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 December 2013
Celebrating 15 years of Providing Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director



Louise Kennelly

with students.


Strategic Plan Adopted by Board


The Board of Directors of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative adopted a new strategic plan at the Winter Board meeting that will serve as our road map through 2015.


The Board took a reflective journey to produce this plan that began with member input, stakeholder interviews and surveys and resulted in the following newly articulated overarching goals:

  • Reach 100% of DC Public School and Public Charter School Students
  • Establish DC as a city-wide creative learning laboratory 
  • Provide a collective voice that communicates the importance of learning in and through the arts and humanities
  • Develop and invest in tomorrow's diverse arts audiences and arts consumers, artists, creative economy participants, leaders and global citizens
Our revised mission places members at the center of our work and articulates the goal of supporting our members in reaching students: The DC Collaborative, in partnership with our members, advances access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public school and public charter school students. 
Our new tagline positions our work together as central and fundamental to learning: Essential learning through arts and the humanities.


This plan was developed and finalized by the Strategic Planning Committee Chaired by Jeanette McCune, Director, DC School and Community Initiatives at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and was facilitated by Mary Ann De Barbieri of de Barbieri & Associates, thanks to a grant from The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.


The Board of Directors will be sharing more details of the plan and its implementation at the next members meeting on February 13, such as next steps that include a Members Advisory Committee which begins the ever-evolving process of strategic planning for FY16 and beyond.

Seasons Greetings!


Seasons Greetings from the DC Collaborative!

DC Collaborative Events


New Member Orientation
The DC Collaborative will be Hosting a New Member Orientation. Please Join Us!

When:  January 14, 2014 from 4:00-5:00 pm. 

Who:  This workshop is for Members who are new to the DC Collaborative, those thinking about joining and long term Members who need a refresher or have new personnel who would like to learn more about the DC Collaborative. 

What: This workshop is an overview of how to maximize your partnership with the DC Collaborative.  We will discuss Arts for Every Student, Professional Development Workshops, Membership Committees, Networking Opportunities, Member Workshops and Member Meetings.   

Where: Our Offices
1001 G Street, NW Suite 1000W 
Washington, DC 20001 (10th Floor Podesta Group Offices)
Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines)
Gallery Place (green, yellow, red lines)

Register HERE


Educator Round Table Series

School-Community Partnerships


The DC Collaborative will be hosting educator round-tables the third Thursday of every month to discuss pertinent topics central to arts and humanities education in the classroom.  This will also give educators and administrators the chance to network and discuss what is important to them and share their best practices!


When:  January 23, 2014 from 4:00-5:00 pm.  Light refreshments provided.


What:  At the School-Community Partnerships Workshop, educators will discuss best practices in how they partner with community cultural institutions.  We will also discuss ways to utilize the partnership with the DC Collaborative to reach the cultural institution membership.


Where: Our Offices

1001 G Street, NW Suite 1000W 

Washington, DC 20001 (10th Floor Podesta Group Offices)

Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines)

Gallery Place (green, yellow, red lines)


Register HERE 




Members' Meeting

Save the Date! 


 When:   February 13, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 pm.


Where:  THEARC

1901 Mississippi Ave SE, 

Washington, DC 20020

Southern Avenue Metro (green line)  



Register HERE 

Member Feature


 Member Feature

   National Building Museum Wins the 2013 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award


First Lady Michelle Obama praised the power of the arts to change young people's lives as she presented the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award to thirteen programs at a ceremony in the White House's East Room. 
The National Building Museum won the award for 'Investigating Where We Live,' a program for middle and high school age students that runs for 15 weeks during the summer.  35 participants are selected each year. 
View all of the 2013 Winners


2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards
Applications Now Open!

The twelve arts and humanities programs for after-school and out-of-school time will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, at a ceremony at the White House.


You can access the online National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards Application: http://www.nahyp.org/how-to-apply/ 


Application Deadline:
Monday, February 10, 2014, 5:00 p.m. PST (8 p.m. EST)  

AFES Update


December AFES Feature
Arts for Every Student takes 600 students to see the Washington Ballet!

On December 12th, the Arts for Every Student (AFES) program provided transportation and tickets to 600 students from seven DC Public and Public Charter Schools to attend 
Septime Webre's The Nutcracker. Students grades K-8 experienced the magic of ballet at the Warner Theater! 
Thank you to the Washington Ballet for offering this wonderful, engaging program to the students in the district!

This Fall, the AFES program provided 11,108 students with out-of-school arts and humanities learning experiences. 


New Member Feature



Levine School of Music

   The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome the Levine School of Music into the Membership!


Levine School of Music, the Washington DC region's preeminent center for music education, is a welcoming community where children and adults find lifelong inspiration and joy through learning, performing, listening to, and participating with others in music.


Their distinguished faculty offers a broad and well-rounded curriculum that provides a strong musical foundation for students of different ages, abilities, and interests. They strive to make Levine education available to everyone. Hundreds of students receive substantial scholarship assistance; many hundreds more receive free instruction through outreach programs.


Levine was founded in 1976 in memory of musician and prominent Washington attorney Selma M. Levine. 


View their website.   


DC Commission News


DC Commission

The DC Commission Announces New Arts Education Program Coordinator


David Markey is the new Arts Education Program Coordinator at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Previously, he was the Director of Education at Imagination Stage in Bethesda, Maryland - a cultural organization serving the greater Washington DC community for over thirty years. During his thirteen-year tenure with the organization he built the Arts Education program to serve an estimated 3,000 students each year. David was a master teaching artist with Imagination Quest (I.Q.); the arts integration program at Imagination Stage, with a specialty in using the techniques and strategies of theatre to teach across the curriculum. In its fifteen-year history, the IQ program has reached 2,800 classroom teachers and principals in professional development, 5,000 students in in-school residencies, and 500 parents/caregivers in family workshops across the country.   


David is an adjunct professor with the School of Education, Teaching and Health at American University. He works with pre- and early-service teachers across disciplines in developing their understanding of differentiated instruction and in building their skills in using the techniques of the arts to teach across the curriculum. David is a guest lecturer with the School of Education at the University of Tampa, the Theatre Department at the University of New Hampshire, and the Centre for Baroque and Renaissance Studies at the University of Maryland.  


David holds graduate degrees from University College Dublin and Trinity College Dublin, and his teaching qualification from the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London. David was chair of the Youth Theatre Network of the American Alliance for Theatre and Education from 2006-2012 and currently chairs the Performing Arts Committee of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. He is also a member of the Maryland State Department of Education's Fine Arts Committee.


The DC Collaborative looks forward to working with David and would like to encourage our members to express a warm welcome to him as well!

Member Feature


Member Feature

   Arena Stage 'Voices of Now' program goes to India January 13-29, 2014!


The 'Voices of Now' program, which organizes ensembles of young people who devise and perform original works of theatre, has earned a grant from the State Department to send nine members of Arena's community engagement team to India.  There, in four cities over three weeks in January, Arena's staff will lead 'Voices of Now' workshops and productions with local children and teenagers.

Though the program has been a facet of Arena Stage's Educational Programming for 10 years locally, this is the third time they've worked with the state department to take the program to an international level.  The program previously visited India (2012) and Croatia (2013)
The children will create autobiographical theatre pieces that explore social, cultural and emotional issues. The theatre pieces combine poetry, movement, music, dialogue and storytelling. Artists learn the value of full participation, discipline and collaboration.

Check out the recent Washington Post Article about the program.



Job Announcement


Corcoran Gallery of Art

   The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design seeks Youth Art Instructors for summer Camp Creativity



Type: Part-Time/Adjunct Faculty

Department: Camp Creativity 


The Corcoran Gallery of Art and Corcoran College of Art + Design is hiring part-time Youth Art Instructors for summer Camp Creativity weekday classes. The classes are offered to students 3 -16 years old and cover a wide variety of fields including drawing, painting, sculpture, cartooning, digital art, and photography. Class curriculum incorporates content from art history, global studies, science, and math. Locations include the Downtown and Georgetown campuses as well as the Hill Center, THEARC, and Capitol Hill Day School.  Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and three references to Jocelyn Kho, Senior Manager of Youth and Family Programs, at jkho@corcoran.org. Please specify areas of expertise, age-group preferences, and availability.



Bachelor's Degree (Master's Degree or Teaching Certification preferred)

Minimum 2-3 years teaching experience

Experience working with children

Strong communication skills

Ability to encourage artistic growth and creativity

A strong interest or background in art education

Knowledge of Art History preferred


  corcoran building


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. View our Member's roster.

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