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




Notes from the Executive Director


Louise Kennelly with students

A Conversation with Arts Educators from 

Around the World


The DC Collaborative hosted arts educators from around the globe this month, as part of a U.S. Department of State's professional exchange program, discovering that we all have a lot in common regarding the rewards and challenges of ensuring that all children have access to the arts and humanities.

Xolile Madinda of South Africa


Tanzim Wahab of Bangladesh, vice principal of the Pathshala South Asian Media Institute, described the significant challenges faced by extensive poverty in his country wherein parents do not often encourage their children to choose the arts as a career path despite the growth of the creative economy. "Also, we don't have as many opportunities to extend our arts education programs in a systemic way through collectives or collaborations such as the DC Collaborative," he remarked.


Sophia Mempuh of Cameroon

Participants shared a common goal of wanting to reach more students and shared strategies for ensuring broad-based participation in their programs. "It has to be both a top-down and bottom-up approach to getting the word out," said Ms. Zain Zedan of Saudi Arabia who explained that if you do not have a partner or a mechanism for a grass roots approach, you risk missing the students who benefit from these programs the most.


Other countries participating in the exchange designed to advance multi-cultural understanding included: Armenia, Australia, Bolivia, Bulgaria, India, Jordan, Latvia, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, People Republic of China, South Africa, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Uzbekistan, and Yemen. The exchange is being coordinated by the Meridian International Center



DC Collaborative Events


Spring Members' Meeting 

Please join us for a panel discussion in celebration of the Civil Rights 

Act Exhibition at the Library of Congress!


Date:  June 19, 2014

Time: 2:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Location: Library of Congress

Join us for our Spring Members' Meeting at the Library of Congress in celebration of the upcoming  exhibit, "The Civil Rights Act of 1964: A Long Struggle for Freedom."


Participate in a panel discussion on preparing youth for active citizenship in addressing the Civil Rights Issues of the Day, including access to the arts and humanities for disadvantaged youth, and the role of cultural institutions in giving a voice and support  to recent immigrants.  


National Coalition for Core Arts Standards


National Core Arts Standards Unveiling

Join the Online Webinar June 4, 1-3 p.m.


The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) will launch the 2014 National Core Arts Standards in a streaming webinar on Wednesday, June 4, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. EST. The event will feature interviews with a broad spectrum of arts education providers, including certified educators, teaching artists, administrators, national/state policy makers, and arts education advocates. 

AFES Update


May AFES Update

The  AFES teacher orientation schedule for the 

2014-2015 school year is below.


Teachers are encouraged to attend the AFES Orientation Workshops listed below. Attendance at one of the orientations or the Member Showcase is required prior to online registration in September!
Workshop Location:

1001 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20001

10th Floor Podesta Group Offices

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 need to request School Partnership Agreement, please contact info@dccollaborative.org.  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 this summer!

Member Feature


New Member Feature

The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome the 

Art Museum of the Americas into the Membership!




AMA | Art Museum of the Americas' work is based on the principle that the arts are transformative for individuals and communities.  This belief simultaneously serves to promote the core values of the Organization of American States (OAS) by providing a space for cultural expression, creativity, dialogue and learning, highlighting themes such as democracy, development, human rights, justice, freedom of expression, and innovation.  AMA's work advances the inter-American agenda, drawing on the arts to showcase a constructive vision of the future of the Americas via local and hemispheric cultural exchange.  This is achieved by showcasing cutting-edge exhibits of artists whose output creatively combine aesthetics with topical social and political issues and by establishing a dialogue of these works with AMA's Permanent Collection.


Their educational programs involve group and family workshops, guided tours and internships.  


Visit their Web Page Here 



Summer Arts Camp Opportunity



Washington Performing Arts Summer Camps

Check out the wonderful opportunities Washington Performing Arts has 

for students June 23-August 8!

 Find more information and register HERE

View the Flyer.

Capital Jazz Camp
June 23-27 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Alice Deal Middle School
  • Rising grades 6-8 (some experience required)
  • Application fee: $45 (non-refundable)
  • Registration deadline: Friday, June 6

Capital Strings Camp

June 23-27 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Alice Deal Middle School

  • Rising grades 4-5 (no experience required)
  • Application fee: $45 (non-refundable)
  • Registration deadline: Friday, June 6

18th Annual Children of the Gospel Vocal Workshop

Vocal Workshop
July 14-25 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Vermont Avenue Baptist Church

  • Rising grades 4-12 (minimum age: 9. No experience required.)
  • Application Fee: $90 (non-refundable)
  • Registration deadline: Monday, July 7
8th Annual Summer Steps with Step Afrika!
August 4-8 | 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

Anacostia High School 

  • Applicants must be available for culminating event on August 10.
  • Rising grades 4-12 (minimum age: 9. Some experience required.)
  • Application Fee: $45 (non-refundable)
  • Registration deadline: Monday, July 7

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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