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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe


Dear Friends:


As we wrap up 2014, and my first month with the Collaborative, I extend appreciation and gratitude to each of you. Thank you for giving your time, talent and treasure to the Collaborative this year on behalf of DC public and charter school students. We are fortunate to have a strong community of board members, cultural institution members, key communicators, partners and funders who provide us with support.


It's through your generosity that we are able to provide world-class arts and humanities education programming and ensure as many DC public school and charter school students and their teachers may continue to have access to the valuable arts, theatre, music and humanities resources in our City!


If you, or any of your extended network of friends and colleagues would like to make a personal donation to the Collaborative there are three ways:

  • Mail a check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

1825 K Street, NW Ste. 400

Washington, DC 20006

  • Shopping on Amazon? Select the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative Inc. as your charity of choice year-round here at: AmazonSmiles. Once registered shop through AmazonSmiles and they will then donate an eligible portion of your purchase to the DC Collaborative. You'd be surprised how our collective percentage of eligible .5% purchases can add up.


Many thanks and best wishes for a joyful, restful end of year. I look forward to our continued work in 2015,



Happy Holidays from the DC Collaborative



DC Collaborative Event


Winter Members' Meeting

Please Join Us!


When: Thursday, February 12, 4:30 - 6:00 p.m.

Where: The Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007





As you may know, Americans for the Arts hosted a panel at the Sitar Arts Center on November 17th.  Maureen Dwyer and a student from Sitar Arts Center, Ethan Clark of the National Partent Teachers Association, individuals from Participant Media and our Executive Director, Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe participated in a panel discussion about making the arts accessible to all students.
During the event, they also screened an un-aired episode of the TV show 
"Freestyle Love Supreme", which is produced by Participant Media. 
It is now time to turn our focus to the campaign and show our support for arts education.  The #LoveArtsEd website has news articles, educational videos, a petition to the US Department of Education, and tools that supporters like you can use to spread the word about the importance of arts education!
Americans for the Arts is hoping to collect 5,000 signatures by December 31st.  They are 95% complete and need your help! Add your name to the petition and then share to your networks.
Thanks again for showing how much you #LoveArtsEd!

NSO in your Neighborhood




The National Symphony Orchestra Announces the 2015 'NSO in Your Neighborhood' Schedule


(Events are free but reservations are required)

The National Symphony Orchestra will blanket the neighborhoods of Brookland and NoMa January 5-January 12, by giving more than 50 free events and performances. From concerts at Echostage and Catholic University of America's Hartke Theatre to in-school visits, concerts for toddlers, and performances at homeless shelters, NSO members will make music in ensembles large and small. The Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Echostage, McKinley Technology Education Campus, Dance Place, Union Market's Dock 5, NPR: these are but a few of the distinctive and colorful locales to be visited, culminating in the concert at Hartke Theatre.


Four events anchor the array of performances, including three by the full orchestra. For these key events free reservations are required, but 15 minutes before performances, unclaimed reservations will be opened up to those waiting in line.


View the Press Release and Full Schedule

Member Mapping Project 


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.

Opportunities at the National Museum of Natural History


The President's Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services, is inviting applications for the 2015 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards.

The twelve award-winning programs will receive $10,000 and an invitation to accept their award from the President's Committee's Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama at a ceremony at the White House. In addition, winners will receive an award plaque, the opportunity to attend the Annual Awardee Conference in Washington, DC, in the summer of 2015, and will be featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award website.

After-school and out-of-school time arts and humanities programs sponsored by museums, libraries, performing arts organizations; educational institutions (e.g., preschools; elementary, middle, and high schools; universities; and colleges), arts centers, community service organizations, businesses, and eligible government entities are encouraged to consider submitting an application. Programs applying for the award must meet all of the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award's Eligibility Criteria.

Please make sure to sign up for updates if you would like to receive the application announcement. Completed applications will only be accepted via the online process. The deadline for application submissions is Monday, February 2, 2015, 5:00 p.m. PST.


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.

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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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