May 2015



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

May Key Communicator Newsletter




Dear Key Communicators,


As the school year and testing winds down we would like to share with you some additional opportunities for you and your students!


This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • AFES Field-trips to Washington Performing Arts and The DC Jazz Festival. Transportation through the AFES program provided at no cost!
  • Civili-tea Citywide Creative Expression Contest and Reception at Pepco Gallery- Deadline June 11
  • Half-price ticket offer for Bobby McFerrin for the Duke Ellington School for the Arts Benefit Concert at the Kennedy Center on May 20th
  • An opportunity to showcase your school's AFES experiences in our DC Collaborative Story Bank
  • Last Chance! Give us your feedback on the new lottery registration pilot with the online survey.
All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

Free AFES Opportunities

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


Jazz for Young People Concert

Presented by: Washington Performing Arts

This program investigates the origins of jazz music and addresses immigration and migration in our country. Folk forms, the blues, spirituals, and more will be addressed in an interactive concert that showcases the complex origins of America's music and its journey from New Orleans to New York City. Teacher's resources available here.

Date: May 28, 2015

Time: 10:30 AM          Length of Event: 1 hour

Location: Stuart Hobson Middle School

410 E St NE
Washington, DC 20002

Discipline: Music

Curriculum Connections: History/Geography

Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-7th, 8th 

Register Here


Jazz Meets Hip-Hop
Presented by: The DC Jazz Festival 

Saxophonist and former Assistant Professor of Music and Jazz Ensemble Director at American University, Dr. William E. Smith, an ethnomusicologist, is currently an Assistant Professor of Music Technology at Bowie State University. Smith is also a renowned jazz musician who has performed with James Moody, Kenny Burrell and Donald Byrd. He also gives lectures on jazz and hip-hop in DCPS and DC public charters schools and at the University of Maryland, University of Delaware, Howard University, and others. Additional musicians include: Tyler Sherman (bass); Abinnet Berhanu (drums); Noble Jolley (piano).

Date: 6/9/2015
Time: 10:30 AM          Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Discipline: Music
Curriculum Connections: History/Geography
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th-7th, 8th, 9th-12th

Register Here 

Note: Limited free transportation available.  If your school can provide transportation, please let me know and I will register you.



Civili-Tea Citywide Creative Expression Contest

Please Participate in the Creative Expression Contest and Reception at the Pepco Gallery!

Guidelines and Entry Form



The High Tea Society will be holding its 2nd Annual Civili-Tea Citywide Creative Expression Contest this spring, in collaboration with PEPCO, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and the Council of Churches of Greater Washington. The judging will take place at the PEPCO Art Gallery, where the entries will be displayed from June 16, 18, 19. The winners will be announced at a reception on Friday, June 17. Monetary prizes and certificates will be awarded.

The theme is "share instances of civility in your life and express concerns about the incivility you see and experience." Civility allows us to work together and live together in peace. We are all impacted by acts of kindness (civility) or by acts that harm us (incivility). What can we do to make our world, family, community, school and our relationships with our friends and peers better? The High Tea society-Girls Connected is sponsoring a citywide civility creative artistic expression competition and there will be prizes. Here is the picture created by last year's winner. Her painting appeared on the buses and the metro trains. So let us take a moment a think about how we feel, what we know and what we see that would be considered civility or incivility.

The High Tea Society, founded in 1997 by former DC Superior Court Judge Mary Terrell, is a non-profit, organization created to provide educational and cultural enrichment activities for inner city students who attend the District of Columbia Public Schools, including public charter schools. 

The Citywide Creative Expression Competition will be open to District of Columbia youth in 3rd grade-12th grade.

Guidelines for this contest can be found HERE
Entry Form can be found HERE

Entries must be submitted by JUNE 11, 2015.

For more information, please contact Judge Mary at, the Rev. James Stephen Terrell at, or the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative at

Kennedy Center Offers Half-Price Tickets to the  

Bobby McFerrin Concert to Benefit 

Duke Ellington School of the Arts

Sign up today with coupon code LOVEKC!


The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has a long standing partnership with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. As a patron and supporter of the arts we invite you to take advantage of special half-price tickets to Ellington's upcoming benefit concert featuring 10-time Grammy winner Bobby McFerrin, on Wednesday, May 20, 2015.

You can purchase tickets online at Use coupon code LOVEKC to receive the 50% off discount at check out.

Thank you for your support and enjoy this phenomenal evening with musical icon Bobby McFerrin, and the talented young scholar-artists and graduates of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

For more information click here.

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 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!

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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: if you have any questions.