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February 2012




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly


The Important Role of Arts Education in Building Strong Communities


We held our Winter Members meeting at the National Building Museum on February 16 where panelists explored the many ways arts education contributes to building stronger communities.


More than 50 members joined for the discussion that focused on how some of our larger members contribute to a more vibrant DC and how they balance both national and local programming.


Panelists included, Darrell Ayers, Vice President of Education, The Kennedy Center; Samuel Xavier Carnegie, Creative Director for Theater Programs, National Museum of American History; Scott Kratz, Vice President of Education, National Building Museum; and Samantha Wyer, Director of Education, Shakespeare Theatre Company. Members were welcomed by Chase Rynd, Executive Director of the National Building Museum.


 "Arts and humanities education plays a central role in making communities  places where people want to live - it contributes to healthy and sustainable cities were students graduate actually prepared to succeed in today's workforce," said  moderator Lorraine Spiegler, Artistic Director of Studio Education, School and Conservatory, at City Dance.


During the meeting the DC Collaborative also presented a draft of our member mapping project. The purpose of this project is to show the collective reach of our members working with DC public schools. Stay tuned as this project will eventually live online as an interactive tool!

Member Spotlight  




ford's theatre

Ford's Theatre


Ford's Theatre recently opened it's Center for Education and Leadership, which features permanent and rotating exhibits, education studios and a distance-learning lab. Ford's has many exciting museum exhibits and theatrical performances scheduled for March-- check them out here! The site of the April 14, 1865 assassination of President Lincoln, Ford's Theatre holds a unique place in United States history. The theatre has enthralled millions of visitors since its reopening in 1968, and it is one of the most visited sites in the nation's capital.  Ford's Theatre's mission is to celebrate the legacy of Abraham Lincoln and to explore the American experience through theatre and education.  We are lucky to have Sarah Jencks, Director of Education at Ford's Theatre, on the DC Collaborative Board of Directors.

Individual Spotlight


Patrick Pope


The DC Collaborative is fortunate to have Patrick Pope, Principal of Savoy Elementary School, serve as committee chair of our new School Leaders member committee.  Mr. Pope is focusing the committee on linking member programs and services to DCPS's Scope and Sequence Guides that were developed to assist teachers in meeting common core standards.  Committee members will bring their own expertise as educators, representatives of member organizations, and school leaders, and brainstorm ways to incorporate the arts and humanities into DC's classrooms in order to best support learning outcomes.  Mr. Pope was named 2011 Person of the Year by the Washington Examiner for his dedication and commitment to DC students.

Student Art Contest


  The National Cherry Blossom Festival, in partnership with the DC Collaborative, presents a city-wide




THEME:  This year marks the 100-year anniversary of Tokyo, Japan's gift of cherry trees to Washington, DC.  One hundred years later, cherry trees beautify many neighborhoods in the greater Washington, DC region and the blooming of the cherry blossoms has become a symbol of springtime across the country.  Think of a place in your neighborhood or in Washington, DC.  What would it look like if you transformed it with cherry trees in full bloom, pink and blossom lights, or a public art project to celebrate this season?


ELIGIBILITY: Students in grades K-12 enrolled in a DC Public or Charter school.


EXHIBITION & PRIZES: A public art exhibition showcasing the best submissions will occur during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Contest winners will receive special prizes, public recognition, and will be invited to an Awards Reception.


DEADLINE: Friday, March 9, 2012


for full contest details, download the flyer and entry form, or visit the National Cherry Blossom Festival's website for more information.


 Russian Youth Theater Workshop Event


  DC Collaborative Hosts Day of Member Workshops for Russian Children's Theater Directors  

January 31, 2012


The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative recently hosted a day-long series of workshops for eight youth theater directors from Russia.



The purpose of this event was to explore the relationship between Russian and American youth theatrical sensibilities and to exchange theater production, design, and implementation approaches. This event was sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and FHI360, a global development organization. 




The day featured the following DC Collaborative member workshops: Unlocking the Actor's Body by Shakespeare Theatre Company; Use of Symbol in Developing Cultural Understanding via Children's Theater by Discovery Theater; and Interactive Theater for Early Learners by Imagination Stage. The workshops consisted of group activities, scenes and demonstrations.  


Michael Bobbitt, Artistic Director at Adventure Theatre, facilitated the question and answer session after each workshop as well as an extended sharing session that included David Snider of Young Playwrights Theatre. 



"This event provided not only an opportunity for Russian directors to experience American culture, but also a look into the academic and practical applications of Youth Theater Programs in the United States," said Michael Bobbitt, DC Collaborative board member. 


The Russian directors also attend a performance of Two Gentlemen of Verona, presented by Shakespeare Theatre Company Tuesday night. The performance was also followed by a brief Q & A session.    

Upcoming Member Events 


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


National Cherry Blossom Festival

"Opening Ceremony"

To launch the Centennial Celebration, the National Cherry Blossom Festival will collaborate with local and national entertainment to welcome springtime to Washington, DC. Guests will experience the story of how the gift of trees has developed into the nation's greatest springtime celebration, as told through a series of traditional and contemporary performances. Upon arrival to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, guests will be greeted with a pre-show by strolling musicians, cultural exhibits, and historical imagery, creating an interactive, multisensory experience.

Mar 25, 801 Mt Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC


National Gallery of Art

"Picasso's drawings, 1890-1921: Reinventing tradition"

Through some 55 works, the exhibition presents the dazzling development of Picasso's drawings over a 30-year period-from the precocious academic exercises of his youth in the 1890s to the virtuoso works of the early 1920s, including the radical innovations of cubism and collage. Drawing served as an essential means of invention and discovery in Picasso's multifaceted art, connecting him with the grand tradition of drawing by European masters of the near and distant past.

Jan. 29 - May 6, 4th Street NW, Washington, DC 


Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital

"20th Environmental Film Festival"

The annual film festival held in Washington D.C. will have a theme dedicated to the critical role that the environment plays in human health. The relationship between the environment and human health, and the solutions to ensure healthy population, will be put to the front. The understanding of environmental consequences on human health will thus be emphasized.

The Launch Party will start on March 8th, 6.30pm and will celebrate 20 years of environmental films ! Last year, 30,000 persons attended the festival and over 80 films were presented.

March 13-25,  Atrium of the Warner Building, Washington, DC 20004 


Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

"Ceramics - Try it out"

This is a great opportunity to develop new techniques and skills with ceramics teaching artists, sharing their best practices. You will be able to discover and share artistic competencies, regardless of whether you are a beginner or not.  More classes and more arts will be open to beginners in March.

Every Thursday Feb. 16 - April 5, 545 7th Street SE, Washington, DC 20003


Job Opening 

 Teaching Artists - Part time and summerwork 


The Shakespeare Theatre Company is seeking dynamic part time Teaching Artists for their Education Department's School Programs including: Camp Shakespeare, SHAKESPEARIENCE Student Matinee Program, Artist in the Classroom Residencies, Text Alive! and other education programs working with students from grade school to high school. BA or BFA in theatre and/or arts education, classroom teaching experience, curriculum and evaluation development, and solid background in Shakespeare required.


For more information and details on how to apply visit STC's website.

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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