April 2015



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

April Key Communicator Newsletter




Dear Key Communicators,


Thank you for all that you do!  We really appreciate the time that you take to volunteer with us in ensuring that your students have access to high-quality arts and humanities education programming in the DC region.We have some more wonderful experiences for your students and colleagues in this newsletter.


This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • An opportunity to showcase your school's AFES experiences in our Arts for Every Student Story bank
  • Give us your feedback on the new lottery registration pilot with this online survey
  • Open AFES opportunities (field trips and an in-school workshop) available for your school
  • Earth Day on the National Mall.
All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

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! 

We've launched the DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog!  View it here!

Here's how your school can participate:

Lottery Registration Pilot Survey

Share your feedback on the NEW Lottery Registration Model Pilot!


The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is conducting a survey of members who participated in the Arts for Every Student program for the 2014-2015 school year to gauge satisfaction with the new lottery process for registration.

Please submit your feedback.  We want to hear from you!

Free Additional AFES Opportunities

Free transportation and tickets for following field- trips and in-school performances are available for schools registered Key Communicators



Presented by: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts/National Symphony Orchestra

Exploring Extremes is a full orchestra concert focusing on musical extremes and contrasts that make the symphonic repertoire particularly exciting. Hosted by Assistant Conductor Ankush Kumar Bahl along with NSO Principal Second Violinist Marissa Regni, this varied program includes symphonic music from Haydn to Mahler and Tchaikovsky to Sousa as they spotlight musical extremes of loud and soft, fast and slow, big and small, high and low, and more.

Register Here- Date: April 24, 2015

Time: 11:45 AM                      Length of Event:  50 minutes


The Kennedy Center: Concert Hall

2700 F St., NW

Washington, DC. 20566

Discipline: Music

Curriculum Connections:  English/Language Arts, History and Geography, Science

Grades: 5th


Rehearsing with The American Chamber Players

Presented by: The Kreeger Museum

The American Chamber Players, formed in 1985 through the efforts of violist Miles Hoffman, will perform pieces from their world-renown repertoire of familiar classical masterpieces and less recognized or newly commissioned American works. A fascinating and delightful program composed of various instrumental combinations, this opportunity will expose students to classical music, many for the first time. Students will be invited to handle musical instruments such as the piano, viola, cello, or flute, in addition to benefitting from an intimate Q&A session with the musicians following the open rehearsal.This concert experience will take place in The Kreeger Museum's Great Hall, known for its incredible acoustics and a selection of paintings by Picasso, Braque, and Gorky. According to the Washington Post, "[The ACP] have established standards of chamber music performance equal to any in the world," and they are eager to share their talents with young people in the District of Columbia.

Register Here: June 5, 2015June 9, 2015

Time: 10:30 AM

Location: The Kreeger Museum

2401 Foxhall Rd NW,

Washington, DC 20007

Discipline: Music

Grades: 6th-7th, 8th, 9th-12th



Presented by: CHIME (Community Help in Music Education)

Register by emailinginfo@dccollaborative.org

Come swing with multiple Wammie winner, Seth Kibel, ("Best Jazz Instrumentalist" and "Best World Music Instrumentalist") as he and his trio introduce you to the ways many kinds of music, besides jazz, use improvisation as a vehicle for personal expression.  Seth plays clarinet, flute, and sax and is backed up by piano and drums.  They demonstrate the role of improvisation in the following musical genres:  Brazilian bossa nova, an Irish reel, a German polka, a Jewish Klezmer and, of course, jazz.  Seth will also stress how this philosophy of individuality and self-expression can be applied to all aspects of life, not just music. Note:  Date and time will be determined after registration based on a mutually agreeable schedule.

Discipline: Music

Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, History and Geography, Diversity

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 6th-7th, 8th, 9th-12th

Register by emailing- info@dccollaborative.org

Earth Day 45th Anniversary- Educational Opportunity
Join the National Earth Day Network on the National Mall for a free event (transportation not included)


Come learn with NASA astronauts! Earth Day Network invites students and educators to join us for Earth Day's 45thAnniversary. We will have a variety of fun and exciting exhibits on the National Mall on Friday, April 17th and Saturday, April 18th.


Anyone interested in participating can fill out this form. If you have any further questions, feel free to contact me at schechter@earthday.net.

View the Flyer Here 

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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.