Dear Friends,

We hope you're excited for our upcoming Spring Lottery, which opens on March 4! In the meantime, take a look at what else is going on with the Collaborative:
  • Key Communicator Webinar Recording 
  • Avalon Theater Scholarships
  • Available Field Trips
  • 2019 Poetry Outloud Contest
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Art Contest
  • Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing
Take advantage of these great opportunities before it's too late!

DC Collaborative Team   

Key Communicator Webinar
This past Wednesday, the DC Collaborative hosted a Key Communicator Webinar as a refresher on how to sign up for trips and on our policies. If you were unable to attend, you can still access a recording of the webinar here.

Avalon Theater Scholarships
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Do you know a public or charter high school student with an interest in communications and video production?  We are excited to announce that the Avalon Theater is offering five scholarships to American University's Discover the World of Communication summer program.
This two week program will give students the opportunity to learn skills including script writing and video production, documentary production, directing for camera, and animation. All this while residing on a college campus!
This special program typically costs $3,400, but with this scholarship, it will come at no cost to the student!
Applications are open to any public or charter high school students who are eligible for free and reduced lunch. Preference will go toward Cinema Classroom participants. Please feel free to share this with friends and colleagues you think may be interested. Further eligibility and application details are available on  T he Avalon's website .
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
National Geographic
Trash Talk: How to Save the Planet
Every choice we make affects our environment. National Geographic Explorer Lillygol Sedaghat will talk to students about recycling and conscious consumerism and transform students' perception of trash from something disposable to something valuable.
Date: 03/21
Time: 10:00 AM (please arrive to the theatre by 9:50)

Living the Dream... Singing the Dream
Presented by the Choral Arts Society of Washington
The Civil Rights Movement comes to life through music!
Celebrating the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Date: 2/27/19
Time: 11:00 AM

There are  200 spots available for this trip, and tickets and  transportation is free !
2019 Poetry Out Loud
District of Columbia Finals
The  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is pleased to present the
2019 Poetry Out Loud District of Columbia Finals in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program will take place at Blind Whino SW Arts Club on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Admission is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 pm
Blind Whino SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Ave, SW Washington, DC
*Please note that seating is limited and that all attendees are requested to confirm attendance as soon as possible.  RSVP here .
The competition starts at 7 pm and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations.
Eleven high school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals:
Anacostia High School, Banneker High School, Capital City Public Charter School, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, District of Columbia International School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Eastern High School, McKinley Technology High School, St. Anselm's Abbey School and Washington Latin Public Charter School.  
About Poetry Out Loud - Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide poetry recitation contest for students in grades 9 through 12. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Each winning student at the state level will receive:
· A $200 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC
· A $500 cash stipend for their school to purchase poetry materials
· An opportunity to compete at the 2019 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize
For more information, please contact Events Associate JaKenna Martin at or (202) 724-5613.
The event will have American Sign Language interpreters. For additional reasonable accommodation requests, please contact External Engagement Specialist Kali Wasenko at or (202) 724-1445.
About CAH:

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. 

CAH is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest
Submissions due March 7th!

We invite you to embrace your community  "Home is where the Blossoms Are" by exploring what's in your backyard and embracing cherry blossoms beyond the tidal basin. Discover art and blossoms in your community and find other ideas through the Resource Guide.

  • 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

Additional Artistic Parameters:
  • Materials and media that may be used in artwork include fabric, papers, glitter, markers, watercolors, crayons, colored pencils, acrylic paints, tissue paper, etc.
    • Recommendation: When working with pastels, please spray artwork so it does not smudge. Please limit the use of beads or other glued items that may easily fall off during transport.
  • Secondary grades may use digital computer-generated art, but MUST print and mount the artwork as specified above.
  • Prepared lettering within the artwork is accepted but should be minimal.
  • The theme does not have to be written or printed on the artwork.  
Art teachers should contact Nicole Wright, the Student Art Contest Coordinator, prior to submitting student work by email at, if possible so that receipt of submissions can be confirmed. Teachers may also fill out the  Electronic Submission Form in advance of submitting the artwork. 

For more information, please visit the guidelines and student resources on the National Cherry Blossom Festival's website.

MVICW 2019 Summer Fellowships

These fellowships provide funding for one week of choice at the 
MVICW 2019 Summer Writers' Conference
June 9-15 | June 16-22

Four Full Fellowships
$1725 (Tuition & Lodging)
Two in Poetry* | Two in Fiction/CNF
Two Partial Fellowships
$500 (toward Tuition)
One in Poetry | One in Fiction/CNF

Deadline: February 25, 2019

These fellowships provide funding to writers of colors to attend one week of choice at our 2019 Summer Writers' Conference. These fellowships aim to promote voices from a wide array of cultural backgrounds and to increase philanthropic support in the arts for writers of color.

Two Full Fellowships
$1725 (Tuition & Lodging)
One in Poetry | One in Fiction/CNF

Two Partial Fellowships
$500 (toward Tuition)
One in Poetry | One in Fiction/CNF

Deadline: February 25, 2019

These fellowships provide funding to parents with children 16 or younger to attend one week at our 2019 Summer Writers' Conference. These fellowships are intended to give parents the time and financial support to devote a week to themselves and their writing at MVICW. 

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 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 .

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.

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.