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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

"Learn From Everything"

I have a note-card on my desk this week that reads "Learn From Everything." Indeed this month, there was so much to learn from our members, supporters, teachers and students. From our wonderful AFES Provider's field-trips for students, to meeting with Mayor Muriel Bowser,  to the Membership and Programming Committee meetings and joining all of you at our Members Meeting at the White House Historical Association on May 13th, where we learned more from Deputy Mayor for Education Jennie Niles. Read the Members Meeting recap.

We also know we can learn more from our data and how best to present this data to key stakeholders and supporters.  Please register for our "#MissionMetrics Round-Table and Webinar" on June 25th here.

We want to learn more from you and hear back about our most recent Members Meeting at the White House Historical Association. Please fill out the Members Meeting Evaluation.  

Hope to see you next Wednesday, June 3rd for ART Buzz at Sunset as we kick off the "Rooftop Support a Cause" series at The Embassy Row Hotel. Please RSVP.


I would like to express my gratitude to our wonderful members, educators, partners and the DC Collaborative Board of Directors, staff and interns as we will be featured in the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "one of the best small nonprofits in the greater Washington region."  It takes the whole community to collectively bring arts and humanities education to the forefront and I would like to express my sincerest thanks to each and every one of the stakeholders that contribute to this field and positively impact the students and teachers in the DC public education system.



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 #MissionMetrics Webinar


#MissionMetrics Round-Table and Webinar 

Understanding the value of data to key stakeholders and supporters

When: Thursday, June 25, 2015; 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Where:  Webinar (see below) or
DC Collaborative Office
1825 K Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006
Farragut West (blue/orange/silver lines)
Farragut North (red line)
Space in the DC Collaborative Offices has been reserved for up to 35 members.  Webinar access will be available to all of those who wish to sign up.

Webinar Information:
Webinar Link (Day of)
Dial-in: 323-920-0091
Pin: 958 6054#
  • Bookity #MissionMetrics Presentation
  • Funder perspective from Michael Bigley, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
  • Stakeholder share-out with David Markey, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
  • District of Learning presentation, Peter Guttmacher, DC Trust for Youth
  • DC Collaborative Arts for Every Student and Members Mapping data presentation, Tracey Wyton and Kate Langevoort
  • Open Discussion

AFES Update


Reminder: Apply to be in the 2015-2016 

Arts for Every Student Program

Members Should Apply by Monday June 8, to be considered 
for the AFES Program

The DC Collaborative team is looking forward to another great year of providing access to the arts and humanities educational experiences in the DC region to the students and teachers in the DC public education system.

The Arts for Every Student and Professional Development applications are online this year!  Please fill them out HERE.

The application deadline is June 8.

We've been looking at how to better serve our Members and the AFES program. As a result, and in the collaborative spirit of our work, there are some changes so please read through the applications thoroughly. 

Questions? Please contact us at info@dccollaborative.org to 202.587.1627

DC Collaborative #StoryBank


DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog May Highlights

Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog May Highlights!


"Member Feature: The Kreeger Museum Embarks on a New Program"- Antonia Dapena-Tretter, May 18, 2015

The Kreeger Museum has worked with the DC Arts & Humanities Collaborative for close to fifteen years-taking advantage of its resources to pay for reduced admission tickets and costly transportation for students from D.C. public and public charter schools who otherwise might not be able to benefit from these out-of-school field trips. Over the course of the past academic calendar, the Kreeger has sought to strengthen our partnership with the Collaborative by hosting one of the quarterly membership meetings and, more importantly, through joint fundraising efforts. Take, for example, the simple act of providing valuable letters of support. With the grant cycle being what it is, the fruits of these labors will not be known for some time, but one generous grant provided by the Paul M. Angell Family Foundation is enabling the Kreeger to waive its fees completely, in addition to paying for the buses, to bring two groups of students to the museum for a new program: Rehearsing with The American Chamber Players. Alleviating these financial hurdles allows the Collaborative to reallocate those funds to additional programming at other cultural venues throughout the District, offering even more opportunities for arts education to the potentially under-served students of Washington, D.C. 

Read the full post here  




"Member Feature: Wolf Trap's Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts Works"
- Jennifer Cooper, May 22, 2015

Wolf Trap Foundation recently released the results of a four-year study showing that our Early Childhood STEM Learning Through the Arts program has a positive impact on students' math achievement and on teachers' practice. Early childhood is a critical time for learning, and educators, policymakers and parents are all looking for ways to measurably affect learning outcomes, so this is wonderful news for the early childhood and arts education fields, as well as for the Foundation. More information is available here. 

Read the full post here



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DC Commission Update


 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Celebrating the Winners of the 32nd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities recognizes the artistic excellence of emerging and established DC writers 


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) announced the winners of the 32nd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition on Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Arena Stage. The competition commemorates the artistic legacy and vision of cultural understanding of Larry Neal, a renowned author, academic and former Executive Director of the DCCAH.


The Awards Ceremony was marked with exciting performances by emcee and poet, Derrick Weston Brown as well as stage readings of selected winners' work. The presenters for the evening were Alice McDermott, Karen Zacarias, Dr. James Laws, Joy Ford Austin, and Traci Slater-Rigaud. In April 2015, the DCCAH received 100 submissions from emerging and established writers residing in the District of Columbia, a true testament to the vitality of the literary arts here in the nation's capital.  Award categories include poetry, fiction, and dramatic writing.  The 26 finalists were announced earlier in May.


Congratulations to the 8 Awardees!


Adult Poetry

Caitlin Reid for "Indelible"


Adult Fiction

John Copenhaver for "The Fledgling"


Adult Dramatic Writing

Stephen Spotswood for "The Gantry Girls Come Home"


Teen Poetry

Sophia Diggs-Galligan for "We Eat Well Now"


Teen Fiction

Eva Shapiro for "Adam 500"


Youth Poetry

Kayla Rosemond for "Crimson Blues"


Youth Poetry

Jaymir Wise for "My Storm"


Youth Fiction

Ellida Parker for "Rising"



DCPS Corner



DC Public Schools

Congratulations to DCPS as they hosted their Student Arts Exhibition Opening at 

Brookland Middle School on May 21.



The Opening Reception for the DCPS Student Arts Exhibition took 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.


Check out some of the student art work that was showcased at the event!



Job Bank



The Washington Ballet Seeks Education Program Manager

The Washington Ballet seeks an Education Program Manager in the Education and Community Engagement department to plan and implement the in-school dance education program in public elementary schools and community settings.  The Education Program Manager will teach dance and ballet techniques to second and third grade students through arts experience and arts integration models; manage and coordinate teaching and training activities with school personnel for the maximum success of program operations; research industry models, practices, and theories to keep current with national and local dance education standards; and choreograph and direct dance performances at culminating events which demonstrates students' techniques, progress and abilities.

Young Playwrights' Theater Seeks Creative Programs Director

Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT), the only professional theater in Washington, DC dedicated entirely to arts education, seeks a Creative Programs Director to oversee the artistic and educational vision of the company. The Creative Programs Director will answer to the Executive Director, collaborating with the Executive Director and the Deputy Director in all company leadership, including strategic planning, decision-making and staff management. 


Primary responsibilities will include leading the company's five-person program team toward achieving YPT's vision to create social justice by providing all young people with the opportunity to realize the power and value of their own voices; overseeing all in-school, after-school and summer programs; serving as the lead producer for YPT's season of professional productions of student-written plays; developing and monitoring program and production budgets; overseeing curriculum development; ensuring annual achievement of YPT's earned income goals through successful program partnerships and other contracts and initiatives; representing the company on local and national levels; and raising YPT's profile by identifying and developing new projects, partnerships and opportunities.


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 the Catalogue for Philanthropy- Greater Washington for selecting us as one of the organizations to be featured in the 2015-16 Catalogue for Philanthropy as "one of the best small nonprofits in the greater Washington region".  Thank you to the Members and DC Collaborative Board of Directors for their leadership and guidance.

Special thanks to the Membership and DC Collaborative Board of Directors
Linda Harper, President
Jade Floyd, Past President
Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Vice President
Nik Apostolides, Vice President
AJ Jones, Treasurer
Gerald Boyd
Cher Castillo Freeman
Sarah Durkee
David Ferraro
Susana Florian
Tony Gittens
Nathan Hoffman
Chris Jennings
Jeanette McCune
Gregory McGruder
Gail Murdock
Susan Rosenbaum
Joy Ford Austin
David Markey

Special thanks to the Art Buzz Hosts
Jade Floyd
Cher Castillo Freeman with Re/Max Sky Real Estate
Jordan Monroe
Adra Williams

Special thanks to our Partner:
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Special thanks to the DC Collaborative Staff and Interns:
Tracey Alperstein Wyton, Program Director
Louise Kennelly, Former Executive Director
2014-2015 Interns- Kate Langevoort, Nicole LeForte, Taylor Lewis, 
Grace VanderVeer, Julia Weiss

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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