April 2014



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

April Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,


Thank you for volunteering your time to immerse your students (5,500 student reservations in fact!) in arts and humanities education programming at more than 20 member sites throughout February and March.  This is especially incredible when you consider all of the snow days and testing that affected your schedules.

This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • Members' Meeting on the educational value of field-trips Thursday, April 3rd at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (hope you can attend!); 
  • National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest winners announcement; 
  • A Professional Development opportunity that is being offered at the National Museum of African Art on Saturday, April 5.

Please share this with your colleagues! 

All Best,

The DC Collaborative Team

Members' Meeting 

Please Join Us!

When: April 3, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
Location:  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 
200 I St SE #1400, Washington, DC 20003 
Navy Yard Metro (green line)
Remember to bring a government issued ID 
for the security check-in. 

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 




Brian Kisida, Senior Research Associate for the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform (DER), will describe the study on the educational value of field-trips.  The study was published in Education NextEducational Researcher and Museum.  Read the Op-Ed published November 2013 by Brian Kisida, Jay P. Greene, and Daniel H. Bowen in the NY Times.


Anne KraybillDistance Learning Project Manager at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, will share details of the school visits program and how the research informed the museum's distance learning initiatives.

This study involved nearly 11,000 K-12 students and 500 teachers at over 100 schools, making it the largest of its kind. This research is unique because it used a random assignment design to measure the causal impacts of school tours of an art museum. 


2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival 
Youth Art Contest
Winners Announced!

Thank you to all of the teachers and students that worked hard you the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest "Step into Spring! The entries we received are beautiful!  Congratulations to all who participated.



Category 1: Kindergarten - 2nd grade

1st  Place: Mather Zung, Watkins Elementary School, Grade 1

2nd Place: Cornelius Gilyard, Hendley Elementary School, Grade 1

3rd Place: Yenci Hernandez-Sanchez, Community Academy Public Charter School - Amos II Campus, Kindergarten


Category 2: Grades 3 - 5

1st  Place: Elizabeth Mejia, Seaton Elementary, Grade 3

2nd Place: Joshua Delaney, Watkins Elementary, Grade 4

3rd Place: Maulana Jenkins, Community Academy Public Charter School - Amos I Campus, Grade 4


Category 3: Grades 6 - 8

1st  Place: Jasia Smith, SEED Public Charter School, Grade 8

2nd Place: Miranda Pomroy, Stuart-Hobson Middle School, Grade 7

3rd Place: Paris Whealton, Kelly Miller Middle School, Grade 7


Category 4: Grades 9 - 12

1st  Place: Tyrone McDade, Friendship Public Charter School Collegiate Academy, Grade 12

2nd Place: William Camp, Eastern High School, Grade 11

3rd Place: Tray Johnson, Friendship Public Charter School Collegiate Academy, Grade 12


VOTE- Support your school!
The public is invited to vote on the overall contest winner online via the National Cherry Blossom Festival's facebook, or by paper ballot at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery until April 18, 2014.  
To vote online:
  • Go to the National Cherry Blossom Facebook page 
  • Click on photos.  You can view the art contest photos in the stream
  • "Like" your favorite. It is difficult but please only "like" one photo. 


School Viewing Days at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery

12-4 PM Saturday, April 5, 2014

Students are invited to show their school spirit and view their peers work during these special extended hours at the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery. Artwork submitted in the Youth Art Contest will be showcased at the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Community Art Show hosted at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery located at 702 8th St NW from 12 - 4 PM. 


Community Art Show

Thursday, March 20 - Thursday, April 24, 2014

PEPCO Edison Place Gallery  - Days & Hours: Tuesday - Friday from 12- 4PM

Artwork submitted in the Youth Art Contest will be showcased at the National Cherry Blossom Festival's Community Art Show hosted at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery located at 702 8th St NW.Gallery hours are Tuesday - Thursday 12-4 PM. 


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to partner with the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative to coordinate the 2014 Youth Art Contest hosted at PEPCO Edison Place Gallery with additional support from media partners The Washington Post, El Zol 107.9, and WPGC 95.5.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops!


View all of the Professional Development Workshops on our website, www.dccollaborative.org.


Don't miss the Educator Workshop at the National Museum of African Art! Full set of materials provided!


Register Here!


African Art in Your Classroom- Educator Workshop

Presented by: Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art

Saturday, April 5, 2014

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Location: 950 Independence Ave., S.W.

Washington, D.C. 20013

Meet in the Main Pavillion


The Arts Can Take You Places!

Art is a universal language and numerous stories are rooted in the centuries old ancient art of Africa to the work of modern artists who chronicle the contemporary world and our place in it.  Join us at the Smithsonian on the National Mall in Washington D.C., where Deborah Stokes, Curator of Education will guide you through the diversity of forms and meanings from the African continent, the birthplace of humanity. The afternoon will begin with a brief introduction to the art of Africa that will include selections from the Disney-Tishman Collection of African Art. Enrich your teaching by fostering an awareness of the extraordinary contributions of Africans to our world heritage.  Bring the richness and diversity of the arts into your classroom. 

  • Engage with enduring cultural symbols of leadership, royalty, beauty, spiritual affiliation, and moral values.  Important symbolic forms are a vital part of the knowledge that informs established social societies, traditional rituals, and contemporary artistic expression 
  • Come to know where we find masks and other art forms in Africa and why. 
  • Break down stereotypes
  • Reflect on the influence of African art in the formation of Modernism in the west
  • Network with colleagues and brainstorm classroom applications


This program is designed for teachers from public, charter, or private schools in the Washington DC area.  Smithsonian educators also welcome.


By registering, you are committing to attend and are guaranteed a place in the program and a full set of materials.



In this issue...

Members' Meeting
National Cherry Blossom Festival Winners
Professional Development Workshops
Media Update

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