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June 2015
Celebrating 17 years of Providing Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:


Happy Summer! And, Happy June! aka Reports, Art Buzz, Metrics, Collective Impact and Friends!


Whether on the beach, at summer camp or catching up at the office, we hope that your summer is off to a great start. Together, we've made an incredible impact on arts and humanities education in DC this past school year. We're still tallying up our stats and we'll have our "report card" soon...


We're pleased to report this month that our recent Art Buzz held on June 3 at the Embassy Row Hotel was our most successful Art Buzz party this year raising more than $5,000! A recap of the event can be found here. Please let us know if you are interested in hosting an Art Buzz to help spread the word about the Collaborative.


We're also especially pleased to report that our first members round-table/webinar #MissionMetrics: Understanding the Value of Data to Key Stakeholders and Supporters on June 25th was a great success! If you weren't able to take part in the webinar, a recording is available here in its entirety.The 50 members in attendance (in person or via webinar,) heard from our terrific guest speakers about the importance of using quantitative and qualitative data to tell our stories and demonstrate our collective impact.


There's still time to make our impact greater! As the school year has come to a close and summer programs are in full swing, the DC Collaborative is striving to reach our fundraising goal for this fiscal year (ending today, June 30th.) Please help us reach and even surpass! our end of fiscal year fundraising goal by making a donation today.


Please become an individual Friends of the Collaborative member. We've launched our individual Friends of the Collaborative membership program this month for those of you who wish to personally support the work of the Collaborative. Individual membership supports all of the work that we do together in bridging the gap between our great institutions of arts and humanities with our future artists and consumers who will support them tomorrowToday is the perfect opportunity to help us reach our goal and spread the word about our community's tremendous work!

With gratitude,




In Memoriam 


Remembering Allen Weinstein, 

Beloved Board Member Emeritus of the 

DC Collaborative and Ninth Archivist of the United States


It is with great fondness and gratitude that we look back on our memories with Dr. Allen Weinstein (1937-2015,) who served on the board of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative from 2011 to 2014. Dr. Weinstein was an integral part of our strategic planning as well as a resource for our program development. Allen always brought a keen wit to all of his interactions with our board, staff and members. He took the time to mentor all team members, whether hosting readings of the latest book he was writing or of poetry by his favorite authors such as C.P. Cavafy.


Allen was most beneficent with his time and philanthropic support. He helped place DC Collaborative interns in full-time jobs, and was always happy to supply references or part-time work on his projects, even providing one DC Collaborative intern with credit in the acknowledgement page of his definitive publication of the Hiss trials entitled Perjury:The Hiss-Chambers Case.  


"Allen believed strongly in the importance of arts and humanities education, particularly for the students of Washington, DC, who he was eager to help partake in the enrichment of their city's cultural resources. He could have served on any number of boards but the fact that he shared his time with the DC Collaborative says so much about his commitment to humanities and to education," said DC Collaborative Board Vice President Dorothy McSweeny.


Allen was erudite, funny and could be tough in relaying his high standards and critical feedback but always with a humor-filled glint in the eye. He was always so very generous to share his many talents --quick to get on the piano and share a jazz improvisation or spontaneously explain why Eleanor and Franklin Roosevelt were his intellectual parents. He once shared with the DC Collaborative board his personal experience as a young child when learning that Franklin Roosevelt had died, how he walked the city alone comforted only by the sorrow of strangers on the street who shared his loss. Not unlike how many of his friends and colleagues who had the honor of working with Dr. Weinstein are feeling with his passing.

Member Mapping Timeline


DC Collaborative  Members Mapping Project

2014-2015 Data Collection Timeline


The goal of the DC Collaborative's Members Mapping Project is to illustrate our member's individual as well as collective reach among DC public and public charter schools. These maps will provide members with useful information about where outreach/services gaps exist. The goal is for the online version of this map to eventually reveal, on a member by member and school by school basis, the extent of the arts offerings and resources within DC public and public charter schools.

School Year 2014-2015 Collection Timeline
  • What information do you want included in the 2014-2015 map? Tell us here prior to July 15, 2015
  • 2014-2015 School Year Data Collection Opens- July 20, 2015
  • Member Map Data Due- October 1, 2015
  • Results Posted- December 15, 2015

DC Collaborative #StoryBank


DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog June Highlights

Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog June Highlights!


"More than 2,100 Students go 'Bach to School' this Year!"

This year, the DC Collaborative sent nearly 2,100 students to the Washington Bach Consort's education programs - 'Bach to School' - through the Arts for Every Student (AFES) program. 'Bach to School' encompasses two educational programs "Bach in Time" and "Goldberg Variations." The Washington Bach Consort (WBC) is a long-time member of the DC Collaborative and offers these two performances through the AFES program. 

The WBC ensures that as many students as possible have access to their educational offerings by subsidizing partial transportation costs and allowing the DC Collaborative to provide the admin support necessary to arrange all of the logistics. They also strive to make sure that the students are getting as much out of the performance as possible by providing pre- and post-educational materials for every field-trip. Check out the educational materials and more information on Washington Bach' Consort's education programs here!

Read the full post here  





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DC Commission Update


 DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Updates from the Arts Education team at the DC Commission


Summer Youth Employment Program (SYEP)
DCCAH kicked off its participation in the SYEP program this week with 80 youth dispersed to 7 partner sites; Anacostia Arts Center, Atlas Performing Arts Center, City at Peace, F.R.E.S.H.H., GALA Hispanic Theatre, National Building Museum, and We Act Radio. Youth will engage with these organizations for the six weeks of SYEP and work directly in the arts or in the "behind the scenes" activities and industries associated with the arts. Orientation for the youth took place at GALA Hispanic Theatre on Monday, June 29. A focus of the program this year is to ensure that the youth participants have opportunities to engage in professional development experiences outside of the work of their individual partner sites. A culminating performance/sharing of the work of the summer will take place at Atlas Performing Arts Center on Friday, August 7, 2015.

Creative Measures
DCCAH is working with Ivonne Chand O'Neal, Director of Research and Evaluation at the Kennedy Center to identify non-arts "domains" that are commonly addressed in arts programming across the city. These domains include skills such as; building community, flexibility, empathy, personal voice ... Tools will be created to measure these domains and implemented in a pilot study of arts organizations working with middle school students in camp programs this summer.

FY16 Grants Cycle

July 7 sees the first of 31 grant panels for 800 applicants for the next cycle of grants at DCCAH. Panels will run through late August with award announcements being made in early-October.


Creative Spark! Workshop at Eastern HS
Photo Credit: Tatiana Gulenkina

DCPS Corner


DC Public Schools

DCPS seeks a Visual and Digital Arts Specialist


Position Overview

The Office of Teaching and Learning (OTL) delivers high-quality instructional resources, enhances classroom practice, and scales effective programs to increase DCPS student achievement and to prepare all students for success in college, career, and life. OTL spans four core competency areas:

  • Curriculum;
  • Professional learning;
  • Enrichments and interventions; and
  • Formative assessment.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Supports the development and implementation of DCPS' visual and digital arts curriculum.
  • Evaluates and develops educational resources for visual and digital arts education.
  • Develops and manages district-wide arts programs and projects.
  • Maintains records for staffing, special programs, and resources for visual and digital arts.
  • Organizes annual city-wide Art Exhibition as well as smaller exhibitions.
  • Manages timelines for citywide exhibitions; assesses and tracks project progress regularly using various computer programs and tools; drives project completion by actively managing milestones.
  • Tracks the current literature on K-12 arts education, and contributes to policy/data analysis and program development as needed.
  • Serves as a liaison to state, regional and national arts education organizations; serves as liaison to local and national arts partners.
  • Under the guidance from the Director of Arts, develops and executes district-wide professional development days through the school year.
  • Conducts annual professional development needs assessments of art education teachers using teacher evaluation (IMPACT) data and teacher surveys.
  • Works collaboratively with the Office of Human Resources to ensure the hiring of qualified art educators.
  • Effectively diagnoses issues received from internal and external stakeholders and determines most efficient means of resolution.
  • Researches and writes reports and grant proposals as needed.
  • Creates and maintains communication tools that allow for the seamless transmission of information to teachers, community business partners, and other stakeholders.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with external partners and liaises with various internal departments to drive collaboration and project success. Interacts with and responds effectively to urgent requests from multiple internal and external DCPS stakeholders.

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 presenters and nearly 50 attendees in the first Round-able/Webinar on data, #MissionMetrics Webinar: Understanding the Value of Data to your Key Stakeholders and Supporters.

Special thanks to the presenters at our #MissionMetrics Webinar
Micheal Bigley, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation
David Markey, The DC Commission o the Arts and Humanities
Jakob Garrow, Bookity
Micheal Robbins 'District of Learning' SPAN Learning
Peter Guttmacher, DC Trust for Youth

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.

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Education Collaborative, Please visit our website.

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