July 2015



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

July Key Communicator Newsletter




Dear Key Communicators,


We hope you are enjoying your summer! As we gear up for next year I wanted to share an update on the orientation workshops  that are required for participation in the AFES program.  We would also like to share an exciting opportunity for arts teachers (visual and performing arts) to be recognized for their excellence in arts teaching.


This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • Orientation Schedule and a note about Partnership Agreements for the 2015-2016 School Year 
  • Mayors Arts Award Nominations for Excellence in Arts Teaching- Nominate yourself or a colleague!
  • #StoryBank Blog

All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

Sign up for AFES during the 2015-2016 School Year

Please sign up for AFES during the 2015-2016 school year by returning the 2015-2016 School Partnership Agreement.


To register for Arts for Every Student next year:

Orientation participation is also required for Arts for Every Student Program participation. Please select one:


Member Showcase and AFES Orientation 

  • Wednesday, August 19 (after PD), John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - More details coming soon!

Key Communicator Orientation Workshops

Key Communicator Orientation Webinars
(participate by phone or at your computer!)
The Arts for Every Student Lottery will open on

September 14th!


 Return the school Partnership Agreements to info@dccollaborative.org or mail to:


DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

1825 K Street, NW Suite 400 

Washington, DC 20006

Nominations for the Mayor's Arts Awards

Apply to get recognized for Excellence  in Arts Teaching


The Mayor's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on individual artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts. This year the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will present the 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards.

They are still accepting nominations for the Excellence in Arts Teaching Award

The Excellence in Arts Teaching Award honors full-time visual and performing arts teachers in DC Public and Public Charter Schools who have demonstrated exemplary instruction of arts curriculum while building strong student-centered environments in their school communities. Applicants for this award may be nominated by a peer or administrator at their school or may self-nominate. Applicants must include the following work samples and materials to support their application:
  1. Philosophy of Arts Education (maximum of 2 pages)
  2. Sample(s) of Teacher Work - Art Work & Curriculum
  3. Sample(s) of Student Work 

The deadline receipt of entries is 5:00 PM on Friday, July 24, 2015.

Please direct all questions regarding applications to David Markey at david.markey@dc.gov / 202-671-1354.

*Please note: The DC Commission is using the same online portal for our FY16 grant applications as we do for the Mayor's Arts Awards nomination. Once you log in and click the button to begin a new application, select Mayor's Arts Awards from the list of currently open programs.

DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog

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? You can still submit blogs about last year's trips! 

As we collect more personal stories we'll have more opportunities to promote AFES to our supporters and provide more AFES experiences! 

Want to participate?...Here's how:

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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.