Dear Friends,

The Collaborative wishes you and your students a very happy new year! As you and your students get back on track for the rest of the school year, check out what we have in store for the coming term:
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
Free Field Trips in January
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: 1/23/20; 1/30/20; 2/6/20; 2/13/20; 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 
Footsteps in the Dark
Presented by: Words Beats & Life
Footsteps in the Dark is an all-Muslim ensemble cast practicing multiple forms of Hip-Hop dance that explores individual journeys and identities through the scenes of this one hour and twenty minute production. Each scene is dedicated to telling the story of each dancer's life and experience as a Muslim. There will be a 30 minute talk-back with the performers.
Post Field Trip Workshop: Our post-performance workshops will use the curriculum we developed connecting the writings of Maya Angelou, the rap lyrics of Lupe Fiasco, and the speeches of Malcom (El Hajj Malik Shabazz). The workshop will also focus on music production using the newest version of an MPC (a beat making machine) that will import traditional music from come of the countries Malcom visited towards the end of his life and the incorporation of audio excerpts from his speeches to create a musical collage as their cornerstone project as their end of unit assessment.
Date: 1/30/20
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours and 30 minutes
Location: The Kennedy Center, Family Theater
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Dance, Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, World Languages/Global Studies, Diversity 
Grade(s): 9th-12th
Ticket capacity: 107 tickets remaining
FREE Field Trips Still Available!

Letters to Earth  (6th-8th)

Going the Distance  (6th-8th)

Parthenon to Portico  (3rd-5th) 
Capital Quest (3rd-5th)

Pipeline  (9th-12th)

Soundtrack '63  (5th-12th)
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.
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)
National Cherry Blossom Festival Student Art Contest
NCBF and DC Collaborative invite students from DC public and public charter schools and Japanese schools (grades K through 12) to create and submit to the Contest an artwork (Entry) that depicts the theme "Home is Where the Blossoms Are" and that focuses on friendship and shows what cherry blossoms mean to the student and the student's community (2020 Theme).

The 2020 Theme is part of the 2020 National Cherry Blossom Festival (Festival), the world's greatest springtime celebration! The Festival commemorates the 1912 gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The Festival deepens the public's connection to nature, enriches communities and honors the unique friendship between the United
States and Japan by inspiring creative international exchange and collaboration. Entries are due by March 10, 2020.
Smithsonian American Art Program
Immigration, Migration, Interconnection: Art as Action
Who: 10th or 11th grade DCPS students (35 max.)
February 27, 2020 (9:30-11:30)
Guiding concept:
"... for cultures to understand each other better, you have to show, not tell..."
Target skills:
critical analysis of a variety of texts, exploration of successful communication, historical-contemporary connections
DCPS Scope and Sequence Alignments:
  • Global Studies
  • Fine Art [Transformation]
  • History [10: Triumph and Tragedy, Borderless Beginnings; 11: Trouble at Home and Abroad, Immigration, Intervention, and Interconnection; 12: Protecting Freedom]
  • ELA [10: Honoring the Past; 11: A Call to Action]

What: How can visual storytelling and metaphor help transcend culture and history? Begin this exploration with a tour of the works of Chiura Obata led by curator Alex Mann. Through careful analysis, students will consider the universal challenges to becoming a successful artist as well as the particular struggles and dreams of America's minority and immigrant communities. Building on details of Obata's life, including his incarceration during WWII, filmmaker Frank Chi will discuss his short Letters From Camp. Students will create a takeaway that challenges them to consider the long arcs of history and their place in it.

To register, please contact Elizabeth Dale-Deines at

Historical Society of Washington, DC Events
Declaration of Learning Program
Through the D.C. Declaration of Learning (D.C. DOL) program, stories of local Washington will be interwoven into a free, year-long teacher-training program that encourages civic engagement through object-based learning.

This partnership with the U.S. Department of State's Diplomatic Reception Rooms and the White House Historical Association  is an exciting opportunity for the Historical Society of Washington, DC  to expand its reach by bringing collections that tell local stories to classrooms across the nation, through lesson plans and civic engagement projects spearheaded by local educators. Join us!

Teachers, librarians, and media specialists engaged with 3rd-12th grade social studies, language arts, fine/performing arts, English as a Second Language, English Language Learners, Special Education, and Gifted and Talented classrooms are encouraged to apply. Applicants must work in the D.C. metro area.
Hometown History Orientation: Performing Arts Collections & Resources
This orientation is an introduction to using the Kiplinger Research Library, with a focus on resources relating to theater, dance, music, and other performing arts here in Washington, D.C.

Highlighted resources will include the  Washington, D.C., Theater collection, documenting through playbills, tickets, and other ephemera the history of local live theater and related performing arts from 1816 onwards; the records of the  Friday Morning Music Club; political satire from  Hexagon, Inc.; and costume sketches for dance performances from the  Erika Thimey collection.

Advanced registration is required.
MVICW Teach Write Play Fellowships
These fellowships were created to support the work of individuals who nurture, listen to, and promote the creative voices of our young people. We believe that the hearts and minds of our young people are central to the health of our collective future. By attending The Martha's Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing, our fellowship winners can bring lessons of creativity and craft back into the lives of the young people they work with, and in this way support the next generation of creative thinkers. We are interested in applications from a wide array of cultural backgrounds and programming (including educators, after-school program staff, and social workers). Application for these fellowships is open to anyone who works with youth, age 21 or younger, through public/community programming. The awards provide funding to attend a week of choice at the MVICW Summer Writers' Conference. Full Fellowship recipients will receive the full retreat package of tuition and lodging for a week of choice at this year's MVICW Summer Writers' Conference. Runner-Up Fellowship Recipients will receive $500 towards the cost of tuition.

Educators, writers of color, parent-writers, and authors/poets with financial need are encouraged to apply.
Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

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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