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April 2012




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly

Arts Education Celebration


The DC Collaborative held our spring fundraiser event at the Lincoln Restaurant on April 25. The reception included more than 150 supporters old and new who believe in the power of the arts and humanities to positively transform student's lives.


"The arts keep students engaged in learning and they build the necessary skills and habits to succeed," remarked Chancellor Kaya Henderson whose office has recently embarked on the development of a new arts plan that includes an integral role for community arts partners.


Other event highlights included a performance by Dunbar Senior High School marching band that performed the Star Spangled Banner and America the Beautiful with music director Edward Anderson.


"The event was designed to bring in tomorrow's philanthropist and arts education leaders who can carry our work on into the future," commented event committee chair and DC Collaborative board member Jade Floyd.

While presenting a colorful painting by an eight-year-old student to the Chancellor, board president Jeff Travers said, "We present this gift to the Chancellor in recognition of the schools' ongoing partnership with the Collaborative and her commitment to the importance of learning in and through the arts."


Student artwork on display was created by students from Peabody Early Learning Center. DJ Jahsonic provided additional musical entertainment for the evening.


 Presentation of Student ArtworkDunbar student       reception


Event Honorary Co Chairs included U.S. Representatives Eleanor Holmes Norton, John Lewis, and Louise Slaughter in addition to Chancellor Kaya Henderson. The program was emceed by trailblazing boxing announcer Henry Jones.

The host committee included: Joy Ford Austin, Michael Bobbitt, John M. Burns, Raymond Farmer Jade Floyd, Tony and Cher Freeman, Jeff Travers and Michael Heffner, Jamie Hess, James Gilbey, Tony Gittens, Dana Ayanna Greaves, Christal M. Jackson, Bruce Johnson, Carlyn Madden, Charlotte Cameron Marshall, Camelia Mazard, Jeanette McCune, Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Gail Murdock, Ora Nwabueze, Ezra Qassim, Gina Sacripanti, Charles Small, Allen Weinstein, Reid and Veronica Wilson, and Adra Williams.





 DC Collaborative events



Please join the DC Collaborative and the DCPS Central Arts Team

for a Professional Development Workshop


May 1st from 4 to 5:30


Where: National Geographic 1145 17th Street NW, Room 959, 9th Floor

 Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines)


Scoping out the Scope and Sequence

DCPS has developed a set of curricular guides called the Scope and Sequence designed to ensure that teachers have an instructional map to help them meet the Common Core Standards. These guides provide opportunities for members to link to teachers curriculum plans. Find out more details at this workshop!


Click here to register now!



Please join the DC Collaborative and the DCPS Central Arts Team

for a focus group meeting on


May 11th from 11 to 12:30


Where: DAR Museum, 1776 D Street, NW - PG Assembly Room (Bring Bag Lunch)

Metro: Farragut North (Red Line) and Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines)


The DCPS Central Arts Team is currently in the initial phase of creating a sustainable arts plan for DCPS. This meeting is one in a series of meetings that will give stakeholders a chance to share their vision for arts education in DCPS. Developing an arts plan will involve creating an arts plan similar to those already in place in other states such as Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, New York City and Washington State. A district-wide arts plan will not only lead to higher student achievement, but open the door to new sources of funding and strengthen partnerships as well.


The purpose of this meeting is to ensure that all DC Collaborative members have an opportunity to be involved in creating a sustainable arts plan for DCPS.


Click here to register now!



DCPS Volunteer Recognition Week



DCPS Volunteer Recognition Week

May 21-25 


DC Public Schools will be celebrating volunteers from May 21-25 and selecting outstanding volunteers for awards. 



Upcoming Partner Events



D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities 2013 grants cycle.

May 7, 2012 - Free


The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities will launch its 2013 grants cycle on Monday, May 7, 2012. The commission would like to bring together as many organizations/individuals as possible to learn about what the Commission has in store for FY2013. There will be panel presentations and discussions on changes in their grant structure for 2013. Event will be held at Lincoln Theatre. To register visit http://grants2013.eventbrite.com

Afterschool Innovator Awards



The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation need your help!

Win a $10,000 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award

by May 15, 2012.



The Afterschool Alliance and MetLife Foundation need your help identifying exemplary afterschool programs serving middle school youth to win a $10,000 MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Award and to be featured in their 2012 series of issue briefs. Nominees are sought in four categories:

  • Afterschool and Digital Learning 
  • Afterschool and the Arts 
  • Afterschool and Parent Involvement/Engagement 
  • Afterschool and School Improvement 

The MetLife Foundation Afterschool Innovator Awards aim to identify potentially lesser-known, yet highly effective programs and the individuals running them. Nominees will be judged by the innovative nature of their approach and demonstrated effectiveness. Each of the five award winners will receive $10,000 for their program.



The online nomination form can be found here and additional details, including information about past year's winners are available online at http://www.afterschoolalliance.org/metLife.cfm. Nominate your program or a program that you think deserves this prestigious distinction today!

If you have any questions about the nomination process, please contact Research Associate Chris D'Agostino atcdagostino@afterschoolalliance.org or call (202) 347-2030.  

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 
member e-news, please email us!
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1835 14th Street, NW 
Washington, DC 20009
p. (202) 204-7750
f.  (202) 204-7803