February 2017




DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

February Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,

2017 got off to a wonderful start! So far, from January through the end of the school year there are about 15,000 reservations to our different cultural institutions! Thank you for prioritizing these experiences for your students, even as the testing window approaches.

We are excited to share some more opportunities for your school including:
  • Spring Lottery Announcement (Week of March 6)- More Info!
  • AHFES Trips that are still available for FREE to your school!
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest- Due March 6
  • Professional Development Workshop- Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting- Register Here!
  • Professional Development Workshop- National Museum of Women in the Arts- Register Here!
  • Opportunity to nominate your arts teacher colleagues for the Mayors Arts Awards! More Info!
Thanks so much! Looking forward to a bright spring!

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team
AHFES Spring Lottery
Save the Date! Lottery Opens on March 6

Mark your calendars! 
The Spring Lottery opens Monday, March 6, for events taking place April through the end of the year. Please see the Online Catalogue below for more information on the programs offered.

View our AHFES Online Catalog and make your lottery requests on our website. The DC Collaborative team is currently updating the Lottery Info for this Spring.

Reminder- Participating Schools Must:
Return the School Partnership Agreement to info@dccollaborative.org or mail to:
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
975 F Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20004

AHFES Field-trips Available!
There are still plenty of spaces left that are FREE (including transportation ant tickets) for your school. 
Register today! | Click the dates below to Register

THEARC Black History Month Programming
Howard University Concert Band (Grade 4)

Gala Hispanic Theatre
"Seneca: Raton de Biblioteca/ The Library Mouse" (Grade K-6)

Youth Program at the Environmental Film Festival
Naledi: A Baby Elephant's Tale (Grade 6-12)

Cinema Classroom at the Avalon 
Inocente (Grade 6-12)

Imagination Stage 
Óyeme, the Beautiful (Grade 8)
3/31/17 Public Charter Schools ONLY- No School DCPS

Washington Bach Consort
The Wunderkind Project (Grade 4)
4/10/17 (In-School Visit Included) at 10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.
4/11/17 (In-School Visit Included) at 10:15 a.m. or 12:00 p.m.

A Goldberg Variation
3/13/17 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
3/14/17 at 10:30 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.
3/15/17 at 12:00 p.m.

National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo
The National Cherry Blossom Festival 
Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show
Presented with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Contest Deadline  March 6  Contest Guidelines and Entry Form

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, one of the world's great celebrations of spring, deepens our connection to nature; enriches our communities; and honors our unique friendship with Japan by inspiring creative international exchange and collaboration. It commemorates the 1912 gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC.

This year's youth art contest theme will explore kimonos, and how it is the pattern, rather than the cut of the garment, that is significant. Students should create artwork that tells their "Springtime in DC" story -- what they look forward to when spring rolls around and the cherry blossoms are in bloom -- via symbols and icons, thinking of how to express their thoughts in the framework of a kimono pattern. 

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

Suggested Sizes for Artwork: 18"x24" heavy-weight paper (cover or card stock) or poster board. 
Maximum Size for Artwork:  22"x28" poster board
Please see the  Contest Guidelines document for the detailed parameters.

DEADLINE  Monday, March 6, 2017
Art teachers should contact Amelia Wang, the Youth Art Contest Coordinator, prior to submitting student work by email at  ywang@ncbfdc.org, 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. Teachers may submit artwork at four locations on or before Monday, March 6, 2017:

Entries will be judged on adherence to the theme, creativity, and originality by a panel of judges. Judges will determine a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize in each grade category and reserve the right not to award all prizes. Judges' decisions will be final. Based on the top 12 entries the judges select, the public will vote on a "People's Choice" entry on the Festival's Facebook account during the Festival from March 20 - April 7, 2017.
Each entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation and a pencil. Contest winners will receive special prizes including gift cards from Blick Art Materials and National Cherry Blossom Festival swag. Contest winners will also receive recognition during an awards ceremony at the  Community Art Show's Opening Reception on Friday, March 24, 2017. 
Professional Development Opportunity for Teachers 
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting Presents

Presented by: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 
Internal conflict. Global health. Conflict environmental sustainability. How do these global issues connect to local contexts? How can art help students process these important topics in ways that will both engage them and connect them to the larger world? Where is the intersection of art and journalism? This professional development workshop brings together award-winning journalists supported by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and digital and educational resources created by the Pulitzer Center to address the incor
poration of current global issues in the classroom. The program will include a combination of presentations and hands-on curriculum building activities. Participants will leave with tools to incorporate new content into their classes, as well as connections to journalists working on these issues.
Date: 2/22/17 
Time: 4:30 p.m.
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW #615 Washington, DC 20036
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Philosophy. Technology, Foreign Language, Math, History and Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Science
Grades: Teachers of Grades 3-12

Professional Development 
Opportunities for Teachers
National Museum of Women in the Arts  Presents

Teacher Program: Making Connections
Connect tradition and innovation at NMWA!

Presented by: National Museum Women in The Arts
Join fellow educators to make connections at NMWA! Learn about great women artists through interactive gallery experiences; explore the new thematic installation of the museum's collection and special exhibitions Border Crossing: Jami Porter Lara and New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin; develop and share classroom connections; and engage with museum educators and colleagues.
Date: 3/23/17
Time: 5:00-7:30 PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW  Washington, D.C. 20005
Price: $10
Discipline: Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 6th-12th

Call for Nominations
Calling all Educators: Nominate your arts teacher colleagues for the Excellence in arts teaching category! 
Deadline: Friday, February 24, 2017 at 4:00 pm EST 

The Mayor's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the District on individual artists, teachers nonprofit organizations. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will present the 32nd Annual Mayor's Arts Awards at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in September 2017.

Nominations for individuals and organizations are being accepted for awards in the following categories:
  • Excellence in Visual Arts
  • Excellence in Performing Arts
  • Excellence in Arts Education 
  • Excellence in Creative Industries
  • Excellence in the Humanities
  • The Larry Neal Writers' Award for Adults and Youth
  • The awards are limited to individuals who reside and nonprofit organizations that have administrative offices in the District of Columbia.
  • Individuals and nonprofit organizations may self-nominate or be nominated for an award.
  • Individuals and nonprofit organizations may be nominated in multiple award categories where appropriate.
  • Separate applications are required for each nomination category.
  • Individuals and nonprofit organizations cannot be nominated in a category that they have been awarded in for a period of at least 2 years.


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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.