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 January 2014
Celebrating 15 years of Providing Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director

Arts and Humanities Access and Social Justice

Louise Kennelly with students
This month many of our Members offered inspiring Black History Month programming to thousands of DC public school and charter public school students.  


THEARC, Choral Arts Society of Washington, Washington Performing Arts Society, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and National Museum of African Art, for example, shared their innovative Black History Month celebrations through the Arts for Every Student program.  Almost all of our Members celebrated in some significant way: The Anacostia Community Museum, Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, National Museum of American History and George Washington's Mount Vernon offered specialized lectures, performances, ceremonies and other events.


Many of these learning experiences encouraged students to reflect on the values exemplified by Martin Luther King, Jr.'s life  and legacy: themes of freedom, access and equity that this month brings.


Our work at the DC Collaborative is informed by these values and we consider our Arts for Every Student program to be a matter of equity and social justice and a critical investment in the future of our nation's Capital. Our work together lends itself to finding new ways of problem solving and closing the achievement gap by creating more collaborative, optimistic, and effective pathways for supporting and teaching DC's youth, giving them the knowledge and tools necessary to be resilient and effective learners.


DC public and public charter school students deserve an education impacted by access to the best cultural institutions in the world.  The stellar programs that our Members offer should be included in every DC public school and charter public school child's education, as access to these programs is proven to increase critical thinking, recall, tolerance, empathy and cultural awareness and provides a source of lifelong inspiration. 

AFES Update


February AFES Update


This month the DC Collaborative provided AFES learning experiences to 3,200 DC Public and Public Charter School students to events throughout the city. Thank you to the members for offering these wonderful, curriculum-enriching programs to the students of the DC. Students attended:

New Member Feature



Anacostia Diaspora Group

   The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome Ancostia Diaspora Group and TICAH into its membership! 

The Anacostia Diaspora Group holds an interest in preserving the collective memory of Anacostia's  past to help inform its present and future development wherein "Each one will teach one." They hosted a "Summer Breeze Jazz Concert" featuring Art Sherod, Jr. with the Marcus Miller project at THEARC last year and a picnic at the Anacostia Community Museum.

    Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health (TICAH)


TICAH, the Trust for Indigenous Culture and Health, was founded in Kenya in 2003 to enhance the positive links between health and cultural knowledge, practice, belief, ritual, and artistic expression.


Their work spans Africa and Asia, focuses on AIDS and traditional medicine, sexuality and gender, food and art activism. They do research and training in comprehensive AIDS care, policy work to improve the quality of and availability of treatment choices, projects to encourage recognition of positive living as a lifelong process, convening of conferences and expert committees, documentation to stimulate attention to grassroots solutions, and activist advocacy to raise our voices in effective ways, ways that influence policies and programs.


View Their Website

Funding Opportunity- Deadline Extended


Applications to the Catalogue for Philanthropy:

Greater Washington, Deadline Extension

Deadline Extension: Monday, 3/3 at 6 p.m.


Being part of the Catalogue's network means you'll be recognized as "one of the best" high-impact, community-based nonprofits in the region - something that means so much to supporters, both existing and new. The Catalogue's track record shows that when nonprofits engage in this committed partnership, they receive both financial and other returns. (The Catalogue has helped raise over $22 million since 2003 for its 365 charities!)   


Application Deadline Extension: Due by 6 p.m. on Monday, March 3. 


Click the link below to learn more:


National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest 

  National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo

  2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival
Youth Art Contest
"Step into Spring" Contest Deadline- March 4th 

Entry Form, Resource Guide and Guidelines



Every year, the National Cherry Blossom Festival attracts more than one million people to Washington, DC, who come to enjoy programming, celebrate spring, and view the cherry trees around the Tidal Basin.


How would you like to "Step into Spring" with the Festival when the cherry trees are in bloom?



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


View Entry Form, Resource Guide and Guidelines 


Entries must be turned in to the three locations listed on the guidelines form by 6 p.m. on March 4th.


Please contact info@dccolalborative.org prior to dropping off so we know when to expect you.

Call for Summer Institute Programs



Summer Institute Information Request


Would you like to see your organization's summer institute information featured in a future DC Collaborative announcement?  If so, please send your program information to info@dccollaborative.org.  We would love to feature your programs!


Please submit the details and any images that you would like to include prior to March 10.


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.

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
p. (202) 879-9327
f.  (202)393-5705
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