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  April 2011

Notes from the Executive Director
Louise Kennelly

DC Collaborative Honors The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation at First Annual Benefit

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative held its first annual celebration and benefit at the Embassy of France, on Friday, April 8, and awarded the first annual Spirited Leadership Award to The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation. The event was hosted by the Embassy of France's Charge d'Affaires, Francois Rivasseau and featured live performances by the DC Youth Orchestra. NBC4's Wendy Rieger emceed the event and Bob Levey, longtime Washington Post columnist, served as the evening's guest auctioneer. 

Attendees celebrated the important work of the DC Collaborative's 60 members who provide arts and humanities education and experiences to DC public and public charter school students. The benefit raised funds through silent and live auction items, a matching Fund-a-Need gift fund, 225 attendees, and a number of generous corporate sponsors.   

We thank everyone involved in planning and supporting this celebration, particularly the event co-chairs: Jade Floyd and Gina Sacripanti; the Honorary Committee: Anne Ashmore-Hudson, Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Philippa Hughes, Kay Kendall, Ora Nwabueze, Judith Terra, George Vradenburg; and the planning committee: Michael Bobbitt and Gail Murdock.


To see more photos from the event "like" our facebook page! 


DC Youth Orchestra
DC Youth Orchestra
Board President Jeff Travers, Executive Director Louise Kennelly and Calvin Cafritz of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation

DC Collaborative Updates



DC Collaborative Participated in PBS Idea Lab
As part of an initiative to ensure that arts remain vital in America's classrooms, PBS brought together leaders in the arts, education, media production and technology for a one-day Media, Technology, and Arts Education Idea Lab. Held at PBS Headquarters in Arlington, VA, on April 28, the event focused on new models for using digital media arts in schools.  Attendees explored ways PBS can contribute to arts education through the integration of PBS's award-winning arts programming, digital content and tools into exisiting curricula, as well as exchanged ideas about the development of digitial arts education resources to accompay on-air arts programming planned during the 2011-2012 school year.  Click here to learn more.

Members Meeting, May 19
  Save the Date: 


Members Meeting, May 19 2011, 3 pm

Robert Root-Bernstein, co-author of Sparks of Genius, The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People and MacArthur Foundation 'genius' grant recipient will be presenting.

Location TBD

Upcoming Member Events

Educator Opportunities 


Museum of Natural History's Chancellor's Day 2011 - Connecting Museum Resources to the Science Curriculum 

Educators, please join us to strengthen your ability to use the Museum in your science teaching. Visit the new special Exhibition: The World's Largest Dinosaurs, get familiar with the instructional materials for the exhibit and hear an AMNH paleontologist talk about how we know so much about the largest land animals ever. Breakout session will focus on topics that utilize digital, print and exhibit resources to connect with the scientific curriculum in ways that are engaging for students. Selection of breakout sessions will take place at the museum during sign-in. Registration Info 

$35 per participant includes continental breakfast, lunch and museum resources. Call (212) 769-5200 Monday-Friday, 9 am - 5 pm or fax registration form to (212) 769-5272

Register by May 25, 2011


Member Events:


National Gallery of Art: Jazz in the Garden

The Jazz in the Garden Series begins its 11th season May 27. The free concert series features an array of jazz artists performing a range of styles-from swing to progressive to Latin-every Friday evening from 5:00 to 8:30 at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, rain or shine. Please see our current listing of concerts and other musical events at the Gallery.

Sculpture Garden Hours (mid-March through Memorial Day)
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

Pavilion Café Hours (mid-March through Memorial Day)
Monday-Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.


Board Member Spotlight   

Allen Weinstein 

Board Member Allen Weinstein

The DC Collaborative is pleased to feature board member Allen Weinstein in this month's board member spotlight.


Allen holds the prestigious honor of serving as the 9th Archivist of the United states, having led the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from 2005-2008.  Allen brings experience from the non-profit sector, having served as the President of The Center for Democracy from 1985 to 2003. He created the non-profit foundation in 1985 to promote and strengthen the democratic process, based in Washington, DC.  He is also a founder of the National Endowment for Democracy.  As an accomplished book and journal article author, Allen has been featured in dozens of publications on a variety of topics relating to his expertise on American History. We are so fortunate to have Allen Weinstein on the DC Collaborative Board of Directors.  







Advocacy Opportunity 

The DC proposed FY 2012 budget imposes a tax on live theater events.  It will mean you have to collect tax on all live theater ticketed events whether you are for-profit or not-for-profit, large or small, university, church or youth educational event.  


Those interested in getting involved to stop this tax can join Cultural Tourism DC, Cultural Development Corporation and The Helen Hayes Awards in a unified strategy 

Join the team...join a webinar on Monday May 2 at 1pm.  


To join the meeting from your computer or mobile device, click or copy and paste this URL into your browser:

To join the audio portion of this meeting, choose your dial in method:
Dial-in Number: +17759963560
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Skype: fuzemeeting

When prompted enter the room number:
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Moderator PIN #: 28754


Break Ground! With City at Peace

City at Peace presents a new production, Break Ground! this weekend at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.  The show looks through the eyes of 40 teenagers at issues that are challenging our youth today: violence, abandonment, racism, drug use, sexual identity, love and more. Break Ground is current, dynamic, challenging and real. It comes from the lives of the teenagers who wrote it and speaks for all teens who experience it.


When: April 29, 30 and May 1, 2011

Where: The Atlas Performing arts Center (1333 H Street NE)


Ticket prices are as follows:

$24 for general admission

$16 for college students with a valid ID and senior citizens over 65 years of age

$12 for youth 19 years and under


Group prices are available at a 10% discount. Please contact the Atlas Performing Arts Center for more specifics ( www.atlasarts.org) or call the Box Office at 202-339-7993.

Questions? Please contact City at Peace board member Kaneia Mayo at Kaneia.mayo@gmail.com.


About City at Peace

City at Peace is a DC-based youth development organization that uses the power of the performing arts to equip young people with the tools of cross-cultural competency, understanding and non-violent conflict resolution. With an emphasis on youth led programs and artistic excellence, City at Peace challenges participants to effect positive community change in pursuit of a city at peace.


Chicago Hosts National Summit on City Design

This week, mayors from across the U.S., along with design and development experts, are gathering in Chicago for the National Summit on City Design. This summit is meant to identify the challenges, opportunities and funding sources that work well for city planning and development, as well as to discuss the potential power of arts and design to transform cities.


The conference will release a research report sponsored by the NEA that measures the economic impact of performing arts institutions on local economies, as well as details the degree of citizens' investment in the arts.

To learn more about the conference, click here.
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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 
  • The Annapolis Opera is seeking a Company Manager to assist in development, marketing, production, general admin, and finance. To apply please send a resume and cover letter to Jennifer Fletcher at GeneralManager@annapolisopera.org.  
  • The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing is seeking a Corporate & Foundation Relations Assistant. For consideration apply online at www.kennedy-center.org/jobs.
  • The Sitar Arts Center is looking for a choreographer for their Summer Musical @ Camp Sitar. Candidates should have at least 3 years of experience in dance, choreography, and musical theatre; and previous experience teaching and choreographing dance with youth. To apply, please submit resume and two references to A. Lorraine Robinson, Director of Faculty & Education: Lorraine@sitarartscenter.org.
  • Shakespeare Theatre Company is looking for a Major Gifts Coordinator. Please submit cover letter with 3 references included and resume on their website: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/about/opportunities/jobs.aspx.  The Shakespeare Theatre Company recognizes the value of a work force made up of highly skilled people from a variety of backgrounds. No phone calls please.

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than sixty 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!
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