Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce that October is National Arts and Humanities Month! Sponsored by Americans for the Arts, this month is all about celebrating the arts and humanities throughout the country. Support the arts in your community! In conjunction with that theme, we still have field trip opportunities available for educators! You can find information on each trip down below through the provided links.

We would like to draw your attention to upcoming Professional Development opportunities throughout the 2018-19 school year. There are many opportunities detailed in this newsletter. Don't forget to register before it's too late!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival is coming this spring, and that means the Youth Art Contest is just around the corner! Check out last years winners below and stay tuned for the 2019 contest! 

DC Collaborative Team   

AHFES Update: Field Trips Available!
Elementary School Trips

Imagination Stage, The Princess and the Pauper - 10/29, 10/30, 10/31, 11/1, 11/2

National Museum of Women in the Arts, Thinking Routine Thursdays - 11/1, 11/8, 12/6

National Geographic, Jodi Magness - 11/29

Washington Bach Consort, Back in Time - 10/16, 10/19

Kids Euro Fest, And Then... (Sweden) - 11/1 @ 10am, 11/2 @ 1pm

Kids Euro Fest, A Mother's Tear (Bulgaria) - 10/31

Anacostia Community Museum, A Right to the City10/11, 10/16, 10/23, 10/25, 11/1, 11/6, 11/13, 11/15, 12/4, 12/6, 12/11, 12/13

Middle School Trips

Avalon Theater, The Courageous Heart of Irene Sendler - 12/4

National Geographic, Guillermo de Anda - 10/19

National Geographic, Jodi Magness - 11/29

Washington Bach Consort, Wunderkind Projekt - 11/6, 12/4

Washington Ballet, Contemporary Masters - 11/2

Kids Euro Fest, Shamer's Daughter (Denmark) - 11/2

Kids Euro Fest, United in Music (Latvia) - 10/26

Kids Euro Fest, And Then... (Sweden) - 11/1 @ 10am, 11/2 @ 1pm

Anacostia Community Museum, A Right to the City - 10/11, 10/16, 10/23, 10/25, 11/1, 11/6, 11/13, 11/15, 12/4, 12/6, 12/11, 12/13

High School Trips

Dumbarton Oaks, Juggling the Middle Ages - 10/24, 10/30, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 11/21

Avalon Theatre, A Better Life - 12/5

Mosaic Theatre, The Agitators - 11/8

Mosaic Theatre, Oh, God - 12/20

Studio Theatre, The Fall - 10/18, 10/24

Washington Bach Consort, Wunderkind Projekt - 11/6, 12/4

Kids Euro Fest, Shamer's Daughter (Denmark) - 11/2

Kids Euro Fest, United in Music (Latvia) - 10/26

Kids Euro Fest, And Then... (Sweden) - 11/1 @ 10am, 11/2 @ 1pm

Anacostia Community Museum, A Right to the City10/11, 10/16, 10/23, 10/25, 11/1, 11/6, 11/13, 11/15, 12/4, 12/6, 12/11, 12/13

Ongoing Professional Development Opportunities

Americans For the Arts Update
National Arts and Humanities Month

October is  National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)-a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration, with goals of:

FOCUSING on the arts at local, state, and national levels;

ENCOURAGING individuals and organizations to participate in the arts;

ALLOWING governments and businesses to show their support of the arts; and

RAISING public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

If you have an interest in participating in your community and school, check out Americans for the Arts website!
Professional Development Event @ Pulitzer Center
Challenging Stereotypes with Photography: A workshop with Everyday Africa
Presented by: Pulitzer Center

How do the images that students see impact their perceptions of the world? How accurately do these images represent the daily lives of global communities? How can students apply visual literacy, photography and journalism skills to create projects that challenge media representation of their own communities?

Date: 10/20/18,  10:00AM-2:30PM
Location: Pulitzer Center
Cost: FREE

This event is open to teachers of all grade levels.

Professional Development Event @ SAAM
Smithsonian American Art Museum logo
Want to get your students thinking and talking about privacy in the digital age? How data is used and consumed, how it shapes our understanding of the world?

To get your students' minds whirring, SAAM is excited to offer a FREE student musical performance and gallery program on October 24, 2018 (10:30am - 12:00pm). This program is open to students and teachers of all disciplines, 7th-12th grade.

Doors open at 10:00. A  half-hour program featuring the Kronos Quartet reflecting on their work on their work with artist Trevor Paglen, Sight Machine , will start the engagement. The quartet will perform selected arrangements and students will be welcomed to pose their own wonderings during an open Q&A. Afterward, students and chaperones will get special, before-hours access to Paglen's exhibition in SAAM's third floor galleries. Through close looking and a self-paced set of activities, students will unearth and consider questions about ethics in the digital age posed by Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen.

More about Sight Machine:
This work is the collaboration between the world-renown Kronos Quartet and Trevor Paglen, a multi-disciplinary artist who combined machine learning and photography to explore the rise of computer vision. As the famed string quartet plays, artificial intelligence -- designed by the artist and tasked with "data-fying" this ethereal experience -- analyzes not only the music, but also the musicians' faces.

Space is limited for this event. Please prepare for a 1-to-15 chaperone-to-student ratio. Registration is required. Please provide your school name, a total participant count, and the information of a primary point of contact. 
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.