December 2011

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Holiday Key Communicator Newsletter 

Dear Key Communicators and Colleagues,



We look forward to a terrific 2012, providing you with learning opportunities characterized by academic explorations that are creative, innovative and imaginative.


Here's to a happy holiday season and our heartfelt thanks for being such wonderful partners in bringing light and learning to your students' lives.


As we say good bye to 2011, there are many highlights to reflect on:


  • 11,224 students went on cultural fieldtrips to our members events and programs via the Arts for Every Student Program.
  • Together we sent 1,100 students to Septime Webre's The Nutcracker presented by The Washington Ballet at the Warner Theatre on Wed, Dec. 7 (see details below);
  • We sent 605 students to the NSO Young People's Concert present by The Kennedy Center;
  • Almost 600 students attended Rhythm: The Heart and Soul of Latin American Music presented by Choral Arts Society via Arts for Every Student;
  • Other popular events included Lily's Purple Plastic Purse presented by Adventure Theatre and Aladdin's Luck presented by Imagination Stage among so many others.
  •  We were also able to register many teachers for Say It Loud, the Corcoran Gallery of Art's teacher night for their 30 Americans exhibit currently on display.  
  • And we arranged for nearly 6,000 students to go on trips to Kids Euro Festival 2011 events.


DC Collaborative Team 


Take Advantage of a Great Opportunity!


Betsy Quinn Scholarship Initiative: 

This scholarship was developed to support participation at the American Alliance for Theatre & Education (AATE) annual conference by college/university or K-12 student members of well-deserving and high-quality youth programs, particularly those involving under-served populations.  The student members will present some aspect of their programming as a part of their conference attendance. Read more about  nomination guidelines.

Deadline: January 13, 2012 



Lin Wright Professional Teaching Grant: 

This grant supports the work and professional development of an exemplary secondary school teacher through the introduction of AATE's national professional network.  The $3,000 grant funds registration and and travel expenses to attend an AATE conferences in 2012 and 2013, and a project aimed to grow or enrich the theatre program in their school.  Read more about  nomination and guidelines.

Deadline: February 3, 2012



Program Spotlight: The Nutcracker

The DC Collaborative was able to send more than 1000 DC public and public charter school students to see Septime Weber's The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre presented by the Washington Ballet on December 7, 2011.
We are so excited to have
been able to send so many students and know that it is an experience those students will not soon forget. 


AFES Update: Celebrate Black History Month and African American Heritage!   
Even though we have reached our maximum budget allowed for transportation this year with 23,000 reservations booked through May, more tickets or performance times have become available for the following opportunities. Please let us know if your school would be able to provide transportation or underwrite the cost of transportation and the DC Collaborative will reserve tickets for your school.

Living the Dream...Singing the Dream!
presented by Choral Arts Society of Washington

Kick off Black History month by honoring the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., and commemorate his ideals of non-violence and racial equality with this student-matinee. Sing and clap al
ong with traditional spiritual and gospel songs  of the Civil Rights Era performed by a host of dynamic area musicians.

Please contact Caryn Fraim at Choral Arts Society for more information on tickets at

Award-winning musician and educator, Daniel Ssuuna, leads an interactive program introducing the distinct sounds , dynamic beats and poly-rhythms of African music and its instruments. Musical sounds, patterns, repetitions and rhythms are demonstrated with a lively students group performance on a variety of musical instruments as the finale!

Let's Read About Africa

presented by the National Museum of African Art

Africa is full of exciting stories! Facilitated by acclaimed storyteller, Diane Macklin. Stories incorporate important themes such as fairness, honesty, kindness and overcoming obstacles. Themes of diversity and commonality are at the heart of all our stories. Students receive a Passport for our Africa Book Club.

Please contact Dixie at for more information.

In this issue...

Funding Opportunities
Program Spotlight
AFES Update
Student Essay Contest!

The DC Collaborative, in Partnership with the DC Public Library and the Humanities Council of DC is now accepting essays that address the topic, "What does democracy mean to me as a citizen of DC?"
Winners will be awarded
and will have a chance to read their essay aloud at a DC Public Library! 

Contest Materials
Registration Forms
Correlating Standards 

 humanities councilDCPL

Helpful Resources...

Understanding the Common Core Standards

Resource Guide for everything teachers need to understand the Common Core Standards.


Upcoming Events...

January 11 & 25
Conservation Spotlight:
Renaissance Altarpieces
When: 4:00-7:00pm
Where: National Gallery of

How were Italian Renaissance paintings on panel crafted? Through comparison with original artworks teachers can identify the visual characteristics of these materials and techniques.
Contact us to register!

January 12
Arts 101

Where: Corcoran Gallery of Art

Learn how the ideas and concerns presented in works that are included in the Arts 101 resource packet may be used to make interdisciplinary curricular connections and engage students in making their own comparisons.
Contact us to register!




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Arts Learning Survey for DC Arts Teachers

As part of our goal to make quality, sequential arts education a reality for all K-12 public schools students in Washington, DC the DC Collaborative, in partnership with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities, is working to connect schools with effective tools and resources to improve arts learning. This survey was developed as one in a series of measurements regarding access to quality arts instruction at the school level and it will help inform decision-making, planning and directing the provision of community-based and other resources dedicated to arts learning.



About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 60 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.