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Summer 2011 Edition 




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly

DC Collaborative Hosts Series of Teaching Artist Gatherings 


The summer went by as quickly as ever but nevertherless we were able to make the most of this time to reflect, experiment and try new initiatives. For example, the DC Collaborative held a series of teaching artist convenings over the summer designed to advance a community of practice among teaching artists.

The first of these meetings was held at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) and included a tour of the CHAW studios and gallery conducted by Amy Moore, Director of Education and Programs, where students benefit from the talented instruction of more than 60 teaching artists.

A July teaching artist meeting featured a presentation from Marcie Wolf-Hubbard, a mixed-media artist who shared highlights of her workshops with students of all ages at community centers, schools, senior centers and in her private studio. She shared slides of some of her favorite projects that included collage-making, Plein Air painting and Haiku and shared awareness-raising strategies to help students become attuned to careers in the arts.

Elizabeth Wallace from Giraffe 'n Ant Productions also presented at the July meeting, sharing information on 'Come Out and Play' festivals around the nation.

These teaching artist get-togethers provide a forum to discuss best practices, network, and strengthen a community of teaching artists in the DC area.

A recent meeting in August included highlights from the partnership between Peabody School and story-teller Arianna Ross of Story Tapestries, involving the Phillips Collection Teach with O'Keefe initiative.

The next teaching artist convening is scheduled for Sept. 27 at Source Theatre, 1835 14th Street, NW, DC, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.  Join SCRAP DC, a new recycled materials resource for DC teaching artists and others.

Music and Art Teacher Survey




As part of our goal to make quality, sequential arts education a reality for all K-12 public school students in DC, the DC Collaborative, in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, is working to connect schools with effective tools and resources to improve arts learning. As part of this work, we have developed a music and art teacher survey.


The survey is one in a series of measurements regarding access to quality arts instruction at the school level. It will help inform decision making, planning and directing the provision of  resources dedicated to arts learning. This survey has been circulated to music and visual arts teachers but please forward it to any music or visual arts teachers teaching in DC public schools that you may know.


 Survey for DC Music and Arts Teachers 


Upcoming Members Meeting





Members mark your Calendar!  The next DC Collaborative Members Meeting is scheduled for September 22nd. from 1-2:30pm at Source Theater: 1835 14th Street NW.


Presenters include Edith Harvey, Director of Improvement Programs at the U.S. Department of Education. Edith oversees a variety of grant programs, including Arts in Education.  We hope to see everyone there!


RSVP here on eventbrite! You don't need to bring the printed ticket, we just need to know who is coming.


Identifying High-Quality, User-Friendly Resources




Vetting Project


The DC Collaborative is developing an on-line database of resources in the field of arts and humanities education that will make available user-friendly, high-quality tools and information. The staff is reviewing resources published by arts education researchers and organizations.  These tools, which include data reports, guidebooks, and skills maps are valuable resources for a variety of audiences, from school administrators and teachers to local, state and federal-level policy makers and everyone in between.  The result will be a go-to site for user-friendly guides and tools that have been vetted for quality, utility and evidence. The vetting process will allow the DC Collaborative to identify the most up-to-date, well-founded, and useful resources, with the goal of creating an accessible online database.  Eventually, anyone with an interest in the field of arts education will be able to navigate our database to access hundreds of tools and resources, all coded for key words and vetted by a criteria adapted from the assessment workgroup of the U.S. Department of Education-funded national comprehensive center network.


vetting criteria form



Member Spotlight  


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Tudor Place!

We are pleased to feature DC Collaborative member Tudor Place Foundation which operates a historic property located in the heart of Washington's Georgetown area. Tudor Place was built by Martha Washington's granddaughter, Martha Custis Peter, and her husband, Thomas Peter and opened to the public in 1988. Firmly rooted in the community, Tudor Place Foundation's mission is to educate the public about American history and culture. Tudor Place offers a wide variety of school programs year round. These programs include: Story Time in the Garden, Code Green: Garden Detectives, Georgetown History Adventures, Art Through Time, Historical Detectives, and Explore the Civil War. Tudor Place also offers a number of year-round professional development and teacher workshops such as: Teaching with Primary Sources, Hands on History, Explore the Civil War, Women's History Tour and Workshop, and a Customized Teacher Workshop.


The historic house is open for tours Tuesday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12 - 3 p.m.  Self-guided tours of the 5.5 acre historic gardens are available Monday - Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday from 12 - 3 p.m. Visit the website to find a calendar of wonderful events at Tudor Place,1644 31st Street Northwest Washington D.C., DC 20007.


Meet Our Newest Members!



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cameroon american council

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The DC Collaborative welcomes its newest members in FY11!


DC International FIlmfest: DC International Filmfest advocates that filmmakers are storytellers, each with their own rich story to tell. This year they have an extraordinary array of films from Scandinavia to South Korea and from Italy to Iran. They all tell stories that perplex, dazzle, and inspire people with quiet dignity, grace and beauty.


National Postal Museum EdLab: The EdLab at the National Postal Museum is a current, three-year initiative incorporating new technologies and 21st century skills into classroom teaching. The program provides teacher workshops that connect Smithsonian collections to classroom content using new media tools. This year the museum is celebrating its 15th Birthday!


The Cameroon American Council: The Cameroon American Council is a newly created membership association which strives to build the capacity of the hundreds of Cameroonian community organizations based in the United States. The Council envisions an enriched world powered by global understanding, appreciation and collaboration in four core program areas: arts and culture, Water, Sanitation & Health (WASH), professional development, and women's empowerment.


The Saartjie Project: The Saartjie Project is a theatre ensemble exploring race, gender and power through storytelling and performance. By operating from a women centered perspective and as members of the African Diaspora, this organization creates spaces to tell stories that often go untold.



Ballet Teatro Internacional: (BTI) is a nonprofit company specializing in transformational dance training programs since 2008. These programs use the power of dance to positively transform the lives of youths. BTI aims to ensure that youths in the Washington, DC area and Latin American countries have access to free or low cost long-term dance programs focusing on modern dance techniques, choreography, and leadership.


Charlotte Cameron: A new individual member, supporter of the DC Collaborative and board member of the Washington Performing Arts Society who has a strong interest in advocating for arts education.


Suzanne Humpstone: A new individual member who has been a long-time supporter of the DC Collaborative. She has also been a specialist/co-teacher at two charter schools, one elementary and one high school. 

Board Member Spotlight   


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Board Member Gail Murdock

Gail Murdock

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


Gail is  the Arts Integration coordinator and a Pre k 4 teacher  at Peabody Elementary School in Washington, DC, and is an accomplished teacher leader regarding approaches to integrating the arts across the curriculum. 


Gail specializes in collaborative approaches to teaching and strengthening school climate through the arts. Peabody Elementary is partnered with The Phillips Collection where Gail is also actively involved with the "Teach with O'Keefe" arts education program and has visited Georgia O'Keefe's Ghost Ranch in New Mexico as part of the professional development component of the initiative. Gail and Katie Cushman, Peabody Art teacher, recently presented on the Peabodys' participation in the program at the Teaching Through the Prism for Arts Integration forum recently held at The Phillips Collection. 


Gail also served on the DC Collaborative's gala committee for the April 8, 2011 Inaugural Gala and participated in the recent Art Buzz Jewelry Trunk Show as a featured jeweler. We thank Gail for her dedicated service as a board member!


DC Collaborative in the community


Student artwork

Painting at Martha's Table!


The DC Collaborative had the pleasure of coordinating a painting workshop with students ranging from grades 5-9 at Martha's Table Community center in July. Martha's Table is a wonderful community resource located on 14th street in the U Street Corridor area that is dedicated to finding solutions to poverty through both education and family strengthening programs. It is a vibrant place where during our visit, summer programs were in full-swing with enrichment and learning experiences. During the school year programming includes after-school programs that provide educational content and food to students, food assistance for families, a soup-kitchen that feeds the homeless 365 days a year, and Martha's Outfitters which makes clothing available at a low cost for community members.


During our visit, students worked with watercolor, acrylic or pencil and paper to experiment with painting techniques. Using imagery from a still life of flowers or their imagination, the students experimented with dry brush, scumbling, impasto, blending and wash techniques! Resulting student artwork was featured in the 2011-12 Arts for Every Student (AFES) Catalogue.




Upcoming Member Events



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Class Acts arts and Young Audiences of Maryland bring you an Artist Showcase and Family Festival in September! This exciting showcase will feature more than 35 artists, with performances in music, theatre, dance, and visual arts. Attend the festival and you'll also have access to an informative "Scheduling and Funding Resources" workshop!

                When: Saturday, September 24th from 9:00am-3:30pm

                Where: BlackRock Center for the Arts

                                12901 Town Commons Drive

                                Germantown, MD 20874


Tickets: this event is FREE- your donation supports nonprofit arts programs


***Pre-register by September 1 and triple your chances to win one of two $100 program discounts for your school or community organization!


For more info visit Class Acts and YAMD online. 


Educator Opportunities




Corcoran Museum



Exploring Personal and Communal Identity Through Art  

Thursday, September 22, 4:30-8 p.m.

Explore concepts of identity by focusing on selected art works in the Corcoran's renowned collection. Educators of all grade levels learn to consider how works of art and art-making can enhance one's understanding of life, self, our historic past, and current times. Participants engage in a hands-on activity and receive practical classroom resources.


The National Building Museum



Green Community Teaching Kit 

The Green Community Teaching Kit provides a comprehensive approach to studying green communities. It allows students and educators to create a town from the ground up complete with model buildings, land use categorization, and planning strategies. Like our other educational programs this all happens while utilizing the design process to develop skills such as communication, cooperative learning, decision making, analysis, creativity and innovation. For more information visit the website or contact Timothy Wright, the NBM National Curricula Coordinator.    


The Phillips Collection



Interactive Program and Art Teaching Kit

Phillips Teaching Kit and Interactive Program Training Sessions

The Phillips Collection also offers professional development training sessions to schools, counties, and state curriculum divisions to accompany all of its teaching kits and online interactive educational programs.

Visit the website or contact the Education Department by phone at 202-387-2151 x247.



Thank you to our Summer Interns!




We had a great summer here at the DC Collaborative with three of our great interns who contributed their energies and insights to many of our projects this summer .  Emily Catino, a VA native, joined us from UVA where she currently studies American Studies with a concentration on popular and visual culture; she will be studying abroad this fall in Paris, France, aur revoir!  Olivia Rubenstein, a DC native and recent gratuate from Grinnell College in Iowa with a BA in Psychology, will be moving on to a lighting fellowship this fall at Wooly Mammoth Theatre here in DC. Summer Intern Evin Lipman, a native of Cleveland, Ohio and graduate from the class of 2010 at Elon University in North Carolina is our newest addition to the Collaborative as an Associate. She studied Theatre Studies and graduated with a BFA in Acting and is eager to become a part of the Arts Education scene in DC.


from left to right: Olivia, Emily & Evin

Pictured from left to right, Olivia,
Emily and Evin.


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 

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design seeks an Associate Director of Individual Giving with strong fundraising and relationship building skills, as well as exceptional organizational and analytical skills. This professional will seek gift commitments of $5,000 to $25,000 and steward in-kind donations such as art.  He or she will enhance relationship with existing members and donors with a goal of increasing giving levels, while simultaneously seeking prospects new to the institution. The Associate Director of Individual Giving will be accountable for meeting fundraising goals and for helping to identify individuals for the Corcoran's major donor program. Application details


The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design is hiring a Dean of Enrollment.  This position is responsible for developing, implementing, and advancing a coordinated and coherent program of enrollment management for the enrollment, academic record keeping, and financial units of the College. Responsible for oversight of enrollment functions of the College including supervision of undergraduate and graduate recruitment, enrollment services, course enrollment management, Business Office (financial aid and student accounts) and student data gathering, analysis and reporting. Working with both the administrative and academic sides of the College, the DEM develops recruitment, marketing, enrollment and retention strategies to help secure the enrollment goals of the institution.  Application details


The Washington Performing Arts Society is looking to hire a new Director of Development. This leadership role will focus on a strategic development plan and fundraising campaign in order to support the organization's mission and goals. Qualifications include a college degree, 7 to 10 years of fundraising experience, communication skills, and experience in the performing arts is preferable. Submit a cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to Debra Harrison, or visit the website for more information.


The Washington Performing Arts Society seeks a new Director of Education.  This position manages the youth and adult educational programs of WPAS, consistent with the mission of the organization, as well as the vision and priorities set by the President. Supervises and evaluates Education department staff (currently 3 full time), consultants (currently 2), and interns. Debra Harrison, or visit the website for more information.

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.

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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
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Washington, DC 20009
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