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January 2015
Celebrating 15 years of Providing Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe


Dear Friends:


Today was such a joyful Friday with DCPS Bruce-Monroe 3rd and 4th graders at the Gandhi Memorial Center. This fieldtrip reminds me of how important our collective voices are in making great change. Together, we can make a difference.


Gearing up for Arts Advocacy Day and Arts Education Month with a great group of speakers-- Winter Members Meeting February 12th:


A reminder to RSVP for our Winter Members Meeting on Thursday, February 12th, from 4:30-6:00 p.m. at the Kreeger Museum in Washington, D.C. We will be holding a panel discussion regarding Arts and Humanities Education Advocacy including a presentation from Americans for the Arts. We are especially pleased to have guest speaker Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson for the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia join us. This is a special opportunity for us to hear his vision for arts education for DC public school students.


Join Americans for the Arts Action Fund and tell the Senate to support Arts (and Humanities) Education before Monday, February 2:


As you know, some radical changes are being proposed by top Congressional leaders in the majority that could have a terrible impact on arts education.


New Senate education committee chairman Senator Lamar Alexander (R-TN) has released a proposed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act. Specifically, he has proposed terminating references to all federal core academic subjects, including arts education in the classroom.


In addition to several other changes, Senator Alexander has proposed terminating authorization of $1 billion in after-school programs, of which many include after-school arts activities for children.


Here's how you can help. Senator Alexander's Committee is inviting public comments to his proposal. Please take two minutes to review the Arts Action Fund talking points and send a customizable message to the Senate education committee by the deadline of Monday, February 2, 2015 at midnight EST.


Our collective voices can make a difference.





DC Collaborative Event


Winter Members' Meeting

Please Join Us


The DC Collaborative is pleased to share that Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia will be sharing his vision for the Education Committee and the role of arts and humanities in the education of the public school students in the district.


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

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

Join us for our Members' Meeting at the Kreeger Museum:

  • Special Guest Speaker:
    • David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education, Council of the District of Columbia
  • Participate in a panel discussion regarding Arts and Humanities Education Advocacy including: Jennifer Cover-Payne of CultureCapital; Joy Ford Austin of the Humanities Council of DC and DC Collaborative Board Member; Juanita Hardy of CulturalDC; Katrina Toews of the Washington Ballet; and Douglas E. Yeuell, Atlas Performing Arts Center; among other DC Collaborative Members.
  • Hear highlights from fellow members and partners including: Judy Greenberg and Antonia Dapena-Tretter of the Kreeger Museum; Jeff Poulin of Americans for the Arts will share a Creativity and Arts Advocacy Day update; and David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Limited parking (up to 30 spots) on the museum grounds on a first-come basis. 

Additional parking one block away on W Street, NW and surrounding neighborhood.  Carpooling is encouraged.



National Cherry Blossom Festival Partnership


National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo
2015 Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show



The National Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes spring and commemorates the 1912 gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. The gift and annual celebration honor the lasting friendship between the United States and Japan and the continued close relationship between the two countries. More than one hundred years later, cherry trees beautify many neighborhoods in the greater Washington, DC region and the blooming of the cherry blossoms has become a symbol of springtime across the country.



In 2015 we invite you to celebrate our natural world. Cherry blossoms are one of the first signs of spring. The cherry trees come in many varieties with different types of bark and flowers. Discover the art and style of naturalists and find other ideas through the Resource Guide.



Students in DC Public and Charter Schools, Grades K-12

Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12


View the Entry Form and Resource Guide

Online Entry Form


Entries must be turned in to the locations listed on the guidelines form by 6 p.m. on March 4th.   Please complete the online entry form and email Catalina Stawski at youthart@downtowndc.org prior to dropping off your artwork.



Submissions* will be showcased in a Community Art Show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery from Friday, March 20 - Friday, April 17, 2015. 


Gallery hours will be extended exclusively for all DC public and public charter schools on Friday, March 20 for an Opening Reception from 4:00-8:00 p.m.


National Cherry Blossom Festival- youthart@downtondc.org or 240.381.3025

DC Collaborative- info@dccollaorative.org or 202.587.1627 


The National Cherry Blossom Festival is proud to present the 2015 Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show with the DC Arts & Humanities Education Collaborative. Special thanks to our supporters Pepco Edison Place Gallery, El Zol 107.9, and WPGC 95.

Member Feature: Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting 


Seeing the World Through a Different Lens

Throughout the fall, students from The Inspired Teaching Demonstration Public Charter School participated in a series of "Everyday Africa, Everyday DC" workshops in partnership with the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. In this residency, professional photojournalists taught students about photography basics and how to share their personal stories -- and the stories of their city -- through photography.


Last week the DC Collaborative staff attended the Everyday DC reception at the Pulitzer Center. Fifth and sixth-grade students from Inspired Teaching PCS displayed their photographs, presented what they learned and held a Q&A with community members and parents. These students and teachers did a tremendous job and it was a pleasure to see the exhibition and hear the photographers talk about their work.


The DC Collaborative is proud to support the Pulitzer Center and their new partnership with Inspired Teaching PCS.  We hope to offer this program to other schools in the near future.

For more information on the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting and the "Everyday Africa, Everyday DC" workshops, here.  View more pictures and read more information from the event here.

View some of the student's work on the Everyday DC Instagram account @everydaydc.


New Member Feature


Virginia Chamber Orchestra

The DC Collaborative would like to welcome the 

Virginia Chamber Orchestra to the membership!


The Virginia Chamber Orchestra (VCO) is a professional orchestra led by Music Director David Grandis, a talented young conductor currently engaged in both the United States and Europe. Now in it's 44th season, the VCO draws enthusiastic audiences from all northern Virginia suburbs, DC, and Maryland to the Ernst Center on the Annandale campus of the Northern Virginia Community College. The Washington Post has praised the orchestra for "imaginatively programmed and beautifully played concerts."

On Sunday, April 12th, the Virginia Chamber Orchestra will present Music in the Life of President Lincoln, exploring Lincoln's musical preferences, from opera and folk songs to patriotic melodies and spirituals. A chorus, four vocal soloists, and narrator will join the orchestra and Maestro Grandis in an original program designed to add a new dimension to the appreciation of Lincoln,and timed to coincide with the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War. 

View Their Website Here



Job Opportunity


Washington Bach Consort Seeks a 

Patron Services Manager  


Position Summary

The Washington Bach Consort, the nation's premiere baroque orchestra, is seeking a part-time Patron Services Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Patron Services Manager will lead the Consort's ticketing; support individual giving programs; and work closely with Consort's External Affairs Manager and Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will have not less than two years' experience in ticketing and/or development.


Read the full position announcement here.


How to apply:

Send a one-page summary of your professional experience laid out in three columns:  Left-hand column- job title.  Middle column - name of organization with one-line description if necessary, followed by the applicant's key accomplishments while in the job.  Right-hand column- period of employment.


Applicants may also send cover letter, writing sample, and resume via email to jobs@bachconsort.org  with "Patron Services Manager" as subject before February 2.  No phone calls, please. Equal Opportunity Employer.


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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