November 2016




DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

November Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,

November is here which means the December Lottery is approaching! The lottery takes place the week of December 5, for AHFES experiences that occur January thru the end of March. Don't tell the kid but there won't be any snow days this year!

image source_ http___www.dmschools.org_wp-content_uploads_2015_11_8294486347_bf6406a591_z.jpg Our members are presenting some fantastic programs through Arts and Humanities for Every Student program this winter season including Ella Enchanted- A World Premiere Musical at Adventure Theatre-MTC, A Goldberg Variation presented by Washington Bach Consort, Goldilocks at The Puppet Co., and many others! Our online catalog will be fully updated will all of our performances, museum tours and other AHFES experiences by November 18.

Spread the word and be on the lookout for even more opportunities for your school to be involved with AHFES this year!

This newsletter contains:
  • Winter Lottery Information
  • Poetry Out Loud Competition for High School students with the DC Commission
  • Professional Development Opportunity at Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting- Register!

  • Field-trip Opportunity at Discovery Theatre
Thank you. Have a wonderful start to your holiday season!

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team

Winter Lottery Opens December 5
Register your School for Arts and Humanities for Every Student experiences!

Mark your calendars for the opening of our AHFES Winter Lottery!  The lottery will open on December 5, and teachers will have until the December 9, to submit their requests. Schools will be notified the week of December 13, with their assigned trips (for AHFES experiences taking place January thru the end of March).

Check out our AHFES Online Catalogue for dates and more information for the fill listing of AHFES experiences. The catalogue will be fully updated for the December Lottery by November 18. 

Please contact if you have questions.

DC Commission Calling All High School Students: DC Commission
is hosting Poetry Out Loud in the District!

Poetry Out Loud   is a national poetry recitation contest for high school students and a program of the National Endowment for the Arts. Through it, students learn public speaking skills, learn about great poetry and literary history, and build self-confidence. Poetry Out Loud uses a pyramid structure that starts at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to the District finals, and then to the National Finals. This program is offered to D.C. schools through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. In addition to coordinating DC competitions, DCCAH also offers schools the opportunity to work with teaching artists who help students with the analysis, interpretation, and performance of their chosen poems. If you are interested in learning more about Poetry Out Loud please visit . To register your school, email Paige Reynol ds at .

Professional Development Opportunity 

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

On December 8th, The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is hosting The Art of Global Journalism: Exploring Global Issues Through Art.  RSVP Here!

This workshop is designed for teachers of grades 3-12 focusing on global issues connecting to local contexts.  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 incorporation 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: 12/8/16
Time: 4:30 (2.5 hours)
Location: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 
1799 Massachusetts Avenue, NW #615 Washington, DC 20036
Discovery Theater Presents:
Hoop of Life with Ty Defoe

Tuesday November 15th at 11:30am
Location: Baird Auditorium, National History Museum 
*recommended for grades K-5*

With his vivid presence as a performer, Ty Defoe recounts an eloquent story of life through movement, music, and words rooted in his Oneida and Ojibwe heritage. He uses the sacred Hoop Dance to explore Native American stories framed by traditional and contemporary culture, history, and values. As 

the colorful interlinked hoops move, they speak of the unity and interdependence of all living things -- and offer lessons for our everyday lives.

To reserve your school's FREE tickets email Sara Lokossou at with the following information:
  • Name of School
  • Lead Teacher (to check-in with on show day)
  • Cell phone number and email address of Lead Teacher
  • Number of students
  • Number of adults (teachers + chaperones)
  • Grade Level(s) of students attending
*Prior to requesting tickets, please be sure you have your own transportation to the performance (10th & Constitution Ave., NW- Smithsonian Metro Station) and this trip is approved by your school/principal if needed. The DC Collaborative is not providing transportation to this event.
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 20,000-30,000 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 $15 per student when factoring transportation and ticket costs. This means you are receiving a direct cost value of $750 every time your school takes a field-trip with 50 students. For a school with an enrollment of 350 students that is approximately $5,250 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 $15 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 
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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: if you have any questions.

Check out all of our field trip events with spots available here!

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
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.