Dear Friends,

Welcome back from the holidays! We hope you were able to enjoy a long, deserved break. We are excited to kick-off 2019 with winter programs beginning next week! 

Wishing you won more field trips? You're in luck! Read on in this newsletter to see a handful of field trip experiences with spots still remaining. These will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Register now!

Also in this newsletter, we would like to highlight some special opportunities with our members at the National Gallery of Art, The Kennedy Center and the National Cherry Blossom Youth Art Contest

Lastly, we will be hosting a Webinar for Key Communicators (old & new!) in January. Please see below for more details. 

DC Collaborative Team   

Teaching Artist Feature: 
Karen O. Brown

Master teaching artist Karen O. Brown's workshops strengthen curriculum and deepen learning for all ages.  Karen's inspired and welcoming approach to teaching draws students in as they discover the joys of artistic exploration.

Register for her in-school workshops:

National Gallery of Art: Opportunities for Teachers
Workshops: Gordon Parks and Critical Thinking

Gordon Parks: Image into Word
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
4:00-7:00 p.m.

This workshop explores the photographs of Gordon Parks (1912 - 2006) through creative writing. Drawing upon the exhibition Gordon Parks: The New Tide, 1940-1950 , on view from November 4, 2018, to February 18, 2019, teachers will consider Parks's use of photography as a narrative device while engaging in writing activities inspired by his work. During this formative decade of his sixty-year career, Parks worked as a portraitist and fashion photographer for magazines such as Life and Ebony . He also made documentary images for the Federal Government and more candid photojournalist narratives which sometimes probed America's racial, social, and economic divide. Writing activities can be used across disciplines and can be adapted to different grade levels.

This set of online essays on essential questions, classroom activities, and image set, help K-12 teachers and their students explore how Gordon Parks used photography to address inequities in the U.S. and how photographs can tell the story of the American Dream.

Learn more about this exhibit here.

Going Global-Teaching Critical Thinking with Art
Wednesday, February 27, 2019
4:00-7:00 p.m.

Discover the Gallery's first MOOC, or massive open online course, and learn how Gallery educators transformed the on-site experience of actively engaging with art into an immersive online experience with global reach. The creators of the course will introduce the MOOC's features and teaching methods, which combine Artful Thinking routines by Harvard's Project Zero and artworks in the Gallery's collection. Workshop participants will engage with a work of art in a gallery session, view a short video from the online course of students exploring the same work, and reflect on best practices for translating on-site learning into effective online learning.

You can register for these events below. 

The Kennedy Center

This  is a program designed  to make the performing arts more affordable for  your students. With discount offers galore and super-special free ticket giveaways, your students will have access to all kinds of Kennedy Center performances.

Follow the links below for more information. Please share with parents as well!

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest 2019
It has arrived! The National Cherry Blossom Festival and  DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative 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 should create artwork that tells their "Home is where the Blossoms Are" story through discovering what cherry blossoms mean to their respective communities and finding similarities -via symbols, murals, patterns and culture, thinking of how to express their thoughts in the framework of a their own backyard. To create a collaborative piece that tells a story of Home is where the Blossoms are with collaboration at heart.

Use the button below to access guidelines and submission deadlines. 

Key Communicator Webinar
Save the Date!

January 30th at 4:00pm 

The DC Collaborative will host a webinar for ALL Key Communicators (new & old) as a review of procedures and policies for schools participating the the AHFES program. All partner schools are strongly encouraged to participate. More details about how to access the webinar will be sent directly to Key Communicators in mid-January. 

Thank you in advance for supporting the success of the AHFES program and its continued growth.

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.