stuart Hobson Middle School has won the Milken Educator Award!

Stuart-Hobson Middle School's resident art teacher  Claire Smullen is known for leading elaborate set designs, from castle grounds and wonderlands to whimsical chocolate factories. But when the curtains opened on today's all-school assembly, Smullen was surprised to learn she was the star of the show.

In a public display of fanfare fit for our nation's best athletes, actors, musicians and Nobel Peace Prize winners, Claire Smullen became Washington, D.C.'s, Milken Educator and recipient of the award's $25,000 cash prize. The crowd of cheering students, colleagues, state and local officials, and the media went wild! 

Milken Family Foundation President and Co-Founder Mike Milken, State Superintendent of Education Hanseul Kang and D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Dr. Lewis D. Ferebee presented Smullen with the prestigious honor. Smullen is the only winner of the Milken Educator Award in D.C. and among up to 40 honorees nationwide to receive the recognition during the 2019-20 season. 

Hailed by Teacher magazine as the "Oscars of Teaching," the goal of the Milken Educator Awards is to celebrate, elevate and activate the American teaching profession and inspire young, capable people to join it.

"Claire Smullen inspires her students to achieve their highest potential, empowering them to think creatively, act independently and expand their curiosity about the world," said Milken. "Her affirmative impact on their lives is permanent and profound." 

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2020 Summer Strong Grant Competitions
The Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes (OST Office), located in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Education (DME) is currently accepting applications for its 2020 Summer Strong grant competitions. Each grant competition is designed to support high-quality summer programs or camps for children and youth throughout the District. The deadline to apply is December 10, 2019 . Visit for more information.
For more information or questions, please contact Debra Eichenbaum at
Lenore Blank Kelner

Georgetown GLOW

Experience the sparkle of the holiday season at Georgetown GLOW, the region's only free, curated outdoor public light art experience. Brought to you by the Georgetown Business Improvement District (BID), GLOW's 6th edition runs Friday, December 6, 2019 - Sunday, January 5, 2020, with 11 installations from local, national, and international artists lit nightly from 5 pm - 10 pm throughout Georgetown's commercial district. Bring your family and friends for this holiday spectacle, and take advantage of GLOW-inspired holiday promotions and events (including a visit from Santa!) at more than 35 Georgetown shops and restaurants while you're in the neighborhood, plus DC's largest outdoor ice skating rink overlooking the waterfront. More than 30 walking tours will also be offered throughout the exhibition, tying GLOW to history, food, photography,and art themes. 

Visit more details, and follow along on social media with #GeorgetownGLOW! For information on getting to Georgetown GLOW, visit

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 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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