Dear Key Communicators,

Summer vacation is nearly here, and what an incredible year we have shared! We are so grateful for all of the hard work you put forth to make these opportunities available to your students. As the busyness of the school year winds down, we have a few final items for your consideration - and some summer opportunities for you to pass along to your students before you take a well deserved break.

We'd like to invite each of you to attend our annual spring Members Meeting. This meeting is centered around the theme of gratitude. We will highlight some shining moments from the school year and recognize exemplars in the community. This is a great opportunity for us to come together and celebrate the close of a successful year. We hope you will be able to join us!

All the best,

Spring Members Meeting 
Spring Member's Meeting: Gratitude Edition

Please join us at the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery for a celebration of the 2017-2018 school year! Attendees will participate in:
  • A DC Collaborative business, stats and committee update
  • An update on the arts education policy and "Sense of Council Arts and Humanities in Education Resolution" by Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Commissioner, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and Chair of the Arts Education Policy Task Force
  • An update from Barbara Shepherd and Jeanette McCune of the Any Given Child DC Community Arts Team
  • An update from David Markey of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities on Spring Grant Opportunities
  • An update from Nathan Diamond of DC Public Schools, Arts
  • Membership and educator awards!
  • A member feature of our host, Freer|Sackler
The meeting will be followed by networking bingo with prizes and refreshments provided by Freer|Sackler! More details will be added in the coming weeks.

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: Pre-Meeting Tour- 3 p.m.*
Meeting: 4-5:30 PM
Refreshments: 5:30-6:00
Location: Freer|Sackler
Freer Gallery- Myer Auditorium
1050 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Enter through Freer Entrance on Independence Avenue side

*The Freer|Sackler Galleries are offering a pre-meeting tour at 3 PM. Meet us in the Freer Gallery of Art Mall Entrance Lobby and indicate you are attending through the registration form.

Thank you to our host, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery!

Fifth Annual Civili-Tea City-wide Creative Expression Contest
A Message from: The High Tea Society

We'd like to invite you to submit art for the fifth annual
Civili-Tea City-wide Creative Expression Art Contest. All related materials are attached including the theme and guidelines. If you have an interest in your class, or select students participating in this contest, please e-mail Mr. James Stephen  Terrellat and cc Judge Mary  Terrell at
The deadline for submissions is  May 25, 2018. All submissions will be displayed  June 5-28 at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery, located at  702 Eighth Street, NW, Washington, DC . The hours are  Tuesday through  Friday, from  noon to 4 pm.
Each entrant will receive a certificate of participation. Contest winners will receive monetary prizes and will be invited to an awards reception at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery on  June 15, from 5:30 - 7:30 pm.
All winning submissions will be displayed on a D.C. Metrobus.
Theme Highlights:  The theme of the contest is "The Face of Your Neighborhood: Envisioning a Safe Community."

Students should think about how civility positively impacts their community and ways they would like to see their community improve. Students should create images that provide viewers with the images of their communities.
  • Who lives in your neighborhood?
  • Describe your community
  • Are there streets or buildings named after historical figures in your community?
  • What is special about your neighborhood?
  • What makes you feel safe in your community?
Please remember to send your interest in participating to Mr. James  Terrell and Judge  Terrell.
They will then follow-up with you on coordinating your participation.

Again, the deadline for submissions is  May 25, 2018!

Field-Trip Opportunity at The Kennedy Center
Presented by: The Kennedy Center
Produced by: Virginia Wadsworth Wirtz Center for the Performing Arts at Northwestern University from Evanston, IL - Directed by Rives Collins

On an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades, five teenagers struggle to survive in a land where the adults are as dangerous as the gators. When one of the kids returns from juvenile detention to help the rest escape to the mainland, it seems their prayers have been answered. There's only one problem: they need a boat, and they need it before the adults catch wind of their plan and end it-or end them.
Ever In The Glades makes its highly anticipated return after its breakout workshop performance at the Kennedy Center's New Visions/New Voices theater festival in 2016. Bringing a more mature element to this season of performances for young audiences, the play begs the question: what is the current generation's responsibility to the next, and what happens if we fail them?

Dates/ Times: Wednesday, June 6, 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (250 TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Thursday, June 7, 10:15 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (250 TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Friday, June 8, 11 a.m. (200 TICKETS AVAILABLE)
Length of Event: 75 Minutes
Location: Kennedy Center | Family Theatre, 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC 20566
Discipline: Theatre
Grades: 7th - 10th Grade

This opportunity is offered to you at NO COST for tickets or transportation!


Fighting Words
Pulitzer Center Poetry Contest
Fighting Words Poetry Contest
Presented By: The Pulitzer Center

To celebrate National Poetry Month, the Pulitzer Center invites students to consider: How can poetry be an effective response to conflict and current events? How can we use poetry to connect global issues to our local and personal contexts? 

All K-12 students are eligible, and prizes include up to $100, publication, and performance opportunities!

To enroll, submit a poem about peace and conflict including lines from a Pulitzer Center news story. 

If you have any questions, or want to schedule a free poetry workshop, email!

Deadline: May 18th, 2018
Investigating Where We Live
2018 Summer Student Program
Presented by: National Building Museum

Description How do the arts and culture impact Washington, D.C.? Participants in the
Investigating Where We Live program this summer are exploring the city, meeting artists and residents, and making connections to their own communities to answer this question. 

Visit their curated exhibition to learn about local teens' views of Washington, D.C. through photographs, writing, and artwork.

Investigating Where We Live, awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013, is a five week summer program at the Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. 

Teens interesting in applying or for more information can email 

DC Educator Scholarship (VSA Intersections)

A Message from The Kennedy Center:

The DC Educator Scholarship for the VSA Intersections Conference is now live!

The VSA Intersections: Arts and Special Education conference convenes annually, bringing together administrators, researchers, teaching artists, and educators, so that they are able to shape the best practice and improve education for students with disabilities learning in and through the arts.

The DC Educator Scholarship provides five DC-based educators or teaching artists with a round-trip airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration expenses to attend the full VSA Intersections conference, taking place in Atlanta, GA from  August 7-8, 2018. This conference provides professionals in the intersecting fields of arts education and special education the opportunity to share current information in research, practice, programs, and policy, and serve as a leading catalyst for change. 

Application deadline is  June 1, 2018. The application is available at:

For more information, check out the attached document for more information about VSA Intersections and the DC Educator Scholarship. Also, if you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Ms. Emily Thiell, Program Coordinator for Special Education at the Kennedy Center at

We're so excited to meet our next DC Educator Scholarship recipients!

Discovering Korea's Past: Interdisciplinary Connections Summer Institute for Educators

A Message from The Freer|Sackler:

Monday, June 25 - Wednesday, June 27, 2018
9 am - 4 pm each day

Spend three days focusing on Korean art and culture with experts at the Freer|Sackler.  Discover the Goryeo dynasty (935-1392), a period of great artistic and cultural achievement in Korea.  Go behind the scenes with curators to examine rare works.  Experiment with decorative techniques at The District Clay Center.  Learn to create personalize, and share digital resources with the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access.  Resources, breakfast, and lunch are included.

Space is still available!

Register and learn mor e. A non-refundable $30 fee is due at time of registration.

Prom Project and Graduation Boutique
Attention DCPS and DCPCS High School Key Communicators:  Your students are invited to the Project Prom & Graduation Boutique!

Arrange a Private Group Appointment Today!
Each year, Partners for Kids in Care at the DC Child and Family Services Agency (CFSA) receives donations from the DC community so they can create a once in a lifetime Prom & Graduation Boutique for the children they serve.  Each year and after the boutique event happens, Partners for Kids in Care  normally holds the resources for about 2 or so additional weeks (after the event on May 1) to give more youth an opportunity to come by to shop for items (for free!). 

This week, they are extending invitation to DC school students, who are in need of prom and graduation resources (i.e. prom dresses, shoes, purses, jewelry, make-up/nail polish, tuxedos, suits, dresses/suits for graduation, etc.)

All you need to do is to contact Angie Robinson to schedule a private group appointment for your students.
Angie Robinson, Program Specialist
Partners for Kids in Care
Phone: 202/442-6013


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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 .

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education 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.

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