Dear Friends,

Welcome back to school! We are TWO WEEKS away from the AHFES Fall Lottery! The Fall Lottery Opens on Monday, September 10th 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 currently have a limited amount of field-trip opportunities available prior to the Fall Lottery! More information about these experiences is included below. We are assigning these trips on a first-come first-serve basis and will be back in touch with you if your school is selected. **We MUST have your School Partnership Agreement before you can sign up for these trips.

Finally, please make sure you REGISTER as soon as possible for our upcoming Professional Development Institute, on Saturday, September 15th. Co-hosted with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, you will not want to miss this event! Join us for a fun professional development day focused on Social and Emotional Learning through the Arts with terrific sessions led by DC Collaborative members. We have limited 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! More information below. 

DC Collaborative Team   

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update

The AHFES Fall Lottery Opens  Monday, September 10th

Mark your calendars! The AHFES Fall Lottery opens on  Monday, September 10th  in celebration of Arts in Education week. Teachers can submit requests for field-trip  experiences  through Friday, September 14th. The DC  Collaborative Staff will be in touch to confirm trips the following week.

The AHFES Catalogue is now live on our website, so you can start 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 Fall Lottery for schools to be eligible to participate.

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

Recap of the AHFES Orientation and Member Fair
Our team had such a blast kicking of the school year with the AHFES Orientation and Member Fair at the Kennedy Center last week. We had a record number of participants this year (more than 250!) and it was great to connect with so many of you before the craziness of the school year sets in.

For those of you who were not able to join us; you can find all the materials from the orientation below. Please make sure to reference these documents to ensure you are familiar with the policies and procedures of the AHFES Program.
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
Early Registration Lottery
Circus Without Borders
Presented by: The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
Circus Without Borders: Documentary Filmmaking for Community Dialogue
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting

Students will attend a screening of Circus Without Borders, a feature-length documentary film exploring how impoverished communities in the Canadian Arctic and Guinea are using circus to combat apathy and depression amongst their youth, at a local independent movie theater. The film is independently screening at international film festivals and models how a filmmaker adapted a short reporting project into a feature length, character-driven story. The screening will start and conclude with short exercises that introduce students to film analysis skills. Students will also connect with the film's director and two of the film's subjects.

Date: 9/26/18
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Theatre, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film, Media Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, Technology, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 6th - 8th Grade
Ticket capacity: 400 per date.  

Meg Lowman | Student Matinee
Presented by: National Geographic Society
Meg Lowman | Student Matinee
Presented by: National Geographic Society

Climb up to the top of the rain forest with canopy biologist Dr. Meg Lowman, better known by her nickname, Canopy Meg! Many years ago, Meg pioneered the idea of studying biodiversity from up in the treetops. But she can't study trees if there are no trees left, so she climbed back down to earth to advocate for conservation. Meg will share the beauty and wonder of the rain forest with students, inspiring them to do their part to protect it for years to come. 

Date: 9/21/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 1.5 hours
Location: National Geographic Society - Grosvenor Auditorium; 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Science / STEM
Curriculum Connections: Science, Technology, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 5th - 8th Grade
Ticket capacity: 200 per date.

Exhibition Tour - Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I
Presented by: The Library of Congress
Exhibition Tour - Echoes of the Great War: American Experiences of World War I
Presented by: Library of Congress

Echoes of the Great War examines the upheaval of world war as Americans confronted it- both at home and abroad. The exhibition considers the debates and struggles that surrounded U.S. engagement; explores U.S. military and home front mobilization and the immensity of industrialized warfare; and touches on the war's effects, as an international peace settlement was negotiated, national borders were redrawn, and soldiers returned to reintegrate into American society.

Date: 10/3/18; 10/17/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Library of Congress's Thomas Jefferson Building, 101 Independence Ave SE, Washington, DC 20540
Discipline: Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 11th Grade
Ticket capacity: 30 per date.
Americans For the Arts Update
National Arts in Education Week begins on 
Monday, September 10th!
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!
Homecoming at  President Lincoln's Cottage

Run, Walk & Play Like Lincoln

For the second year, President Lincoln's Cottage is combining two popular events, the Freedom 5k and Family Day, into one full day of racing and family fun: Homecoming. During the Civil War the Lincoln family called the cottage home. Come for just the race, just Family Day activities, or stick around for both!
  • Explore a Civil War Encampment: Meet the Bucktail soldiers who served as Lincoln's personal guards
  • Pony Rides
  • Arts and Crafts: Create your own top hat!
  • Folger Shakespeare Library Workshop
  • Picnic on the Grounds
  • Story hour, music & more!
When: Saturday, September 22nd from 9:00-3:00
Where: 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW

For questions, please email
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.