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May 2012




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly

Working Together To Connect With Young Learners


Members gathered at the National Gallery of Art on May 17 for the Spring Members Meeting that included an exploration of how creative departments and education departments at member organizations interact and plan with one another to develop vibrant programming and engaging organizations.

Septime Webre, Artistic Director of The Washington Ballet joined Katrina Toews, Director, The Washington Ballet @ THEARC to share anecdotes and a larger philosophical approach around incorporating diverse and contemporary voices into the ballet repertory as a means to engage and connect with diverse young audiences and learners. "Our programs are invigorated by diverse voices and we develop programs to reflect a variety of cultures and points of view," said Septime. Katrina shared an overview of the Washington Ballet company's education programs including Dance DC  and the Washington Ballet at THEARC.

Arena Stage's Director of Community Engagement Anita Maynard-Losh and Arena's Literary Manager Amrita Ramanan also joined the panel and outlined the ways Arena team members often wear both the artistic-development and education hats.

Members posed compelling questions to the panel and the discussion covered ways to build more consistently diverse audiences as well as strategies for connecting to teachers to increase their participation at member sites, especially to the vast resources at the Smithsonian.

"It was an important chapter in an on-going conversation about delivering the highest-quality arts education to the most learners here in DC," remarked one participant.

AFES Teacher Orientation at Kennedy Center


AFES Teacher Orientation

The DC Collaborative hosted the 2012-2013 Arts for Every Student Teacher Orientation and Member Fair on May 22 in The Kennedy Center. During the member fair, teachers were able to speak directly with representatives from our member organizations about upcoming summer programs and scheduled programming for next school year.

CityDance at AFES Orientation
CityDance at KC

Following the member fair, Shakespeare Theatre actors Jim Gagne and George Grant presented a scene from Henry VI, part III. The performance was followed by brief presentations from Marcy Spiro of Shakespeare Theatre Company; Kendall Casey from the DAR Museum; and Alexe Nowakowski from CityDance followed by a CityDance performance.

A review of the AFES trip reservation process was conducted and a teacher Q & A session followed.

The DC Collaborative will be hosting another orientation session in the fall for any teachers who were unable to make this one. Stay tuned for more details!

 Spotlight: Lincoln Theatre




The Lincoln Theatre, built in 1922, was the center of a cultural renaissance that predated Harlem. Washington natives Duke Ellington and Pearl Bailey were joined by nationally acclaimed artists such as Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, and Sarah Vaughn who performed regularly on the storied stage. Even FDR had his birthday parties at the Lincoln Colonnade, a festive party hall once located at the Theatre.


Now experiencing a second renaissance, The Lincoln Theatre remains committed to entertain, educate and inspire by offering and preserving an historical community treasure for multi-cultural experiences and programming. 


Arts partnerships and generous funding by the District allow The Lincoln Theatre  to remain a main stage, contributing to the revitalization of the U Street Corridor and continuing to preserve its legacy as a cultural beacon for Washington and the World.



                                              Lincoln Theatre Interior

DCPS Community Partners Meetings

 The DCPS Community Partnerships Team to Host
Partner Fair 


When: Friday, June 29th 1:30-3:30pm

Where: DCPS School Leadership Academy  


Community partners are invited to reserve a table and send two representatives. This is an excellent opportunity to forge new partnerships for the coming school year.


If you would like to participate, please register  here. Registration ends June 11, 2012. Spaces will be assigned on a first come first served basis.


For questions, please contact Hillah Culman,  Coordinator of Community Partnerships in the Office of Family and Public Engagement at hillah.culman@dc.gov.

 2012 Kids Euro Festival Teacher Meeting 

2012 Kids Euro Festival Teacher Meeting

This year will mark the 5th anniversary of Kids Euro Festival! The festival is scheduled to take place from October 17th to November 13th. Kids Euro Festival is the largest children's performing arts festival in the United States and features hundreds of entertaining performances, films and workshops from all 27 member states of the European Union.

Please join the festival team for a preview of the upcoming festival on June 4th. They will also be available to answer any questions so that you will be able to plan ahead for next year!

June 4th at 4:30pm
Where: La Maison Francaise 4101 Reservoir Rd NW

FREE Parking available on Embassy Grounds

Please RSVP to schools@kidseurofestival.org with your FULL name, school and license plate number (if you intend on parking on embassy grounds). For security reasons an RSVP is mandatory.


Job Opening 


ADVENTURE THEATRE MTC seeks an Assistant Education Director.  


The ideal candidate is an experienced musical theater performer, educator, organized administrator, has excellent communication skills, has worked in school/classroom settings, possesses demonstrated leadership and communication skills, has experience in curriculum development & budgeting, and is current on trends in education/arts education.  


Responsibilities include administration of education outreach programs, staff hiring, training and management, curriculum design, study guide development, education program marketing and phone sales.  


Qualifications: Professional Musical Theater performance credits, Theater or TYA Education MA preferred; theatre instruction, administration and creative drama experience. Starting salary $36,000 plus benefits.  


Submit cover letter, resume, 3 references, and sample lesson plan to Kathryn Hnatio, khnatio@adventuretheatre-mtc.org. Application deadline 6/1/12. Electronic submissions only. NO CALLS, PLEASE. For more information, visit www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org. EOE.  

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 or support teacher registration fees for Professional Development workshops.
About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 60 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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