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DC Collaborative E-News 

  February 2011
Notes from the Executive Director
Winter Members Meeting 
Louise Kennelly

Members convened at the National Geographic Museum February 17th for the Winter Members meeting which featured a panel discussion on the important role of arts and humanities education in preparing students to succeed in the 21st Century economy.

Panel participants included Johnnetta Cole, Ph.D, Director of the National Museum of African Art as well as Barbara Lang, President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce.

"Arts and humanities are among the most powerful and effective tools for educating all of us for productive and joyful lives," remarked Dr. Cole.

Members also participated in an interactive presentation provided by Jeff Meade and Kim Skerritt of the National Postal Museum regarding ways 21st Century technology can be used to enable interactive learning.

During the question and answer portion of the program --moderated by Adventure Theatre's Artistic Director and DC Collaborative board member Michael Bobbitt-- members discussed the potential for increased partnership with DC's business community. "There is a growing creative economy in DC and we need to work together on efforts to prepare DC youth to compete for the kinds of jobs that will be available here," noted Barbara Lang.  

Members also heard from, Susan Norton, Director of the National Geographic Museum, who welcomed meeting participants; Deborah Stokes of the National Museum of African Art who provided highlights regarding the museum's work in teaching students about diverse world cultures; and Gwen Faulkner, DC Geographic Alliance, regarding professional development opportunities for teachers.

 Program Update

Thousands of Students to Attend America I AM Exhibit


The halfway mark has been passed in the effort to bring 10,000 DC students to the "America I AM: The African American Imprint" exhibit at the National Geographic Museum. Field trips and transportation have been arranged for nearly 7,000 students to attend this educational event, so far. Thanks to a partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Geographic and Wal-Mart, the title sponsor of this exhibition, the DC Collaborative has been able to coordinate access to the event for such a significant number of students. The exhibition traces the indelible imprint African-Americans have made on America over 500 years.  


Tickets and transportation are still available! DC public school and public charter school teachers can contact the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative to make a request at (202) 204-7750 or info@dccollaborative.org.


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Program Spotlight

MLK, Jr., Tribute with Choral Arts    


On February 24th, the Choral Arts Society of Washington hosted a student performance of "Living the Dream: Singing the Dream: A Civil Rights Concert" at the Lincoln Center. The concert was a wonderful celebration of the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., and gave students the chance to sing and clap along with traditional spiritual and gospel selections performed by a host of dynamic area performers. The DC Collaborative brought 500 students to this event and allowed  them a chance to learn and sing, all while celebrating Martin Luther King! This performance was part of the DC Collaborative's Arts for Every Student program.    

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Board Member Spotlight   

Jade Floyd   


Jade Floyd


Jade Floyd is one of our valued board members. Joining the DC Collaborative board in 2007, she currently  serves as co-chair of the Gala Committee, and has coordinated exciting events for the DC Collaborative in the past such as Art Buzz.

Ms. Floyd is a Managing Associate at Chlopak, Leonard, Schecter and works with a variety of clients, supporting government relations and public affairs activities. Jade was also communications manager for the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE). She served as managing director for Cities United for Science Progress (CUSP), wherein her responsibilities included administration and media efforts surrounding the "Lead Safe...For Kids Sake" grant program and traveling the country coordinating the Science in the School Day initiative with the U.S. Conference of Mayors. This past November Jade ventured to Thailand as part of Cultural Canvas Thailand, a charity that provides art lessons and supplies to local children. We are so grateful for Jade's spirit and enthusiasm.

DC Collaborative Events
Report Out from the January 26th Arts Education Convening  

A diverse group of DC arts education professionals met on January 26, 2011, for the Arts Education Convening hosted by the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.

Together participants worked on laying the foundation for advancing a comprehensive, high-quality arts education plan, beginning with a shared understanding of the opportunities and challenges we face doing this work in Washington, DC, 2011. Arts Education Convening participants worked together to establish a shared understanding of the contextual factors that facilitate or hinder their progress. Small group sessions worked under the framework of, Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges.  

Members also discussed approaches to inventorying the current arts and humanities education partnerships in DC schools. Effective data collection is a critical step and provides a valuable baseline for measuring progress in future years. These break-out groups identified useful data categories.


To view the complete SWOT and Data Analysis Summary, please click here.

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. 


To donate an auction item or purchase an advertisement in the Gala program ($75 full page, $50 half page, and $25 quarter page) please contact: info@dccollaborative.org

Member News

Ford's Theatre  


On February 4th and 11th Ford's Theatre celebrated Abraham Lincoln's birthday with its third annual Target Oratory Festival.  The event brought more than 450 District of Columbia Public School students to Ford's to speak Lincoln's words on stage.  The four-part program included a theatre and museum visit in October for each participating class as well as two classroom sessions with a Ford's teaching artist to help them prepare for their February performance. The event was a really great opportunity for the students to demonstrate not only their performance skills and creativity, but also their understanding of the great words of Lincoln. The Ford's teaching artists did a wonderful job of working with the students and teachers, and it truly highlighted how powerful the arts and humanities can be as a learning and teaching tool.
Director of Programs Takes New Position

Director of Programs Cynthia Gertsen Takes New Position


The DC Collaborative's Director of Programs, Cynthia Gertsen, has taken a new position at Ford's Theatre where she will be the Youth Programs Manager. Cynthia will be missed! The DC Collaborative has benefited immensely from Cynthia's talent, professionalism and hard work, particularly as she helped navigate the organization through a period of transition, functioning as Acting Director during the 2009 to 2010 school year. Cynthia will still be participating in Members events and meetings and will always be considered a member of the DC Collaborative family.
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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
  • Ford's Theatre Society seeks a Graphic Designer. Please send cover letter, resume and salary requirements to at tmcdonald@fords.org
  • Wolf Trap Foundations seeks a Production Coordinator. Submit cover letter, resume & references via email to hr@wolftrap.org
  • Atlas Performing Arts Center is looking for a Director of Finance and Administration. Please send cover letter and resume to Sam Sweet, Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002 or ssweet@atlasarts.org
  • The Phillips Collection seeks an Assistant Registrar for Visual Resources. To apply online,  click here.
  • The Corcoran Gallery of Art seeks a Manager of Curatorial Affairs. Please send a cover letter and résumé with at least three references to:hr@corcoran.org

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
Washington, DC 20009
p. (202) 204-7750
f.  (202) 204-7803