Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the upcoming Winter Lottery cycle! We have so many opportunities coming up for the winter season! Be sure to browse the catalogue on our website, and we look forward to this season of field-trips!

We would also like to draw your attention to some other special ways YOU can be involved in the Arts and Humanities community around DC. Please read below for some special opportunities with our members at National Geographic Society, Citizen University, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival!

DC Collaborative Team   

New Staff Member: Clarissa Heartsfield

In October, we welcomed a new staff member to our office. Clarissa comes to us from a previous position at the Kennedy Center and has jumped right in to our day to day operations with you, our wonderful teachers and key communicators! We are excited for you to get to know Clarissa! If you have any questions or concerns about upcoming field trips and transportation, you can contact Clarissa at

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update
The AHFES Winter Lottery opens Monday, December 3rd!

Mark your calendars! The AHFES Winter Lottery opens Monday, December 3rd! Teachers can submit requests for field-trip experiences through Friday, December 7th. The DC Collaborative staff will be in touch to confirm trips the following week.

The AHFES Catalogue is live on our website, so you can begin to browse the different field-trip offerings and compile your wish lists in advance of the lottery.

**Reminder! School Partnership Agreements must be submitted PRIOR to the Winter Lottery for schools to be eligible to participate. 

Contact Clarissa Heartsfield ( or Katherine Custer ( with any questions.

District Arts and Humanities Initiative Grant Recipients
Some of your beloved field-trips are in the news! 

The DC Commission on Arts and Humanities has awarded grants for the following programs:

National Museum of Women in the Arts - Thinking Routine Thursdays

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Management - Circus Without Borders;  "We Became Fragments" & "The Syrians Next Door": Constructing Character-Driven Documentary Films; The Art of the Explainer; Pumped Dry: The Global Crisis of Vanishing Groundwater

Avalon Theatre - A Better Life;  The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler; Soundtrack for a Revolution; Delores; Chasing Coral

Studio Theatre - The Fall;  P.Y.G.

The MusicianShip - The MusicianShip Masterclass

The Washington Ballet -  Contemporary Masters; Sleeping Beauty

Washington Bach Consort - The Wunderkind Projekt

Mosaic Theatre -  The Agitators; Oh, God

Gala Hispanic Theatre - El viejo, el joven y el mar, Fame the Musical

Arena Stage - The Heiress

Imagination Stage - Óyeme the Beautiful

The InSeries - Duke Ellington's Neighborhood

Young Playwrights Theatre - 
Cheers to Grace

These programs will be distinguished on our website with a blue star. 

Professional Development Opportunity: National Geographic Society
Grosvenor Teacher Fellowship Program

The Grosvenor Teacher Fellow (GTF) Program is a professional development opportunity for pre-K-12 educators made possible by a partnership between  Lindblad Expeditions  and the  National Geographic Society . An annual competitive application process is used to select educators and host them aboard Lindblad Expeditions' voyages for a life-changing, field-based experience.

These exemplary educators complete a series of deliverables that enable them to transfer their onboard experience into new ways to teach students and engage colleagues. Through this experience, they bring new geographic awareness into their learning environments and communities.

Fellows also take on a two-year leadership commitment to support educators with National Geographic. Throughout their commitment, Fellows may be asked to conduct webinars, participate in meetups, and serve as a mentor to other educators.

The program is named in honor of Gilbert M. Grosvenor, Chairman Emeritus National Geographic Society in recognition of his decades-long work supporting pre-K-12 teachers and promoting geography education across the U.S. and Canada.

All applications must be received by 11:59 PM Eastern on January 3, 2019. Learn more about how to apply below!
Citizen University: Youth Collaboratory Program
Open Now: Applications for the Youth Collaboratory
Do you know a student who is passionate about making positive change in their community?

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to be connected to a network of incredible change- makers and gain the skills and connections for a lifetime of civic power.

The high school Youth Collaboratory is a year-long program for 24 highly-motivated students  from around the country who are passionate about civic engagement and making a positive  change in their communities and country.

Members of the 2019 Youth Collaboratory will spend the year sharpening their literacy in civic power while traveling to cities around the nation and meeting with national civic innovators. They participate in interactive workshops, collaborate with CU staff to develop, test, and optimize programs to engage youth nation-wide, and individuall complete independent projects in their communities.

Applications are due by Tuesday, November 13, 2018.

National Cherry Blossom Festival
Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest 2019
Thanks to all the talented students who submitted their art pieces for last years Youth Art Contest! A huge thank you to the teachers and the National Cherry Blossom Festival for their continued partnership. 26 schools participated with more than 160 pieces entered into the contest.

Here's a quick recap of last year's winners:

Category 1 (K-2 grade)
1st place: Cesca Lemargie  (John Eaton Elementary School)
2nd place: Isabella Pyfrom (Filmore Art Center)
3rd place: Rahnaya Stevens  (St. Coletta of Greater Washington)
Honorable Mention: Ella Scott (Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School)
Category 2  (3-5 grade)
1st place: Sanaa Matthews (Imagine Hope Community Charter School)
2nd place: Curtis Murphy (Imagine Hope Community Charter School
3rd place: Violet Acosta ( Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS)
Honorable Mention: Adelaide Hobert (John Eaton Elementary School)
Category 3 ( 6-8 grade)
1st place: Kayln Howard (Stuart Hobson Middle School)
2nd place: Laura Jablow (Stuart Hobson Middle School)
3rd place: Jayia Nickens (Friendship Chamberlain Middle School)
Honorable Mention: Chiamaka Irika (Center City DCS - Brightwood Campus )
Category 4  (9-12 grade)
1st place: Jasia Smith (School Without Walls SHS)
2nd place: Jada Brown (National Collegiate Prep)
3rd place: Mynian Sweetney (Richard Wright PCS)
Honorable Mention: Diamond Williams (Richard Wright PCS)

Stay tuned for information regarding deadlines for the 2019 contest.
Get Involved - Join our Committees!
Programming Committee

The DC Collaborative's Programming Committee is open to members, partners and educators. The Committee will assist the DC Collaborative team in furthering their mission of equity and access to quality arts and humanities education for all students and teachers in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter). The Programming Committee will analyze and evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education experiences, develop opportunities for mentorship and program improvement and inform the Arts and Humanities for Every Student policies and procedures.
Collective Impact Committee
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us in the strategic planning year of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC,  Collective   Impact  work! The Collective Impact Committee,  formerly known as the Membership Committee,  will aid us advising and executing the work of the Community Arts Team, as well as assisting us in keeping our members up-to-date during the strategic planning year. We value the input from all of our members to make this process a success.

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.