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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:


Happy Mid Summer! We hope you've had a chance to take a break during this busy summer season to relax and catch up on your exhibits and summer reading, perhaps at THE BEACH at the National Building Museum.


Speaking of summer reading, our DC Collaborative Story Bank continues to grow with wonderful blog posts from members and stakeholders.  Please be sure to catch up on your DC Collaborative summer reading from more than 40 posts. This past month we have started to feature stories from DC Collaborative board members.  What is arts and humanities education important to you? What are your most memorable field-trip experiences? Please share your story with us!


The potential for a major K-12 education overhaul is closer and closer to becoming reality. The DC Collaborative is continuing to follow the ESEA reauthorization. Please be sure to read "Five Things you Need to Know about Federal Education Reform and the Arts."

This year the Member Fair and 2015-2016 Arts for Every Student Orientation will be held at the Kennedy Center on August 19.  Annually, more than 120 people gather to celebrate Arts and Humanities Education in the District and we are happy to host this convening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to showcase what the membership is offering to students and teachers in the District.  Learn more and register here.


The DC Collaborative is honored to be a finalist in the Excellence in Service to the Arts category for the 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards. Thank you to our 90 institutional members and counting! This designation for the DC Collaborative is truly the result of ALL of our community's collective work!


Please help us make our impact greater!  Please become Friend of the DC Collaborative Individual 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 tomorrow


With gratitude,




AFES Orientation


Member Fair and the 2015-2016 AFES Orientation


Please join us for the Arts for Every Student (AFES) Member Fair Showcase and Teacher Orientation. This is a great opportunity for teachers to peruse our members educational offerings for the 2015-2016 school year.

Date: Wednesday, August 19, 2015 

Time: 3:15-5:15 p.m. 

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines) to the FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle
Educator Parking rate of $7 will be provided at the Kennedy Center Parking Garage.

Members wishing to sign up for a booth or to present/perform should contact 

DC Collaborative Members Meeting


DC Collaborative  Annual Members Meeting

Please Join Us Thursday, September 17th at THEARC!


Save the Date!

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Time: 3:00-5:30 p.m.
3:00-4:30 Meeting
4:30-5:30 Networking

Location: THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020

Off-street parking available in the parking lot on a first-come, first-served basis.  
Plenty of street parking is also available.

DC Collaborative #StoryBank


DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog July Highlights

Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog July Highlights!


Five Things to Know About Federal Education Reform and the Arts 

Submitted by Emily Katz, DC Collaborative Communications Intern


The potential for a major K-12 education overhaul is closer and closer to becoming reality.

With the the House and Senate each passing their own significantly different versions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) reauthorization, the two bills will go to a conference committee to be negotiated into a single version to be sent to the president's desk. 

Here are five of the most important things to know about what's happened in the ESEA reauthorization process since our last update, focusing on the bill's potential effects on arts education.

Read the full post here  


"How the Civil War Changed Washington" at the Anacostia Community Museum 

Submitted by Conner White, DC Collaborative Programs and Data Intern


A Museum Embraces Community 

When someone says "Smithsonian," what is the first thing that comes to mind? Perhaps it is the massive collection of historical artifacts, works of art, precious gemstones, vessels that have explored outer space, or iconic pieces of Americana, but it may also suggest a famous place. The National Mall is ringed with various members of the Smithsonian Institution, but real aficionados of the Institution know that one must cross the Anacostia River into Southeast DC, to reach one of the jewels in the Smithsonian Crown. 

Read the full post here



This Month's DC Collaborative Board Member Features

"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Jeanette McCune"7/27/2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Chris Jennings"-  7/27/2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Jordan Monroe"- 7/20/2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Susan Rosenbaum"- 7/20/2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Jade Floyd"- 7/13/2015


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

DCPS Corner


DC Public Schools


Meet the New Visual and Digital Arts Specialist at DCPS
Submitted to the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog
July 31, 2015

Meet Kristy Esparza, the new Visual and Digital Arts Specialist for DC Public Schools. As the Visual and Digital Arts Specialist, Kristy supports K-12 art teachers with a particular focus on curriculum, professional development, and connecting DCPS art programs with the many cultural institutions in and around the District.  She also looks forward to showcasing student work at the annual student art exhibition this spring.


Kristy's Background

Prior to joining DCPS, Kristy was the Manager of Education Programs at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. At the Hirshhorn she developed the ARTWORKS program, which focuses on bringing contemporary art and artists to classrooms through partnerships and professional development workshops. Before moving to DC, she worked for Access and Community Programs at the Museum of Modern Art while studying Latin American art and Museum Studies at New York University. She is currently pursuing her Ed.D. at Johns Hopkins University with a focus on art education and student engagement.


Kristy is looking forward to bringing her museum education experiences to the DCPS visual arts program, and is excited to work closely with the DC Collaborative and its members who share her passion for advancing arts education in the District.

Job Bank


DC Public Schools 

DCPS seeks a Music Education 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.

  • Develops overall district strategy for music education and fosters vertical academic alignment (PK-12) in music education programming across the district. Identifies clear, specific, and ambitious performance measures for music education initiatives.
  • Defines clear expectations for a whole-school approach to music education including strategy and process for schools to self-assess capacity, explore options, plan, implement, and maintain music education and interventions.
  • Provides support to schools through national best-practices research, formative progress monitoring, connections to external partners and to learning opportunities for schools leaders.
  • Develops and strengthens resources for evaluating and supporting music education programming; manages the analysis and presentation of data and progress reports for senior management team and external audiences; communicates progress to key stakeholder groups and incorporates their input.
  • Identifies resources needed to support music education and programming and interventions, secures grant opportunities and establishes industry, university, and non-profit partnerships to attain program goals.
  • Stays closely aware of progress of projects, high-level initiatives, and emerging issues across DCPS and pro-actively adjusts music education programming based on changes in direction, priorities, and resources; liaises with many internal departments to ensure alignment of initiatives.
  • Stays aware of innovations, developments in policy, and research and advises Director on proposed legislation, policies, and directives affecting music education programming and strategy.

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.


Thank you to all members offering opportunities in the Arts for Every Student and Professional Development programs for the 2015-2016 School Year! You will truly make an impact on the education of the students in the District!

Special thanks to the 2015-2016 AFES Providers

Adventure Theater-MTC

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

African American Civil War Museum

Anacostia Community Museum

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Avalon Theatre

Choral Arts Society

Class Acts Arts

DAR Museum

DC Fire and EMS Museum

DC Jazz Festival

EL Teatro de Danza Contemporania

Gandhi Memorial Center

Imagination Stage

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Kreeger Museum

Mount Vernon

National Building Museum

National Children's  Theatre

National Gallery of Art

National Museum of American History

National Museum of Women and the Arts

Opera NOVA

Phillips Collection

Pulizer Center

Puppet Co.

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Textile Museum

The In Series

Washington Bach Consort

Washington Ballet

White House Historical Association

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Young Playwrights' Theatre

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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1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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