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  January 2011
Notes from the Executive Director
More than 50 Organizations Join Together for Arts Education Convening 
Louise Kennelly

There was a full house at the DC Collaborative's arts education convening held at the Harman Center for the Arts last week. Despite the weather, more than 70 attendees from 50 organizations attended the convening regarding Identifying Promising Approaches for Providing Arts Education Via Community Partnerships.

Participants heard the following presentations from two Rand researchers:

 -Successful Approaches to Arts Education Partnerships from  Other Major Cities; and

 -How Can Arts Education Providers Use Data to Positively Support Programming?

Attendees rolled up their sleeves and took part in break-out sessions regarding challenges and opportunities we collectively face in delivering arts and humanities education to all of DC students. Break-out sessions also focused on identifying the information  we need to provide increased access to students within a coherent framework. The afternoon convening advanced the conversation recently begun at the Sitar Arts Center regarding the promotion of partnerships in arts education to better serve the children, youth and families of Washington, DC --both in and out of school and across disciplines.

"It's an exciting time for arts education in DC," remarked one participant.

We look forward to synthesizing the day's rich and varied input and working with our members and other arts and humanities education providers on next steps in delivering on the promise of arts education as coherently, cooperatively, and creatively as possible.

 Program Update

Thousands of Students to Attend America I AM Exhibit

Up to 10,000 students will be able to visit the America I AM exhibition at the National Geographic Museum via the Arts for Every Student program thanks to a partnerhsip with Walmart. The exhibition traces the indelible imprint African-Americans have made on America over 500 years. Their stories - some familiar, many surprising - are inseparable from the story of America itself. Walmart, title sponsor of the exhibition, has provided complimentary youth tickets and transportation that will be distributed through the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.


DC public school and public charter school teachers can contact the DC Arts

and Humanities Education Collaborative to request transportation and student tickets at (202) 204-7750 or



Other area student organizations can contact the National Geographic

Museum at (202) 857-7700 to access student tickets for groups of 25 or

more. Tickets are first come, first serve and are valid from

February 1 until May 1, 2011.


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Board Member Spotlight
 Chris Jennings
Chris Jennings
Chris Jennings



Chris Jennings joined the Shakespeare Theatre Company in 1994 as General Manager as it broke ground on its new theatre, Sidney Harman Hall and was promoted as Managing Director in 2008. With the formation of the Harman Center for the Arts-which includes the new Sidney Harman Hall and the existing Lansburgh Theatre-he has overseen the growth of the Company from $12 million to an almost $20 million operation with 150 staff members supporting many local mid-sized arts organizations in music, dance and theatre. In addition to the Collaborative, he currently serves on the Board of the DC Downtown Bid, the Penn Quarter Association, and Building Bridges Across the River (The ARC). Additionally, he is a member of League of Resident Theatres (serving on Actors Equity Association and Society of Stage Directors and Choreographers Negotiating Committees)and Theatre Communications Group. Prior to STC, he served as the General Manager of Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, Rhode Island, where he was a key planner in a consortium with Brown University to establish its first graduate theater program. In New York City, he managed the Off-Broadway company, Theatre for a New Audience and assisted the Executive Producer of Manhattan Theatre Club. Additionally, he helped co-produce the Broadway production of Julie Taymor's The Green Bird. In 1994 he was awarded a Fellowship in Arts Administration by the National Endowment for the Arts. He received his BFA in Music and Theatre at the University of Miami and his MFA in Theatre Management from Yale University in the School of Drama. Chris graciously offered the use of Harman Center for the Arts as the site for the recent DC Collaborative's Arts Education Convening on January 26, 2011. The DC Collaborative is thankful for Chris' continued support for the DC Collaborative.
Member Spotlight

National Museum of American History   


On February 9, 2011, 200 high school students from the DC Public and Chartered Public Schools will attend the National Youth Summit on the Freedom Rides at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.  This youth summit is offered by the Smithsonian Institution and the National Endowment for the Humanities, and is a unique opportunity for students to learn from actual history makers about a fascinating chapter in the story of the Civil Rights Movement - the Freedom Rides.  The DC students will interact with Freedom Riders' Diane Nash, James Lawson, and Jim Zwerg, plus filmmaker Stanley Nelson and scholar Raymond Arsenault to discuss the meaning of the Freedom Rides and the role of young people in shaping America's past and future.  The discussion in Washington will be joined by five audiences at Smithsonian Affiliate museums around the nation, as well as by registered viewers of a live webcast. For more information or to register to participate in the webcast, high schools should go to: http://smithsonianconference.org/freedomrides . Please encourage your high school partners to take advantage of this exceptional and inspirational learning opportunity!


Questions? Contact Julia Garcia, Interpretive Specialist at the National Museum of American History, 202-633-3696, GarciaJ@si.edu

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DC Collaborative Events

DC Collaborative Benefit Gala


Under the Patronage of Chargé d'Affaires François Rivasseau, Embassy of France

Join us for a celebration 12 years in the making! On Friday, April 8th, the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative is holding our Fundraiser and Auction at La Maison Francaise. Enjoy fine wines, sumptuous appetizers, an exciting live and silent auction, a music soundscape by DJ Jahsonic, and well-deserved recognitions and honors. The evening also includes a jubilant student performance provided by the DC Youth Orchestra. Join DC's cultural leaders, philanthropists and arts and humanities institutions as we celebrate our mission of providing access to arts and humanities for all DC public and chartered public school students. Help us raise funds to support another 12 years and beyond.  Be a part of the transformative power of the arts and humanities. Be a part of supporting the movement to make DC a world-class city for arts and humanities education!

Friday, April 8, 2011

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

La Maison Française at the Embassy of France

4101 Reservoir Road, NW

Washington, D.C.

Cocktail attire encouraged

Garage parking available for first 100 guests. Ample street parking along Reservoir Road


Individual tickets: $75

Premium VIP tickets: $125, inclusive of goodie bag

To Purchase tickets, click here. 

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Member Meeting


Please join us for our next members meeting, on Thursday, February 17th from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the National Geographic Museum, 1145  17th Street, NW. We will be networking with fellow arts and humanities colleagues and talking about opportunities in DC's creative economy. 

We hope you will join us!


To register, please click here

Public Hearings and Roundtables

DC Creative Economy Roundtable

Councilmember, Michael A. Brown, Chairperson, Committee on Housing and Workforce Development held a public  roundtable on  job creation in the District's Creative Economy on December 17, 2010. 


This roundtable continued the discussion about the potential for job creation in creative industries. Among the industry leaders that testified were George Koch, Chair, Artomatic; Thomas BIrch, Legislative Director National Assembly of State Arts Agencies; Steve Moore, President/CEO Washington DC Economic Partnership; Harriet Tregoning, Director, DC Office of Planning; Anthony Gittens, Former Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities; Don Smith, President, Hardlight Consulting Group.


DC Collaborative board member, Dorothy Pierce McSweeny delivered a warm introduction of Director of Federal & Local Affairs AFTA, Jay Hicks. She also participated in the engaging Q& A session that concluded the roundtable, touching on the important contribution DC Collaborative members make in helping prepare students for future participation in the creative economy. Dorothy takes an active role in helping to expand Washington, DC's creative jobs market, an important part of which is an on-going involvement in the Creative Economy panels and discussions hosted by Councilmember Brown. Thank you, Dorothy, for your outstanding contributions to the future livelihood of this city and the DC Collaborative!

Student Exhibitions
U.S. Department of Education Opens Arts Exhibit Featuring Art Created by DCPS Students

Recently, the U.S. Department of Education  opened an exhibit in the department's Barnard Auditorium featuring art created by K-12 students from DC public schools.

During the opening reception, Assistant Deputy Secretary, Jim Shelton addressed the ways arts are part of a complete education for all students and essential to stimulating the creativity and innovation critical for competing in a global economy.


This exhibit is part of the Department of Education's Student Art Exhibit Program that is now in its 7th year.


For the full article:


For more information on the Student Art Exhibit Program contact Jackye Zimmermann at 202-401-0762 or at




Art of Science Learning Conference, April 6-7


Look out for the Art of Science Learning Conference, a fascinating opportunity to learn how to use the arts in order to engage kids in science learning.  
Participants will learn new ways to use methods from the creative arts to develop hands-on, imaginative approaches to science education, attract students to the STEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics) and retain their interest. 

The Art of Science Learning is a National Science Foundation-funded project convening scientists, artists, educators, business leaders, researchers and policymakers in three conferences this Spring to explore how the arts can be engaged to strengthen STEM skills and spark creativity in the 21st-Century American workforce. 

These 1½ -day conferences will showcase interdisciplinary methods and techniques used by educators and artists, share current research into the impact of arts-based approaches on science education, and explore the connection between the arts and American economic competitiveness.


For more information on the NSF-funded project as a whole, including community-building with science educators, the workforce development report and the development of a research agenda outlining strategies needed to assess the impact of this approach to scientific literacy and STEM skill development, see our website at www.artofsciencelearning.org.


Washington DC - April 6-7 

The Smithsonian's National Museum of American History


For questions, please contact David Green at dgreen@artofsciencelearning.org

Ford's Theatre Discount to Members!

Save 20% on "The Carpetbagger's Children"

By Horton Foote; Directed by Mark Ramont

Limited Run: Jan. 21-Feb. 13, 2011

In a series of charming, humorous and poignant vignettes, Horton Foote's The Carpetbagger's Children weaves a captivating tapestry of family secrets, small-town lives and private tragedies. At the center of the play are sisters Cornelia, Grace Anne and Sissie, daughters of a Union soldier who moved south after the war. The sisters' bonds are challenged as they seek to preserve the family's Texas plantation in an era of startling growth and change. Washington favorites Nancy Robinette, Kimberly Schraf and Holly Twyford star in this Ford's Theatre premiere.


Save 20%* on Ticketmaster by using code CULTURE. Tickets available by phone at (202) 397-SEAT or online at:



Discount is not available on Saturday nights or on dress circle seats. Limit of six per person. Cannot be combined with other offers.

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Provide the Keys to Wonder

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.

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Job Opportunities

  • Round House Theatre seeks an Administrative Assistant / Education and Outreach. Send resume and three references to jobs@roundhousetheatre.org
  • Creative Kids is looking to hire part-time Teaching Artists for the 2010-2011 season. to apply, send resume to Melissa at mkayrich@aol.com
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities seeks a Public Art Coordinator. Send letter of interest, resume, and salary requirements to Ayris Scales at ayris.scales@dc.gov
  • Washington Performing Arts Society is looking for an

    Education Assistant. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to hr@wpas.org 

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company seeks a Literary Associate. Please apply on their website at http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/about/opportunities/jobs.aspx 

  • Ford's Theatre is looking for a Youth Programs Manager. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to Teri McDonald at tmcdonald@fords.org

  • The Phillips Collection seeks a Curatorial Coordinator. Please apply on their website at http://www.phillipscollection.org/about/employment/jobs/CuratorialAssistant.aspx

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
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 fall!
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1835 14th Street, NW
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