Spring 2013


DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Spring Key Communicator Newsletter 

Dear Key Communicators and Colleagues,


Arts for Every Student is closing out this year with about 25,000 reservations for fieldtrips and in-school performances!  

Spring Professional Development opportunities are still available School Year.  Please note, there is no cost for the professional development opportunities if you register through the DC Collaborative.  Email tracey@dccollaborative.org to sign up!

There is an opportunity for DC Public and Charter Public School Art Teachers  to register for Art Supply Grants through Creative Canvas, DC- presented by The DC Collaborative.  

The DC Collaborative is hosting a fun jewelry trunk show event on April 17th.  

Read more about these opportunities, and Cherry Blossom Festival results in this issue.



DC Collaborative Team 


Upcoming Professional Development Opportunities
Register by emailing tracey@dccollaborative.org.

Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


 Framing the Constitution: Teaching the Preamble Through Documentary Photography

For Teachers of Grades 5-10

Are you looking for ways to help students investigate the relevance of the Constitution in the 21st Century? In this workshop, learn how to help students use cellphone cameras to capture expressive images depicting how the six ideals in the Preamble to the U.S. Constitution manifest themselves in daily life. Join Barry Kleider, Minnesota photographer and teaching artist, as he shares how to use new media to explore, analyze, and question the document that founded our country's government over two hundred years ago.

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

2700 S Street Washington, DC 20566



National Museum of the American Indian

Celebrate the Chesapeake:
Native Stories from the Chesapeake Region
For teachers grades K-12
What can place names tell us about the history of where we live? What was the real story of Pocahontas, and what is contemporary life like for some Native Chesapeake peoples today? Join us as we learn about the stories that objects, maps, documents and images can tell us about the Native peoples of the Chesapeake, past and present.

In this workshop, teachers will learn how to evaluate primary and secondary sources for historical accuracy and bias, experience the Museum's popular Chesapeake school tour, and learn more about the Pamunkey Tribe of Virginia's continuing pottery-making tradition while making their own clay pot.
This workshop is recommended for K-12 teachers and meets DC/MD/VA Social Studies and Common Core English Language Arts Standards.
DATE: Saturday, April 20, 2013 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. 
 Location: Room 3010, National Museum
of the American Indian
4th Street & Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, DC 20560


President Lincoln's Cottage

Living Lincoln: A Workshop for Teachers

For teachers grades K-12

During his presidency, Abraham Lincoln developed a unique leadership style that continues to resonate with today's leaders. In Living Lincoln: A Workshop for Teachers, a museum educator facilitates an interactive workshop for school leaders that uses Lincoln's pragmatic style as a model for helping students develop the skills they need to be effective leaders. In this workshop, educators receive a customized tour of the Cottage, a resource packet of reflection activities and lesson plans, and an introduction to Lincoln's Toughest Decisions: Debating Emancipation.

DATE:  Tuesday May 7, 2013 4:30 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

Location: President Lincoln's Cottage

Entrance at intersection of Rock Creek Church Rd and Upshur Street NW, Check-in at Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center

GPS: 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW, Washington, D.C. 20011

Free on-site Parking


The Washington Ballet

Bringing Dance into Your Classroom
For elementary school teachers.
This workshop Provides resources and strategies to support creative movement in elementary education.  It offers material for movement studies through exploration of artistic self-discovery.  Teachers will come away from the workshop with ideas about how to integrate dance with core curriculum subjects and use dance to boost student's self esteem and discipline.
DATE:  Saturday, May 11th, 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Location: Washington Ballet @THEARC, 
1901 Mississippi Ave SE, Washington, DC


Library of Congress


Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources 

from the Library of Congress

For Teachers K-12 

In this workshop, teachers of all grade levels will explore the power of primary sources to engage students, build Common Core skills, and support content goals. In a hands on session, we will demonstrate a variety of strategies, and teachers will have opportunities to reflect and make applications to their own classroom settings. Participants will leave with concrete tools and resources they can use or customize for their own lessons. The session will include a brief overview of the free resources available on the Library's web site and set teachers up to continue exploring on their own as they complete the current year and plan toward the next school year.

DATE:  Thursday, May 16th 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Location:  Library of Congress, 
101 Independence Ave, SE
Washington, DC 20540
Madison Building LM637

Creative Canvas, DC
Art Supply Grants Available

Ensuring students have access to high-quality arts education is critical to their achievement.  Teachers should be afforded the opportunity to utilize high-quality art supplies to aid children in their educational development and learning. The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is proud to offer any DC public school or charter school art teacher the opportunity to apply for small art supply donations to offset the cost of implementing lessons in the classroom. We have teamed up with Plaza Art Supplies to make this a reality.


How Teachers Can Apply


A limited number of stipends for art supplies are available to any DC public or charter school art teacher. Applications will be accepted through the end of May via this on-line form. Supply donations up to $150 may be requested per teacher. Upon acceptance of your application you will be connected with Plaza Art Supplies manager, Evan Sherman to order the supplies and schedule a pick up. A copy of Plaza Art Supplies catalog can be supplied upon request.  You may also view products in the online store.  Applications will be accepted until May 31, 2013.



Art Buzz Fundraiser
Jewelry Trunk Show

Date: Wednesday, 4/17

Time:  6:00-8:30pm

 Vera Cruz Gallery
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. All proceeds benefit the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative's Arts for Every Student Program. 


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:
~ April Fish Jewelry
~ Calamarie 
~ Prissy Treasures
~ Gail Murdock
~ Deidree Bennett 
~ Elizabeth Rothschild
~ Soyini George
and more to be announced! 


All jewelry is priced at an affordable $15 to $100.
In this issue...

New Professional Development Opportunities!
Art Supply Grants Available
Art Buzz Fundraiser
Professional Development List:
(descriptions listed in the main article)
Email- Tracey@dccollaborative.org to sign up.
National Museum of the American Indian
Celebrate the Chesapeake: Native Stories from the Chesapeake Region
Date: Saturday, April 20th
Time: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

 Framing the Constitution: Teaching Preamble through Documentary Photography

Date: Tuesday, April 23th

Time: 4:30-7:30 p.m.


President Lincoln's Cottage

Living Lincoln: A Workshop for Teachers

Date: Tuesday, May 7th

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.


The Washington Ballet

 Bringing Dance into Your Classroom

Date: Saturday, May 11th

Time: 10 a.m. -12 p.m.


The Library of Congress

Introduction to Teaching with Primary Sources

Date: Thursday, May 16

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

National Cherry Blossom Festival:
Youth Art Contest Winners

   National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo

Participation was at an all time high this year for the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Youth Art Contest, with about 620 submissions and 40 schools participating.
The winning entries and additional artwork submitted from each school will be showcased at the National Cherry Blossom Festival Community Art Show presented by Earth Month 2013 and hosted at Union Station on the street level in two sections in the West and East Hall from Monday, April 1 until Sunday, April 14, 2013.  The public is invited to vote on the overall contest winner via The Washington Examiner online
 or by paper ballot at Union Station from April 1 - April 14.

 Category 1: K - 2nd Grades

1st  Place:

Joniel Bostick-Delgado, 
Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School,


2nd Place: Kyah Bryant, 

Hendley Elementary School

2nd grade

3rd Place: Coreah Rollins, 

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School,



Category 2: Grades 3 - 5

1st  Place: Emely Pozo-Lin, 

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School

4th grade

2nd Place: Story Zimmerman Trejo, 

Washington Yu Ying Public Charter School, 

4th grade

3rd Place: Oscar Lazo, 

Community Academy Public Charter School - Amos 1, 

5th grade


Category 3: Grades 6 - 8

1st  Place: Jada Pheney, 

Sousa Middle School, 

7th grade

2nd Place: Kendra Walker, 

Kelly Miller Middle School, 

7th grade

3rd Place: Deon McKnight, 

Prospect Learning Center

8th grade


Category 4: Grades 9 - 12

1st  Place: Princess Simms, 

Richard Wright Public Charter School, 

9th grade

2nd Place: Jabari Mack-Palmer, 

Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, 

12th grade

3rd Place: Amari Morgan, 

Richard Wright Public Charter School, 

9th grade

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