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




Welcome to the New Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Welcome to the New Executive Director

Please join us in welcoming Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe as she begins at the Collaborative on Monday, November 17. 


"I am honored to join the DC Collaborative community. I appreciate the deep commitment from all members, educators and partners in making the arts and humanities a vital component of our DC students' education experience."
- Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe


Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe is a dedicated champion of the arts and an arts education advocate committed to improving the lives of youth and artists through public access, community engagement and public heath campaigns. She has promoted and raised support for many leading national and local educational and cultural institutions including the Future of Music Coalition where as Executive Director she led advocacy initiatives and organizational optimization at the intersection of music, technology and public policy. She was Director of Programs for the American Council for the Arts (now Americans for the Arts) where she first coordinated the National Coalition for Education in the Arts along with spearheading national Arts Advocacy Day and the Nancy Hanks Lecture on Arts and Public Policy and served as Development Director of the PS1 Contemporary Art Center (now MoMA PS1,) as well as the Pittsburgh Glass Center.


Her past work on behalf of art, culture and youth also includes public relations and fundraising consultation to youth and cultural programs in Pittsburgh for Gateway to the Arts, Pittsburgh Community Gallery Project, Pittsburgh Celebrates Glass and Light, and the 250th anniversary of the City of Pittsburgh.


As a public health and social justice advocate, she served as the National Program Director for PAX: Real Solutions to Gun Violence (now a program of Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence,) where she directed its highly acclaimed national public health campaigns ASK and SPEAK UP dedicated to reducing youth gun violence in America. She has also worked extensively in AIDS Walk and Dance-a-thon fundraising event production, raising millions of dollars and awareness for AIDS service organizations nationwide. Her past volunteer service dedicated to youth includes work with Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation program, ranking her among their most effective national volunteers working to end childhood hunger.


Please take a moment to welcome Lissa.  She begins on Monday, November 17.  You can email her directly at Lissa@dccollaborative.org or connect on LinkedIn. 

AFES Update


Arts for Every Student Update

The DC Collaborative sends 5,300 students to arts and humanities learning experiences this month, in collaboration with its members.

This month the DC Collaborative sent approximately 5,300 students to educational field-trips at member institutions in the DC region. Thank you to our members for offering these valuable learning experiences to the public and charter school students in the district. A special thank you to the Key Communicators for ensuring students at your school have access to these opportunities!

The students enjoyed programs presented by:
Adventure Theatre-MTC
"Stuart Little"
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center 
"Tom Sawyer"
Atlas Performing Arts Center and Imagination Stage
"Wake up Brother Bear"
Choral Arts Society 
"Rhythm: The Heart and Soul of Latin American Music"
DAR Museum
"The Commerce of Quilts"
DC Fire and EMS Museum 
"Fire Department Museum Tour and Safety Demonstration"
George Washington's Mount Vernon
"Revolutionary STEM in Washington's World"
Imagination Stage
"Night Fairy"
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
"Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire Electricity Tour" and 
"NSO Young People's Concert: Exploring Extremes"
Kids Euro Festival performances from:
Finland, Germany, Latvia, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Spain
The Kreeger Museum
"Seeing Shapes and Colors" and "The Making of Architecture"
National Geographic
"Exploring Mars"
National Museum of American History
"Join the Student Sit-ins"
Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting
"Everyday Africa, Everyday DC: Student Photography Workshops"
The Puppet Company
"Three Billy Goats Gruff"
Washington Bach Consort
"Bach in Time"
West End Cinema Education Initiative
"Desert Seas" and "Land of the Lost Volcano"

What students said about the "Bach in Time" performance 
presented by the Washington Bach Consort:
"Can we go see another show about Bach?" - Charlotte, Grade 3, Maury ES
 "I really enjoyed the show. Thank you Mrs. Tate & AFES." Antonio, 4th grade, Leckie ES
"This was the best day ever!" - Alexander, 3rd Grade, WB Patterson ES 
"Bach was so funny as a child!" - Keith, 3rd Grade, WB Patterson ES

Member Mapping Project for 2013-2014 


Member Mapping Project

The DC Collaborative is compiling data from School Year 2013-2014 for their Member Map. This exciting project will serve as resource for your organization and represent the DC Collaborative Members' reach into the District's public school system. 


View the Previous Member Maps



We request that each organization complete the template and cover sheet (email info@dccollaborative.org to request a write-able template) with the requested data about In-school, Out-of-School, Professional Development, After School, or Other Programs/Workshops provided to DC Public and Public Charter School students and teachers. 

Your Arts for Every Student (AFES) registrations will be automatically rolled in to the map so please include educational activities outside of AFES. Please also include any logos or other images from your programs/organization.

New Member Feature


Avalon Theatre

The DC Collaborative is please to welcome Avalon Theatre into the membership! 

The oldest operating movie house in the area, the Avalon Theatre has been a cornerstone of northwest Washington, DC, since its opening in 1923. After the theater was abruptly closed in 2001, a community group formed the nonprofit Avalon Theatre Project, with the mission to reopen the Avalon. A grassroots effort resulted in the successful restoration of the historic theater, which reopened in April 2003. The Avalon now offers exciting and diverse programming, including first-run studio films, independent & foreign films, film festivals, a weekly Wednesday night series and special programs for families and seniors.


In September, 2013, Cinema Classroom at the Avalon was launched, offering three free screenings to 7th-9th graders from public, charter, private and parochial schools in Washington, DC.  Study guides were provided to teachers in advance of the filming date and each screening was followed by a facilitated conversation with the film maker or an expert on the subject of the film.  


After a successful inaugural year with positive feedback from teachers ans students alike,  Cinema Classroom at the Avalon returns with an expanded program for their 2014-15 series which complements what students learn in the classroom, using the visual and dramatic medium of film to deepen students' understanding and promote critical thinking.


To learn more about the series visit: http://www.theavalon.org/programs/cinema-classroom/ 



Mayors Arts Awards


Mayors Arts Awards

Congratulations to the honorees, finalists and winners!

The DC Collaborative would like to congratulate the honorees, winners, and fellow finalists for the 29th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards.  A special thanks to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for putting together a wonderful evening honoring and supporting the DC artists who make the district a more vibrant place to live and work.


Dr. James Billington, The Librarian of Congress 
Cathy Hughes, Chairperson, Radio One and TV One 
Maida Withers, founder & artistic director, 
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company 
Victor Shargai, theater advocate and interior designer, 
Victor Shargai and Associates Inc.
Rebecca and Hugo Medrano, founders, GALA Hispanic Theatre 

Excellence in an Artistic Discipline

Winner- Children's Chorus of Washington

DC Jazz Festival*

The In Series*

Washington Jewish Film Festival

Excellence in Service to the Arts

Winner- Washington Project for the Arts

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

Women in Film & Video


Innovation in the Arts

Winner- Lance Kramer*

The Embassy Series

Urban Corps Transatlantic Urban Dance Festival

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education

Winner- 826DC


Washington Performing Arts Society*

Young Playwrights' Theater*


Outstanding Emerging Artist

Winner- Rachel Kerwin

Tarik Davis

Alan Paul

Tommy Taylor Jr.

Excellence in Arts Teaching

Nakia Espinal- Dance

Bryan Hill- Visual Arts

Garwin Zamora- Visual Arts


*DC Collaborative Member


About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 85 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.

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