February 2015



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

February Key Communicator Newsletter



Dear Key Communicators,


The DC Collaborative has started off the year with arts and humanities experiences for more than 5,000 students!  We are thrilled that we are able to make an impact on the education of your students by providing access to the districts arts and humanities resources.  We have some more wonderful experiences for your students and colleagues in this newsletter.

This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • The National Cherry Blossom Festival announced the Youth Art Contest Guidelines last week
  • An opportunity to share your school's AFES experiences in our Arts for Every Student Story bank
  • New Spring 2015 AFES Experience Surveys
  • Join us for our Winter Members' Meeting on February 12!
  • Professional Development Workshops available for you and your colleagues
All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo

2015 Youth Art Contest and Community Art Show

Presented with the DC Collaborative

View the Guidelines, Entry Form and Resource Guide

View the Online Entry Form

Contest Deadline- March 4



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



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.


All entries due Wednesday, March 4, 2015

View the Guidelines, Entry Form and Resource Guide


Arts for Every Student Story Bank

Please help us document your school's AFES experiences!


The DC Collaborative wants to hear from your school! Would your students be willing to share print (such as quotes and testimony), photographs and artwork to help us show the AFES experience? As we collect more personal stories we'll have more opportunities to promote AFES to our supporters and provide more AFES experiences! 

Here's how your school can help:
Last week we sent nearly 3,000 students from all wards of the city to AFES experiences at THEARC, The Kreeger Museum, Adventure Theatre-MTC, The John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the National Museum of American History.  Check out the students of Sousa Middle School at the National Museum of American History last Friday!


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, 2015 
from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Where:  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

  • Arts and Humanities Education Advocacy Discussion including: Jennifer Cover-Payne of CultureCapital; Joy Ford Austin of the Humanities Council of DC and DC Collaborative Board Member; Juanita Hardy of CulturalDC; and Katrina Toews of the Washington Ballet; and Douglas E. Yeuell, Atlas Performing Arts Center; among other DC Collaborative Members.

  • Updates from Jeff Poulin of Americans for the Arts and David Markey, Arts Education Coordinator, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

  • Highlights from fellow members and partners including: Judy Greenberg and Antonia Dapena-Tretter of the Kreeger Museum and Elissa Staley of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Directions and Parking at the Kreeger Museum

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.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops!

 Any D.C. public or public charter school teacher may register for up to three free Professional Development Workshops per year! 

View the complete list of Professional Development 
opportunities HERE.


Modern Percussion from Ancient Traditions
with Tim Teasley

CHIME (Community Help in Music Education)

Tuesday, February 24, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Fillmore Arts Center

1819 35th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007 


How to Use Music to Enhance your Curricula
with Bill Jenkins

CHIME (Community Help in Music Education)

Tuesday, February 25, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: Fillmore Arts Center

1819 35th Street Northwest, Washington, DC 20007



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AFES and PD Catalogues
View our 2014-2015 Arts for Every Student and Professional Development Catalogue.

AFES Spring Experience Surveys are Available!

Important Update 

Please take the online AFES Experience Survey at the conclusion of every AFES trip. We look forward to receiving your input to update and improve our programs.



Take the survey for each trip here or, 

View the PDF



Media Update

The DC Collaborative Media Release  will need to be distributed with all permission slips for field trips and for in-school residencies.


Please contact:

 info@dccollaborative.org if you have any questions.