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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe


Dear Friends:

With Spring Break and Cherry Blossom Festival season only a couple of weeks behind us and spring tourism season now in full swing, what stands out most to me is how each year so many groups of students travel from across the globe to visit our member's museums, theaters and cultural venues. And, in contrast, just how many of our very own DC students get to visit and have access to our amazing arts and humanities education programs.

Today, the DC Collaborative wraps-up April with gratitude to each of you who collectively work with us to bring arts and humanities education opportunities to DC public and public charter school students. We are making great progress, thanks to our membership committee, looking at how the Collaborative can best lead and serve our community. We look forward to sharing more at our next members meeting.

Gearing up for a Great Members Meeting May 13th:

A reminder to RSVP for our Members Meeting on Wednesday, May 13th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at The White House Historical Association. This meetings theme will center around deeper engagement work.

We are especially pleased to have guest speaker Jennifer Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education, join us. This is a special opportunity for us to learn more about Deputy Mayor Niles and Mayor Bowser's interest in equitable access to arts and humanities education. And, for her to learn more about the arts and humanities education collective impact work that we provide to DC public and public charter school students.

Please Keep Sharing Your Stories:

The DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog continues to grow. As we collect more stories we'll have more opportunities to promote the arts and humanities education work that our community provides collectively to DC public and public charter school students. Please contribute by joining us as a guest blogger and submitting your own entry!


With gratitude,



DC Collaborative Spring Members Meeting


Spring Members Meeting 

Please join us in welcoming Deputy Mayor for Education, Jennifer C. Niles

When: Wednesday, May 13, 2015 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Where:  White House Historical Association
Entrance on 748 Jackson Place on Lafayette Square
Washington, DC 20006
(Farragut West/McPherson Square Metro Lines)

Featuring Special Guest: Jennifer C. Niles, Deputy Mayor for Education

Join us for a panel conversation focusing on deeper engagement in arts and humanities education programming.  The meeting will also include a brief presentation from DCPS, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Wolf Trap Foundation for Early Learning Through the Arts and other special guests. 


Thank you to our Event Sponsor:


Thank you to our Host:


DC Collaborative Fundraising Event


Board Members Jade Floyd and Cher Castillo Freeman along with Jordan Monroe and Adra Williams

Cordially Invite you to Art Buzz at Sunset

Supporting the D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative 



This event supports the D.C. Collaborative's efforts to provide DC public and chartered schools with access to cultural opportunities throughout the Washington metropolitan area. Each year 30,000 students from DC public schools attend 500 free performances at our nation's world-class cultural institutions through their efforts.
$1 from every draft beer and glass of wine ordered will be donated to the organization. Enjoy drinks, a live art installation by local D.C. artists, grill items for purchase and raffled goodies with a beautiful view of the DC skyline, all while supporting a great cause.

DC Collaborative Story Bank


DC Collaborative Story Bank April Highlights

Check out the DC Collaborative Story Bank April Highlights!



"Aiton Elementary School goes to Imagination Stage"- Hope Lindsay, April 10, 2015

Hope Lindsay, Visual Arts Educator submitted several photos depicting her students on an Arts for Every Student field-trip to Imagination Stage on April 10, 2015 to see "Sinbad: The Untold Tale."  The DC Collaborative is proud to partner with members like Imagination Stage to give opportunities like this to children across the city. Thank you to Ms. Lindsay for sharing your school's story!

Read the full post here  




"Running for Creative Kids Update"
- Amanda Rosado, April 20, 2015

"The half marathon is 4 weeks away, and things are looking great... I see it as a reminder that, as cliche as it sounds, I can test my limits. I can do anything that I set my mind to. We all have the ability to reach our full potential...I think that reason is also why I love what DC Collaborative does for DC public and public charter schools. We all deserve to feel hope, and we all deserve to feel like we have the ability to achieve our goals and dreams. Allowing children to explore their imagination, creativity, and self-expression, is such an essential part to growth and success."

Read the Full Blog Post Here


"Kennedy Center and Split This Rock Co-sponsoring Student Workshops and Performances"
Jeanette McCune, April 28, 2015

In collaboration with Split This Rock as part of the Louder Than a Bomb Poetry Festival, the Kennedy Center's DC School and Community Initiatives is co-sponsoring student workshops this Saturday, May 2 from 1-2 and 2-3 pm, and a by invitation performance for schools by South African artists on Wednesday, May 6 at 1 pm (1 hour, Millennium Stage event daytime). 

Read the Full Blog Post Here




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!

DC Commission Update


 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission 2016 Grants Deadlines are Approaching

FY16 Grant Deadlines

Artist Fellowship Program

Friday, May 15

Arts Education Program

Thursday, May 21

City Arts Projects - Individuals

Wednesday, May 13

City Arts Projects - Organizations

Wednesday, May 13

Cultural Facilities Projects

Monday, May 18

East of the River

Monday, May 18


Friday, May 15

Public Art Building Communities

Friday, August 21

Sister Cities International Arts Grant

Wednesday, May 20


Friday, May 22

FY16 Advisory Review Panelists

As you may also know, we are currently seeking advisory review panelists for the FY16 grant season. Panelists are integral to the DCCAH's grants process because they review applications, provide comments, and score applications in order to recommend recipients of DCCAH grant awards.

Click here for more information and further instructions.

And don't forget, even though our workshops are over this week, our grant managers are available to provide further assistance on a one-on-one basis up until a week before the deadline of each respective grant program.

DCPS Corner



DC Public Schools

DCPS cordially invites you to their Student Arts Exhibition Opening at 

Brookland Middle School on May 21.


The Opening Reception for the DCPS Student Arts Exhibition will take place on at Brookland Middle School from and feature a gallery with over 400 pieces of student art, media arts gallery, live dance, live music and the Trashion Fashion Show on May 21 at 6:30 p.m.




With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...

 We really appreciate the support of all of our board members, donors, members, teachers, partners and volunteers for bringing our mission to life and ensuring that all students have equitable access to the arts and humanities education resources in Washington, D.C.


This month we are especially grateful to our newly formed Membership Committee.  We've had two meetings and are already making great progress.  We will share more at the next Member's Meeting!

Special thanks to The DC Collaborative Membership Committee
Led by Committee Chair, Jeanette McCune, Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Mary Cecere, Imagination Stage
Sarah Durkee, National Gallery of Art
Maureen Dwyer, Sitar Arts Center
Caryn Fraim, Choral Arts Society
Mary Hendrickse, National Building Museum
Roberta Gasbarre, Smithsonian Discovery Theatre
David Markey, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Dorothy Marschak, CHIME (Community Help in Music Education)
Linda Powell, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Margo Young-Turner, Adventure Theatre-MTC
Christie Walser, Project Create
Sarah Andrew Wilson, Levine Music

About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
More than 90 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
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Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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