July 2017



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

July Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,

We're turning 20! and are gearing up for another exciting school year of providing arts and humanities education experiences to you and your students! As you may know, the DC Collaborative worked with 127 schools last year and 42 cultural institution members to provide almost 34,000 students with experiences through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) program and hundreds of educators with experiences through our Professional Development (PD) initiatives.

This newsletter will get you familiar with our programs and assist you in registering your school to be a school partner this year.
  • What is Arts and Humanities for Every Student?
  • Become a School Partner (Partnership Agreement)!
  • AHFES Orientation, 8/17/17 @ The Kennedy Center
  • Early Registration Lottery!
  • Value of AHFES
  • Help us Provide More Opportunities for More Students! How Your School Can Help!
All  best,
The DC Collaborative Team
What is Arts and Humanities for 
Every Student?

Arts and Humanities for Every Student is the legacy program of the DC Collaborative, created in 1998 to serve as a vital arts and humanities education resource to the DC public and public charter school communities. The primary goals of the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program are to establish the arts and humanities as an essential component of a high-quality education, and to provide equitable access for all DC Public and chartered public school students to the high-quality arts and humanities experiences available in the DC metro area. These goals are accomplished through the partnership and collaboration of the members of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and our School Partners. Schools must be a registered school partner to sign up through the AHFES Lottery.

  What Professional Development Opportunities are Available for Educators?

The DC Collaborative, in partnership with its members, offer Professional Development workshops and institutes open to all DC public and public charter school teachers, which focus on dance, visual arts, humanities, theater, and music and how to best integrate these disciplines into their teaching practices. These workshops take place throughout the year at the hosting cultural organization and through the DC Collaborative Professional Development Institute series. Any DC Public School Educator can sign up for three free PDs per year! Schools must be a registered school partner for educators to sign up.

Become a School Partner!

Each year the Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program Fall Lottery opens on September 11, in celebration of National Arts in Education Week. Prior to the Fall AHFES Lottery, Key Communicators must return the School Partnership Agreement, pay the  School Application Fee  and attend orientation.
Return the School Partnership Agreement to info@dccollaborative.org or mail to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
975 F Street, NW
Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006

Member Fair and AHFES Orientation

Please join us for the Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Member Fair, AHFES Teacher Orientation and DCPS Curriculum Workshop.  

Peruse the 2017-2018 AHFES and PD offerings and other member programs in the Member Fair and attend the AHFES orientation to learn more about the program and go over policies and procedures.  Attending an AHFES orientation is required for schools wishing to participate in the 2017-2018 AHFES and PD programs.**

DATE:  Thursday, August 17, 2017

3:30-4:30 - Connecting to Curriculum Session - (30 minute presentation, 30 minute breakout groups) - 
* For Cultural Institutions Only
4:45-5:15 - Member Fair - Teachers are invited to browse the various educational offerings of our cultural institution members
5:15-6:30 - AHFES Orientation, Program Highlights, and Networking
LOCATION:  The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Terrace Gallery (Hall of States side) | Directions

Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines) to the FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle
Educator Parking voucher of $7 will be provided at the Kennedy Center Parking Garage will be emailed to members upon registration.

**Note to Educators:
Attendance at orientation is required for any school wishing to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program for the 2017-2018 school year. If you are unable to attend on behalf of your school, please send a representative in your place.  You can also contact Rebekka Nickman, rebekka@dccollaborative.org, to schedule a phone orientation or separate meeting if August 30 does not work for you.

Early Registration Lottery

Schools who return their partnership agreement and pay their AHFES application fee are eligible for the Early Registration Lottery for some events in September!

Presented by: Discovery Theater
This vibrant play explores what it means to be Latino, African-American, and proud, growing up in the heart of the American melting pot. How many cultures can we be? Why not all of them? Celia Cruz, mama's kitchen, and a crowded subway make for lots of laughs and surprises. Originally written with the Young Playwrights' Theater, Latino Soul is a look into the triumphs of today's kids.
Dates: 9/25/17, 9/26/17, 9/27/17, 9/28/17, 9/29/17
Time: 10:15 and 11:30 AM each day
Length of Event: 45 minutes
Location: Discovery Theater, Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Discipline: Theatre
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, Urban Studies, Foreign Language, History/Geography, Civics
Grades: 5th-8th grades

Presented by: DC Jazz Festival
DC Jazz Festival presents NYU Steinhardt School Jazz Studies Director, Dr. Dave Schroeder's Blues Harp Workshop. Dr. Schroeder will guide students through an engaging and interactive lesson on the history of blues music and the blues harp. Students in attendance will receive their very own blues harp.
Dates: 9/26/17
Time: 11:00 AM
Length of Event: 60-90 minutes
Location: NYU DC Auditorium
1307 L Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Music, Music History
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography, Performing Arts, Music
Grades: 4th

Value of AHFES

Collaborative Effect.
The DC Collaborative works with their member cultural institutions to provide experiences at no costs or low costs to schools. This is possible because of our internal fundraising and the pool of resources that our members contribute collectively, many of whom donate tickets or provide a steeply discounted rate. In addition, some members provide support to reimburse transportation completely. The Collaborative also receives a discounted rate for transportation because of the volume of business given to bus vendors, supporting transportation for 25,000-35,000 students per year. We are able to get these experiences at such a good value, due to the volume of work that we do and contributions of our members who believe in this work. This is part of our "Collaborative Effect."
The Collaborative's average cost is approximately $20 per student when factoring transportation and ticket costs. This means you are receiving a direct cost value of $1,000 every time your school takes a field-trip with 50 students. For a school with an enrollment of 350 students that is approximately $7,000 in direct costs.* The Collaborative, along with its members, work very hard to fundraise and provide these experiences at no cost (or minimal costs) to your school because collectively we believe that every student regardless of socio-economic status and location in the city should have access to high-quality arts and humanities experiences as part of their education.
*Please note that the $20 per student rate is a minimal cost that the DC Collaborative covers on average, not the full value of the experience. This figure does not factor in all costs that the DC Collaborative or our members incur in making each experience possible. Our value statement, including educational value is available 
Meet our New Program Manager!
As we begin our 20th anniversary year this fall, we have some exciting news to share about the growth of our organization.

Our small (but mighty) staff has increased 
to accommodate a new staff member! Rebekka Nickman , who has been an intern and a part-time staffer with the collaborative since September 2016 is now joining our team full-time as the new Program Manager.

Rebekka will now be the primary contact for the AHFES and PD Programs. In this capacity she will serve as the liaison between the DC public and public charter schools and the DC Collaborative's cultural institution members to ensure the best possible field-trip experiences for students, and continued learning for educators.

To some of you, Rebekka may already be a familiar face, but here are some fun facts you may not know about her:
  • She received a Bachelor's of Music degree from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • While in college, she interned at the Kennedy Center
  • She is an expert crossword puzzle solver
If you haven't already met her, be sure to introduce yourself to Rebekka at the 2017-2018 AHFES Orientation and Member Fair on August 17th at the Kennedy Center!

As you all know, Tracey Wyton recently celebrated her 5-year anniversary with the DC Collaborative. For her 6th year she is taking on some new responsibilities as the Director of Programs and Community Engagement. In this capacity she will oversee the Collaborative's Membership Services and Collective Impact Initiatives and programs.

We are so excited to be able to expand our reach in the community and to further our #CollaborativeEffect.
Congratulations to all! 

Get Involved!
Join our Programming Committee
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative's (DC Collaborative) Programming Committee is open to members, educators and partners of the DC Collaborative to ensure the high quality of arts and humanities education programs offered through the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development programs. The committee provides opportunities for idea exchange, leadership, and mentorship, while also supporting the DC Collaborative staff. We appreciate you volunteering your expertise that will better the field by contributing to a body of work and best practices for Members and educators alike. Your work on this committee will positively impact the education of the students in the District of Columbia.
Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day
Shop to Support!

5% of all proceeds go to support 
Arts and Humanties for Every Student 
field-trips for DCPS and DCPCS students!
5% Shopping Day for Arts and Humanities for Every Student
Wednesday, September 20, 2017 

On Wednesday, September 20th, 2017, the DC Collaborative is partnering with all four DC Whole Foods Market locations (Tenleytown, NW, P Street NW, Foggy Bottom NW, and H Street NE-- all day and night -- for a Whole Foods Market Community Giving Day. During this time, 5% of each store's daily profits (including catering sales!) will go directly to our AHFES Fund to provide field-trip transportation for DCPS and DCPCS students!

This AHFES shopping day is for OUR ENTIRE community.

We encourage all members to get out and represent at the Whole Foods Market location nearest to you. Come volunteer and raise awareness about your arts and humanities education programs. Shop and place catering orders to support!

More details in the upcoming weeks how you can participate and directly support us on Wednesday, September 20th to raise more funds that will benefit your organizations and schools. For now, please mark you calendars and start making your shopping lists (and plan your catering orders,) for Whole Foods shopping for Arts and Humanities Education for Every Student on September 20th!

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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 other schools that can not reimburse costs and provide more opportunities. We 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.
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.