Dear Friends,

We hope you enjoyed your spring break! Check out what's happening as we reach the final stretch of the school year. In this newsletter you will find:
  • Free Field Trips
  • National Cherry Blossom Art Contest Updates
  • Musical Theatre Songwriter Competition
  • Film Foundation Professional Development

We know this season is often clouded with testing requirements, but we hope you can find the time to give yourself and your students a break outside of the classroom and enjoy one of these incredible opportunities within your local arts community .

DC Collaborative Team   

Free Field Trips!
Glacier: A Climate Change Ballet
Presented by: Dance Loft on 14
"GLACIER: A Climate Change Ballet, directed by DC-based climate change policy expert and dance professional Diana Movius. GLACIER unveils a world affected by climate change by placing a changing Arctic environment in front of the audience. Profiled in Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, and others do not miss this critically-acclaimed ballet!
Date: 5/1; 5/2; 5/3
Time: 10:00AM
Length of Event: 40 min
Location: Dance Loft on 14, 4618 14th Street NW, Second Floor, Washington, DC 20011
Discipline: Dance
Curriculum Connections: Science, Environment
Grades: 6th, 7th, 8th
Ticket capacity: 100 per date
Creating Character-Driven Short Films for National Geographic 
Presented by: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
"As part of this three-day workshop, students will travel to National Geographic for a screening and talkback with award-winning filmmakers and producers who illuminate global issues through short, character-driven videos. The films, "Widows" and "Diego's Rebirth," tell the stories of youth in Mexico and women in Uganda who are combating violence in their communities. The focus of the field trip will be on teaching students about the process of planning and producing videos for the web that humanize a global issue. Pre-screening workshops, led by a member of the Pulitzer Center education staff, will introduce students to the historical context necessary for understanding the films. They will also introduce students to the structure for producing character-driven videos for the websites of leading news publications. Hands-on post-screening workshops, which will be co-facilitated by the visiting filmmaker, will guide students in creating pitches for character-driven short films exploring an issue their own communities. "
Date: TBD
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 90 minutes
Location: 1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film, Media Arts
Curriculum Connections: (Choose Between: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, Foreign Language, Media/Film, History & Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Math, Science, Environment)
Grades: 6th-8th
Ticket capacity : 150 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

Chasing Coral
Presented by: Avalon Theatre
Cinema Classroom at the Avalon brings together academics and film to spark students' creativity, expand their world and develop their critical thinking skills. This year-long series of 5 outstanding films is designed to enhance students' classroom studies and encourage media literacy. Each program consists of a film screening followed by a discussion featuring an engaging guest speaker. An introduction will provide students with background about the film and elements related to film technique. Teachers will receive study guides and trailers in advance. Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientist set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.
Date: 5/15
Time: 10:00
Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location: Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20015
Discipline: Media/Film
Curriculum Connections: Science, Environment, Technology
Grades: 9th - 12th grades
Ticket capacity: 155
The Children
Presented by: Studio Theater
Lucy Kirkwood's eco-thriller THE CHILDREN includes themes that speak to issues including climate change, immediate decisions vs. future impact, and what one generation owes to the next. Studio will offer in-school pre-show workshops to introduce students to the themes, make connections, and strengthen literacy skills. Studio's on-site immersion day includes pre-show workshops on the creative process, the matinee performance, and post-show discussions with the cast and creative team. Immersion days aim to deepen understanding of the play, develop social-emotional learning skills, provide access to live contemporary theatre, expose students to careers in the arts, and foster an appreciation for theatre.
All spaces are ADA compliant. We also offer large font programs and assisted listening devices.
Date: 5/22
Time: 10 AM
Length of Event: TBD
Location: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St NW Washington, DC 20005
Metro stations: "U St (Green/Yellow); Dupont (Red Line); McPherson Sq (Orange/Blue/Silver)"
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Theatre
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Civics/ Law, Philosophy, Science, Technology, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued)
Grades: 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Ticket capacity: 200

The Wunderkind Projekt
Presented by: The Washington Bach Consort
The Washington Bach Consort's newest education program is the Wunderkind Projekt, designed to inspire your music students! (A wunderkind is a person who achieves great success when relatively young.) Professional musicians and educators from the Bach Consort will visit your school and discuss an upcoming Noontime Cantata concert which students are then invited to attend. A Consort musician will return to your school a week later to continue the discussion and reinforce the concert experience. What will your wunderkinds accomplish after experiencing Bach's music? Higher test scores? A new found appreciation for the arts? A 21st century Bach Revival?! We strive to create an appreciation of early music that will last a lifetime.
Date: 5/7/19
Time: 12:00
Length of Event: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Location: Church of the Epiphany, 1317 G St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Discipline: Music/ Music Production
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 6th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 100 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

National Cherry Blossom Student Art Contest
Online People's Choice Voting Coming Soon!
Thank you to all who participated in the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019 Student Art Contest! Congratulations to Lasalle Backus and Latin American Montessori Bilingual PCS for winning the People's Choice award contest. Together, their photos received over 200 likes on Facebook!

Student artwork will be available for pick up from April 24th through April 26th at the National Cherry Blossom Festival office at  1275 K Street NW Washington, DC 20005
Professional Development
Portraits of America Democracy on Film
Hosted by: AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

This free two-day seminar introduces educators to an interdisciplinary curriculum that challenges
students to think contextually about the role of film as an expression of American democracy.
Screening and discussion activities focus on strategies to:
  • Increase civic engagement by developing students' critical viewing and thinking skills
  • Give students the tools to understand the persuasive and universal language of moving images, a significant component of visual literacy
  • Explore the social issues and diverse points of view represented in films produced in different historical periods
Morning and afternoon workshops focus on learning how to read a film, principles of cinema literacy, and interpreting film in historical/cultural contexts:
  • Handout materials include screening activities and primary source documents to support and enhance students' critical thinking skills
  • Afternoon screenings showcase award-winning films, deemed historically and culturally significant by the Library of Congress National Film Registry
Lunch is provided for registered participants!

Dates: May 16 - 17
Location: 8633 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring MD 20910
Discipline: Humanities Learning - Civics/ Social Studies/ History/ Geography
Curriculum Connections: History/Government
Grades: 6th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 75
Musical Theatre Songwriting Competition
Calling All Students: #WriteMusicals
Deadline to apply: 4/30 at 11:59 PM

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
DCPS Arts invites you to attend a community festival! Transform DC: COMMUNITY POP UP FEST & MURAL REVEAL on May 17th from 1-7pm at Garnet Patterson Middle School. It is open to the community and will feature arts workshops from students, food trucks, and the revealing of a new mural installation by our high school students. This event is free and open to the public. More info will be forwarded in the coming weeks.

Date: May 17
Time: 1-7 PM
Location: Shaw Middle School @ Garnet-Patterson,  2001 10th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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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.

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