Dear Friends,

We hope you are enjoying your summer! It's hard to believe that it's already mid-July and that school is right around the corner. We have been working hard this summer to get organized for next year and want to take this chance share some quick community updates. I n this newsletter, you will find information about...
  • AHFES Provider Orientation and AHFES School Orientation + Program Update
  • Membership Enrollment
  • Teaching Artist Institute: Children at the Center Save the Date and Interest Form
  • Humanities DC Soul of the City Partnership Grant Opportunity
  • 2019 History Teacher of the Year
  • July Story Bank Blog Highlight
  • Job Bank

Thank you once again for your dedication to the arts and humanities. We look forward to seeing you the AHFES Orientation on August 20th (more details below!).

With gratitude, 
The DC Collaborative Team   

The Programming Committee and friends at the National Building Museum for the  Annual AHFES Program Review (July 17th).

Arts and Humanities for Every Student Orientation
AHFES Provider Orientation

The AHFES Provider Orientation is a mandatory event for all organizations and individuals participating in the AHFES program for the 19/20 school year. We will highlight successes from last year, discuss future key dates/deadlines, streams of communication, and expectations for the upcoming school year. 

Date: Tuesday,  August 20th
Time: 3:00- 4:00 PM
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium (G St. entrance)
8th and G St. NW, Washington DC 20001

AHFES School Orientation

Attendance at the AHFES School Orientation is mandatory for any school wishing to participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program for the 2019-2020 school year. If you are unable to attend on behalf of your school, please send a representative in your place.

Date: Tuesday,  August 20th
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Location: Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium (G St. entrance)
8th and G St. NW, Washington DC 20001

Thank you to our host, the Smithsonian American Art Museum!

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AHFES Program Update

As an active, dues-paying  member  of the Collaborative (FY20 due by July 31st), you can use the  AHFES program  to promote your existing programs. We will assist with marketing to DC public and public charter schools, teacher registrations, communications, transportation, and assessment. To participate in the 2019-2020 school year, please complete the appropriate form(s) below, by submitting one per program. 
Fall program details due by August 9th! 



New! Replacing the previous AHFES Application fee of $50 per program, this year the DC Collaborative will be implementing an admin fee for each program offered through AHFES. All providers will be charged an administrative fee of 10% of the total transportation costs of your program. More info.

**Please contact Katherine Custer at if you have any questions regarding your program offerings or how AHFES works.
Membership Update
FY2020 Memb ership Enrollment

We are already halfway through FY2020 Membership Enrollment month!

The DC Collaborative's 22nd birthday is almost here - and that's always a great one to celebrate. We can't think of a better gift than having you join us for another year as a member of the DC Collaborative! But you better act quickly - membership enrollment is due by July 31

With your membership, we can support our arts and humanities colleagues and friends be a part of a professional network to strengthen arts and humanities education in the District. As an active member, you will receive newsletters, an member feature page on our website, access to our community calendar, invitations to our quarterly member meetings, our round table discussions, and our committee meetings along with being eligible to apply to AHFES and PD programs. Read more information about membership benefits on our website.

FY19 Members have already received a dues invoice. Please contact if you have questions regarding your invoice..
Teaching Artist Institute: Children at the Center
Save the Date!
The DC Collaborative, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and National Building Museum, will be offering a Teaching Artist Institute  August 27th and 28th

Info for Teaching Artists: Interested teaching artists/ practitioners should fill out this interest form. The registration request form will be sent out on July 24th with more detailed schedule information.

Info for Cultural Institutions: Cultural Institutions are encouraged to share the  flyer with any teaching artists/ practitioners in your community who might be interested in attending. If they are considering participating in the Institute, please encourage them to fill out the short questionnaire..
Humanitites DC
Humanities DC has an Open Grant Opportunity!

Soul of the City Partnership Grant

Humanities DC is requesting applications for the Soul of the City Partnership Grant.

The Soul of the City Partnership Grant encourages the development and execution of a high-quality, national model level, Humanities-driven, youth engagement program. This award recognizes innovative models that center the empowerment and meaningful engagement of young people through programs and projects that build civic engagement, leadership skills, and employ social emotional learning, engaged scholarship, and experiential learning.

Grantees will execute a program and submit at least two lesson plans, in addition to working in their grant cohort to produce a best practices guide.

Project Period:
This opportunity is for projects conducted between September 15, 2019 and September 15, 2020. 

Award Amount:
Applicants are allowed to request up to $20,000.

All proposals must be received by Monday, July 31, 2019, at 11:59 p.m..

Learn More:
Register for the Informational Webinar on July 24, 2019.
2019 History Teacher of the Year

Congratulations to Alysha Butler of McKinley Tech High School for being awarded DC's History Teacher of the Year by The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History! Through the Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student program, Ms. Butler sent her 11th grade class to George Washington's Mount Vernon and Mosaic Theatre this year. 
July Story Bank Blog Highlight
Connecting to Curriculum with DCPS ELA Wrap-Up

On Friday June 27th, the Atlas Performing Arts Center hosted us for our third Connecting to Curriculum event this summer. We invited the Elementary and Secondary English/ Language Arts teams from DC Public Schools to present an overview of the curriculum covered at each grade level. Downloadable presentations and Scope and Sequence documents are available on the blog.
Job Bank
Smithsonian American Art Museum logo
Our friends at the Smithsonian American Art Museum are hiring for a Part-Time Contract Educator to help build strategic relationships with District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) in order to create and deliver high-quality, standards-aligned programs and resources for students and teachers alike. Please see the Statement of Work and Request for Quote documents to apply. 
Ways to Give
The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible.

Donate to the DC Collaborative online or remit payment by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY19 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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