August 2010
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Louise Kennelly
Louise Kennelly
Notes From the Executive Director
Delivering Arts in Education: DC as a National Model

I often refer to the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative as having the greatest roster of arts and humanities member institutions of any coalition or collaborative of its kind in the world.

Because of the vast number of excellent arts and humanities resources, we are positioned to supply the national model for how a coalition of arts institutions can join together to offer arts-in-education across a city.

There are dozens of ways to quantify this claim. The square footage alone of free exhibition space is argument for how unparalleled the resources for arts education are here in Washington, DC.

Teachers who utilize our Arts for Every Student field trips--and who we refer to as our Local School Champions of the Arts--can punctuate their curriculum with the memorable and often life-changing arts experiences provided by our members.

For example, each DC student studying Shakespeare should see it acted on the stage through a Shakespeare Theatre Company production at the Harman Center for the Arts; and each DC student studying U.S. History should have the chance to see the Star-Spangled Banner on display at the National Museum of American History.

These are just two examples of how curriculum can become dynamic and engaging through connecting to the significant resources here in our backyard.

We look forward to delivering another school year of our Arts for Every Student field trips so that student learning at all grade levels is advanced through the abundant arts and humanities resources that help make our city such an exemplar in the field of arts education.

National "Arts in Education Week" to begin September 12

The U.S. House of Representatives passed the H. Con. Res. 275 legislation which supports the designation of an "Arts in Education Week" to begin on the second Sunday of September. As part of the resolution, Congress calls for the President to issue a proclamation encouraging individuals to support and participate in "Arts in Education Week," and for other elected government officials to raise awareness regarding the value and importance of arts in education programs. The DC Collaborative is pleased with this national recognition and support for arts education as it helps advance our goal of providing equitable access to the arts for DC public and chartered public school children.

Member Spotlight
The Textile Museum

The Textile Museum is a wonderful example of the depth and breadth of the Collaborative's membership, and of the tremendous opportunities available to students! Where else could students learn about how textiles truly are the common threads that bind us all?! Housed in the Kalorama neighborhood, the Textile Museum showcases an incredible collection of textiles from around the globe, including Africa, Asia, and Latin America. An active member and supporter of the DC Collaborative, the Textile Museum offers student trips through AFES, teacher professional development workshops, and an annual Museum-School Partnership opportunity. The Textile Museum also offers great events for the community, including their recent and delightfully hip Mod-Madness, as part of their PM@ The TM. This event coincided with their current exhibition of textile from the 50's and 60's Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-Century Britain. For more information about the Textile Museum, please visit click here!
Board Spotlight
Michael Bobbitt
Michael J. Bobbitt

Michael J. Bobbitt, Producing Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre, is one of our dedicated board members who brings creativity and enthusiasm to the DC Collaborative.   Michael has directed, choreographed and performed at many theaters in the Washington, DC, Metropolitan Area, including Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Studio Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Center Stage, Roundhouse Theatre and the Kennedy Center. His National and International credits include the NY Musical Theatre Festival, Mel Tillis 2001, 1996 Olympics, and the Washington Post Music and Dance Scholarships Awards.   Michael was recently elected as President of the League of Washington Theaters.  He recently provided a popular light saber workshop for Open Source Day Celebration on behalf of the DC Collaborative, which was attended by dozens of future Jedi masters. Michael grew up in DC public schools and is thrilled to find a way to give back. We are grateful to Michael, and all our board members, for their work to further our mission, help the organization grow, and serve our members and the DC Public and Charter Public Schools.

Program Spotlight
Arts Education Initiative Legacy Resources 
The DC Collaborative has been busy all summer, reflecting, writing, and documenting the Arts Education Initiative (AEI). The AEI began as a three year pilot program, funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Ford Foundation, as a model for working with schools to become arts integrated. The program extended beyond the pilot, and is now entering its sixth year. At the 9 AEI partner schools, teams of teachers work with member organizations and DC Collaborative staff to learn how to plan and implement arts integrated lessons for the classroom. Throughout our work, the DC Collaborative has gained valuable insight into best practices and strategies for supporting arts integrated collaborations between schools and arts partners, and into working with and supporting arts integrated schools. The results of this work will be made available for Collaborative members and the public as a Fact Sheet on Arts Integration, a series of issue briefs, focused on such important aspects of arts integration as student engagement, school climate, and 21st Century learning skills, and a reflection on one of the partner schools. In addition, a summary of the third party evaluation, conducted by Dr. Rob Horowitz, will also be available. The DC Collaborative is very proud of this work, and excited to have such a wealth of knowledge and insight to share with our members! For more information as to how your program can be involved in the Arts Education Initiative, please contact our office 202-204-7750.
DC Collaborative Butterfly at Martha's Table
DC Collaborative Butterfly
Taking Flight  With the DC Collaborative

The DC Collaborative's Butterfly initiative was featured in Sunday's Washington Post, highlighting the work of students from Peabody Elementary, Watkins Elementary, Anacostia Community Museum Summer Academy, Ambassador Theater Camp, and Martha's Table summer program. The butterfly symbolizes the transformative power of the arts and gives voice to student expression. The butterflies will be up through Arts in Education Week (Sept. 12 -18) If interested in sponsoring a butterfly, please contact the DC Collaborative at 202-204-7750, or
Donate Now

Make the DC Collaborative a part of your giving plan this year!  Help us bring quality arts and humanities education to all DC public and chartered public schools. Your donation can provide tickets and transportation through the Arts for Every Student program (currently serving nearly 30,000 students in the District), provide teacher registration fees for Professional Development workshops, or provide  for support for arts integrated work with schools as part of the Arts Education Initiative.

We hope DC teachers and students have a great first week of school! We look forward to a new school year, beginning with the DC Collaborative Arts for Every Student School Orientation this Thursday, August 26 at the Kennedy Center. Here's to a wonderful 2010-2011 school year!
More Member News

National Museum of Women in the Arts 
Be sure to check out the New York Ave. Sculpture Project, the National Museum of Women in the Arts' new public art project. Sculptures by renowned women artists will be exhibited in changing installations on New York Avenue-right at NMWA's front door. The first phase of the New York Avenue Sculpture Project features
four monumental sculptures by French-born artist Niki de Saint Phalle (1930-2002). For more information, visit
Joy of Motion
Joy of Motion's teen dancers performed at the White House celebration of boradway musicals. To read more visit Washington Post
Job Opportunities

  • Assistant House Manager, Ford's Theatre Society(Customer/ Visitor Services) Part Time,
  • Assistant Manager, Arena Stage (Creative Services) contract position,
  • Special Events Manager, Arena Stage (Administration) Full Time,
  • Coordinator of College Exhibitions, Corcoran College of Art and Design (Education) Full Time,
  • Development Assistant, Washington Project for the Arts (Development/Fundraising) Full Time,
  • House Manager/ Box Office Administrative Assistant, The Puppet Co. Playhouse (Customer/ Visitor Services) Full Time,
  • Marketing Manager, The Choral Arts Society of Washington (Marketing) Full Time,


DC Collaborative Celebrates Open Source Day

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) recently celebrated Open Source Day along with fellow resident organizations located at the Source Theater, marking the height of summer by offering workshops and member presentations.

As part of the day's showcase, DC Collaborative members were represented by CityDance Ensemble performing a premier dance piece. CityDance artistic Director Paul Gordon Emerson introduced the following CityDance performances: Scorched, Metamorphosis, and At Last.

The day's events also included a Step Afrika workshop conducted by Step Afrika manager Giani Clarkson that was attended by step students of all ages from four to 60 plus.

In addition there were more than fifty attendees at a light saber workshop for young Jedi masters-in-training offered by DC Collaborative member Adventure Theater.

Artist Karen Jones was commissioned by the DC Collaborative to start off the chalk drawing in front of Source Theatre with drawings of colorful butterflies and was soon joined by dozens of enthusiastic chalk drawers. Her butterfly drawings underscored the release of six DC Collaborative butterfly sculptures decorated by DC students and placed on area establishments along 14th Street to raise awareness for equitable access to arts in education.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Please visit our website by clicking here.
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On behalf of the DC Collaborative we look forward to working with you and we hope you have a great summer!
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