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December 2011




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly

The Sound of Children's Voices


 When looking back at the past year the most memorable highlights include the voices of children.


Hearing hundreds of children shout "Brava" or "Bravo" at the Nutcracker, or asking how Gandhi talked to the animals at the Gandhi Memorial Center or discussing material that would make a good rainbow is heartening to any one working in arts and humanities education, or to any one at all.


Erich Keel of the Kreeger Museum recently conveyed the feeling he had when students pretended they were children living in the Museum designing a new bedroom and a study and asking "How do I get from the bedroom to the study, and where should I put my windows?" These 7th and 8th graders from Brooklyn Education Campus were creating their own environments, thinking three dimensionally and expressing a level of involvement that was truly memorable, he recalled.


Children are always at the center of our work but this is the time of year when their imagination and creativity is particularly available to all of us -with the sound of bells, and the twinkling of lights decorating the night sky, we have a connection into their imagination and open-mindedness when there are fewer pre-conceptions and when anything seems possible.





Member Spotlight  


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The Washington Ballet is known for presenting bold works by choreographers from around the world and is one of the pre-eminent ballet companies in the Nation. TWB's three-part mission includes: to bring the joy and artistry of dance to the Nation's capital; to provide the highest caliber of dance training; to serve and involve the entire community.   The Washington Ballet has a fantastic 2011-2012 season planned, including The Nutcracker, Twyla Tharp: AllAmerican, ALICE (in wonderland), Noche Latina!, Once Upon a Time, and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. TWB is participating in this year's Arts For Every Student Program and welcomed more than one thousand 3rd-8th grade students to their enchanting performance of Septime Webre's, The Nutcracker, at the Warner Theatre on December 7!  The performance features a unique rendition which includes elements specific to DC -- boating on the Potomac and the cherry blossoms are a delight!  The children were mesmerized by the dancers, costumes and set design; it was truly a day to remember.


For more information or to purchase tickets, visit their website.


Snow Scene, Photo courtesy of Brianna Bland
Nutcracker Battle, Photo courtesy of Brianna Bland
Partner Spotlight


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Lionell Thomas 


The DC Collaborative is thrilled to be working with Lionell Commission logoThomas, new Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Lionell previously served at the Commission for 22 years before becoming Executive Director of the Prince George's Arts and Humanities Council for the past two and half years.  He has been recognized both locally and nationally for his creative approaches to arts programming and management.  Mr. Thomas, who brings a focus on arts programs to underserved communities, said, "I am delighted to be returning home to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Advancing access to high-quality arts and humanities education is one our highest priorities at the Commission. I am looking forward to working together with Mayor Gray, the DCCAH board under the very capable leadership of Judith Terra and the community to expand and cultivate the creative energy of our great city on behalf of the residents and visitors. "  

Upcoming Member Events 


 Check out these exciting upcoming events brought to you by our member organizations!


Imagination Stage

"Advancing Youth Theatre: 2012 Summit"

The 2012 Youth Theatre Summit is scheduled to take place from January 7-9, 2012, is spear-headed by Imagination Stage and the American Alliance for Theatre and Education. The project plans on bringing 30-35 teaching artists, education directors, and administrators together for a 2 day 'advance' at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD. The goal of the Summit is to identify, explore, and reflect on best practices in working with young people aged 8-18, to ensure their socio-emotional and intellectual-artistic development through the theatre arts. The theme of bullying will be used as the springboard for engaging participants in pressing conversations around positive youth development and keeping students engaged with one another, their communities, and in the arts. As part of the weekend Summit, young people from a variety of  youth service organizations in the DC Metropolitan area will convene and participate in hands-on sessions with teaching artists from around the country. Imagination Stage has worked closely with the American Alliance for Theatre and Education over the past eight years to establish best practices in the field of Youth Theatre and the area of youth development.  


Participating theatres include; Pennsylvania Youth Theatre (Philadelphia), Step UP (San Diego), Actors Theatre of Louisville (Kentucky), Children's Theatre of Charlotte (North Carolina), The Theater Offensive (Boston), Arena Stage, (Washington DC), and the Universities of Texas and Wisconsin.


Textile Museum

"Weaving Abstraction: Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa"

The textiles of the Kuba kingdom are among the most distinctive and spectacular works of African art. While they have fascinated artists, collectors and designers for over a century, this will be the first major museum exhibition in the U.S. to showcase the artistic inventiveness and graphic power of Kuba ceremonial dance skirts within a wide-ranging survey of Kuba design. More than 140 exceptional 19th- and early 20th-century objects will be on view, including ceremonial skirts, 'velvet' tribute cloths, headdresses and basketry from the permanent collection of The Textile Museum, the National Museum of African Art, and several private collections.

Now through Febraury 12, 2320 S St, NW, Washington, DC 20008 


The Puppet Co.

"Peter and the Wolf"

Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best loved stories. The one-man show, performed by Puppetmaster Christopher Piper for over three-quarters of a million children
and their parents is based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil, staged with half life-size marionettes. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra, and to the
themes in the work, precedes this story of Peters', and his animal friends', attempts to capture "Wily Old Lupus."  Recommended for Pre-K to 6th graders.

January 13-February 19,  7300 MacArther Blvd, Glen Echo, MD, 20812

Member Committee Meetings



Several of the the DC Collaborative member committees will be meeting in January of the New Year. If you have not signed up for a committee yet, please take a moment to do so here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CKYLHVP. Please RSVP below via Eventbrite for each of the scheduled meetings.  Other DC Collaborative Members Committees currently include: Teaching Artist, Awareness and Advocacy, Visual Arts and Humanities. For more information contact the DC Collabortive at 2020-204-7750.


Performing Arts Committee.  This meeting will explore issues of relevance and importance to Performing Arts Educators interested in collaborating on projects that will advance our collective impact and maintain communities of practice. 

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 10 at 3pm., The DC Collaborative offices: 1835 14th St, NW



School Leaders Committee. The purpose is to discuss issues related to the advancement of arts education in DC public and charter public schools.  Interested members, as well as professionals affiliated with DC public and charter public schools are encouraged to sign up for this committee.

Next Meeting: Tuesday, January 17 at 2pm., Savoy Elementary, room number TBA.



Teaching Artist Committee.  This group meets regularly to discuss issues of relevance and importance to Teaching Artists in DC, Maryland and Virginia. The group shares best-practices, experiences, opportunities and discusses issues of relevance and importance to the group. It is a great opportunity for networking, idea sharing, workshops and identifying resources for Teaching Artists. 

Next Meeting: 

Thursday, January 26, 2012,


DC Collaborative Offices @ Source Theater


 A Successful Partnership with Classroom Teachers


Please come prepared with some insight on your experiences working with schools, and thoughts on how to create a successful partnership with teachers during your residency experience. 


**Beginning in the New Year, the Teaching Artist Gathering will take place on the last Thursday of the month.  Mark your calendars!


*DC Collaborative Teaching Artist BLOG!  The DC Collaborative has started a BLOG for the Teaching Artist Committee!  Please contact us if you would like to be a guest blog writer on any topic of interest or importance to you and the group.  


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.



About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 70 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
1835 14th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20009
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