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March 2013




Notes from the Executive Director



Louise Kennelly



Public Funding for Arts and Humanities FY14


There are numerous opportunities this budget season to rally behind increased public funding for arts and  arts education.

 The Mayor's proposed budget released yesterday includes $6 million* for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' operating budget and we have much work to do to convince the full City Council to increase this amount to at least $20 million, as Councilmember Jack Evans has vowed to do. The good news is the Mayor's proposed FY14 budget also includes an additional $5 million for public art for six years (total $30 million) as part of the Capital Improvements Campaign and $250,000 to develop a creative economy strategy that dovetails with the city's economic development plan. The DC Commission is also listed amongst the Mayor's "Top 10 Priorities" to allocate an additional $7 million to support Arts Stabilization Grants should further funding become available for FY14.


Follow this link to view the mayor's proposed budget.


Now we need your assistance to convince the Councilmembers that the proposed Commission budget is not enough to cover much-needed local grants to arts and humanities organizations such as yours. If you are a District resident or work in the District please cut and paste the letter linked here in an email and send it to every Councilmember (contact information is here), starting with the members of the Finance and Revenue Committee that has oversight of the Commission's budget, and include your contact information.


The council needs to hear our voices to make this increase a reality. Please consider sending your email, letter, text (or phone call) on April 9 which is National Arts Advocacy Day. Also save the date of April 24, 10 a.m., and participate in the Finance and Revenue hearing on the Commission's budget.


Follow this link to download a sample letter.


*This figure does not include about $1 million of federal funds that is listed in the Mayor's proposed budget but that has not actually come through to the City in recent years.


 DC Collaborative Events



Join us Wednesday, April 17, 2013 for the ART BUZZ Jewelry Trunk Show featuring the works of DC jewelry designers at Vera Cruz Gallery from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm. All proceeds benefit the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
Hosted by Cher Castillo Freeman, Jade Floyd and Ora Nwabueze the ART BUZZ Remix will raise funds for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative's Arts for Every Student Program. Preview the newest exhibition at Vera Cruz Gallery featuring the work of New York based artist Haruto Imamura.
Peruse hundreds of jewelry pieces for both men and women and purchase a raffle ticket for the chance to win a signature piece from each designer that evening.
$10 donation at the door includes one drink ticket and light appetizers. Additional alcohol available for purchase. 
Designers include: 
~ Prissy Treasures 
~ Gail Murdock 
~ Deidree Bennett  
~ Elizabeth Rothschild 
and more to be announced! 
All jewelry is priced at an affordable $15 to $100.


ART BUZZ is designed to showcase the works of DC designers and actively raise funds for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative's Arts for Every Student (AFES) program.
AFES provides DC public and chartered schools with access to cultural opportunities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The DC Collaborative ensures that nearly 30,000 under-served DC public schools benefit from the region's rich array of arts and humanities institutions.






Middle School Unit Overviews Workshop

Linking to DCPS Middle School Content


The DC Collaborative is hosting workshops, facilitated by the DCPS Director of Music, Ben Hall. These workshops will help Member's integrate with DCPS Middle School Content and the new arts and languages focused school, Brookland Middle School, opening in the fall of 2014. The application to link to Middle School Unit Overviews can be found HERE.  It is due on June 14th, 2013.  The workshops will review the application process and Unit Overviews.


May 23rd, 3:00 pm-5:00 pm


Location: 1001 G Street, NW Suite 1000W (10th Floor)
Washington, DC 20001
Near Metro Center-blue/orange, red lines
or Gallery Place yellow/green, red lines 


Ben Hall, ben.hall@dc.gov, will be available at others times to meet with members based on a mutually agreeable schedule. Please contact him if you can not make the May 23rd workshop date.

New Member Feature


Madame Tussaud


The DC arts and Humanities Collaborative is pleased to announce Madame Tussauds, Washington, D.C., as a new Member!


Visit their website HERE.

Members Needs Assessment Survey


Membership Topics Needs Assessment 
We are sending this brief needs assessment survey to dues paying members to ensure that we are being responsive to member interests in designing workshops and meetings. The survey will address topics and issues in arts and humanities education that you would like to see addressed at DC Collaborative convenings. 

Thank you for your response and assistance in this important work for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. 

Please contact us at (202)879.9327 or info@dccollaborative.org if you have any questions.

Funding Opportunities


Target Accepting Applications for 

K-12 Arts Education Programs

Grants will support programs that enhance the K-12 curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences into the classroom 

Arts, Culture & Design in Schools, a charitable initiative of national retailer

Target, is accepting applications from schools and nonprofit organizations for programs that bring arts and cultural experiences directly to K-12 students.


The company awards grants of $2,000 for programs that enhance the classroom curricula by bringing the arts and cultural experiences to schools via in-school performances, artist-in-residency programs, workshops, and so on. Programs must take place between September 2013 and August 2014.


Grants are restricted to K-12 educational institutions and organizations with tax-exempt status under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Applications are accepted between March 1 and April 30 each year, with grant awards announced in September.


See the Target Web site for eligibility and application guidelines.

Deadline: April 30, 2013, annually


College Board- Annual Award for Excellence

College Board and oversee our annual Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts. This annual award recognizes and celebrates the achievements of six member institutions that have implemented an arts program that promotes student learning and creativity in exemplary and innovative ways.  Grants of of $3500 - $5000 will be awarded to six schools each year in support of innovative and outstanding arts programs, especially those that reach diverse, under-served, or low-income students.   


Eligibility: The applicant program must have been in place for a minimum of one year prior to the application date. Applicants must be College Board member institutions member or member districts that serve grades 6-12. To find out if your school is a member, email membership@collegeboard.org.



Previous recipients of the College Board's Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts are not eligible, but semi-finalists, honorable mentions, and schools that have applied in the past are encouraged to reapply. College Board Schools are not eligible.



Deadline: April 5, 2013

Visit:  https://artsaward.collegeboard.org/ to apply online and view the application requirements/


DC Commissions Calls for Submissions- Larry Neal Writer's Awards

DC Commission Calls for Submissions: 


The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) recognizes excellence  emerging and established D.C. writers in poetry, essays, dramatic writing and short story in the 30th Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition, which commemorates the artistic legacy and vision of cultural understanding of Larry Neal - a renowned author, academic and former Executive Director of the DCCAH.


Adult, teen and youth writers residing in the District of Columbia receive awards for their artistic excellence. Adult winners are eligible for awards of $1,500 and teen and youth winners are eligible for awards of $500.  The winners will be announced at the Larry Neal Writers' Awards Ceremony on the afternoon of Saturday, May 4, 2013, presented in partnership with the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.


All winners and finalists will also receive invitations to the PEN/Faulkner Reading Series. The PEN/Faulkner Reading Series brings noted American and international writers to the District of Columbia to present readings in the Elizabethan Theater of the Folger Shakespeare Library.


Submission Guidelines:


Entries must be submitted online through the  ZoomGrants application system. No hand-delivered submissions will be accepted. 


Application Deadline: 
Thursday, April 4th, 2013 at 6:00 PM



To review submission guidelines and access the application portal, please visit www.dcarts.dc.gov.


Please note: All applications must strictly adhere to the posted guidelines and criteria. Failure to follow submission guidelines and application instructions may result in automatic disqualification.


FY13 Arts Stabilization Awardees

DC Commission Stabilization Grant Awardees


Congratulations to our member organizations that were awarded the FY13 Arts Stabilization Grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities!
CityDance Ensemble, Inc.
DC Wheel- Dance Place
Festivals, DC, Ltd.
Folger Shakespeare Library
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Joy of Motion Dance Center, Inc.
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Step Afrika! U.S.A. Incorporated
The Choral Arts Society of Washington
The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts
The Phillips Collection
The Shakespeare Theatre Company
Washington Bach Consort
Washington Ballet
Washington DC International Film Festival
Washington Drama Society, Inc.- Arena Stage
Washington Performing Arts Society
Young Playwrights' Theatre, Inc.
 To view the full list of awardees click HERE.

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 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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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
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Washington, DC 20001
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