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January 2012




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly

Arts Education Providers Play an Integral Role in DC's Provision of Safety Net Services


Those of us working to build support for arts education hear more often lately that given the economic challenges facing so many today,  grantmakers are increasingly investing solely in the safety net services of food, housing, safety and job training.
Yet arts education plays a more central role in the panoply of safety net services than many may realize. Consider the following examples:

Job readiness:  Arts education develops the 21st Century learning skills necessary to succeed in an information-based economy: flexibility, creativity, information synthesis, and collaboration to name a few of those skills. Without these skills, it would be difficult for anyone to thrive in today's workforce. Additionally learning in and through the arts helps keep students in school and is linked to improved academic achievement; increased engagement and graduation rates; and safer schools.

Developmental Health: Arts and humanities education contributes to the growth of the whole child, contributing to their mental, behavioral and developmental health. Arts education helps students to be resilient and equipped to persevere despite hardships.

Self-sufficiency:  Arts education programs can be a cost-efficient approach to the challenges of youth at risk, developing their life skills and encouraging them to pursue their self-directed interests often within a real-world, project-based context.

When you open the door to the arts, at-risk youth see what is possible today and learn how to construct beauty in their own unique voice, creating new possibilities, helping them construct a vision of hope  for their future. Perhaps arts education does not fulfill as immediate a need as food but it can play a critical, cost-efficient and immediate role in ensuring strong individuals and communities, helping prevent dropout , crime, and joblessness -and ensuring students graduate prepared to succeed.




New Member Spotlight  



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The DC Collaborative would like to welcome one of our newest members: The Friendship Fire Association's DC Fire and EMS Museum.  The FFA, the volunteer branch of the DC Fire and EMS Department, houses the history of the department dating back to the late 1700s.  The Museum is located above a working firehouse, Engine Co. 3, located at 439 New Jersey Avenue NW (near E Street), and contains hundreds of fire-fighting items, books and photographs.  Among these interesting artifacts is a hand-made fire bucket once owned by Georgetown resident Francis Scott Key, the author of the Star Spangled Banner!  The museum also includes a Kids' Corner, where children learn fire safety.  The DC Fire and EMS Museum holds so much fascinating history- not to be missed!


visit their website for more information


Individual Spotlight


Sara Madera 


Sara Madera is the new Arts & Music Specialist for DCPS in the Office of Family and Public Engagement. You might have seen her around the DC Collaborative the last few months, as she has been working on some projects for us since her move from NYC in July. In New York, Sara was CEO of a small arts education non profit, using theatre to teach literacy skills for grades 3-6. She has worked at various non profits in New York, Los Angeles, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Orlando, FL, in roles in marketing, membership, development, special events and programs. Sara holds a BFA in Stage Management and an MBA in Marketing and International Relations. She is excited to be in DC and is looking forward to helping schools and community groups partner to achieve their goals. 

Student Essay Contest


***REMINDER: There's only one month left to enter!***


 The DC Collaborative, in partnership with DC Public Library & the Humanities Council of Washington, DC presents the first annual

Student Essay Contest!


The contest is open to students in grades 5-12 enrolled in a DCPS or public charter school.  Students are to reflect on the prompt:


"What does Democracy mean to me as a citizen of DC?"


"This is a great opportunity for students to express themselves, engage with what it means to be a citizen in our democracy, and call attention to our own quest for democracy in the District.  I encourage all DC Public Schools and DC Public Charter Schools students to enter!" said Mayor Vincent Gray.


The contest is designed to celebrate critical thinking, self-expression & original writing of DC's youth. Winning students will be honored at an awards ceremony in the Spring. The winner of each grade grouping (5-6, 7-9 & 10-12)  will receive a cash prize, their teachers will receive professional development opportunities, and their schools' librarians will receive a new humanities-themed book of their choosing.


Student Sign up!

  • VISIT our website, or your local library for details
  • REGISTER by filling out a simple form found on our website or at your local library, to be submitted with the essay
  • SUBMIT  800 -1,200 word essays via email, mail, or drop off at your local library before February 29th, 2012

Press Release: Washington Examiner Grant 


  The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Receives Support from The Washington Examiner to Ensure More Students Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Legacy 


Donation Sends 500 DC public School Students to the Choral Arts Society presentation of Living the Dream ... Singing the Dream 


The DC Collaborative is pleased to announce that The Washington Examiner, via a $4000 grant, sponsored the Arts for Every Student program "Living the Dream...Singing the Dream" presented by the Choral Arts Society of Washington on January 26, 2012. 


The performance honored the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., commemorating his ideals of non-violence and racial equality, and launched Black History Month with a student-friendly version of this popular community event. Students were encouraged to sing along with traditional spiritual and gospel selections of the Civil Rights Era performed by a host of dynamic area musicians.  


"We appreciate this support a great deal. Each year the "Living the Dream" celebration is a very inspiring event for students and teachers and this support helps ensure more students enjoy the experience," said Louise Kennelly, Executive Director of the DC Collaborative. 


The DC Collaborative sent more than 500 students to this performance. 


"The Examiner is pleased to provide this support to our community. What better way to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy than through "Singing the Dream" with some of the DC area's greatest gospel singers," said Gina Sacripanti, Senior Director of Business Development and Marketing at The Washington Examiner.

"This is a wonderful chance to ensure more DC public school students participate in a terrific musical experience. The Choral Arts Chorus performed with the Washington Performing Arts Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choirs, raising joyful voices as part of the 24th annual choral tribute to Dr. King-- our hallmark event celebrating the legacy of the great Civil Rights leader," said Caryn Fraim, Education and Community Programs Manager at the Choral Arts Society.

Upcoming Member Events 


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


Anacostia Community Museum


 The second exhibition in the Call & Response series (December 12, 2011-March 18, 2012) presents the works of artists Steven Cummings and the work of Creative Junkfood, a multi-media production studio. In Artuaré, artist Steven Cummings looks at the power of representation and how images shape our ideas of who we are; he also shares his response to the philosophy and artistic vision of artist B.K. Adams. Their collaboration created a unique dialogue of creativity and exploration that spurred the creation of several works of public art and that continues today to inspire both Adams's and Cummings's work. The artists of Creative Junkfood, under the creative direction of Candice Taylor and Nabeeh Bilal, present Conversations in the Contemporary, a multi-media installation of animation, video, poetry, and sound that explores personal identity in the immediacy of the political, social, and cultural environment and calls upon viewers to craft their own response.

Now through March 18,  1901 Fort Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020


Imagination Stage

"P.Nokio: a Hip-Hop Musical"

This world-premiere musical re-imagines the classic Pinocchio story in the enchanted land of Hip-Hopia. G.Petto, a designer of computer games, magically finds himself with a "son" when his character, P.Nokio, comes to life. He sends his son to the Old School to become a real boy by mastering style, originality, and swagger. Unfortunately, P.Nokio is tempted by The Way of Fun and Trouble, gets in with a bad crowd, and is swept up in a tangle of lies that endanger his newfound father. To save G.Petto, P.Nokio must wise up, keep it real, and learn that words and truth are the mightiest weapons of all. In the spirit of the show, the cast created a music video using the opening song from the musical.  Check it out on youtube!

February 1-March 11,  4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814


Joy of Motion

"Taurus Broadhurst Dance and Kaution Dance Kru"

Join Taurus Broadhurst Dance and Kaution Dance Kru for a weekend of performances at The Jack Guidone Theater.  Taurus Broadhurst Dance, a Contemporary African Dance Company, is premiering their 2012 season with a high energy performance combining African, House and Modern. Gaining inspiration and influences from all styles of dance and ways of life, Kaution Dance Kru aims to preserve the legacy of Hip Hop by demonstrating movement beyond music videos, pop-performances and stereotypes. 

February 4 & 5, 5207 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20015 


Young Playwrights' Theater

"New Writers Now: Mad Love"

New Writers Now is a creative forum for students, artists, and community members. This series of staged readings features professional actors performing plays fresh from the classroom, followed by a community discussion about the plays and the playwrights.  Young writers discover the value of sharing their work and recognize that the community is invested in the stories they tell. The theme of 'Mad Love' is "How far would you go for the one you love?"

February 13,  3333 14th St, NW, Washington, DC, 20010


Cultural Data Project Orientation 



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Get the most from the CDP by attending the 

New User Orientation


February 1, 2012 at 1:00pm

             at The Foundation Center


These important orientation sessions will provide you with an overview of the history and goals of the DC CDP, as well as an introduction to the types of data collected. Please feel free to attend this session with more than one representative of your organization, including your executive director, your finance manager/ bookkeeper and your development director. Refreshments will be served at all in-person sessions.


Organizers can register here 


Job Opening 

 Class Acts Arts


 We congratulate Joan Burns on her very successful tenure as executive director of Class Acts Arts and wish her bon voyage and best of luck in her move to Paris where her husband is on assignment!

 Class Acts Arts is now looking for a new Executive Director.  This position is the chief executive/staff officer of the organization and is responsible for the leadership and management of all aspects of Class Acts Arts' operations to achieve the goals and objectives of the organization.


visit the website for details, or email Stefan Bradham with inquiries

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.

If you would like to include something in our next 
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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1835 14th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20009
p. (202) 204-7750
f.  (202) 204-7803