Dear Friends,

We hope you're excited for our upcoming Spring Lottery, which opens on  Monday, March 4th! Please remember you have one week to apply to any Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES) events at cultural organizations.
You can already visit the   AHFES online catalogue to see what we're offering this spring!

In the meantime, take a look at what else is going on with the Collaborative:
  • Available In-School Workshops and Field Trips
  • Key Communicator Webinar Link
  • High School Songwriter Competition
  • Summer Professional Development opportunities
  • 2019 Poetry Outloud Contest
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Art Contest
  • EveryDay DC's Curation Initiatives
Take advantage of these great opportunities before it's too late!

DC Collaborative Team   

In-School Workshop Highlight: 826 DC

826DC i s a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, and to helping teachers inspire their students to write. Their services are structured around our understanding that great leaps in learning can happen with one-on-one attention and that strong writing skills are fundamental to future success. V iew their  website.
Visiting Authors In-School Program
Local writers and authors collaborate with DC students of all grades and facilitate discussions and activities to complement and enhance classroom learning, while creating a lasting relationship with our authors and writers.

This program is fully funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities!

Flexible dates between March and June: please indicate your date and time preferences in the request form.

More March Field Trips!

Opera NOVA: Hansel and Gretel  
Conductor will have a fun interaction with Pre-K to 3rd grade students via an orchestra and characters introduction, asking questions about each instrument. 
Date: 3/19, 3/20, 3/21, 3/22
Time: 10 AM
National Geographic
Trash Talk: How to Save the Planet
Every choice we make affects our environment. National Geographic Explorer Lillygol Sedaghat will talk to students about recycling and conscious consumerism and transform students' perception of trash from something disposable to something valuable.
Date: 03/21
Time: 10:00 AM (please arrive to the theatre by 9:50)

Key Communicator Webinar 
Earlier this month, the Collaborative held a Key Communicator webinar to update both old and new Key Communicators on AHFES policies. In case you missed it, you can access the recording here.

 Musical Theater Songwriting Competition

Students can submit an original composition for the chance to be selected to work  with a musical theater mentor and music director. Each finalist's completed song will be transcribed, performed by Broadway singers and musicians, recorded, and broadcast over national radio.  All musical styles welcomed!
Deadline to apply: 4 /30 at 11:59 PM
Join the conversation: #IWriteMusicals
Smithsonian American Art Museum Summer Institutes
Be inspired this summer! Attend one of our week-long institutes in the nation's capital. Join educators from across the country at the SAAM for an exploration of the connections among American art, social studies, history, and English/language arts.

Experience interactive sessions, gallery talks, and hands-on activities that use American art to make interdisciplinary connections and foster critical thinking skills.  Integrate art into your curriculum, share ideas, and leave with a tool kit of resources to use in the classroom. 

Priority will be given to social studies, history, and English/language arts teachers for grades 6-12.

Date: July 8-12 or July 22-26
Cost: $200
Registration Deadline: March 31

Ford's Theater Summer PD Programs

Join up to 24 teachers to explore the nation's capital as President Lincoln would have known it during the Civil War. During The Catherine B. Reynolds Foundation Civil War Washington program, you will learn how to use historical sites and primary sources in the classroom, all while developing lasting connections with a national network of fellow teachers and museum educators. Upon successful completion of the program participants will receive a certificate stating that they completed 34 contact hours.
Dates:  5/23 - 5/28
Learn about monuments and memorials in the nation's capital and examine how we remember the Civil War in this week-long summer teacher program for 3rd- through 12th-grade teachers. Upon successful completion of the program, participants will receive a certificate stating that they completed 37 contact hours.
Dates: 6/21 - 6/26

Teachers who complete either program are eligible for  3 graduate credits through Trinity University. Both opportunities are free for local teachers!
2019 Poetry Out Loud
District of Columbia Finals
The  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is pleased to present the
2019 Poetry Out Loud District of Columbia Finals in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. The program will take place at Blind Whino SW Arts Club on Thursday, March 7, 2019. Admission is free and open to the public.
Thursday, March 7, 2019 | 7 pm
Blind Whino SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Ave, SW Washington, DC
*Please note that seating is limited and that all attendees are requested to confirm attendance as soon as possible.  RSVP here .
The competition starts at 7 pm and will feature performances by local artists and arts organizations.
Eleven high school students from DC public, charter and private schools will compete at the finals:
Anacostia High School, Banneker High School, Capital City Public Charter School, Cesar Chavez Public Charter School, District of Columbia International School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School, Eastern High School, McKinley Technology High School, St. Anselm's Abbey School and Washington Latin Public Charter School.  
About Poetry Out Loud - Poetry Out Loud is a nationwide poetry recitation contest for students in grades 9 through 12. Created by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is administered in partnership with the State Arts Agencies of all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about literary history and contemporary life.
Each winning student at the state level will receive:
· A $200 cash prize and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC
· A $500 cash stipend for their school to purchase poetry materials
· An opportunity to compete at the 2019 National Finals for the title of National Champion and a $20,000 prize
For more information, please contact Events Associate JaKenna Martin at or (202) 724-5613.
The event will have American Sign Language interpreters. For additional reasonable accommodation requests, please contact External Engagement Specialist Kali Wasenko at or (202) 724-1445.
Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest
Submissions due March 7th!

We invite you to embrace your community  "Home is Where the Blossoms Are" by exploring what's in your backyard and embracing cherry blossoms beyond the tidal basin. Discover art and blossoms in your community and find other ideas through the Resource Guide.

  • Students in DC Public and Public Charter Schools, Grades K-12
  • Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12
Art teachers should contact Nicole Wright, the Student Art Contest Coordinator, prior to submitting student work by email at, if possible so that receipt of submissions can be confirmed. Teachers may also fill out the  Electronic Submission Form in advance of submitting the artwork. 

For more information, please visit the guidelines and student resources on the National Cherry Blossom Festival's website.

Everyday DC
The Third Annual Photography Exhibition

Visit the "Everyday DC" exhibition!

Culmination of a unit designed by the Pulitzer Center and DC Public Schools and inspired by the Everyday Africa project, the exhibition present a  visual narrative of Washington, D.C. through the eyes of middle-school students.  Students were challenged to consider how the city is portrayed in the media, and how their lived experiences relate to those portrayals.

Exhibition Opening: Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 5:30-7:30 PM
Remarks from the the exhibition's student curators, DCPS Director of Arts Mary Lambert, and Everyday Africa co-founder Austin Merrill will begin at 6:00 PM. There will also be light refreshments. 
Plan a visit with you class!

Date: Wednesday, March 13th or Tuesday, March 19th
Time: 10AM & 12:30PM
Location:  Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street NW, Washington, DC 20068  (Metro Center and Gallery Place metro stops)
Everyday Community Day
In addition to opening the gallery for visitors, Pulitzer Center and DC Public Schools will lead hands-on photography and curation activities as part of our first annual community day. Light refreshments will also be provided.

Date: Saturday, March 9,10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Place: Pepco Edison Place Gallery, 702 Eighth Street NW, Washington, DC 20068

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!

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