Dear Key Communicators,

We just wrapped up our final lottery cycle of the season and we are looking forward to finishing out the year strong together with you!  There are still some limited opportunities for field-trips (more info below) for your students, and Professional Development experiences for you! 

The fantastic organizations we work with have prepared some enriching and memorable PD events open to all DC teachers. We hope you'll be able to take advantage of these events - make a night of it! Sign up another teacher, meet your fellow educators, and leave knowing that you've gained new skill to implement in your classroom.  Let's MARCH into Spring with a fresh perspective!

All the best, 
The DC Collaborative Team

Highlighted Field-Trips Available
Field-Trip Opportunities Still Available
As a reminder: these field-trips come at NO COST to your school!
For any additional info, feel free to contact or

Professional Development Opportunities
DC Jazz Festival: To South Africa and Back ft. Sweet Honey in the Rock and Witness Matlou
Presented by: DC Jazz Festival

DC Jazz Festival presents an interactive music education experience through the curriculum of The Festival's own, 
Jazzin' InSchool , a music appreciation class that explores the history, societal impact, and development of jazz and blues in both the United States of America and South Africa. Live performances and demonstrations by South African Berklee Jazz Ambassador, Witness Matlou, and world-renowned a cappella vocal ensemble, Sweet Honey in the Rock.

Date : Friday, April 6th
Time : 2:00pm - 5:00pm
Length of Event : 3 hours
Location : 1307 L ST. NW

Providing Voices To Students Who Are Often Unheard
Presented by : Imagination Stage

Description: ¡ Óyeme! (which means hear me in Spanish) strives to provide a creative arts outlet for young people, utilizing best practice culturally-based, trauma-informed theatre and arts activities to create a sense of community among the participants, and provide a safe space for immigrant youth to share their stories. Learn the techniques for using theatre as a tool for creating a safe space in your classroom, as a vehicle to share stories, and how it can promote language development.  This workshop will be led by Director Elena Velasco and Imagination Stage Director of Education Joanne Seelig Lamparter. It will explore themes of the play  Oyeme based on the stories of refugee youth and provide hands on activities that teachers and community leaders can bring back to their students.

Date: Wednesday, May 2nd
Time: 6:00-7:30pm
Location: Sacred Heart School, 1625 Park Rd NW Washington DC 20010

John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration Explores American Storytelling
Presented by: The  National Gallery of Art

This spring welcomes the second annual John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration. Named for the Gallery's retired curator, deputy director, trustee, and chairman, as well as one of the nation's leading scholars in American art, the symposium and weekend celebration will explore the expanding and ever-changing stories of American art and the Gallery's dynamic role in sharing those stories. The symposium and community celebration are made possible by a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.

The symposium will bring together noted artists Janine Antoni, Byron Kim, and Glenn Ligon, who will discuss  Bodies of Work, the East Building installation featuring Kim's  Synecdoche (1991-present), Ligon's Self-Portrait (VIII) and Self-Portrait (X) (1996), and Antoni's  Lick and Lather, (1993). Among other subjects to be discussed at the symposium are the complete reinstallation of a West Building gallery with portraits of women in white, featuring Gilbert Stuart's  Catherine Brass Yates (Mrs. Richard Yates) (1793/1794), one of the first objects to enter the Gallery's collection in 1941; Hiram Powers'  The Greek Slave (1846); George Bellows's  Both Members of This Club (1909); Archibald Motley's Portrait of My Grandmother (1922), presented by artist and scholar David C. Driskell; and a major gift of Dorothea Lange's evocative  photographs of American migrant workers taken in the 1930s and 1940s. Visit for a detailed schedule of Friday's events.

Date : Sunday, March 26th
Time : 11:00-6:00
Location : National Gallery of Art, 6th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC 20565

Ford's Theatre Summer 2018 PD Events
2018 Summer Professional Development Opportunities
Presented by: Ford's Theatre

Description : Ford's Theatre offers educators many ways to help bring President Abraham Lincoln into your classrooms. Use their lesson plans to engage your students in learning about Lincoln's assassination and its lasting legacy. Use their oratory resources to improve your students' public-speaking skills. 

Additionally, attend a summer fellowship exploring Civil War Washington! 

Learn more about upcoming Professional Development opportunities hosted by Ford's Theatre at!

Applications are due by Monday, April 2nd!

In Series Youth Poetry Competition
Finding Gabriela: DC Youth Poetry Contest
Presented by: In Series

Description : Gabriela Mistral was the first Latin American writer to win the Nobel Prize in 1945. A prolific poet, essayist, and public schoolteacher, Mistral began to write in her youth, and her words shaped our world. A queer person of color who defended the rights of women, minorities, and children, Mistral's poetry sounded the struggles of populations that continue to be marginalized. The Finding Gabriela D.C. Youth Poetry Contest celebrates the brilliance, passion, and poetry of young people and their ability to give a voice to the challenges we all face. 

Poems can be written in English, Spanish, or both and can be about whatever the student wants to write about!

For more information, visit Poems can be submitted to

DEADLINE: Wednesday, April 13th

BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival 
BAFTA Aesthetica Short Film Festival
Presented by: Aesthetica Magazine

DescriptionThe Aesthetica Short Film Festival is a BAFTA-Recognised international film festival based in York, UK. It is an important outlet for moving image and digital culture, creating a platform to champion short film internationally. The festival holds talent development at its core and leaves a lasting legacy by inspiring innovation in film. Its seventh edition ran over an unprecedented five day period, providing even more opportunities for talent development, networking and inspirational film viewing.­
The 2018 festival will mark our 8th year of film screenings, masterclasses and guest programmes. As the festival grows and develops, we strive to bring more of the best cinema to audiences in York. This year, for the first time, we are accepting feature film submissions in both Narrative and documentary genres.

For more information, visit
Deadline : Thursday, May 31st
Inclement Weather Policy
Inclement Weather Policy

Happy spring! Although, it looks like winter weather is finally here. 

AHFES field-trip experiences will be cancelled if:
  • The bus company indicates that the roads are unsafe for travel. The DC Collaborative staff will contact the bus companies in the morning to check the safety of the roads. If the company reports back that the roads are unsafe, the Collaborative will cancel the field-trip.
  • If DCPS or the public charter school attending cancels or delays school.
  • If the museum or host venue closes or operates on a delay.
If a field-trip gets cancelled due to  inclement  weather, the DC Collaborative will make every effort to reschedule based on a mutually agreeable schedule between the cultural institution and the school.

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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.

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