May 2014



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

May Key Communicator Newsletter


Dear Key Communicators,


The 2014-2015 AFES Partnership Agreement is out!  We had a wonderful year providing arts and humanities education opportunities for your students and are looking forward to working with you again next year!

This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • 2014-2015 School Partnership Agreements and the corresponding School Handbooks
  • The AFES Teacher Orientation Workshop Schedule (NOTE: teachers are required to attend one of these workshops to participate in the program)
  • National Museum of Women in the Arts Summer Institute
  • John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Professional Development Opportunity, Thursday, May 22, 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • A NEW art creative expression contest for your students!  Read the article below for prizes
  • An opportunity to donate to the DC Collaborative 

All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

2014-2015 School Partnership Agreements

School Partnership Agreements are out!

Fall Registration: Monday, September 8, 2014
Spring Registration: Monday, December 8, 2014

Required Prior to Event Registration:
Teacher Orientation Attendance (dates below)

AFES Teacher Orientations

Please Join Us!

Workshop Location:

1001 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

Metro Center (orange/blue/red lines)

Gallery Place (red/green/yellow lines)

Workshop Dates:
Orientation attendance and School Partnership Agreements are required prior to the 2014-2015 AFES Registration (week of September 8, 2014). You may sign up for a workshop by clicking on the date. If you have any questions, or are unable to attend any of these dates, give us a call at 202-879-9327. Looking forward to seeing you there!

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Teacher Institute Opportunity at NMWA this Summer!


Art, Books, and Creativity Teacher Institute

7/14-7/18- Mon-Fri, 9:00 a.m.--4:00 p.m.

Application Deadline- Friday, May 16

Teachers will be notified if they are accepted to the program by Monday, June 2, 2014.

Apply here!


Photo: Yassine El Mansouri

Empower and inspire your students through art! Join National Museum of Women in the Arts' education staff, professional book artist Carol Barton, and curriculum and literacy specialists for this intensive and fun week centered on NMWA's Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC) curriculum ( and related online education resources. No prior art experience is necessary, and classroom teachers are especially encouraged to apply. The institute is free. Participants receive free art materials for their classrooms and can register for graduate credit through Trinity Washington University for an added fee. For more information and to apply, visit: 


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

FREE Teacher PD Opportunity for Thursday, May 22nd!


Reaching Students with Autism Through the Arts:
Implications for Inclusive Arts Classrooms

Thursday, May 22nd, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

To register:  send the application to

Application Deadline Extended to May 20!


Attend this session to explore
questions about what autism is, how it affects students, and how some strategies are utilized to help students with autism learn and experience the arts. Examine communication, emotional, 
socialization, cognitive, and  
sensory challenges faced when working with students with autism in music, art, theater, and dance classrooms and learn  practical strategies to use with your students.
View the flyer and application form HERE!
Please complete and send the application to Erica Demson, Program Assistant , DC School and Community Initiatives via email or fax 202-416-4846.

Civili-Tea Creative Expression Contest

Deadline for Submissions: JUNE 3, 2014

Contest GuidelinesEntry Form 


The High Tea Society will be holding their Inaugural Civili-Tea Citywide Creative Expression Contest this spring, in

collaboration with PEPCO, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, the Council of Churches of Greater Washington and WMATA. The contest is open to all DC Public and Public Charter students in 5th-10th grade. The student artwork submissions will be displayed at the Pepco Edison Gallery from June 12-14. The winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, June 13. Monetary prizes and certificates will be awarded, and the winning student artwork will be featured in the Metrorail system. The theme is"share instances of civility in your life and express concerns about the incivility you see and experience."

Donate to the DC Collaborative

The DC Collaborative invites you to participate in a match campaign!


The DC Collaborative was given a generous challenge grant from the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.  If we raise $10,000 by the end of June we get an exciting match grant of $10,000.  


Help us to reach more students than ever before! 


Please give online by clicking HERE or mail in a donation to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

1001 G Street, NW 

STE 1000W

Washington, DC 20001


Please share this with you colleagues, friends and family! Your donations will go to the AFES program, which empowers the DC region's cultural institutions to inspire, engage and educate students in the arts and humanities.


In this issue...

School Partnership Agreements
Teacher Orientation Schedule
NMWA Teacher Institute
Kennedy Center PD
Creative Expression Contest
Giving Opportunity

Read about the exciting challenge grant below! 


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Media Update

Important Update 

As of November 1st, the DC Collaborative Media Release  will need to be distributed with all permission slips for field trips and for in-school residencies.


Please contact: if you have any questions.

AFES and PD Catalogues
Click the links  to view our 2013-2014 Arts for Every Student and Professional Development Catalogues