September 2016



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

September Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,

Thank you to the 102 schools who applied to the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student program Fall Lottery. This is a tremendous amount of schools applying! Thank you for your sincere interest in ensuring access to arts and humanities education for students in Washington, DC. We value your contributions and the contributions of our members to provide these experiences for your students. 

We are working hard to ensure that each school that receives an experience and have  included AHFES and PD experiences that are still open in the articles below. These experiences are of no cost to schools. If your school did not get a trip that you really wanted and you have transportation and ticket funding available, please let us know. We are happy to set it up for you at any time.

Wishing you a great September and wonderful start of field-trip season!

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team

AHFES Events Available
Performances are still available after the AHFES Lottery. Sign up today!

There are still some events available for DC Public and Public Charter Schools at no cost!  Transportation and tickets are completely covered by the DC Collaborative and its members.

Click the dates below to register:

Please see more info below and email  if you have any questions! 

We will be contacting you to take care of any missing paperwork or fees next week. The documents required for partnership are below.
Wishing you a great September!

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team

There are Still Spots Left in our Professional Development Opportunities for Educators!

The DC Collaborative, in partnership with its members, offer Professional Development Workshops and Institutes open to all DC public and public charter school teachers, which focus on dance, visual arts, humanities, theater, and music and how to best integrate these disciplines into their teaching practices.

Any DC Public School Educator can sign up for three free PDs per year!  Schools must be a registered school partner for participation.

Sign Up Today!
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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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 other schools that can not reimburse costs and provide more opportunities. We 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.
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.