Dear Key Communicators,

This February has presented us with many opportunities for student learning! We are so glad that you all continue to work with us to ensure that your students receive enriching experiences in and out of the classroom.

You put a lot of work into your lesson plans, which is why we want to offer Professional Development events just for YOU! And as always, we have some exciting field-trips available for your students.

We've put together a list of events that are open to you and your students below! We can't wait to get you signed up for any of these opportunities. 

All the best, 
The DC Collaborative Team

REMINDER: Spring Lottery Opens Monday, March 5th!

Mark Your Calendars! Only TWO WEEKS Until The Spring Lottery!

The Spring Lottery will open the week of March 5th with ALL REMAINING field-trip opportunities for the 2017/18 school year. Please be sure to check in with your Key Communicator to submit a field-trip request. The DC Collaborative Staff will assign trips and send out confirmations by Friday, March 16th.

You can view upcoming Spring Lottery trips here. More trips will be added by March 5th.

Please email Rebekka ( with any questions!

Cherry Blossom Youth Art Contest
2018 National Cherry Blossom Youth Art Contest 
Presented by: National Cherry Blossom Festival | Guidelines and Entry Form

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the world's greatest celebrations of spring, deepens our connection to nature, enriches our communities, and honors our unique friendship  by inspiring creative international exchange and collaboration.

We invite you to embrace your community "Home is where the Blossoms are". Exploring home life in your own back yard with Cherry Blossoms. Discover art and blossoms in your community and find other ideas through the Resource Guide. 

Students should create artwork that tells their "Home is where the Blossoms are" story-what they look forward to when spring rolls around and what the cherry blossoms mean to their community-via symbols, murals, physical trees and icons, thinking of how to express their thoughts in the framework of a their own backyard. Refer to the Resource Guide on page 3 for ideas.

Students in DC Public and Public Charter Schools, Grades K-12
Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12

  • All entries must adhere to the contest theme as described above.
  • One entry per student. No more than ten entries per school.
  • Group submissions are not eligible for the contest.
  • All entries must include a completed Entry Form on the back of each artwork. Please note: Artwork submitted with an incomplete Entry Form will be disqualified. 
Contest Guidelines and Entry form is available here

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT: Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Professional Development Opportunities
Why Do Treaties Matter?
Presented by: The National Museum of the American Indian 

Explore innovative ways to connect content from the National Museum of the American Indian's exhibition, Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian  Nations to your Classroom Curriculum. Teachers will discuss points-of-view and learn more about the impact and power of ideas such as Manifest Destiny and westward expansion. How can American Indian perspectives and contemporary events engage students? Teachers will experience a lesson plan in action, explore primary and secondary sources, and leave with classroom strategies and resources to cultivate purposeful inquiry and deeper understanding of historical treaties' relevance today.

Recommended for secondary school teachers.

Please email with any questions. 

Date : Saturday, March 17th
Time : 10:30am
Length of Event : 4 hours
Location : National Museum of the American Indian, 4th St. SW & Independence Ave SW

The Poetics of Rap
Presented by: Words, Beats, & Life  

Description In this highly participatory workshop, participants will be given an opportunity to experience rap music as a highly literary art form while simultaneously creating new works of their own. This workshop is designed to get to the heart and art of the rap music and model what is possible in a classroom space. 

Date : Monday, March 19th
Time : 5:00pm
Length of Event : 2 hours
Location : St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St., NW

The Message: Creating Safer Spaces to Discuss Hip Hop Content in the Classroom and Community
Presented by: Words, Beats, and Life

Description Hip hop has always been controversial. It always will be. The question is, how are we talking about it? How do we remove our biases when we stand before a sea of impressionable young leaders? What tools are we providing our students to be critical listeners and thinkers as they engage with the culture in and out of the classroom.

Date : Tuesday, March 20th
Time : 5:00pm
Length of Event : 2 hours
Location : St. Stephens Church, 1525 Newton St., NW

Field-Trips Currently Available
Race to the Finish
Presented by: Words, Beats, and Life

Description: In a satirical critique of the All Lives Matter movement, Race to the Finish follows
two heaven-bound beings, recent victims of police abuse in Chicago as they
compete in a game show. This work was created by Sejahari Villegas. In Race to
the Finish, two heaven-bound beings, recent survivors of Chicago Police
Department abuse, compete in a game show in this play satirizing All Lives Matter.
Date: March 7th and 8th

Time: 10am and 12:30
Length of Event: 2 hour (Includes 1 hour performance and 1 hour worth of DJ'ing,
Photography, and Dance workshops)
Location: 1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020 (The Black Box @ thearc)
Discipline: Theater
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts
Grades: 6 th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 200 per performance

This Is How We Heal
Presented by: Words, Beats, and Life

Description In Leslie Lissaint's This Is How We Heal, ground-breaking one woman show she
combines spoken word poetry, contemporary movement and sound as a vehicle for
storytelling. This Is How We Heal is an autobiographical telling of one's process to
mend in light of the traumas of fatherlessness, drug addiction, mass incarceration,
and the loneliness that silence births. This vulnerable performance is timely and
culturally relevant. The show demonstrates the power of the body to tell the truth in
order to fully embody freedom.

Date: March 19th and 20th
Time: 10am and 12:30pm
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20020
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts
Grades: 6th-8th
Ticket capacity per performance: 200

Presented by: The National Geographic Society

DescriptionFollow in the footsteps of bears and panthers with National Geographic Explorer Carlton Ward Jr. on epic treks to discover wild spaces hidden in the heart of Florida. Students will learn how he's using photography to elevate critical conservation issues while revealing the wonders of a world on the brink of being lost.
Themes: wildlife, conservation, ecosystems, photography, geography  
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Time: 10:00AM
Length: The show will run about 1 hour (Please allow 1 hour and 30 minutes for
seating and dismissal, more time if your group would like to visit the museum.)
Location: National Geographic, 1145 17 th St NW, Washington DC, 20009
Discipline: Humanities (Civics/Social Studies/History/Geography); Visual Arts /
Photography / Film
Curriculum Connections: Science, Geography, DCPS Framework for Arts
Grades: 5-8
Ticket Capacity: 200 tickets (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort

DescriptionA "wunderkind" is a person who achieves great success at a young age.
Two professional musician-educators from the Washington Bach Consort, "the nation's premiere baroque chorus and orchestra," will visit your school to discuss an upcoming Bach Cantata concert which students are then invited to attend. They'll provide "ear-awakening" tips and explanations of the music's elements which students will hear in the performance. The musicians will continue the discussion and music-making with your 3rd-, 4th-, and 5th-grade students during and after the performance and send you back to school with follow-up materials to reinforce the concert experience.
We strive to spark a deep appreciation for music-especially the music of Bach. What will your students produce after experiencing Bach's music-higher test scores, a newfound appreciation for music and the arts, or a 21st-century Bach revival? We can't wait to see what your "wunderkinder" can accomplish!
Dates: 3/8/18 10 AM, 11:30 AM and 1 PM; 3/9/18 10:15 AM, 12:00 PM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: First Congregational United Church of Christ
945 G Street, NW Washington, DC
Discipline: Music
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts; History and Geography

**Note:  There is an in-school component to this program. The in-school presentation is approximately 45 minutes long and will be offered prior to the program.

Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort

DescriptionThe Washington Bach Consort's newest education program is the Wunderkind Projekt, designed to inspire your music students! (A wunderkind is a person who achieves great success when relatively young.) Professional musician-educators from the Bach Consort will visit your school to discuss an upcoming Noontime Cantata concert which students are then invited to attend. A Consort musician will return to your school a week later to continue the discussion and reinforce the concert experience. What will your wunderkinder accomplish after experiencing Bach's music? Higher test scores? A new found appreciation for the arts? A 21st century Bach Revival?! We strive to create an appreciation of early music that will last a lifetime.
Dates: 3/6/2018, 4/3/2018, 5/1/2018
Time: 11:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Church of the Epiphany
1317 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts; History and Geography
Grades: 6th-12th

**Note: There is a pre- and post-trip in-school workshop that is offered at no cost in conjunction with the field-trip

Presented by: Avalon Theatre

DescriptionCinema Classroom at the Avalon brings together academics and film to spark students' creativity, expand their world and develop their critical thinking skills. This year-long series of 5 outstanding films is designed to enhance students' classroom studies and encourage media literacy. Each program consists of a film screening followed by a discussion featuring an engaging guest speaker. An introduction will provide students with background about the film and elements related to film technique. Teachers will receive study guides and trailers in advance
Date: 3/20/18 (for 6-8th grade), 3/21/18 (for 9th-12th grade)
Time: 10:00
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media Arts
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity
Grades: 6th-12th

Freer|Sackler Professional Development Event
A Closer Look: Arts of Japan Educator Workshop
Presented by: Freer|Sackler

Description With more than eleven thousand works, the Freer|Sackler exhibits and preserves one of the country's most significant collections of Japanese art. Learn how Japan's philosophies and religions influenced its artwork, and examine these influences on a tour of ceramics, screens, sculptures, and more. Plus, participate in a hands-on art project, and leave with resources for your classroom.

Date : Saturday, March 10
Time : 9:30am
Length of Event : 4 hours
Location : Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street NW, 20068
View more  information  

In Series Youth Poetry Competition
Finding Gabriela: DC Youth Poetry Contest
Presented by: In Series

Description : Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize in 1945. A prolific poet, essayist, and public schoolteacher, Mistral began to write in her youth, and her words shaped our world. A queer person of color who defended the rights of women, minorities, and children, Mistral's poetry sounded the struggles of populations that continue to be marginalized. The Finding Gabriela D.C. Youth Poetry Contest celebrates the brilliance, passion, and poetry of young people and their ability to give a voice to the challenges we all face. 

Poems can be written in English, Spanish, or both and can be about whatever the student wants to write about!

For more information, visit Poems can be submitted to

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 13th

Smithsonian All Access Summer Camp
Smithsonian All Access Summer Camp

Description All Access is a free digital arts summer camp hosted by the Hirshhorn Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The program provides skill-building opportunities in digital arts and communication, creative expression, and social inclusion for a broad spectrum of teen learners between the ages of 14 and 22. Participating youth will explore art museums, create digital and physical artworks, engage in social interactions, develop digital literacy skills, and forge friendships with other teens with similar interests.

For more information, contact Vanessa Jones at or visit here.

Deadline: March 15th
Date: July 23rd - 26th, July 30th - August 2nd (no camp on Fridays)
Time: 10am-2pm
Location: ARTLAB+ at the Hirshhorn Museum and National Portrait Gallery

BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival 
BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Presented by: Aesthetica Magazine

DescriptionThe Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a BAFTA-Recognised international film festival based in York, UK. It is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion short film internationally. The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film. Its seventh edition ran over an unprecedented five day period, providing even more opportunities for talent development, networking and inspirational film viewing.­
The 2018 festival will mark our 8th year of film screenings, masterclasses and guest programmes. As the festival grows and develops, we strive to bring more of the best cinema to audiences in York. This year, for the first time, we are accepting feature film submissions in both Narrative and documentary genres.

For more information, visit
Deadline : Thursday, May 31st
Inclement Weather Policy Reminder
Winter weather is finally here! Please see below regarding our inclement weather policy.

Inclement Weather Policy

AHFES field-trip experiences will be cancelled if:
  • The bus company indicates that the roads are unsafe for travel. The DC Collaborative staff will contact the bus companies in the morning to check the safety of the roads. If the company reports back that the roads are unsafe, the Collaborative will cancel the field-trip.
  • If DCPS or the public charter school attending cancels or delays school.
  • If the museum or host venue closes or operates on a delay.
If a field-trip gets cancelled due to  inclement  weather, the DC Collaborative will make every effort to reschedule based on a mutually agreeable schedule between the cultural institution and the school.


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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 .

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education 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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