Dear Friends,

Happy National Arts in Education Week! The DC Collaborative is excited to begin another school year with our members and school partners. We are pleased to share updates around upcoming events to help kickoff the school year! In this newsletter, you will find information about:
  • DC Collaboratives Annual Membership Meeting- RSVP by COB 9/13/2019
  • AGC DC Update
  • September Program Updates
  • Staff Transitions Update 
  • Story Bank Blog Highlights
  • DCPS Arts Update
  • Job Bank- DC Collaborative 
All best,
DC Collaborative Team

DC Collaborative team with Mookie, the employee of the month.

Upcoming Events
DC Collaborative Annual Membership Meeting
Featuring a panel on Collective Impact and Equity

RSVP Today! RSVPs are required by 6:00 PM on Friday, 9/13.

The DC Collaboratives invites its membership and friends to join its  Annual Membership meeting on Thursday, September 19 at The Kennedy Center's  new Skylight Pavilion as part of  The REACH Opening Festival! 


DC Collaborative's meeting will feature a panel on  Collective Impact and Equity .

Panel Participants: 
  • Moderator- Anika Kwinana, National Partnerships Manager, The Kennedy Center
  • Michelle Edwards, Live It Learn It, AGC DC participant
  • Michelle Hoffman, Washington Performing Arts, AGC DC Equity Committee Co-chair
  • Mary Lambert, DC Public Schools, AGC DC Capacity Building Committee Co-chair
  • Gregory McGruder, National Geographic, Vice President DC Collaborative Board of Directors, AGC DC participant
You will also hear DC Collaborative governance, financial, program and collective impact updates including our work leading the Any Given Child DC initiative. 


The Kennedy Center will be sending entry instructions, passes and discounted parking vouchers to all registrants.

Date:   Thursday, September 19, 2019
REACH Guided Tour:   3:00 PM
Meeting Time:   4:00 PM-5:30 PM in the Reach | Skylight Pavilion
Networking:  5:30-6:00

Evening Activities: All DC Collaborative Annual Membership Meeting Guests will special festival passes to The REACH Opening Festival! Make a evening of it and stay to explore The Reach, grab a meal from local DC food trucks, and see local student performances. More information about the  Millennium  Stage Performance and Simulcast can be found here

The Kennedy Center  REACH | Skylight Pavilion
2700 F Street, NW Washington DC 20566

Thank you to our host,

Any Given Child DC is Collecting Data
Annual Collective Impact Mapping Project 
Data Collection!
The DC Collaborative is excited to announce a new data visualization initiative in accordance with the Collective Impact Mapping Project! We're making a digital dashboard on our website with AGC DC 2017/18 school year data (and will add the historical data collected from 2010-date) and request that you submit your programming data for the 2018-2019 school year, previously announced in early August!

Take a sneak peek at a five organization sample size of the data that we've input from last school year below!

We need you contribute to our Collective Impact! In order to ensure equitable access to arts/ humanities education for all students in the future, a current and comprehensive view of arts/ humanities education programming in the city is needed on an ongoing basis.  This data is so important to all education  stakeholders, especially for our students Can we count on you this year?

Participate in the Collective Impact Mapping Project!
  • Survey Participants: Any organization or practitioner/ teaching artist who offered programming to students in the DC public education system during the 2018-2019 school year.
  • Programming Needed Info: 2018-2019 School Year (August 2018-July 31, 2019)
  • Survey Completion Deadline: September 20, 2019
  • 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.)

September Program Updates
AHFES Program Update

The school year has officially begun! In celebration of National Arts in Education week, the AHFES Fall Lottery opened on Monday, including a catalogue of over 100 field trip, in-school, and professional development programs. AFHES Providers can expect to hear about their lottery results next week .  Don't forget to submit your MOU and insurance certificates before your first program!

AHFES Provider Orientation
If you missed our AHFES Provider Orientation, you can access the PowerPoint here .

Questions about participating in AHFES this year? 
Staff Transitions Update
Role Changes at the DC Collaborative

The DC Collaborative has some exciting staff updates to share. As we begin the new school year we want to make sure that you have the relevant staff to connect to for your DC Collaborative inquiries!

Katherine Custer, Director of Education Programs and Assessment
Katherine is our resident program, curriculum and assessment expert! She also leads the work of our Programming Committee and assures that AHFES programs are distributed equitably among schools and are of the highest quality. Reach out to Katherine  if you are a member interested in participating in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program.

Clarissa Heartsfield, Manager of School Partnerships
Clarissa is our school partnership guru! She works closely with Katherine on the equitable lottery registration model and leads school outreach and communications work! Reach out to Clarissa if you are a teacher interested in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program or Professional Development work.

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Executive Director
Lissa is our fearless leader and continues to lead the advocacy, development and financial management of the organization! Reach out to Lissa.

Tracey Wyton, Deputy Director, Community Engagement
Tracey leads our collective impact and community engagement work! Reach out to Tracey for more information on  Any Given Child DC  Collective Impact initiative and Membership!

Mookie "Betts" Custer, Employee of the Month and Office Manager
Mookie is our resident office counselor and and perpetual employee of the month! His parental guardian, Katherine, gives permission for him to accept the Office Manager post!

September Story Bank Blog Highlights
The  Musicianship: Giving Access to Music Education for a Better Future
Blog post submitted by Julianna Smith, Program Intern, DC Collaborative
From studying music on a professional track, I have seen a lot of sides of music. I've seen how it can transform, heal, and entrance. Unfortunately, I have also seen just how very exclusive and elitist it can be. Music education often costs a pretty penny and many students don't have the resources to get the education they deserve. However, I am certainly not the only one to recognize this problem. After familiarizing myself with the DC Collaborative's members, I encountered the MusicianShip, an organization striving to give students access to music education for little to no cost. Last month, I had the privilege of speaking with Amber Pannocchia from the MusicianShip to discuss the organization's practices and goals. 

The Musicianship is a non-profit organization that believes in the life-altering power of music and are working to provide it to as many students as they can. In addition to offering field-trips through the AHFES program, The MusicianShip provides both after-school and summer programs to inspire and educate students. Their "All-City" after-school programs give students from public and private schools across DC, Maryland, and Virginia free exposure to ensemble performance through the Washington Youth Choir, the marching band, and the drum line. Private lessons are also available for students who want to hone their instrumental or vocal skills even more after school. Despite their well-established programs, the MusicianShip is only in their 10th year! When they started in 2009, they only had 2 students in their summer program. Now, they have close to 200! 
DCPS Update

Live Mural Painting

Calling All Students! 
Participate in a Live Mural Painting as part of NSO in Your Neighborhood

Lindsey Vance, Manager DPCS Arts, is leading a live mural painting with the National Symphony Orchestra's NSO In Your Neighborhood Block Party at Kennilworth Recreation Center on Saturday, September 14 at 12 PM and is looking for young people to be there to assist. 

Contact Lindsey for more information-

Saturday, September 14th
Kennilworth Recreation Center

Job Bank
Come work with the DC Collaborative!

The DC Collaborative is seeking a part-time, contract  Program Assessment Coordinator  to provide support to the Director of Education Programs & Assessment and will be responsible for distributing surveys developed by the DC Collaborative and collecting comprehensive data to support the effectiveness and high-quality nature of the educational programs offered across the District of Columbia. The position will also support other members as needed and support daily activities necessary to manage a small non-profit. 

Please submit a resume and cover letter to  indicating "Program Assessment Coordinator" in the subject line of your email.

Smithsonian American Art Museum

SAAM is seeking a passionate educator to support their work with K-12 students & teachers worldwide through our contract with the  Department of Defense Education Activity. T he application deadline is September 27, 2019. TO APPLY, please see the job announcement here

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.

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.