February 2012


DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Winter Key Communicator Newsletter 

Dear Key Communicators and Colleagues,


We are pleased to share  some of the highlights of Black History month celebrated by DC Collaborative members and students such as "Living the Dream, Singing the Dream" featured below. Please send us some of the activities you or your colleagues conducted with students in celebration of Black History Month and we will include excerpts in the next Key Communicator Newsletter!


DC Collaborative Team 


Upcoming Opportunities!

Turtle: The Incredible Journey

Presented By the Environmental Film Festival
When: March 20, 2012 10:30am
Contact Maribel Guevara at 202-342-2564
or maribel@envirofilmfest.org
Click Here for More Info!


Members celebrated Black History Month with a variety of  programs, including the events below. Many of these events were attended by students via the Arts for Every Student Program:

 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., commemorated 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.

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


Additional Black History Month Celebrations Offered by our Members! 


Adventure Theatre:

"The Snowy Day"

Adventure Theatre celebrated the 50th anniversary of The Snowy Day, the first children's book to feature an African-American as the main character.


Anacostia Community Museum:

"Separate and Unequaled: Black Baseball in the District of Columbia"

When: On view indefinitely from 10am to 5pm

Where: 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

What: This event traces the history of American Baseball in the D.C. area with a strong focus on  segregation and history of African American players. 

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 Discovery Theater:  

"How old is a hero?"

This play introduced the sotry of Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, the first black student to graduate from an integrated high school; Claudette Colvin, who refused to give up her bus seat before Rosa Parks; and Ruby Bridges, who won equal rights before she could read. Students learned about their compelling experiences and were inspired by the courage and hope of our youngest citizens The show featured moving archival Civil Rights recordings.      


Ford's Theatre:  

"Necessary Sacrifices"

Where: 514 10th St NW, Washington, DC

What: In his fourth commission for Ford's Theatre, playwright Richard Hellesen explored the two documented encounters between Frederick Douglass and Abraham Lincoln during a period of national crisis. During the summers of 1863 and 1864, Douglass challenges Lincoln to use his power as president to bring truth to America's founding ideal that "all men are created equal."  


Sitar Arts Center:  

"Black History in Harmony"

What: Sitar offere an educational music play highlighting social issues through history, performed by the excellent a cappella gospel group Reverb.  




National Museum of American History:  

"Slavery at Jefferson's Monticello: Paradox of Liberty"

Where: 1400 Constitution Avenue NW

When: Jan27-Oct14

What: This exhibition explores slavery through the lens of Jefferson's Monticello plantation. Thomas Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence and called slavery an-abominable crime," yet he was a lifelong slaveholder. The exhibition provides a glimpse into the lives of six slave families-the Hemings, the Gillettes, the Herns, the Fossetts, the Grangers and the Hubbard brothers-living at Monticello and reveals how the paradox of slavery in Jefferson's world is relevant for generations beyond Jefferson's lifetime.

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In this issue...

Upcoming Opportunities!
Program Spotlight
Celebrating Black History Month!
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
a $1000 cash prize 
and will have a chance to read their essay aloud at a DC Public Library! 

Contest Materials
Registration Forms
Correlating Standards 

 humanities councilDCPL

Read Across America


On March 2, DCPS is joining NEA's Read Across America event to celebrate Dr. Seuss' birthday. Thousands of schools, libraries and community centers across the country will participate by bringing together adults and children to read. Several DCPS schools are inviting volunteers to read a story with their students - spread the word if you know of folks who might want to join in, too!


Sign up by Feb. 28 to spend an hour sharing your love of reading with our students.  


Upcoming events...  


Arts 101

Presented by: Corcoran Gallery of Art

When: March 8, 2012

Where: 500 17th St NW,  

What: Explore the Corcoran Gallery's outstanding collection of American Artm specifically works that are included in the Arts 101 resource packet and teaching posters. Discuss new common themes spanning 400 years of American cultural life and learn how the ideas and concerns presented in these works may be used to make interdisciplinary curricular connections and engage students in making their own comparisons.


Exploring fables through collaborative storytelling

Presented by: The Kennedy Center

When: March 14, 2012

Where: 2700 F St NW,  

What: Discover how to harness the power of storytelling to bring fables to life! In this workshop, learn how storytelling can be a collaborative process that develops students' abilities to creatively use their bodies and voices to portray characters' feelings and motivations.  


Singing to learn: a multicultural approach to early childhood curriculum

Presented by: The Kennedy Center

When: March 6 and 7

4:30pm - 7:30pm

Where: 2700 F St NW, Washington, DC

What: Learn how to use traditional songs and games from other cultures to teach early childhood curricular objectives as well as to support classroom rituals and transitions. Learn African American circle games that teach prepositional words, a Latin-American song about body parts, pattern and rhythm games that support math learning and many other songs that bring diverse cultures into your classroom.

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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.