Dear Friends,

We are excited to announce the start of the AHFES Fall Lottery, which is open today, through Friday, September 14th in celebration of National Arts in Education Week. Please make sure that you have submitted your School Partnership Agreement to ensure your school is eligible to participate in AHFES this year.

We would also like to draw your attention to our Professional Development Institute which is happening this Saturday, September 15th! Join us as we co-host with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities a fun professional development day focused on Social and Emotional Learning through the Arts. Morning and afternoon sessions will be led by DC Collaborative members. There are only 10 MORE SEATS AVAILABLE for this very special opportunity which will include a certificate for 5.5 contact hours towards PLU credits, gift cards and a raffle! Find out more information below. 

In the remainder of this newsletter, you will find some other exciting opportunities for both you and your students. Happy Monday!

DC Collaborative Team   

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update

The AHFES Fall Lottery Is Now Open!

It's finally here! The AHFES Fall Lottery is NOW OPEN! Make sure to submit your requests by  Friday, September 14th. The DC  Collaborative Staff will be in touch to confirm trips next week.

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

Contact Rebekka Nickman (rebekka@dccollaborative) or Katherine Custer (katherine@dccollaborative) with any questions.

Professional Development Institute
DC Collaborative Social Emotional Learning through the Arts Professional Development Institute
Co-hosted with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

DC Commission

As part of its continued professional development series for DCPS and DCPCS educators, the DC Collaborative is pleased to once again offer professional development learning opportunities for e ducators led by DC Collaborative members. 
Join us for a day of engaging and interactive sessions for 9th-12th, 6-8th, K-5th and early childhood educators!   

DC Collaborative Social Emotional Learning through the Arts Professional Development Institute  sessions will focus on social emotional learning through the arts and highlight topics including pre senting arts and global citizenry and culture as well as presenting history in a contemporary context. Certificates for  for 5.5  contact hours  towards PLU credits will be provided to all registered educator attendees.

The day begins with an opening activity and then breaks into sessions divided by grade level. Sessions will be presented by local cultural institutions including  Ford's Theatre , Imagination Stage, Levine Music, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, Center for Inspired Teaching, Inner City Inner Child, Mary Hall Surface, Arena Stage, Project Create and Split This Rock.

Tickets are $10 per person however, a $20 gift card, a light breakfast and lunch will be provided by at no cost to participants. Opportunity to enter raffle for prizes from our members!

*LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE-- If a cancellation must occur, please notify the DC Collaborative as soon as possible so another educator can fill the spot. Space is very limited so, please be courteous to colleagues. Tickets are non-refundable within a week of the event date.

**Raffle prizes to include: Joy of Motion 3-lesson residency for one educator, courtesy Joy of Motion, National Building Museum passes, courtesy National Building Museum, tickets to Dumbarton Concerts "A Celtic Christmas", courtesy Inner City Inner Child, A Taste of Inspired Teaching 2-hour workshop for up to 30 educators, courtesy Center for Inspired Teaching, and many more!

Date : Saturday, September 15, 2018

Time: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
(Event begins at 10:00 a.m., Registration/Light Breakfast is at 9:30 a.m.)

Location: Columbia Heights Education Campus (CHEC)
3101 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20010

  • 9:30 a.m. - Light Breakfast and Registration
  • 10:00 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Activity
  • 10:30 a.m. - Morning Workshop Session
  • 12:05 p.m. - Lunch
  • 1:10 p.m. - Afternoon Workshop Session
  • 2:45 p.m. - Group Activity
  • 3:10 p.m. - Next Steps, Raffle and Certificates
Americans For the Arts Update
Join us in Celebrating National Arts in Education Week this week!
About National Arts in Education Week

National Arts in Education Week is supported by Americans for the Arts on behalf of the field of arts education to bring visibility to the cause, unify stakeholders with a shared message, and provide the tools and resources for local leaders to advance arts education in their communities. As a local partner or a member of the organization, find ways to celebrate the transformative power of the arts in education by visiting
An essential part of National Arts in Education Week is visibility. This is your chance to tell your own personal story about the transformative power of the arts in education on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn

Whether you are an individual or an organization, you can share your story in innovative ways. Include photos or videos when possible - they liven up posts, make them more memorable, so that more people share them!

Make sure to use the hashtag #BecauseOfArtsEd on all social media platforms. This allows others to check out your post and for it to be included in the campaign! For anything regarding National Arts in Education Week, be sure to use #ArtsEdWeek, too!
National Arts in Education Week Happy Hour

Join us for drink specials and appetizers at Mission Dupont as we celebrate 
National Arts in Education Week on Friday, September 14.
National Arts in Education Week Happy Hour

Friday, September 14
6:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Mission Dupont
1606 20th St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Come celebrate National Arts in Education Week with us at Mission Dupont! There is a suggested donation of $10, and $1 from every Arts USA cocktail purchased will be donated to Americans for the Arts. Proceeds will support Americans for the Arts' mission to advance the arts and arts education nationwide.

We look forward to seeing you there!
Back To School Night with NMWA
Back to School Night at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

On World Teachers' Day, celebrate your profession at NMWA! This after-hours event exclusively for teachers allows you to:
  • Meet fellow educators
  • Learn about great women artists through interactive gallery experiences 
  • Enjoy self-directed artmaking
  • Take a Fierce Women tour
  • Develop and share classroom connections
  • Engage with museum educators and colleagues
Snacks and drinks will be served. 

**The DC Collaborative will be offering a  limited number of discounted tickets
to this event until September 26th. After this date or when discounted tickets have sold out, interested teachers should register through the National Museum of Women in the Arts website. 
Kids Euro Festival
Now in its 11th year, Kids Euro Festival is one of the largest performing arts festivals for children in America, bringing Europe's most talented children's entertainers to the DC metro area each fall for two weeks of free performances, concerts, workshops, dance, storytelling, puppetry, and movies. With programs both for the general public and for school groups, more than 10,000 DC-area children and their families enjoy Kids Euro Festival programs each year. 

Through the Kids Euro Festival, the EU Delegation seeks to increase awareness of the exceptional diversity of European cultures among DC youth, bring talented European artists to the United States to highlight the vitality of European arts through children's entertainment, and create new partnerships within the educational community in DC.

Kids Euro Festival is made possible through the collaborative effort of the 28 EU Member State embassies, the EU delegation, and the European-American Cultural Foundation, in collaboration with over 30 cultural institutions in the Washington, D.C. area.

Check out their website , which will continue to be updated with weekend and family events through October.

Kids Euro Festival weekday events are available through the   Fall Lottery , in addition to the weekend events for families.
DC Public Film Screening: "Circus Without Borders" 
Presented by the Pulitzer Center
Tumble into the world of circus and join the Pulitzer Center for the public screening of "Circus Without Borders".

When: Wednesday, September 26th at 8:00pm
The Avalon Theater, 
5612 Connecticut Avenue NW,
Washington DC   20015

Inspired by the Pulitzer Center-sponsored project, " Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice ," this documentary follows youth circuses from two drastically different, yet similarly vulnerable communities across the world-an Inuit village in Canada and Guinea in West Africa. Joined together through their love for the art and determination to transform their struggling communities, the troupes confront issues such as poverty, suicide, and drugs while working to empower youths through the power of performance.

Pulitzer Center grantees Linda Matchan and Michele McDonald conducted the original reporting for "Nunavut, Canada: Hope on Ice." They reported on an aboriginal community in Canada with a history of youth suicide stemming from a legacy of Cold War-era colonization. By weaving their Inuit traditions into their circus, Artcirq, this group of young Inuit has worked to reclaim their lives and heritage. Directed by Susan Gray, "Circus Without Borders" has been screened at numerous film festivals worldwide.

Gray, director of broadcast development at Northern Light Productions, and Circus Kalabant√© director Yamoussa Bangoura, who is one of the main subjects of the film, lead a talkback after the Avalon Theatre screening. The talkback will be followed by a short circus performance by Bangoura and a member of Kalabant√©.

The Avalon Theatre is an independent, nonprofit cinema in Washington, DC. Tickets are $12.50 for adults, $10 for students, $9.75 for seniors, and $9.50 for children.  Space is limited  -- make sure to reserve your tickets!

View Trailer at:
Kennedy Center Student Matinee Opportunity
On Friday, October 19th, the Kennedy Center will be hosting an 11am matinee of  Lyrics from Lockdown  for students grade 8 to 12 in the Terrace Theater. 

'Lyrics from Lockdown', executive produced by Gina and Harry Belafonte, weaves together the voices of more than 40 characters into a one-man tour de force. This groundbreaking multimedia production uses a live band and video DJ, fusing hip-hop, theater, spoken-word poetry, rhythm and blues, calypso and classical music, to tell a provocative story exposing racial profiling and wrongful incarceration in a nation that imprisons more people than any other in the world. 

You can register by emailing your school and class information to Tickets are offered at a reduced rate of $6.00 per ticket. ** Please Note: There is no supplementary funding available for this matinee

If you have any questions, call the School Registration Office at (202) 416-8835
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.