August 2011

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Dear Teacher and Colleagues,


We hope you are as excited by the start of the new school year as we are! We promise this year will be memorable --not just because of earthquakes and hurricanes --but due to the wonderful Arts for Every Student trips available to you and your students.  

Our on-line registration system is open to key communicators on September 12 , just in time to celebrate National Arts in Education Week. Don't forget that trips fill up quickly and we can only offer them on a first-come, first serve basis.  

We encourage you to try new destinations this year. If you always go to the same theater or museum consider a new site, one that offers programs that link to standards and your specific curricular goals just as meaningfully.  

If your students have not enjoyed the richness and wonder of the Textlie Museum, the National Gallery or the Kreeger Museum for example, consider adding them to your list of fieldtrips this year.  

We look forward to working with you again; it is a pleasure to collaborate on making the arts and humanities a central focus of learning, essential to the project of teaching and nurturing students as they fulfill their potential.


DC Collaborative Team 


Kids Euro Festival 2011
Registration Now Open! 
The DC Collaborative has again partnered with the Kids Euro Festival to offer you and your students another FREE opportunity!
Each year the Kids Euro Festival brings Europe to Washington by hosting some of Europe's most talented children's entertainers. Mimes, orchestras, puppeteers are just some of the 100+ performances that occur all over the city during nearly four weeks of artistic adventures!
This festival is one of the largest and most diverse in the country, offered through the cooperation of 27 European Union embassies and more than a dozen major cultural institutions.
This year events will take place between October 14-November 10, 2011. Visit our AFES offerings on-line or contact our office for performance dates! 

Trip of the Month:

Hear Art, See Music


The Kreeger Museum opened its doors to the public on June 1, 1994 with the mission of enhancing the understanding and appreciation of art, music and architecture. The goal is to continually strive for excellence by presenting temporary exhibitions, public programs, educational initiatives and collaborations that relate to the museum's mission.


Starting in October, with dates continuing into June of 2012, The Kreeger Museum will offer an AFES event called Hear Art/See Music. The HASM curriculum focuses on students with different learning styles. Rather than verbally interpreting the art they see in the museum, students will search for shared qualities among visual art and music.  


In the galleries, they will respond to art by performing in a drum circle or playing classroom instruments; in the workshop they will create masks or make gestural drawings as they listen to selections of music


Visit us online to book this trip! 


Getting Ready for the New School Year with The Backpack Project Inc.


The Backpack Project strives to give students effective tools to end the generational cycles of poverty by helping them become more confident in school. At the beginning of each school year, the organization provides school supplies and backpacks to PreK-12th grade students in need. The backpacks are replenished in December.  


Each backpack is donated (priced $50 each) and includes one backpack, one outfit (shirt and pants/skirt, or school uniform) all grade required school supplies (list received from school), an age-appropriate reading book, and one, "The Backpack Project" journal with a personalized message from the donor.  Students will also be provided with mentoring services and a bi-weekly journaling workshop.  


The Backpack Project's mission is simple - One Child, One Mentor, One Backpack at a time - but profound; and its impact on the life of a child is immeasurable.   



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In this issue...

Kids Euro Festival 2011!
Event Spotlight
The Backpack Project
2011-2012 Catalogues are in!! Please let us know if you have not received one in the mail.
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National History Day 2012 Curriculum/Theme Books and Rulebooks on sale until August 31, 2011 at a discounted rate!!


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Upcoming Events!
AFES Make-Up Teacher Orientation
When: September 8, 2011
Where: Source

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AFES Trips Open
When: September 12, 2011

Exploring Personal and Communal Identity through Art

When: September 22, 2011 4:30-8:00 p.m.

Explore three concepts of identity through examination of selected art works using the Art for Life curriculum framework: (1) sense of self, (2) sense of place, and (3) sense of community. Discuss how works of art and art making provides understanding of life, self, our historic past, and current times.

More Information Here!

Free PD Opportunity: Say it Loud!

When: October 4, 2011

Where: Corcoran College of Art & Design


Celebrate the opening of 30 Americans, an exhibition of contemporary African American art through live jazz, spoken word poetry, hands on art and writing activities, an artist talk with Noah Davis, tours, curriculum resources and prizes. Professional Learning Credits Offered and each participant receives a tote bag with the 30 Americans educator's resource packet.

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