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October 2012




Notes from the Executive Director

Louise Kennelly

Louise Kennelly


Arts for Every Student Launch  2012-2013



We are pleased to announce the launch of the 2012-13 Arts for Every Student program.


Registration opened on Sept. 10 in celebration of Arts in Education Week. Our members listed a tremendous variety of the highest-quality arts and humanities opportunities for teachers and students, featured in the catalogue linked below.


Demand for these experiences is at a record high. Last year --and the year before -- we served nearly half of the DC public school population. We continue to try to meet unprecedented demand, connecting more students and teachers with our members' extraordinary programs in a time of difficult financial constraints. Thanks to members such as the Kennedy Center and the Museum of American History that donate the cost of tickets and/or transportation, we can extend our reach.  


It is our dream to serve 100 percent of the public school students of DC - linking learning to DC cultural resources in a way that  turns our City into an innovative learning lab and charts a path for providing DC students with a world-class education.



View the 2012-2013 Arts for Every Student Catalogue

Member Spotlight 

Library of Congress, A New DC Collaborative Member

Library of Congress
The Library of Congress
was added to the DC Collaborative Membership roster. They offer a vast variety of educational programming and events located in the Thomas Jefferson Building. Educational Programming portion of the Young Readers Center offers programs that interpret the Library's online materials for young readers and their educators. Readers can learn how to use the Library's millions of online primary sources in their studies, and teachers can learn how to incorporate these materials in their classroom presentations. The Young Readers Center will also provide specialized educational programming and tailor programs to accommodate school's requests. The Library of Congress will be offering two events through the DC Collaborative's Arts for Every Student (AFES) program, the Library of Congress National Book Festival and the Civil War in America Exhibition Tour.
Nat'l Book Festival

The Library of Congress National Book Festival took place on the National Mall on Saturday, September 22nd, and Sunday September 23rd. The DC Collaborative sent 80 students to the event. They had the opportunity to interact directly with dozens of authors, such as, Walter Dean Myers, Mary Pope Osborne, and R.L. Stine. Click  HERE to view the event schedule and author list.   





 FOTOWeekDC- Youth Photo Contest  

FOTOWeekDC- Youth Photo Contest

The Washington Post is sponsoring the 5th Annual FOTOWeekDC, Youth Photo Contest. All students K-12 are eligible to participate, for FREE!

CATEGORIES: People, Animals. Landscape, School Life, Social Change

$100 for 1st place winners and $50 for honorable mentions
$250 cash prize for "Best in Show" winner
Awards ceremony and reception for winners and their families
Photo displayed at The Washington Post and FotoDC.org
Cash prizes totaling $2,500 

WHO CAN ENTER:  Any student K-12 living in DC, Maryland, or Virginia Parental permission is required to register and upload photos online.  

DEADLINE: The contest Deadline is Monday, October 8th. 

If you are a finalist, you will receive your award at a special reception!

Go to http://youth.fotodc.org/ to enter!

Member Events


Imagination Stage Executive Director Bonnie Fogel 

and Artistic Director Janet Stanford invite you to 
A Creative Conversation!


Parents, educators, and theater practitioners are invited to join Imagination Stage for a conversation about creativity in children: its proven decline in elementary ages, why that matters, and how to foster more of it in children and families. 


Join Imagination Stage for a panel discussion with experts in the field entitled Why Creativity is THE 21st Century Skill, followed by a choice of break-out sessions:

  • Creativity at Home(workshop)
  • Creativity in the Classroom (workshop)
  • Measuring Creativity (take the nationally recognized Torrance Test)
  • The National Creativity Crisis?(presentation/discussion)

Register Now for A Creative Conversation on 
Wednesday, October 10

Date: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 Time: 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 
Location: Imagination Stage (4908 Auburn Avenue, Bethesda, MD 20814)

This event is FREE; preregistration required. 

Full schedule and registration available:




DC Collaborative Events


Membership Meeting and Election of New Board Members, Officers


Members gathered at Source Theatre to elect new board members and officers.


We are pleased to have Aranthan "AJ" Jones, a principal at the Podesta Group and Gregory McGruder, Vice President of National Geographic, providing their expertise, guidance and oversight on the board. 


Greg McGruder
Gregory McGruder
AJ Jones
Aranthan "AJ" Jones


The Executive Slate was also approved unanimously by the members: President- Jade Floyd; Vice President- Gina Sacripanti; Secretary (Acting Secretary)- Jade Floyd; and Treasurer- AJ Jones.


DC State School Board Member Mary Lord presented on the Common Core Standards and DCPS Music Director Ben Hall shared a new structure for more targeted professional development for arts and music teachers this school year.


A panel on successful partnerships between cultural organizations and schools included Jeanette McCune of the Kennnedy Center, David Markey of Imagination Stage, Topher Kandick of SEED Academy and Jocelyn Kho of the Corcoran Gallery of Art.


The members meetings for the remainder of the year are as follows:


Thursday, February 14th, 2013   

4:00-5:30 p.m.

Location TBA



Thursday, May 16th, 2013   

4:00-5:30 p.m.

 Location TBA    


Performing Arts Committee Meeting Summary  

Arts Integration and Parent Involvement

Performing Arts Committee mtg. 6-26-2012
The DC Collaborative Performing Arts Committee, led by committee chair, Dave Markey, met at Source Theatre  to discuss how the member organizations could best partner with DC parents.  Increasing parent involvement and connecting with Parent Teacher Association (PTA)  to help  build support for arts and humanities education programs and services was  determined to be a key factor in furthering access to arts and humanities education.

Alice Speck , a parent advocate for strong DC Public Schools, and Jane Coyne, the previous Manager of Arts and Education for the National PTA,  shared their expertise  on the important role of  parent involvement in ensuring the arts play a central role in school improvement.  "The key to reaching parents and getting them involved is getting their children excited about what is happening at the school," Alice Speck observed.

Jane Coyne detailed her experiences from the National PTA Conference.  She explained that we as arts and humanities professionals all know that learning in and through the arts contributes to a comprehensive education for children but it is still news to many elected officials, administrators and other decision makers. A key to building support for arts education in schools is to open doors and let new stakeholders  experience why arts education is important.

Members  shared  success stories as well as challenges  in advancing their work.  It was found by most organizations in attendance that persistence and identification of a school's unique needs and aligning with a school's unique goals will  help members create lasting school partnerships.

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


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