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




Notes from the Executive Director


Louise Kennelly with students

Ensuring Access to Arts Education is Among the Most Pressing Civil Rights Issues of our Time


Many Members are celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act ratified in 1964 as well as the Voting Rights Act of 1965.


These exhibitions and programs provide unique opportunities for students to learn how much progress we've made as a nation in the last half century to advance Civil Rights in this country.


The anniversary is also an opportunity to ask "What more ground do we still have to cover in the Civil Rights arena?" Access to arts and humanities education is one of the Civil Rights issues of our time. That's because the arts belong to all of us and yet disadvantaged students are receiving less arts education than other students and yet they benefit the most from these learning experiences.


Arts education leads to everything we as a nation say we care about in education: higher-order thinking skills, more engaged students, increased academic performance, a world-class education, increased graduation, a reduction in the achievement gap, college and career readiness in a creative and information-based economy. Yet too many lower-income students are not getting these learning experiences that are absolutely fundamental to a relevant education in the world today.


Now is the time to work creatively to ensure that these opportunities are not just going to the students whose parents can afford to supplement the increasingly narrow curriculum in public schools today. Many of these themes were explored at a recent Arts Education Partnership meeting held at NPR last week. AEP shared the attached CCSSO and Federal Education Group brief on how states can support the utilization of Title I monies for arts education that holds promise for coming up with the resources needed for ensuring all students have access to the arts.

DC Collaborative Events


Rescheduled Members' Meeting 

When: April 3, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location:  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
200 I (Eye) Stret, SE Washington, DC 20003
Navy Yard Metro Stop (green line)


Register Here!


Cultural Fieldtrips Make a Difference: Science Says Art Fieldtrips Will Make Your Kids Better Thinkers (and Nicer People) 

Hear the Groundbreaking Evidence of Impact From the Team at Crystal Bridges and University of Arkansas   

AFES Update


March AFES Update

DCPS and DCPCS students experience baroque music at "Bach in Time!"



This month nearly 1,000 students from eleven different DC public and public charter schools registered to attend Washington Bach Consort's performances of "Bach in Time" at Sitar Arts Center and THEARC
In this performance the young J.S. Bach travels through time to teach, sing, and invite the audience to help him make music. This interactive presentation targets 2nd-5th graders and teaches solid musical basic, introduces musical instruments, and provides follow-up classroom materials. 
Stay tuned for the "Goldberg Variations" performance coming up in the beginning of May!

NEA National Poetry Outloud Save the Date


2014 National Finals Poetry Out Loud

National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation invite you to attend!


 Semi-Finals: April 29, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Finals: April 30, 7:00-9:15 p.m.


Location: GW Lisner Auditorium 

730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052

Foggy Bottom Metro Stop (blue/orange lines)


The National Finals of Poetry Out Loud will take place on  April 29-30, 2014 at Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University's campus. Fifty -three high school state champions will recite their chosen poems at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, April 29, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Lisner Auditorium. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals, also held at Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, April 30, from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. The top finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards. Both events are free and open to the public; no tickets or reservations are required.




New Member Feature




The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 

into the Membership!


The Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting is an innovative award-winning non-profit journalism organization dedicated to supporting the independent international journalism that U.S. media organizations are increasingly less able to undertake. The Center focuses on under-reported topics, promoting high-quality international reporting and creating platforms that reach broad and diverse audiences.


The Center's educational programs provide students with fresh information on global issues, help them think critically about the creation and dissemination of news, and inspire them to become active consumers and producers of information.

View their website HERE.

DC Commission- Education Census



DC Commission  

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Education Census - Apr 22-May 16


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is implementing an Arts Education Census in order to determine the breadth and depth of arts education programming currently in place in the DC public and public charter schools. The results of the census will aid DC agencies, policymakers and other community partners in better understanding the continuum of programming and learning that currently exists. They will also help determine strategies for ensuring appropriate benchmark standards are met for each student before high school graduation. 


Should you not already have done so, please identify an administrator at your school to complete the online census between April 22 - May 16. Contact David Markey at david.markey@dc.gov for more information.


In other Commission news, the 2015 grants launch is on April 7, details below:


Teaching Artist Opportunity


 Calling all Teaching Artists
Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts seeks to hire teaching artists for their 16-session Classroom Residencies.  
Application Deadline- April 18

For more than 30 years, the Wolf Trap Institute for Early Learning Through the Arts has supported the learning of young children-- from three months through Kindergarten-- by providing professional development for arts-integrated learning to early childhood teachers. The Institute accomplishes this by training early childhood educators in their own classrooms as well as other professional development programs to infuse the performing arts into their standard lesson plans, helping young children: 
  • Develop their emergent literacy skills and language acquisition
  • Learn math and science concepts, vocabulary, and habits of mind
  • Engage in arts learning in accordance with developmentally appropriate practices as outlined in the National Performing Arts Standards 
  • Practice and experience 21st century skills such as communication, creativity, collaboration, cooperation, and flexible thinking which are key to future success 
  • Achieve pre-K and Kindergarten learning outcomes as defined by national education organizations and local education districts. 
Wolf Trap Institute Teaching Artists: 
Professional performing artists who are comprehensively trained in the Wolf Trap model provide professional development in partnership with early childhood educators through classroom residencies designed to integrate the arts with curriculum standards in developmentally appropriate practices. Through a coaching and mentoring process for the teachers, Teaching Artists develop and implement lessons that strengthen the understanding and practice of arts-integrated experiences and strategies. 
See the Application for more information regarding Teaching Artist FAQs, Selection Criteria, In Classroom Residencies, Benefits to Becoming a Wolf Trap Teaching Artists and Application Requirements.

Send all of the required application materials to: maryh@wolftrap.org or Mary Henderson, 1645 Trap Rd, Vienna, VA 22182 Questions? 703.937.6306 wolftrap.org/education

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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