Dear Friends,

This February has presented us with many opportunities for student learning! Check out what the Collaborative has in store for the rest of the month:
We are so thankful for each of you and everything you do to advance equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for your students. We are proud to call you our partners in this work and continue our efforts together in 2020! Cheers!

With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team
AHFES Field Trips Still Available!
The following field trips are offered through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program, with transportation and ticket costs covered by the DC Collaborative. Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis.
Thinking Routine Thursdays
Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
These age-specific tours, led by museum educators at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, use Harvard Project Zero's Thinking Routines to engage students in an active process of learning about art from the 16th century to today. Students look closely at three to five developmentally appropriate artworks, contribute respectfully to open-ended discussions, pose questions, respond in writing, and make connections between visual art and their world.  These tours are designed to improve students' vocabulary; observation and inference skills; and their ability to identify various artistic techniques and media.
Dates:  2/27/20; 3/5/20; 3/19/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Visual Arts/Photography/Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd-5th
Ticket capacity: 40 per date 
Parthenon to Portico
Presented by: Dumbarton House
What does America have in common with Ancient Greece? Students learn how America was influenced by this great civilization by comparing Classical Greek and American ideals of government, art, and architecture. Using elements of Classical Greek architecture and their own imagination, students design a public structure to take home!
Dates: 3/5/20
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Arts
Grades: 3rd-5th
Ticket capacity (per show): 40
Capital Quest
Presented by: Dumbarton House
Students become history detectives on this quest through Washington D.C.'s past. By spying for clues, examining primary sources, and strengthening map skills, students will uncover the rich history of the nation's capital. Discover why Washington D.C. was chosen as the capital city and explore the lives and ideals of early Americans who shaped the nation. In addition to an interactive tour, the program includes a craft activity and a period snack of tea and cookies. 
Dates: 2/28/2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Dumbarton House, 2715 Q Street NW, Washington, DC 20007
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/History/Geography, Civics/Government, Arts
Grades: 3rd - 5th
Ticket capacity: 40 per date
Going the Distance
Presented by: Discovery Theater
In this acclaimed show, actors portraying athletes Wilma Rudolph and Jesse Owens unfold the stories of their lives, overcoming disability, illness and adversity to become legends and role models. Based on the original play by Raquis Da'Juan Petree and adapted by national dramatic arts leader Michael Bobbitt with music by acclaimed American composer John Cornelius II, this stirring play melds heritage, history and legacy to deliver a motivational message of hope and encouragement to young audiences. Students will engage in a post-show "Think-back" engagement program developed by Discovery Theater in collaboration with the National Museum of American History (NMAH).
The 20 minute workshop, led by actor-educator Xavier Carnegie, builds on the history and themes of the show. Student audience  members will be encouraged to discuss the ways in which the two central figures found motivation to overcome personal and societal obstacles to achieve goals against all odds. Digital educational materials developed by Discovery Theater and educators from NMAH, including resources from the Smithsonian Learning Lab, will be made available to teachers to aid them in exploring and expanding the themes addressed in the show and workshop when they return to the classroom.
Dates: 03/02/20, 03/03/2020, 3/04/2020, 3/05/2020, 3/06/2020
Times: 10:15 AM and 12:00
Length of Event: 65 minutes
Location: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC 20024
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 6-8th
Ticket capacity: 125 per performance
Letters to Earth
Presented by: Company | E
"Letters to Earth" is a full-length contemporary dance production based on letters written by DCPS middle school students to our planet about the climate crisis it is currently facing. The production will touch on science, environmental studies, basic geography, and the aspirations that our city's youth have for the planet and their generation as a whole. Students will get the experience of attending a world-class professional dance concert while learning about the climate crisis and connecting with their peers and their peers' ideas about our planet.
Dates: 3/10/20, 3/11/20, 3/12/20
Times: 10:00AM, 12:00PM each day
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections: English/Literature, Science, Arts, Environmental Studies.
Grades: 6th-8th
Contemporary Dance Performance: The Mush Hole 
Presented by: National Museum of the American Indian
Choreographer Santee Smith (Mohawk) presents a contemporary dance piece that focuses on stories shared by students who attended an Indian boarding school nicknamed "The Mush Hole." This performance explores the lives of children who were forced to attend the Mohawk Institute residential school in Ontario through song, dance, and theater. It is about survival, resilience, and reconciliation. This performance contains mature subject matter. It portrays the experiences of two generations of Survivors, demonstrating the intergenerational effects of Residential Schools. Students were dehumanized and experienced physical and sexual abuse, confinement, and hunger. As adults, this impacted their ability to parent.
Date: 03/13/2020
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Program: 70 minutes
Curriculum Connection: Social Studies/History/Geography, Arts, Diversity, Culture
Grades: 9th-12th
Location: National Museum of the American Indian, 4th Street and Independence Ave SW, Washington DC, 20013
Capacity: 120
A Goldberg Variation
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
The future of music is at risk, and only a distant future relative of one of Bach's students can save it. Dr. John Goldberg travels back from the 22nd century to teach children about a precious resource that we have in our time that has gone missing in his: classical music. With a focus on the music of J.S. Bach, this program will teach children about many of the important musical building blocks, and will empower them to change the future of music through their own listening and appreciation.
Dates and Locations: 3/16/2020 @Sitar Arts Center, 120 Maximum
3/17/2020 @Atlas Performing Arts Center, 250 Maximum
3/18/2020 @Studio Theatre, 180 Maximum
Times: 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Length of Event: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: English/Literature, Social Studies/History/Geography, Arts
Grades: 2nd-5th
Ticket capacity: 120- 250, Dependent upon location
Hercules at the Crossroads
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
Hercules at the Crossroads is a two-part program for 3rd-5th graders, featuring an inclusive, participatory performance of a cantata (a mini-musical!) by J.S. Bach about the hero Hercules. Before the performance, two teaching-artists from WBC visit your class to provide musical, mythical, and historical contexts of the music. Students will learn to sing (in German) and sign (in ASL) short musical selections from Hercules, and will participate at key moments in the performance. A discussion session follows the performance to reinforce concepts introduced in the workshop. Teachers' Guides and Follow-Up Activity Guides will be provided.
Dates and Times: 3/12/20 @ 12:30 PM, 3/13/20 @ 12:30 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Live at 10th & G, 945 G St NW
Curriculum Connections: English/Literature, Social Studies/History/Geography, Arts
Grades: 3rd-5th
Ticket capacity: varies by date
The Wunderkind Projekt
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
The Wunderkind Projekt is a three-part program designed to inspire your music students! (A Wunderkind is a person who achieves great success when relatively young.) Two professional musician/educators from the Bach Consort will visit your school to provide musical, poetic, and historical context to enhance your students' experience at an upcoming Noontime Cantata concert, which the students then attend. Afterwards, one of our musician/educators will re-visit your class to talk with the students about their concert experience, answer any questions.
Dates: 3/2/20, 3/3/20
Time: 12:00 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Tuesdays-Church of the Epiphany, Mondays- St. Peter's Church on Capital Hill
Curriculum Connections: English/Literature, Social Studies/History/Geography, Arts
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity: 50 per date (2-3 classes)
Lincoln's Hat
Presented by: President Lincoln's Cottage
As a young man, Abraham Lincoln began forming ideas on issues of justice and freedom. As he grew, so too did his ideas. While living at his Cottage, President Lincoln thought through his ideas on the Civil War and emancipation, and turned these ideas into action. In Lincoln's Hat, Lincoln's unique note-taking practice serves as a model to students as they develop their own creative ideas and problem solving skills on everyday decisions and complex issues. Students will discover President Lincoln's unique habit of storing his ideas inside his signature stovepipe hat, and a hands-on activity provides students a special place to keep their own ideas.
Date: 3/24/2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: President Lincoln's Cottage, 3700 North Capitol St NW #558, Washington DC 20011
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Content: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Grades: K-3rd
Lincoln's Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation
Presented by: President Lincoln's Cottage
Abraham Lincoln solved the difficult problems of his time by consulting the ideas of those around him, thus informing his own thought process. This approach serves as a model for students to develop their own decision-making skills as they strive to understand the power of their ideas in modern society. In Lincoln's Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation - an award-winning program that puts students in the role of historical people with a stake in the decision on emancipation - students use touch screen monitors to explore historical documents and recreate the heated discussions that President Lincoln and others had over emancipation.
Date: 3/12/2020
Time: 10:00 AM
Location: President Lincoln's Cottage, 3700 North Capitol St NW #558, Washington DC 20011
Length of Program: 90 minutes
Content: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Diversity
Grades: 6th-12th
Capacity: 45
KanKouran West African Dance Company Performance
KanKouran West African Dance Company Performance
Presented by: National Geographic Society
As a part of National Geographic's Black History Month Celebration, we are hosting the KanKouran West African Dance Company for a special hour-long performance, including the opportunity for audience participation. 
Date: 3/12/2020
Time: 12 PM 
Location: National Geographic's Grosvenor Auditorium, 1145 17th Street NW, Washington DC, 20036
Length of Program: 60 minutes
Content: Dance, Music/ Music Production
Grades: 4th - 8th
Capacity: 100

Please note that the school must be able to provide its own transportation. If you are interested in registering, please email
Smithsonian-DCPS Cornerstones Program
For the first time ever, the DC Collaborative in partnership with the Smithsonian Institution is excited to offer registrations for Smithsonian-DCPS Cornerstones Programs The Cornerstones opportunities are offered completely 
free of charge, with bus transportation included
as applicable.
DCPS teachers may register for these programs up to 14 days in advance of the desired program date and will be assigned on a rolling basis.  Because of this abbreviated timeline, we ask that teachers seek approval from their administration for these experiences before completing a registration form.

The following DCPS Cornerstones are available for registration: 

Smithsonian National Zoo: Conservation  (Kindergarten Cornerstone) - ** limited space available**
National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Contest
National Cherry Blossom Festival and DC Collaborative invite grades K-12 students from DC public, public charter, and Japanese schools to participate in the annual Student Art Contest by submitting an artwork entry that depicts this year's theme "Home is Where the Blossoms Are".

The annual Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of over 3,000 cherry blossom trees from then Mayor of Tokyo, Japan Yukio Ozaki to the city of Washington, DC as a gesture of friendship, diplomacy, and creative international exchange and collaboration. We encourage students to create an original piece of artwork that tells the story of how the cherry blossoms are represented in their lives, friendships, and their communities.  Entries are due by March 10, 2020.
National Gallery of Art PD 
Mindful Looking and Making
Presented by: National Gallery of Art
This Saturday workshop is designed as a creative and reflective retreat for educators of all disciplines and contexts. Learn mindfulness meditation techniques to support clarity and strength of mind. Relish in slow looking by exploring the exhibition Painting from Nature: European Landscape Sketches, 1770-1870 through sketching, journaling, and creative writing exercises. We will create accordion books as a tool for capturing observations, playful wondering, and reflective thinking-nurturing a process-oriented practice for building alertness. Come ready to disconnect from the digital world in order to reconnect with yourself and find inspiration in nature and art.
Date: February 29, 2020
Time: 10AM - 4PM
Length of Event: 3 hour
Location: National Gallery of Art - East Building
 PreK - 12
Tickets:  10

DC Jazz Festival PD Workshop
Jazz and Hip Hop
Presented byDC Jazz Festival
DC Jazz Festival presents world-renowned record producer and instrumentalist Nate Jolley who will lead a professional development workshop to DC educators demonstrating the main elements in jazz, hip hop and go-go and their connection. The workshop will offer specific curriculum recommendations to inspire young people to get "jazzed" about learning. Music, Geography and History teachers encouraged to participate. Workshop includes demonstrations on swing, improvisation, blues, sampling, signifying and swagger. This workshop is for DC teachers.
Date: March 26, 2020
Time: 4:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Length of Event: 3 hour
Content Area: English/ Literature, Social Studies/History/Geography, Arts, General Arts Integration, Live Music, Music Performance
Location: THEARC, Black Box Theater
Grades: 3rd - 6th
Spring Lottery Reminder
The spring lottery will be open from Monday, March 2nd to Friday, March March 6th. During this time, teachers will be able to sign up for field trips that occur from April through June. In the meantime, please feel free to browse the AHFES catalogue for our spring listings.
Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.

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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY20 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.

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