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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe


Dear Friends:


Happy Spring! March came in like a lion and out like a lion-hearted champion for arts and humanities education in DC...


We celebrated national Arts Advocacy Day with arts and humanities education meetings and conversations including a most productive meeting with David Grosso, Chairperson, Education Committee, Council of the District of Columbia. The arts and humanities continue to be more integral to education than ever before.

We kicked off our annual partnership with the National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest with students participating from 30 DCPS and public charter schools. The Community Art Show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery remains open through April 17th. Please take a moment and help the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and the National Cherry Blossom Festival select a People's Choice Award winner. The artwork with the most "likes" by April 7th wins the award. Could you help us choose a winner?

We've activated the  DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog. Teachers and members are now sharing their student's experience, quotes and testimony, photographs and artwork to help us showcase the Arts for Every Student (AFES) experience. We also have friends and supporters contributing to the blog including MD-based music therapist Amanda Rosado who is training for an upcoming Rock and Roll Marathon - she's asking folks to help her raise $1,000 for the DC Collaborative. She's nearly halfway there. Go Amanda! Please share your stories by submitting your own entry!


As we recently shared, we are just starting to reinvigorate our community and reflect on the core values of the DC Collaborative members. Last week, we launched our Membership Committee with our first committee meeting. We heard collectively from the group and each member participant contributed to a very positive and helpful conversation. Hearing what membership in the DC Collaborative means to our members was especially meaningful. Highlights included: 

  • Interest in working together to ensure that all kids receive an arts and humanities education, because there is no reason why they shouldn't;
  • Cooperation is more effective than organizations working alone;
  • The Collaborative provides equitable access and untapped resources for teachers and students 
  • Utilizing the Collaborative's transportation and logistical resources to get students to member sites;
  • The Collaborative's professional development opportunities for the field are necessary and important; and
  • The work of the Collaborative inspires and empowers young people through arts education - the DC Collaborative is an excellent venue to live out that mission and take advantage of new opportunities.
Together, we are incorporating new ideas and goals for DC Collaborative membership thanks to our members! For those of you that missed the meeting and still want to participate, please let me or Tracey know.


Thanks for all you do on behalf of DCPS and public charter school students,



DC Collaborative Events


Save the Date


DC Collaborative Spring Member's Meeting

Date: May 13, 2015

Time: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Location: White House Historical Association



Member Orientation

Date: To be announced in the coming weeks

Location: DC Collaborative Offices


Story Bank


DC Collaborative Story Bank Launched!

Check out the NEW DC Collaborative Story Bank!


We are pleased to share the new DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog.  View our website to peruse different posts and submit your own entry!


Please make sure to follow us and re-blog our posts on Tumblr!


Want to be a guest blogger? Email info@dccollaborative.org or submit your entry here!


Story Bank March Highlights


"Updates from Avalon Theatre"- Sarah Pokempner, March 31, 2015

The Avalon Theatre in Northwest, Washington was the place to be in January and February!  We were delighted to welcome nearly 2,000 students and teachers to a number of special screenings of "Selma" in January and February. During the week of Martin Luther King's birthday celebration, 1,000 students, accompanied by their teachers, were offered tickets, largely subsidized by two generous supporters of our film education program, Cinema Classroom at the Avalon. Read the full blog post here.



"Cleveland Elementary Visits National Geographic" -
Theodore Rice, March 26, 2015

Today the DC Collaborative sent nearly 200 students to the National Geographic for the "Monsterfish: In Search for the Last River Giants" student matinee through the Arts for Every Student program. Here are some photos and student reactions submitted by Cleveland Elementary School! Read the full blog post here.



"Running for Creative Kids" - Amanda Rosdao, March 30 and February 12, 2015.

Read updates from Amanda Rosado, a friend of the DC Collaborative, who is supporting the DC Collaborative as she trains for a half marathon. Read the entries below!

February 12, 2015

March 30, 2015

DC Commission Update


 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission hosts Duke Ellington School of the Arts Student Art Exhibition



The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is hosting the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Student Exhibition. The I Street Galleries, located at 200 I (Eye) Street SE, will house this annual exhibition as the historic Georgetown school building completes extensive renovations. Over 70 student artists within the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades will offer works reflecting their studies in studio arts over the current school year. The opening reception is on Friday, April 10th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m.


RSVP for the opening reception here.

At the helm of this project, Visual Arts Department Chair, Mike Easton and Instructor of Painting and Drawing, Melchus Davis, coordinated with DCCAH Curator Zoma Wallace to select at least one work of art to represent each student. This exhibition signifies an example of the District's commitment to support and nurture the artistic expression in our youth.

Please note admission to the reception is first come, first served. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance.

For more information, please contact:

Zoma Wallace, Curator
zoma.wallace@dc.gov | (202) 724-5613

The exhibition will be on view from April 10 - May 10, 2015.

DCPS Corner



DC Public Schools

DCPS seeks volunteers for Music Festivals in April and May

Signup HERE


The DCPS Music Festivals will be held on the following days at the Columbia Heights Education Campus: 

  • April 28 - Jazz & Contemporary Ensembles, String Groups
  • April 29 - Elementary & Secondary Bands
  • May 5 - Elementary Groups (primarily choral)

There will be an opportunity to volunteer for the morning (8:30 am - 12:00 pm) and afternoon (1:00 pm - 4:30 pm) of each day in each of the capacities below.



Sign up here (http://goo.gl/8Vwn64).


Please contact Ben Hall with any questions- ben.hall@dc.gov

Upcoming Member Event


Shakespeare for All Ages and Stages

 The latest In CHIME's Third Thursday Noontime "Social Role Of The Arts" Series

In partnership with Busboys and Poets

April 16, 12-1:30 p.m. 
Bus Boys and Poets on 14th and V Streets, NW

Panelists Include:

  • Dat Ngo, Associate Director of Education, Shakespeare Theatre Company
  • Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger, Manager of Visitor Education Programs, Folger Shakespeare Theatre
  • Tom Prewitt, Artistic Director, WSC Avant Bard Theatre
  • Alex Mills, Actor and Director of "Teen Hamlet", Synetic Theater
  • Joe Carlson, Education Director, Synetic Theater
Join the conversation and help shape the dialogue through the lens of DC public and public charter school students!

Doors open to Langston Room at 11:30; full-service lunch menu and bar available

Program starts promptly at noon. Program fee: $5

Submissions to the E-Newsletter


If you would like to include something in our next 

member e-news, please email us

Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and subject to review and edits by the DC Collaborative staff.

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!

Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and are subject to edits by the DC Collaborative staff.
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