Dear Friends,

October is a big month with National Arts and Humanities Month , the DC Collaborative's 22nd birthday and the Committee on Education's State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable . The Collaborative team is also off to a busy fall! Through the end of December 33 AHFES providers are offering more than 300 field-trips to 14,000 students through our legacy program,  Arts and Humanities for Every Student.   Any Given Child DC's 2019-2020 school year committees are also ramping up.

In this newsletter we will keep you up-to-date with how to be involved in the arts and humanities education community of practice and the events we are planning for this fall. 

This newsletter contains:
  • State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable- Sign up to Testify on October 30!
  • AHFES Program Update- Speed Dating Workshop on October 15
  • Any Given Child DC Update- Collective Impact Mapping Extension and Participate in an AGC DC Committee!
  • Updates from the DCPS Arts Team and Learn 24
  • October Story Bank Blog Highlights
  • Event at American University featuring Creative Generation
  • Job Bank- Washington Improv Theatre seeks an Education Program Manager
Please give a warm welcome to our two newest members of the DC Collaborative Board of Directors, 
E. Ethelbert Miller and Kent Withycombe, (bios here).
State of Arts and Humanities 
Education Roundtable

Calling all DC-based artists, school and community educators, students and parents:  The DC Collaborative and Any Given Child DC Steering Committee invite you to sign up to testify at the Committee on Education's  State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable . The roundtable will kick off with student performances and testimonies, publ ic testimonies from our community and government witnesses from DC public education.

DC State of Arts and Humanities Education Roundtable
Wednesday October 30, 2019
10:00 A.M.


Hearing Room 120
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20004

* When completing the registration form in the Hearings/Roundtables section, select: 

Speed Dating Workshop: Please Join Us!

Our members are always eager to learn how they can better serve the needs and objectives of local schools. At this Speed Dating event, we invite
curriculum teams from from across DC Public and Public Charter schools to meet and mingle with our  cultural institution and teaching  artist  friends . By rotating through these quick one-on-one conversations, we hope you will make lots of new friends, connections and partnerships!

This will take place on  Tuesday, October 15th from 10:00 A.M.- 12:00 P.M. at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall Forum space on the lower level. Coffee and morning snacks provided!
AHFES Program Updates
Deadlines for the   Winter Lottery(January-March programs)  are already sneaking up on us! If you plan to offer  field trips in-school workshops  or  professional development programs  through AHFES,  please make sure you have submitted program information by November 1st!

If you submitted this information over the summer, please be on the lookout for an email to verify your program dates/times. 
AGC DC Update
In this Any Given Child DC update we invite more community members to participate in the Any Given Child DC Committees and have extended the deadline (and will begin reaching out individually) for those who have not turned in their Collective Impact Mapping surveys!

Participate in an Any Given Child DC 2019-2020 School Year Committee

The Any Given Child DC Steering Committee invites you to participate in Any Given Child DC for the 2019-2020 school year. Join your colleagues to work to expand access to arts education for all DC students. We need a broad sector of the community to participate in Any Given Child DC to ensure that the implementation of the strategic plan is comprehensive! Lend your expertise in the Assessment/ Evaluation, Capacity Building, Communications, Equity/ Access, Fundraising and Student/ Parent Advisory Committees.
Deadline Extended for the Collective Impact Mapping Project!

Deadline extended to October 31!

Calling all organizations, practitioners, and teaching artists who offered programming in the 2018-2019 school year: Submit your data!

In order to ensure that our community is operating with equity, the Collaborative is  collecting data through its Any Given Child DC initiative's Collective Impact Mapping Project, ( more info). It is imperative that we have a current and comprehensive view of arts/ humanities education programming in the city to work to ensure that all students will have equitable access to the arts/ humanities education resources in their city in the future. Can we count on you to participate?
  • Survey Participants: 
    Any organization or practitioner/ teaching artist who offered programming to students in the DC public education system during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Programming Info: 
    2019-2020 School Year (August 2019-July 2020)
  • Survey Completion Deadline- extended: October 31
  • Survey Directions
  • Organization Survey PDF |  Practitioner/ Teaching Artist PDF  (Provided so you can view the survey in its entirety prior to sitting down to fill it out.)
October Story Bank Blog Highlights
Professional Development Institute for Educators: "Unpacking a Safe Space"
Blog post submitted by Jake Hahn, Program and Communications Intern, DC Collaborative
On Saturday September 21, 2019, teachers from DC public and public charter schools gathered at Friendship Collegiate Academy for a Professional Development Institute (PDI): Unpacking a Safe Space  hosted by the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities and the DC Collaborative. This year the topic focused on trauma informed learning and creating a safe space in the classroom. With the multiple workshops available by grade-band, teachers had the chance to engage in activities that challenged them to step out of their comfort zones and get comfortable with their peers in interesting and fun ways.

With the main focus being on the well-being of the teacher and student, many of the workshops allowed teachers to open up about issues they have faced with their peers and students. Lessons focused around the sensitive minds of the youth and how to create a comfortable atmosphere and personal connection between teacher and student.

Gratitude to the presenters:  Jessica Valoris; Regie Cabico; Jared Shamberger of Young Playwrights' Theater; Krystle Seit; Ingrid Zimmer of Dumbarton Concerts: Inner City Inner Child; Tyler Grigsby of One Common Unity; Mary Brown of Life Pieces To Masterpieces; Dania Fawaz of Project Create; and Lindsey Vance, MaryJo McCoy and Marla McLean of the DCPS ACE Fellows Program.  
DCPS Update

DCPS Arts Team will host one of four district Arts Professional Development days on November 5 th . This day will focus on equity and bias in the Visual Arts, Music and Performing Arts classrooms. Guest speakers will include Martin Urbach and Erika Hawthorne. Topics explored will include; Toward an Anti-Racist, Anti-Ableist, Anti-Sexist Music Ed, Liberation Drum Circles, Arts Pedagogy of the Oppressed, and Songwriting For Identity.

Members interested in presenting a 1 or 2 hour session related to this topic should contact Mary Lambert . Content should be related to the Art, Music and/or Theater classrooms. Please share an agenda and, if available, footage of a previous session.
Learn 24

Fall Learn24 Conference- October 11, 2019

Join Learn24 for a day of learning and reflecting at the Fall Learn24 Conference on  Friday,  October 11, 2019 . This free one-day conference will bring together individuals and organizations from all 8 wards in the District of Columbia to learn, discuss and strategically plan ways to improve the daily interactions between youth and adults in an out-of-school time (OST) setting. Featuring keynote speaker Michael Lamb, Executive Director of Turnaround for Children DC.
Creative Generation
 "Understanding the Creative Generation" 

On Friday, October 18, 2019 from 3:30-5:00pm (and a reception to follow from 5:00-6:00pm!), American University will host an event titled, " Understanding the Creative Generation", featuring a townhall-style workshop (3 TED-talk style presentations, and community conversations) examining emerging perspectives on arts and cultural education, the role of cultural institutions in society, youth empowerment and civic discourse, and how artists/arts managers play a role.

The Focus:
Our next generation will be facing some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For decades researchers have worked to understand young people and their development through arts and culture, as well as educational means, but have struggled in sustaining the impact of such programs. In this talk, hear from educators, nonprofit leaders, and social entrepreneurs showcasing new research interrogating the ways societies support young people and their adult counterparts in the arts towards realizing a vision of a Creative Generation. Based in creativity, culture, education, and community development, speakers will discuss new and disruptive ideas towards re-imagining our cultural institutions, funding systems, and current policy contexts to foster dialogue for the future.

Speakers include:
  • Jeff M. Poulin, Founder and Managing Director of Creative Generation from Washington, D.C.
  • Alex Sarian, Acting Executive Director of Lincoln Center Education from New York City, NY
  • Karla Rivera, storyteller and activist of 2nd Story from Chicago, IL
The event is free to attend and website is forth coming. Contact Jeff Poulin for more information.

Job Bank
Now Hiring:  Education Manager

Washington Improv Theater seeks a full-time Education Manager. Reporting to the Education Director, this position will administer and foster the growth of our educational programs, providing an excellent experience for students, instructors, audiences, and artists.

Please find the complete job description below. Women and people of color are especially encouraged to apply. Washington Improv Theater is an equal opportunity employer.

Deadline to apply is 11 PM on Oct. 27, 2019.

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 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.

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!

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