September 2020 DC Collaborative Newsletter
Dear Friends,
Happy Autumn! We are so thrilled to begin the new school year with exciting virtual experiences provided for our students in the District. The DC Collaborative has been working round the clock to ensure that our member organizations are getting the support and publicity you need to connect your programs to our DC public and public charter schools for the fall.

This Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Events- DC Collaborative Annual Membership Meeting
  • Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Important Dates
  • Any Given Child DC (AGC DC) Collective Impact Update
  • MemberClicks Membership Info
  • Job Postings- Check out new postings on our Job Board
  • DC Collaborative Staff Update
Upcoming Events
Please join us for our Annual Membership Meeting!

  • Date: Wednesday, October 21, 2020
  • Meeting Time: 2:30-3:30 PM Meeting
  • Networking: 2:00-2:30 National Museum of Women in the Arts Activity

Note: Virtual meeting link will be provided upon signup
Community Calendar
View the Collaborative's Community Calendar on our online MemberClicks Membership Portal for a list of upcoming events!
Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) Program
AHFES Lottery Updates
Our Fall Lottery assignments are underway, we have over 74 schools in the District participating! It is such an exciting time for all of us to venture into virtual learning experiences this lottery period, and we hope that they'll be very fruitful for all of us!
New Member AHFES Orientation

Learn more about the new virtual AHFES v2.0! If you are a member who is new to AHFES, want a refresher or are interested in the program adaptations that we've made for Distance Learning, please join us for our New Member AHFES Orientation on October 13 at 11:00 AM.

This session is especially useful for those who will be submitting virtual programming for the AHFES Winter Lottery (due November 7).
AHFES Important Dates
Key Dates for AHFES Providers (downloadable PDF file)

Fall Lottery: Opens to teachers September 7-11
  • Edits and Final Program Details due by August 7th*
  • Online Catalogue Links shared with Providers: August 21st
  • Lottery Results Sent to Members: Week of September 14th

Winter Lottery: Opens to teachers the week of December 7, 2020
  • Edits and Final Program Details due by November 6th*
  • Online Catalogue Links shared with Providers: November 30th
  • Lottery Results to Members: Week of December 21st

Spring Lottery: Opens to teachers the week of March 1, 2021
  • Edits and Final Program Details due by February 2, 2021*
  • Online Catalogue Links shared with Providers: February 19th
  • Lottery Results to Members: Week of March 8th – 12th *Lottery Request Form/ AHFES Catalogue Page edits, (including dates, program info, and transportation budget.

Trés McMichael, Education Programs Manager: | 202-470-6467 ext. 4
Yasmine Zinbi, School Partnerships Manager: | 202-470-6467 ext. 1
MemberClicks Useful Links (downloadable PDF file)
Any Given Child DC
Collective Impact Mapping Project Update
The DC Collaborative is proud to announce that nearly 80 teaching artists and cultural organizations have submitted data for the Collective Impact Mapping Project. We are extremely grateful for your participation as we move forward to telling our collaborative stories around our arts and humanities education impact in the District.

This year especially, data is extremely important! Our data visualization dashboards are designed to inform and improve our overall strategic planning and we wouldn't be able to do this without our community. Big thanks to you once again!

View one of our example dashboards from the '17-'18 school year data here.

Wendy Wang Pisa, Manager of Community Partnerships: | 202-470-6467
DC Collaborative Job Board
The DC Collaborative now has a Job Board as part of its membership services in FY21!
To view and submit a job posting, go to Sign in with your MemberClicks username and password to post job openings.

Post your opportunities in the arts/ humanities education field now!
Featured Listing
Young Playwrights' Theater Seeks an Administrative Assistant (part-time with benefits)
Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT) seeks a part-time (20 hours per week) Administrative Assistant to develop and implement systems of organization, communication, records management, and document creation that support the core work of YPT. This position will report to the Executive Director.

This position is currently virtual, but will shift to in-person when YPT assesses it is safe for staff to return to regular work at our headquarters in Washington DC’s Takoma neighborhood.

The ideal candidate will have a passion for arts education, theater, young people, and advancing racial justice. They will have strong written and oral communication skills, proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google Suite, experience with developing organizational systems and maintaining business and financial records, and an eye for detail. They will be committed to accomplishing goals and finishing projects in a fast-paced environment.
DC Collaborative Staff Update
Please join our team in congratulating Wendy Wang Pisa and Yasmine Zinbi on their promoted roles!
Wendy Wang Pisa, Manager of Community Partnerships

After nearly a year of coordinating education programming assessment and managing various projects for the DC Collaborative, Wendy Wang Pisa is now growing into her new role as the Manager of Community Partnerships. Wendy came from an art history and education background, having received her M.A. from University College London with a focus on museum education programming and community partnerships. Prior to her time here, Wendy accumulated her experiences working in Education at the Freer|Sackler, Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, the Phillips Collection, the International Spy Museum, and the British Museum. And in another previous life, she was a kindergarten and elementary school classroom teacher in Taiwan. Wendy has immense respect for the work that all educators do, whether they teach inside classroom walls, museum walls, theater walls, or the likes. Her passion lies in building bridges between the people and ideas inside these very walls. You can reach her at
Yasmine Zinbi, School Partnerships Manager

Once the Collaborative's Membership Services Associate, Yasmine Zinbi has now grown into the School Partnerships Manager position with her efficient work ethic, superb writing skill, and commitment for JDEAI. She has had a long standing passion for arts and education and is thrilled to thrive with the team to support the work we do. After obtaining a B.A in Political Science from The George Washington University, Yasmine pursued an M.A in communication and a certificate in nonprofit management from Johns Hopkins University. With extensive experience as a photographer, business owner, and communication practitioner, Yasmine is dedicated to bringing creativity, passion, and a meticulous eye to all her endeavors. You can reach Yasmine at
Ways to Give
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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

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The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY20 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 the backbone support organization that leads members of the Any Given Child DC program, part of The John F. Kennedy  Center for the Performing Arts.