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




Welcome to the New Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year-- full of so many wonderful traditions. Most joyful is my family's annual post-turkey "Museums Day" where my young nieces never tire of their quest to spot as many Frank Stella paintings as they possibly can. What a great time of year for me to arrive to my new professional home at the DC Collaborative. Over the past week what resonates most?  The appreciation and impact we all share for bringing the arts and humanities to DC public and charter school students.

On my first day I met many of our members, along with fellow panelists, at the #LoveArtsEd event hosted by Americans for the Arts and the Sitar Arts Center. My first week continued with the opening of the Sultan Qaboos Cultural Center, joining my Listen Local First friends and arts champions at

Council Member David Grosso and Washington Performing ArtsPolitics & Art Jam Session, inspirational meetings with the  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and celebrating the impact of student learning and art integration with artists, teachers and parents at the Resident Artist Program at Tyler Elementary School in Capitol Hill.

I'm appreciative to have already met with many dedicated champions my first week who give so much of their time and support to arts and humanities education. I also paused to reflect on the passing of DC Council Member and former mayor Marion Barry. He was a true advocate for DC children and he fought to increase funding to support arts education in our schools.


I would like to hear from you (lissa@dccollaborative.org). I'd love to meet and learn more about the work you do in partnership with us-- to learn more about your experiences with the DC Collaborative and see what more we can do together to improve our work in providing a deep understanding and love of the arts and humanities for our DC public and charter school students.


Next week, DC Collaborative will kick off our participation in #GivingTuesday, the international day of giving that has mobilized millions of donors and thousands of nonprofits. Each Tuesday during December we will post messages about the impact of our work and share our gratitude. We invite you to share your stories with us Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Please consider your personal support of our efforts and make a contribution to DC Collaborative on #GivingTuesday. No gift is too small and all donations will help us provide arts and humanities experiences to DC public and charter school students.


On this Thanksgiving Eve, I would like to thank our members who provide some of the country's best arts and humanities education programming right here in the DC Region.  I look forward to supporting and raising awareness of the importance of your work in our nation's capital.


With gratitude and appreciation,




DC Collaborative Event


Holiday Edition of Art Buzz

DC Collaborative Board Members Jade Floyd and Cher Castillo-Freeman

 Cordially Invite you to a Remax Grand Opening Sioree


When: Friday, December 12, 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Where: REMAX Sky Offices

1425 H Street, NE

Washington, D.C. 20002





Support your Collaborative on Giving Tuesday this year!

The DC Collaborative is participating in #GivingTuesday this year!  Giving to the Collaborative provides public school students of DC, many of whom are under-served, world class arts and humanities programming from our 85 members in the region. Annually, the Collaborative provides tickets and transportation to these cultural institutions for nearly 30,000 public school students in our nation's capital.  We need your assistance in ensuring that these public school students and teachers have access to the valuable resources in their own city.

Mark your calendars! #GivingTuesday begins December 2.  

Please consider your personal support of our efforts and make a contribution to DC Collaborative on #GivingTuesday. We invite you to share your stories with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


DCPS Update




DCPS Budget Input

Raise Awareness for arts and arts education in the DCPS budget process!

On Monday, November 17, the DC Collaborative gave testimony at the first DCPS Budget Hearing for the FY16 school year regarding priorities for arts education in the DCPS budget.

The Chancellor outlined the following priorities in the 2015-16
School Year budget:
  1. Improving DC high schools
  2. Ensuring equity in academic rigor
  3. Improving opportunities for young men of color
  4. Expanding extended day opportunities 
Visit Engage DCPS, the DCPS online discussion forum to share your ideas in support or arts and arts education in the city and DCPS budget!

Remembering Marion Barry


Remembering Marion Barry

The DC Collaborative extends its condolences to the family and friends of DC Council Member and former mayor Marion Barry. Marion Barry was a champion for the arts community in Washington, DC. As one of the key council members who wrote legislation creating the DC Commission on the Arts in 1975, his legacy will be carried on for years to come through their continued support of the arts in the District. As both Mayor and as a council member, he advocated for increased funding to support arts education. Mayor Barry could regularly be found attending public art exhibitions and concerts. He viewed arts and cultural programming as significant vehicles for expressing the creative and cultural aspirations of a community. We honor the Mayor in his passing for his service to our city.

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.

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.

For more information on the DC Arts and Humanities 

Education Collaborative, Please visit our website.

If you would like to include something in our next 
member e-news, please email us!
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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