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May 2011 


Notes from the Executive Director
DC Collaborative Explores Approaches to Integrating Arts Education into STEM Learning

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly

Expert Panel Highlights Need to Make Arts Education More Central to Education Reform


Our recent Spring Members meeting featured a dynamic panel discussion regarding integrating arts and humanities into science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) learning. Panelists included MacArthur Fellow Robert Root-Bernstein, Ph.D.; Candace Katz, PH.D., Deputy Director of the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities; and Ryan Hill, Director of Digital Learning Programs, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden.

Presenters explored the ways arts-based learning can effectively contribute to science education, STEM skill development, and an innovative and competitive American workforce. "Both art and science contain a sense of discovery," noted Ryan Hill, who outlined how the Hirshhorn Museum's ArtLab encourages participating teenagers not only to engage with content via technology but to  produce new knowledge together in the process of working, learning and playing.

Robert Root-Bernstein, co-author of Sparks of Genius: The 13 Thinking Tools of the World's Most Creative People and professor of physiology at Michigan State University underscored the importance of interdisciplinary learning for mastery of any subject, highlighting the ways the arts and sciences, in particular, can accelerate discoveries when pursued together. "Participation in arts and crafts correlates to scientific success," according to his research findings which were included in his presentation "ArtSmart: The Case for Arts at the Center of STEM Education."

Candace Katz provided highlights from the recently released research report "Reinvesting in Arts Education: Winning America's Future Through Creative Schools" produced by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities. "We must reinvest in creativity and innovation for students; these are recommendations for our future prosperity," she noted.

The meeting, hosted by the Smithsonian Museum of American History, began with a welcome by museum director Brent Glass, Ph.D. The question and answer portion of the meeting was facilitated by Roberta Gasbarre, director of the Smithsonian's Discovery Theatre.

Thanks to everyone who participated and attended! 


Arts Education Advanced by the President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities



The President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities, with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, recently released a report on the importance of arts education in our schools.  The report calls for advancing arts education as part of a comprehensive K-12 curriculum and details recommendations including building collaborations among various approaches, developing the arts integration field, and expanding teaching opportunities for artists. The report can be accessed at the Committee's website, here.

ReInvesting in Arts

Member Spotlight  




The National Gallery of Art

National gallery of art pic


Founded in 1937, the National Gallery of Art aims to serve the United States of America in a national role by preserving, collecting, exhibiting, and fostering the understanding of works of art according to the highest possible museum and scholarly standards. 


The Division of Education at the Gallery is dedicated to cultivating and inspiring audiences through a variety of programs that emphasize careful looking; making connections between art and life; and exploring art as a mode of personal and cultural expression.  Educational programs provide all visitors with opportunities to engage with original works of art to foster meaningful and relevant experiences.  The Gallery provides a wide range of teacher programs from after-school weekday workshops to day-long weekend workshops to an annual one-week summer institute.  The workshops are designed to help teachers find meaning and pleasure in the visual arts, while making connections to curriculum. Teachers of all grades and subjects are encouraged to attend.  The Gallery also offers a variety of school tours for students of all ages as well as specialized workshops for high school students.  Weekend family and teen programs, as well as a film series for children and teens, offer opportunities for children and adults to creatively engage with the museum and works of art. 


The Gallery website features an interactive online Art Zone where kids can learn about and make art in a fun and unique way!  You will also find great online resources where teachers can connect with curriculum and where students can find information about artists, artistic movements, and historical periods. 

DC Collaborative out & about with Members! 




Our member organizations are doing incredible performances, workshops and advocacy for the arts in the DC area.  As the school year comes to a close, it is a great time to stay in touch with what our members are doing! 


The Washington Bach Consort invited us to the Sitar Arts Center for a performance of Bach In Time, where students had the opportunity to engage in the classical music of composer Johann Sebastian Bach in a fun and timeless way!  The audience participated in active learning while singing melodies, harmonies and rhythms.  The performance musically and theatrically articulated concepts of both music and history with vocals, cello, violin, harpsichord and flute while entertaining 3rd through 5th grade students.  A special thanks to the Washington Bach Consort for their fantastic programming!

Back in Time 2010
The young Johann Sebastian Bach, played by outreach coordinator at our member organization IN Series Mattias Kraemer,
joined us from the early 1700's! 

Upcoming DC Collaborative Events!

DC Collaborative

AFES Teacher Orientation  

Tomorrow, Wednesday, 4 to 6 p.m.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


DC Collaborative

Jewelry Trunk Show Fundraiser! 

Project 4 Gallery

1353 U St NW # 302

July 20, 2011 

6:00-9:00 pm

 Join us for our 10th Annual ART BUZZ event - a Trunk Show benefiting the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and featuring the work of 7 talented DC jewelry designers at Project 4 Gallery on July 20th.


Your $5 cover charge not only gives you access to hundreds of jewelry creations you can purchase that night, but also the chance to take home one of the many signature pieces as a door prize.


Find more details and purchase tickets here


The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative ensures that underserved DC public school students benefit from the region's rich array of arts amenities and the portion of proceeds donated to the DC Collabroative ensures access to the arts for thousands of students each year. Arrive early as the best jewelry will go fast. We look forward to seeing you there!

Board Member Spotlight   

David Ferrero

David Ferrero
Board Member David Ferrero

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

and STEM Lead for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

He has worked as a journalist and high school teacher; an education policy researcher for Achieve, Inc.; an instructional coach for an after school enrichment program for inner city youth and as a consultant to the Massachusetts Commissioner of Education on teacher quality and alternative certification. He received a BA in Intellectual History from the University of Redlands; an MA in American Cultural Studies from the University of Michigan; an MA in English from Northwestern University; and a Ph.D. in education and public policy from Harvard University.  He has been a great addition to our board since September of 2010, providing a voice of experience in education and philanthropy and we thank him for his dedication.

Upcoming Events

Educator Opportunities 


Teaching through the Prism: The Power of Integrating Arts into K-12 Education   

The Phillips Collection

Thursday, June 23 - Friday, June 24, 2011

9:30 am - 3:00 pm (includes light breakfast and lunch)  

The Phillips Collection is presenting a new program that will explore how "teaching through the prism" of arts integration can make learning come to life. Join K-12 educators, administrators, and policymakers at The Phillips Collection for a national forum on the power of arts integration. 

Attendees will be able to converse with neuroscientist Rex Jung on the brain science of creativity, explore the impact of arts integration with well-known teaching artist Eric Booth, author of The Everyday Artist, work with seasoned K-12 educators from the Phillips's national Mentor Teacher program, conduct arts-integration experiments blending art, language arts, social sciences, science, and 21st-century skills, and preview the new Phillips film, Through the Prism of Arts Integration: Teach with O'Keeffe, which includes teachers and students from New York to New Mexico.

Fee: $80 per person; $45 per person for teaching groups of two or more from the same school
To register, go to the Phillips' website, here.

Conversations on Creativity at the Corcoran

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Monday, June 27- Thursday, June 30

9:30 am - 4:15 pm  


Join the Corcoran for an exploration of the diverse aspects of creativity and its many applications in the classroom and beyond.  Through talks, discussions, hands-on workshops, and more, participants engage with a broad range of practical and thought provoking ideas. 


Speakers and Workshop Leaders include Dr. Robert Root-Bernstein, Michele Root-Bernstein, Peter Cunningham, Dr. Kimberly Sheridan, Dr. Margaret Walker, Gail Davitt, Rika Burnham, Sarah Cash, and Beatrice Gralton.


To register for this event, go to the Corcoran's website, here.

Donate Now! 
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 

         Dance Place is seeking a full-time Associate Technical Director with experience with sound, lighting and projection technology.  Interested parties should send a resume and cover letter to: Dance Place Attn: Ben Levine, Technical Director 3225 8th St NE Washington, DC 20017 Fax: 202-269-4103 Email: BenL@danceplace.org


         The Corcoran Gallery of Art is looking for a Coordinator of Docent, Volunteer and Intern Programs to work with the Interpretation and Visitor Experience staff. Please send a cover letter and resume with at least three references to: hr@corcoran.org -OR- Human Resources Department Corcoran 500 Seventeenth Street NW Washington, DC 20006.


         The Shakespeare Theatre Company is looking for an experienced MS SQL Database Administrator (DBA). This position requires a BS in Computer Science and/or Certification in MS SQL with equivalent experience. Extensive SQL Database experience in a corporate or non-profit environment is required, as well as experience with CMS/web development platforms, WEB API, ticketing/development CRM databases. Please submit cover letter with 3 references included and your resume on our website at http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/about/opportunities/jobs.aspx.  EEOC. No phone calls please.


         The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is seeking a Corporate & Foundation Relations Assistant Manager to help manage and administer the solicitation of corporate sponsorships, foundation and government grants, and designated gifts from individuals and special events.  For consideration apply on line at www.kennedy-center.org/jobs

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!
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1835 14th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
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