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February 2013




Notes from the Executive Director



Louise Kennelly



A Snapshot of Members Reach in Schools

The DC Collaborative has created a series of on-line Members Maps that illustrate our Members' significant reach working with DC public and charter public schools.

The purpose of the Mapping Project is to highlight the ways in which our member organizations are providing access to the arts and humanities for DC's students. The maps are designed not only to provide a visual snapshot and to illustrate our collective reach-- they start to provide useful information about where outreach/service gaps exist.

A critical first step in ensuring all DC public school students have access to high-quality arts and humanities education involves determining what programs and resources are currently available to them.

We will be asking Members for information about their school partnerships again this year so that we can update this resource. We encourage you to provide feedback and input about the Mapping Project so that we can develop a resource that serves our community most effectively. If your organization is not included, please let us know and we will be sure to include it moving forward.

By selecting a school year and then selecting search, you can see the extensive reach of those many organizations that provided information for the pilot version of the maps.

The interactive Members' Mapping Project will allow schools, teachers, arts organizations, museums, theatres, and parents, to identify the presence of community arts partnerships in schools. They can also be used in Member development efforts, quickly illustrating to supporters the extensive reach of Member programs.

A next step in drawing a complete picture of arts programs available to students in DC public and charter public schools will include working with the schools to determine school based resources. Such an effort involves gathering multiple sources of data, including full-time visual arts and music teachers. 

We look forward to your feedback on the Members Mapping initiative which you can send to: info@dccollaborative.org.


Member's Map



 DC Collaborative Events

Members' Meeting


Please join us for the Winter Members' Meeting!



February 14, 2013; 4 pm to 5:30 pm



 Arena Stage

1101 Sixth Street, SW Washington, DC 20024



A conversation with Eric Booth, an actor, author, teacher and businessman regarding

The State of Arts Education Today: Trends and Opportunities in Creative Teaching and Learning


Eric Booth


Also join DCPS Director of Music Ben Hall who will outline an important new opportunity for community arts organizations to work with Brookland Middle School opening in the fall of 2014. The school will focus on the arts and languages with an emphasis on arts integration.
Josephine Robinson  
Josephine Bias Robinson, Chief, Office of Family and Public Engagement, will also be sharing remarks about how community partners can assist DCPS with the School Consolidation and Reorganization and the opportunities for new space in the schools for the cultural institution community members.


Network with colleagues, hear updates from fellow Members, and share your news!



Updated Contact Info for the DC Collaborative



The DC Collaborative has moved to different offices.  The new contact information is below.


1001 G Street, NW
Suite 1000W
Washington, DC 20001


Telephone: 202.879.9327
Fax: 202.393.5705


Emails remain the same:


The office is located in Penn Quarter near the 
Metro Center station.


Please stop by and visit us!

New Member Feature


  KanKouran Logo   

The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome the KanKouran West African Dance Company to its membership!  KanKouran, led by co-founder and Artistict Director Assane Konate, has been providing educational programs and performances in the DC area and internationally for 30 years.  


Their mission is to preserve and promote traditional West African culture by providing quality entertainment and educational programs to local and national audiences in an effort to facilitate cross-cultural enrichment.  KanKouran is home to three performing companies: the Senior, Junior, and Children's groups. The company, whose members were born in the United States, Africa and the Caribbean, is dedicated to preserving and sharing the culture of Africa. 



Visit their website at http://kankouran.org/

National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest

National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo
We are pleased to announce the 2013 National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest presented by Union Station.



Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival attracts more than one million people to Washington, DC, who come to enjoy programming and view the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin. The trees are a precious national treasure! Create a piece of artwork that will inspire others to respect and celebrate them. Read more about the theme in the  Entry Form and Resource Guide.



February 25th, 2013 


Students in DC Public and Charter Schools, Grades K-12.

Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12


Entry Form and Resource Guide


Please view the entry form for specific guidelines, artwork drop off locations, and a resource guide to help teachers encompass the environmental theme in the students' work.



If you have any questions please do not hesitate to email info@dccollaborative.org or call 202.879.9327






The DC Collaborative Team

School Museum Partnership Opportunity

Textile Museum  


Dear Teachers,


The Textile Museum is hosting a Museum-School Partnership Program February- June 2013.  It is a wonderful, FREE opportunity for DC public and public charter school teachers and students. Applications are due by February 8th, 2013


View more information about The Museum-School Partnership opportunity on the Textile Museum Website.


The Textile Museum invites all educators in District of Columbia Public and Charter Schools to apply for participation in this unique Museum-School Partnership project tied to the exhibition Out of Southeast Asia: Art that Sustains (February through June 2013). For details and to submit an application, click here. Applications are due by COB February 8, 2013.

2013 Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes

Smithsonian Museum of American Art


The Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes

July 8 - 12 and July 29 - August 2, 2013


Calling all social studies, history, and English/language arts teachers!      


The Smithsonian Museum of American Art is now accepting applications for the 2013 Clarice Smith National Teacher Institutes. These week-long summer institutes present an exciting opportunity to explore connections among American art, technology, and your curricula with colleagues from across the country.  


They welcome applications from core subject teachers for grades 6 - 12 as individuals or as part of a team. Priority will be given to social studies, history, and English/language arts teachers.


The deadline for applications is Monday, April 1, 2013. For more information about the Institute and to apply, visit:



Registration is $200 per participant. Graduate credits, scholarships, and low-cost housing accommodations are available. Questions? please email AmericanArtClariceSmithInitiative@si.edu or call 202-633-8387.  

Catalogue of Philanthropy Applications 

Applications for the 2013-2014 Catalogue for Philanthropy- Due 2/25/2013



Applications to the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington opened on January 2nd, 2013. Check out the APPLY link below for eligibility requirements, a description of the application process, and other important information. The Catalogue has helped raise over $19 million for featured nonprofits since 2003 and acceptance provides a valuable "stamp of approval." 


Applications are due by midnight on Monday, February 25th.


CLICK HERE to learn more:




Job Bank- Young Playwrights' Theater

Resident Teaching Artist Needed

Young Playwrights' Theater


Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) seeks a part-time ResidentTeaching Artist to support its In-School, After-School and Summer Playwriting Programs from June 2013 to June 2014. Contracted position, approximately 30 hours per week, $15 per hour. 
 Some nights and weekends will be required. 



Resident Teaching Artist will be responsible for implementing a variety of YPT programs in classrooms throughout the region. In addition to teaching multiple residencies each semester, the Resident Teaching Artist will assist the Artistic Director and Program Manager in program administration. Duties will include curriculum development, creation and distribution of program materials, inputting contacts into YPT databases, archival of program materials and general administrative support.


Substantial teaching experience and relevant theater experience required. B.A. or equivalent required. A great opportunity to grow and learn a variety of tasks involved in running an arts education organization.


YPT is the only professional theater in Washington, DC, dedicated entirely to arts education. Founded in 1995 by celebrated playwright Karen Zacarķas  YPT teaches students to express themselves clearly and creatively through the art of playwriting. Through interactive in-school and after-school programs, YPT activates student learning and inspires students to understand the power of language and realize their potential as both individuals and artists. By publicly presenting and discussing student-written work, YPT promotes community dialogue and respect for young artists. For more info about YPT, visit www.yptdc.org

To apply please send cover letter and resume with relevant experience to Nicole Jost, Artistic Director, at njost@yptdc.org, with "ResidentTeachingArtist" in the Subject line. No phone calls please.


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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