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




Notes from the Executive Director


Louise Kennelly with students

Members' Meeting at the Library of Congress


The DC Collaborative held the Spring Members' Meeting at the Library of Congress June 19, exactly 50 years to the day that the Civil Rights Act was adopted by the Senate.


Lee Ann Potter, Director of Educational Outreach, of the Library of Congress shared numerous Civil Rights-related teacher resources such as the History Idea book that accompanies the Library's upcoming "The Civil Rights Act of 1964" exhibit. Guha Shankar of the American Folklife Center shared some of the interviews the library has conducted and archived through the Civil Rights History Project, pointing out that thousands of brave individuals whose names we may never know risked their lives to ensure the passage of the Civil Rights Act. Click here to see some of the interviews.


The meeting also featured a panel discussion on "Addressing the Civil Rights Struggles of Today," featuring James Jones, Communications Director of DC Vote; GRAMMY nominated, progressive hip-hop artist, Christylez Bacon; and Rebecca Read Medrano, co-founder and Executive Director of Gala Hispanic Theatre. Panelists discussed 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 voice and support to recent immigrants.


"This conversation exemplifies how the arts and humanities bridge and strengthen communities," remarked Scott Sedar of the John Hopkins Evergreen Museum and Library adding that the arts and humanities are uniquely able to bring together people of diverse backgrounds, inspiring them to work together around common goals.



DC Collaborative Events


AFES Member Showcase and Orientations

Member Orientations for those participating in AFES should sign up for the Member Showcase and AFES Orientations!


This years' AFES Member Showcase and Teacher Orientation will be at the Kennedy Center at Thursday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m.  Members should email info@dccollaborative.org  to participate as a performer or request a booth.


Register for the Event Here!


Kennedy Center  

New Board Member Feature


Nik Apostolides Joins the DC Collaborative Board of Directors



The DC Collaborative is pleased to announce the addition of a new member to their board of directors: Nik Apostolides. Nik is a curator, educator, and creative professional who lives and works in Washington, D.C.  He teaches at George Washington University, and serves as Associate Director of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, where he conceived and curated a contemporary artists' inter-disciplinary program series, Portraits After 5, that included CYJO's KYOPO series.


Previously the Associate Manager of Planning at the National Gallery of Art, Nik also serves on a number of nonprofit boards including React to Film, which leverages the best documentary filmmaking to promote social responsibility and spark civic engagement in schools and colleges across the country. He is a member of the curatorial advisory committee of CityCenterDC, and is a graduate of the Getty Museum Leadership Institute. 


The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome Nik Apostolides to their board of directors.

New Member Feature


New Member Feature

The DC Collaborative is pleased to welcome the 

Jackson Family Art Show into the Membership!




The Jackson Family Art Show is a family organization that showcases legacy of visual artistry throughout three generations of their family history.  It is curated by Diane Williams, granddaughter of the family matriarch, Sadie Jackson. 


The Jackson Family Art Show is offering summer classes to children 5 and up on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays in June, July and August at the Anacostia Art Center. RSVP to (240) 281-7690.


Visit their Web Page Here 



AFES Update


June 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!  We've had a wonderful start to the summer with 4 training workshops already!
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!

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 80 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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