April 2017




DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

April Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,

Happy Spring! As we make our way through to the end of the school year, and through testing (!), the DC Collaborative has some opportunities in the arts and humanities for you and your students.

The April Newsletter contains:
  • A note about testing and your school's assessment calendar
  • A Professional Development Workshop offered by the Freer | Sackler Gallery on 5/6- RSVP Here
  • FREE Kennedy Center National Symphony Orchestra performance on 4/27- RSVP Here
  • Avalon Theatre's screening of "Rabbit-proof Fence on 6/6- RSVP Here
  • A message about Poetry Out Loud from the NEA
Thank you for all that you do for your students during this busy time of year!

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team
Note About Testing Cancellations
Check Your School's Assessment Calendar!

The DC Collaborative is getting quite a few last minute AHFES trip cancellations. Please check your school's testing schedule and notify other educators and school administration about our cancellation policies, prior to emailing  your cancellation. 

As a reminder, see below for all of the DC Collaborative's policies and procedures.

Policies and Procedures: Buses are scheduled to arrive 1 hour prior to the performance at your school. If you need extra time, allotted please let us know. If you school has its own transportation please let us know. The DC Collaborative can reach more students if your school can provide it's own transportation. Please call  202-470-6467 ext. 2  (office line) or Tracey's cell phone at  973-800-5513  if you have any questions.

Cancellations: All cancellations (including ticket reductions greater than 10 students) must be submitted in writing to  info@dccollaborative.org ; You may also call  202-470-6467 ext. 2.  if you have not received confirmation of the cancellation. If the cancellation occurs  within 30 days  of the event your school will be invoiced for any transportation/ ticket costs incurred.

All transportation and tickets are covered by the DC Collaborative and their members, unless otherwise arranged with the school. We will assign metro to grades 3 and up if your school and the venue is located within .3 miles of a metro stop.

Only Key Communicators can make reservations for their school.
Professional Development Workshop
Check out Freer|Sackler's FREE Educator Workshop

Presented by: Freer|Sackler
The aesthetics of China and Japan caught the attention of Western artists and art collectors alike in the late 18th - 19th centuries. Explore the intersections between the arts of Japan, China, and the West as you explore works of art in  ChinamaniaPeacock Room REMIX, and the newly installed  Inventing Utamaro: A Japanese Masterpiece Rediscovered. Engage in close looking, critical thinking, and reflective activities you can use in your classroom. As an option to further your experience, gain insight into the work of artist Kitagawa Utamaro with Julie Nelson Davis, guest curator of Inventing Utamaro at  1:00pm.
Date:  5/6/17
Time:  9:30am
Length of Event: 2 hours (with optional activity from  1:00-2:00)
Location: Freer|Sackler
1050 Independence Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20560
(enter via Sackler Gallery)
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History and Geography
Grades: Teachers of Grades K-12

AHFES Field-trips Available!
Tickets opened up for The Kennedy Center's NSO performance on 4/27/2017 |  RSVP Today!

National Symphony Orchestra Young People's Concert- 
Reach for the Moon: John F. Kennedy's Vision and Courage
Presented by: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
The NSO Young People's Concerts are a part of the Kennedy Center-wide celebration of the centenary of our 35th president John F. Kennedy's birth. This full-orchestra space-themed concert echoes President Kennedy's contributions to space exploration, reflecting his courageous ambition to put a man on the moon. Reach for the Moon showcases some of the great masterworks of the orchestral repertoire by Gustav Holst, John Williams, and the Kennedy Center's composer-in-residence Mason Bates. The concert also includes favorites by Beethoven and Bach, recordings of which were taken into space on the Voyager spacecraft. Don't miss this space-themed program which will inspire your students to dream big, set high goals, and "reach for the moon"!
Dates:  4/27/2017
Time:  11:00 a.m.
Length of Event:  1 hour
Location:  Kennedy Center Concert Hall
2700 F Street NW
Washington DC 20566
Discipline:  Music/Music Production
Curriculum Connections:  Language Arts, History & Geography
Grade: appropriate for 3rd-6th, 5th grade preferred
RSVP Here: Please select all student and chaperone tickets needed from the drop down menu when registering.

AHFES Field-trips Available!
Additional Tickets are available for Avalon Theatre's screening of Rabbit-Proof Fence |  RSVP Today!

Presented by: Avalon Theatre
"Rabbit-Proof Fence" is a feature film about the conflict between Australia's white European settlers and indigenous people.  In 1931, three half-caste children from Western Australia are taken from their parents under government edict and sent to an institution where they are "taught" to forget their families and culture and to re-invent themselves as members of "white" Australian society. A daring escape is planned and the girls begin an epic journey home, travelling 1,500 miles on foot with no food or water. Adele Langton, an attorney who was born and raised in Australia and is knowledgeable about the issues raised in the film, will provide background and participate in a Q & A following the film.
10:00 AM
Length of Event: 
2.5 hours
6-8th grades
RSVP Here: Please select all student and chaperone tickets needed from the drop-down menu when registering.

Poetry Out Loud 2017 National Finals
The NEA invites you to attend National Finals on 4/26/17 at the Lisner Auditorium!



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Come Visit!
YOU can be featured on our Story Bank! 
Let us know about your experience with our AHFES Program and we will feature you on our Story Bank Blog as well as our Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook pages! 

Please include testimonials, pictures, and quotes from students. Send to info@dccollaborative.org 

Help us tell our story and see the kids in action! Check out DC Bilingual PCS's and Raymond Education Campus's features! 
Media Update

The DC Collaborative Media Release will need to be distributed with all permission slips for field trips and for in-school residencies. Spanish version HERE.


Please contact:

 info@dccollaborative.org if you have any questions.

More Opportunities for More Students
Would you be willing to help with fundraising for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program at your School? If your school can provide funds to offset transportation costs, we  can reach more students at more schools! We will still provide experiences at no cost to the schools a large majority of the time but if your school has the resources, it can help us reach others who do not. Indicate if you are able to provide reimbursements on your School Partnership Agreement or email info@dccollaborative.org
for more information.

Schools can also help in other ways!
  • Write a letter of Support Template Here
  • Get the PTA involved by asking them to sign up for our email list.
  • Participate in the DC Collaborative StoryBank Blog by emailing us!
  • Join and recruit individual members. Email us for more information.