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




Notes from the Executive Director


Louise Kennelly with students

AFES Arts and Humanities Learning Experiences Often Exceed Standards

As we prepare to launch this school year's Arts for Every Student opportunities, we continue to be amazed by the richness and variety of the programs our members make available in the DC area.


This year students have the opportunity to visit the Kreeger Museum and develop an architectural model in the modernist style of Phillip Johnson, spending time in the astounding but quiet beauty of the Monet room while they are there. Or they can learn about "How the Civil War Changed Washington," at the The Anacostia Museum which provides quite a challenging exploration of issues involving Language Arts, Architecture and Urban Studies, History and Geography, Civics and Law, Diversity and Science all in a single workshop. These are just a couple of examples of the more than 500 learning experiences teachers and students can choose from.


While we all spend a lot of time these days comporting to the realities of the high-stakes testing environment and linking to the latest set of standards, the truth is so many of our members offerings involve students in world-class learning that exceeds those standards and requires an agility and set of synthesizing skills not typically seen in the classroom.  Isn't that what makes art so exciting, after all: the idea that it allows standards to constantly be exceeded. 


For a country with such innate creativity, it always surprises me that learning in the creative arts are not provided greater support and emphasis. Many other countries take arts education more seriously. Just recently on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR, Fred Bronstein of the Peabody Institute said, "I think that we don't take [secondary school music] programs seriously enough in this country. One of the really fascinating things for me is to see a third of our students now coming from Asia at the Peabody Institute. There is a voracious appetite across Asia, across China for classical western music... Folks are coming here." Concert pianist Orli Shaham responded that it is the early exposure to music that develops a more serious incorporation of the arts in learning there. "... students are coming from Asia because they've been exposed to this from the very earliest parts of their lives where it's accepted and it's prized and it's a natural second language to learn."  

This critical exposure to the arts and humanities takes place at hundred of sites across DC through the Arts for Every Student Program due to the hard work and commitment of our teacher leaders in the schools recognize the value of these experiences and out members who develop so many remarkable programs for students. 

DC Collaborative Events


AFES Member Showcase and Orientation

Please join us!


Date: Thursday, August 21, 2014

Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.

Location: The Kennedy Center

2700 F Street, NW

Washington, DC 20566

Foggy Bottom Metro Station- free Kennedy Center Shuttle

(Orange,Blue and Silver lines)

Parking will also be available at the discounted rate of $7


This years' AFES Member Showcase and Teacher Orientation will be at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, August 21, at 4:30 p.m.  The first portion of the program will be a membership fair where teachers will have the opportunity to peruse Arts for Every Student and Professional Development offerings in person at our member organization's tables.


The second half will feature members showcasing segments from programs that they are offering through AFES this year!   Hear from the Kreeger Museum, Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, The DC Jazz Festival, George Washington's Mount Vernon and Opera NOVA.


Register Here


Kennedy Center


Members should email info@dccollaborative.org  to participate as a performer or request a booth.  

Website Launch


New DC Collaborative Website Launches July 2014 


The DC Collaborative is pleased to announce the launch of our new website, which would not have been possible without the generosity of APCO Worldwide, Inc. APCO, a world-renowned public relations firm and the second largest of its kind in the US, offered its services to create our new site pro bono.


The website features information about our programs and membership, as well as easy-to-navigate portals for event registration. Members wishing to share there highlights on the "Member Highlights" page should email info@dccollaborative.org


Visit the new website here! 




Member Feature


Member Feature

 Join the Postal Museum's Education staff as they conduct a focus group regarding their Professional Development programs.


The National Postal Museum is dedicated to the preservation, study, and presentation of postal history and philately. The museum uses exhibits, educational public programs and research to make this rich history available to scholars, philatelists, collectors and visitors from around the world.

Through a variety of professional development opportunities connecting museum content to the classroom, The National Postal Museum encourages their teacher community to explore interdisciplinary themes of communication, innovation, citizenry, design, and more. Test out new technology tools and develop your own 21st century skills.


The National Postal Museum is hosting a Professional Development workshop on August 7 to explore content connection, technology uses and logistical questions. Register online here.


Visit their Web Page here 

Create a Nonument Contest



Create a Nonument!

Courtesy of the Washington Program for the Arts and the 

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' 5x5 Program


Students K-12 are invited by the Washington Program for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities' 5x5 Program to Create a Nonument! 

This art contest encourages students to consider the history and meaning of the monuments that surround them here in our nation's capital. Each participant will design a "nonument" - a monument of their own creation that illustrates an idea, person, or personal struggle that they identify with.

Prizes will be awarded to the first, second, and third place winners of each category, and submissions are due August 18th!

For guidelines, entry forms, and more information, follow the links below:

Meridian Hill Pictures Job Opportunity


Meridian Hill Pictures

Meridian Hill Pictures is looking for a part-time Media Education Manager


MHP is hiring a part-time Media Education Manager to join the studio's team in early September 2014. The Media Education Manager will assume a range of management and facilitation responsibilities to support the studio's youth media residencies and professional development programs for educators. The position is ideal for a talented, creative, exceptionally organized educator who is passionate and proficient in media arts education. Strong applicants will have a proven track-record as a teaching artist, demonstrated experience in education program management, proficiency with digital media arts, experience with arts integration and an ability to work with diverse groups of people.

View the Full Description on Meridian Hill Pictures' Website

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 Professional Development Initiative. View our Member Directory.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities 

Education Collaborative, Please visit our website.

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