January 2017




DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

January Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,

Welcome back from break! We hope your New Year is filled with arts and humanities education opportunities for you and your students.

Our newsletter includes events that are still available through Arts and Humanities for Every Student this winter as well as some exciting professional development opportunities for educators.

T his newsletter contains:
  • Inclement Weather Policy Information
  • GWU ArtReach
  • FREE In School-Residencies for your school through the DC Commission's Celebrate the Creative Spark! Interest Form
  • DC City Council Education Committee Open House, hosted by DC Councilmember David Grosso 
  • Washington Bach Consort Focus Group for Teachers
  • Pulitzer Center Professional Development Workshop- Register Here
  • National Museum for Women in the Arts Professional Development Workshop- Register Here
  • Washington Bach Consort Field Trips Available
  • New Office Address and Phone Number
Thank you. Please let us know if you have any questions.

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team
Inclement Weather Policy

I t is that time of year again. Looks like winter has finally arrived! In light of the this, we are including the Collaborative's inclement weather policy in this issue. 

AHFES experiences will be cancelled if:
  • The bus company indicates that the roads are unsafe for travel. The DC Collaborative staff will contact the bus companies in the morning to check the safety of the roads. If the company reports back that the roads are unsafe, the Collaborative will cancel the field-trip.
  • If DCPS or the public charter school attending delays or cancels school.
  • If the museum or host venue closes or operates on a delay.
If a field-trip gets cancelled due to inclement weather, the DC Collaborative will make every effort to reschedule based on a mutually agreeable schedule between the cultural institution and the school.

Thanks so much and please contact us if you have any questions.

George Washington University (GWU) ArtReach
GWU ArtReach (formerly a Corcoran program) is seeking dedicated high-school students who have an interest in pursuing the arts beyond high school. They will offer assistance in building a college-ready art portfolio. All program costs are covered including course materials and supplies. See more info below.

Celebrate the Creative Spark!

The DC Commission is holding the Celebrate the Creative Spark! Initiative again this year!  This initiative will bring free in-school arts integration residencies  to your school! Fill out the interest form  here  or fill in the flyer (link) and return it to David Markey,   david.markey@dc.gov . You may also contact David for more information about the program. The interest form is due by the end of the day on 
Friday, January 13.

Celebrate the Creative Spark! is designed to meet DCCAH's goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in the city. Participating arts organizations will have the opportunity to build new relationships with schools and share the process and value of their work with them. Workshops will take place in DC Public and Public Charter Schools across all eight wards of the city, and will reflect the process-driven activities done in arts classrooms that build the creative skills of students.

Online Interest Form
Please Join Councilmember Grosso 
Education Committee Open House

Councilmember Grosso invites all who care about education in the District of Columbia to attend an Education Committee Open House on Thursday, January 12 from 4-6 PM at the Wilson Building.

Please join us to meet with Councilmember Grosso and his staff and to hear about their legislative and policy priorities for the upcoming Council Period. Please feel free to forward it to those who might be interested in attending. 

Professional Development 
Opportunities for Teachers
The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting  Presents
The Empathy Gap: Using Photojournalism to 
Explore Identity 

Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
How do you form questions that elicit stories? How do you capture the information from an interview with a picture? How is identity influenced by history and culture? Educators will explore these questions, while also engaging with reporting and photography skills, as part of a workshop inspired by photojournalist Daniella Zalcman's Signs  for Your Identity project. Zalcman interviewed survivors of government-mandated residential schools for indigenous children in the U.S. and Canada and then created double-exposure portraits with her Iphone that blended an image of the interview subject with an image of a place/object that reflects information from the subject's past. Educators will meet with Zalcman to learn about her reporting, and then will experience her reporting and photography process. They will start by practicing questioning and listening skills, and then will apply those skills by conducting an interview with another workshop participant. They will use that information to create double-exposure portraits reflecting what they learned from the person they interviewed. This session will also feature an introduction to Pulitzer Center's free educational resources and programming. Refreshments will also be provided.
Date: 1/18/17
Time: 4:30-7:00 PM
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 1779 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Suite 615 Washington, DC 20036
Discipline: Humanities, Media/Film Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity 
Grades: 6th-12th

For more info on this event, visit their feature page here! 
Please Join Washington Bach Consort for a focus group!
You are invited to participate in a focus group providing valuabl e feedback that will help the Washington Bach Consort shape & improve their educational programming!
Date: Tuesday, January 24
Time: 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Location: DC Collaborative Offices
923 F Street, NW Suite 303 (3rd Floor)
Washington, DC 2004
*note: this is our new location!*

BONUS!  Participants will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free bus and free tickets to a
Goldberg Variations performance 
March 13, 14, or 15, 2017.

For more info on the Washington Bach Consort, 
visit their  feature page here!
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
Washington Bach Consort 
Spots Available for Field Trips!

The Washington Bach Consort has openings available this spring for their AHFES trip:

Presented by: Washington Bach Consort
The future of music is at risk, and only a distant future relative of one of Bach's students can save it. Dr. John Goldberg travels back from the 22nd century to teach children about a precious resource that we have in our time that gone missing in his: classical music. With a focus on the music of J.S. Bach, this program will teach children about many of the important musical building blocks and will empower them to change the future of music though their own listening and appreciation.
Length of Event:   50 minutes
Location:  Sitar Arts Center (March 15)
1700 Kalorama Road, NW  Washington, DC 20009
Location:  THEARC (March 13, 14)
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE  Washington, DC 20020
Discipline:  Music
Curriculum Connections:  History and Geography            
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th

Click on the dates your school is available and 
sign up today! 
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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.