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April 2013




Notes from the Executive Director




Louise Kennelly



Teacher Professional Development Offered by Members


We've had a very busy school year so far, sending about 25,000 students on fieldtrips to our world-class arts and humanities Member museums and theaters.

We've also arranged for nearly 100 DC public school teachers to attend a variety of high-quality teacher professional development opportunities offered by Members, including the following:  





  • Corcoran Gallery of Art
  • Kennedy Center
  • Kreeger Museum
  • Library of Congress
  • National Geographic Museum
  • National Museum of American History
  • President Lincoln's Cottage
  • Textile Museum
  • Washington Ballet
  • Young Playwrights' Theater

Many teachers experienced "Across the Eras" hosted by the National Geographic Museum in partnership with the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, which was designed to link to the exhibit "1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization." Teachers explored how to work with primary sources to integrate story telling with history, geography, literature and the arts.

"This workshop was especially meaningful because it expanded upon the exhibit featured in the student tours, allowing for an in depth, well-rounded integration of the topics into the curriculum," observed Lisa Kopp of National Geographic.


In the same month, teachers were also able to attend the Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) "Arts Integration and Playwriting" workshop.  In this workshop teachers worked with the YPT team to learn specific playwriting exercises that they can use to enhance student learning across disciplines. "Teachers can help students deepen their understanding of any subject by using playwriting as a tool," said Nicole Jost, Artistic Director at YPT


The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts also offered a series of six workshops both enjoyable and edifying for teachers committed to strengthening their teaching in and through the arts and humanities including; "Dancetalk: Creative Movement and Language," "Evening for Educators: The Civil War and American Art," "Who's the Hero?: Confronting Bullying Through the Arts," "Framing the Constitution: Teaching the Preamble Through Documentary Photography" and "Dancing on Plane, Dancing in Space: Similarity and Congruence in 3 Dimensions."  


Joanna Lewton, a teacher at Capital City Charter School said, "AFES arranged for 5 of our teachers to go to a workshop at The Kennedy Center that focused on using dance to help with early childhood language development.  After the workshop, it was wonderful to hear the teachers brainstorming about how to bring what they had learned immediately into their classrooms."


We look forward to helping Members reach DC public school teachers in the upcoming school year and hope we will be able to include more workshops than ever before in our catalogue and online registration system.


Applications for Professional Development Workshops and the Arts for Every Student Program for the 2013-2014 school year will hit your inbox tomorrow!  
Please contact info@dccollaborative.org to request a copy if you have not 
received the applications by close of business tomorrow.


 DC Collaborative Events



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.

Summer Theatre Scholarship Opportunity



The DC Collaborative is pleased to announce a new Board Member!

Cher Castillo Freeman



Principal Broker and Owner of SKY Real Estate, she works tirelessly for her company, clients, and community. SKY Real Estate provides real estate brokerage and development services in Washington D.C., Maryland,  & Virginia while continuously striving for excellence as the premier boutique real estate concierge firm in the D.C. metropolitan area.


In addition to managing SKY, Freeman was appointed by District of Columbia Housing Finance Agency's Executive Director to run the daily operations of the Agency's HomeSaver $20 million program.  


From 2004-2010, Freeman managed the daily operations of her former brokerage, a residential and commercial real estate brokerage company with over 55 agents and $50+ million in annual sales.  Prior to this position, Freeman served as Director of Marketing for Advanced Communications Group from 2001 to 2004; and from 1999 to 2001, she built a solid network of contacts throughout Washington D.C. as the Press Secretary for Alcee Hastings, US House of Representatives.


Freeman holds a Bachelor of Science in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida and is currently pursuing a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Maryland. In addition to her commitment to lifelong learning, Freeman continues to be a champion of the arts and community. She is the Co-creator of ART BUZZ, which is a joint fundraising event that assists aspiring, underprivileged young artists. She also volunteers at Martha's Table, coordinating and participating in bi-annual trips to feed the hungry and homeless Miskito Indians on the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua, Central America. Freeman serves on the Board of Delta Housing Board II of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. as the Treasurer. Freeman is a 14 year resident of the District of Columbia and resides in Chevy Chase, DC, with her husband and three children. 

New Member Feature



The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is pleased to announce Kid Pan Alley as a new Member!


Kid Pan Alley's mission is to inspire and empower children to work together to become creators of their own music and to rekindle creativity as a core value in education.  This is done through our group songwriting workshops, in schools and camps nationwide.  Kid Pan Alley programs provide a unique creative opportunity to children in a collaborative environment.  


They offer week-long songwriter in residence workshops or a single day Character Development Assembly programs. Kid Pan Alley's artistic staff is dedicated to empowering students to stretch their creative muscles as they work together to create their own song.  They'll explore rhythm, rhyme, melody and form, all the while polishing their creative writing skills. 


Since the founding of the program in 1999, Kid Pan Alley Artistic Director and Founder, Paul Reisler, has inspired a creative tidal wave of  more than 2,000 original songs written and performed with over 30,000 children from Vermont to Hawaii. Kid Pan Alley has recorded three professional CDs - "Tidal Wave of Song," with students in Rappahannock County, VA; "Kid Pan Alley Nashville," created in partnership with the Nashville Chamber Orchestra; and "I Used to Know the Names of All the Stars" - featuring such artists as Amy Grant, Sissy Spacek, Delbert McClinton, Kix Brooks, Cracker, The Nashville Chamber Orchestra and many others. The albums have won numerous awards including a Washington Area Music Association WAMMIE, Parents' Choice Gold and Silver honors, and a NAPPA Gold Award, as well as a Grammy nomination.


Upcoming Concerts


May 4* Springfield, VA * Lee High School * Kid Pan Alley Band concert. 7pm, Free. 


May 11 * Manassas, VA * Hylton Center * Kid Pan Alley with Manassas Symphony * 7p.m.* http://manassassymphony.org


Featuring songs written with the children of Forestdale, Garfield, Springfield Estates and Key Center Schools.



Click HERE to Visit the Kid Pan Alley Website

Live to Read



DC's City-wide celebration of literature, Live to Read will take place from  May 1- 15, this year.  The Humanities Council of Washington, DC is encouraging you to read two books, "Bombingham," by Anthony Grooms and "The Watsons Go to Birmingham -1963" by Christopher Paul Curtis.  


Please attend the Opening Program and Reception: 

Date: Wednesday,  May 1 

Time: 6 - 8 p.m. 

Location: Deanwood Community Center and Library, 

1350 49th Street NE. 

Parking available, METRO accessible

(Orange Line- Deanwood Station is across the street) 

 Meet Anthony Grooms, author of Bombingham. There will be Free book giveaways and a chance to win a Kindle!  


Register online for this event by clicking HERE


For more information visit  wdchumanities.org


Summer Theatre Scholarship Opportunity


Adventure Theatre MTC offers $25K in scholarships to its inaugural 

Summer Musical Theatre Training Program


 Adventure Theatre plans to issue over $25,000 in scholarships to young performing arts students in the Montgomery County and Washington, D.C. area for its inaugural Summer Musical Theater Training Program. Led by highly experienced and sought-after Teaching Artists, this inclusive training program is committed to the development of the next generation of performers by providing focused instruction in an immersive musical theater environment.


Scholarship award recipients will choose between the 3 style-specific sessions offered in Summer 2013: Contemporary Musical Study (June 24- July 12, 2013), Broadway Revival Study (July 15- August 2, 2013), and Golden Age/MGM Musical Study (August 5- 23, 2013).  


EligibilityStudents in Montgomery County and D.C., grades 5-12 in Fall 2013 who have the work ethic and will to succeed on the stage in their academic or professional career are encouraged to apply. 

To Apply: Interested Students should contact Jared Shortmeier, Adventure Theatre MTC Assistant Education Director at 

Deadline: Scholarship applications are due on May 1, 2013. 

 Winners Announced: May 6, 2013.


For more information:contactJared Shortimeieror view the following link.



DCPS Art Show

DCPS Citywide Art Show


Opening Reception: 5/23/2013 6-8 p.m.

Exhibition: 5/23/2013- 6/9/2013

Location: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

200 I Street, SE 



Member Map


Member Map Data Collection


Member's Map  



The DC Collaborative is compiling data for School Year 2012-2013 Member Map.  This exciting project will serve as resource for our members and represent the DC Collaborative Members' reach into the District's public school system. 


Each Member will receive a map that illustrates their reach across Washington, D.C., by pinpointing sites where Members are active in delivering arts and humanities education and experiences to DC students and teachers. This project will live on an interactive, on-line platform and will be distributed annually via PDF.


View the data from School Year 2010-2011 HERE and select the year on the left.



Data Collection


Please contact us at info@dccollaborative.org or 202.879.9327 to receive the data collection forms so your organization can join the School Year 2012-2013 Member Map!


Example Map from Choral Arts Society's 2010-2011 Data



Time Line



Members fill out template and return to




Members receive a map for proofing/approval



2012-2013 School Year Update Completed!

Receive a your organizations mapping profile, a complete mapping profile of the project including all participating organizations and view the interactive, on-line updates.

Discounted Tickets- CityDance

The DREAM Celebration



CityDance is pleased to offer discounted tickets to the DC Collaborative community for The DREAM Celebration.  This exciting performance featuring top dancers from across the country will take place Saturday, May 4th at 7 p.m. and Sunday, May 5th at 4 p.m.  at Lincoln Theatre at 1215 U Street.  Please see the flyer below for more information.


Register HERE!

Use Code DREAM20 to receive 20% off.



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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