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DC Collaborative E-News

  November 2010
Notes from the Executive Director
DC's Creative Economy
Louise Kennelly

Arts education is integral to the kinds of strategic economic development plans our Mayor-Elect is developing and which are so sorely needed in DC. The Mayor-Elect's transition efforts involve focusing on supporting DC's robust creative economy as an important path to economic stability, including preparing more of the workforce to participate in the creative economy. With DC's unemployment rate hovering above the national average, developing a workforce prepared to meet the needs of a growing local creative economy makes good sense.

Creative industries can be the source of new, good-paying jobs and can produce the kind of revenue that can be used to pay for the core services for which DC is currently having a hard time funding, given the current budget gap.  

The District's creative economy includes: marketing, architecture, fashion, the arts, design, film, music and video production, software development, information technology services, publishing, television, digital media and new media. DC Collaborative members provide important opportunities for residents to create, work and be engaged in the arts and for readying tomorrow's DC workforce to learn and be exposed to the arts and humanities.

The investment in growing the creative industries here in DC begins in schools where a comprehensive arts education plan and dedicated funding is mission critical to reaching the city's goals for economic stability, vitality and growth. As the Mayor-elect develops a comprehensive and strategic economic development plan-- matching job training with growth industries-- the schools can meet this challenge too by implementing a comprehensive arts education plan, readying DC students to make the most of tomorrow's opportunities increasingly available in their city. As decision makers take a close look at budgets this month it's important that they protect the investment in the arts and arts education that will stand to produce dividends in the near future.

Member Updates

Online Members Survey

The DC Collaborative has published an online needs-assessment survey. Your input will help our organization grow and meet your needs more efficiently.

Thank you to all who participated in our online survey! We greatly value your feedback.

If You have not already, please take the time to participate in our survey!
Program Update
Nutcracker Day Coming Soon

Dec. 8th, marks a big day in the Arts for Every Student Program year. Known traditionally as "Nutcracker Day" in the DC Collaborative office, on this date the AFES program will send nearly 1,000 students to arts and humanities events throughout the city, including sending more than 500 students to Septime Webre's The Nutcracker. This high-capacity day also includes trips to the Kennedy Center for Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred), the Corcoran Gallery of Art's Look, Listen and Discover tour, the National Museum of American History's Invention at Play experience, and the Source Theater for the In Series' production Duke Ellington's Neighborhood. Twenty-eight buses and metro will be busy that day, transporting students and educators to these wonderful experiences. What an exciting day for the DC Collaborative, and our members alike!

Board Member Spotlight
Sarah Jencks
Sarah Jencks
Sarah Jencks

Sarah Jencks became the Director of Education at Ford's Theatre in July 2007 with the intention of developing a dynamic program that integrates performance and museum education with stories from American history.  She is a member of the strategic planning committee for DC Voice, a non-partisan advocacy group for improvement in the DC public schools.  Most recently, Sarah was Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Green Hedges School in Vienna, Virginia, and previous to that she was a middle and high school social studies and drama teacher.  In the 1990's, she oversaw the professional development program for Empire State Partnerships, the landmark program of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York State Education Department, funding long term partnerships between cultural organizations and schools across New York State.  Her professional goals are to strengthen teaching practice through use of places, primary sources and arts-based learning strategies, and to build collaborative learning communities among cultural organizations.  Sarah holds a M.Ed. from the School Leadership Program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and an A.B. in American Civilization from Brown University. She is excitedly planning for the opening of the new Ford's Theatre Center for Education and Leadership in Winter 2012. Sarah brings so much enthusiasm to the DC Collaborative. We are thankful to have her as a member of our Board of Directors!

Member Spotlight
American Poetry Museum

The American Poetry Museum is a new member to the DC Collaborative! They have made a great addition to our membership.  Through AFES the American Poetry Museum offers in-school youth and writing dialogue workshops, bringing literary and spoken word artists to teach and perform in the classroom. Students have the opportunity to learn how to produce poetry and other creative work.  The American Poetry Museum also holds a monthly poetry reading series, INTERSECTIONS, including an open mic session. This month they featured Melani N. Douglas and Rachel Eliza Griffiths. The American Poetry Museum is a valued member of the DC Collaborative, and we are grateful for their support in arts education!

Member News

Congratulations Young Playwrights' Theater!

The DC Collaborative would like to congratulate the Young Playwrights' Theater in receiving the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award from the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities!

The DC Collaborative is honored to have YPT as a member organization and are so pleased to make their fantastic program offerings accessible to DC public and chartered public school children.


Way to go YPT!

Arts Education for a Better DC Conference
Sitar Arts Center Forum

Many representatives of the DC Collaborative board, team, and membership were pleased to participate in the Sitar Arts Center forum, joining fellow community arts educators to participate in an intensive, one-day forum exploring how arts education providers can work together to more comprehensively serve the children, youth and families of Washington, DC. Sessions included: Comprehensive Arts Education in DCPS, Working Together: Creating Effective Partnerships with other Community Arts Organizations, Arts Education: Out-of-School Time at DCPS, Getting your Board's Buy in for Arts Education, and Sharing Resources in our Community. The DC Collaborative will be following up with a series of workshops and sessions designed to help members better link in-school and afterschool arts education in tandem with  DCPS, among other topics.
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, support teacher registration fees for Professional Development workshops, or provide  for support for arts integrated work with schools as part of the Arts Education Initiative.

Job Opportunities
  • Choral Arts Society of Washington seeks an Education and Community Programs Manager. Please send applications to Wynsor Taylor at wtaylor@choralarts.org by December 10, 2010.
  • National Assembly of State Arts Agencies is looking for an Arts Education Manager. Send cover letter, resume, and writing sample to nasaa@nasaa-arts.org with "AE Manager Search"  as subject.
  • Creative Kids is searching for a part-time drama teacher. If interested, please fax your picture and resume to Melissa with Creative Kids at : 301-388-0176 or email to mkayrich@aol.com.
  •  Adventure Theatre is searching for a Teaching Artist/Dance Instructor to teach tap to 3-5 year olds.  Send resume and interest to Kathryn Hnatio, Education Director, khnatio@adventuretheatre.org
  • The Levine School of Music seeks a Manager of Student Services and Registration Operations.  To apply, contact
    A. Maria Williams Director of Human Resources mwilliams@levineschool.org
  • The Children's Chorus of Washington is looking for an Executive Director. Please submit a resume with your salary history and a cover letter to the Search Committee (jobs@childrenschorus.com) describing why you are the right candidate to lead CCW.

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than fifty 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 for Every Student and the Arts Education Initiative.

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