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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:
It can NOT be the last day of August?! This was an exceptionally busy summer for us. How about you?

With the last day of August, we mark the first official day that both our DCPS and DC public charter school students and their teachers are back in school. Teachers will be reviewing the AFES catalogue today - hot off the virtual press  here. We look forward to an amazing 2015-2016 school year with each of our arts and humanities educational providers and friends.

As part of National Arts in Education Week (September 13-17,) our Annual Members Meeting and networking time will be held at THEARC on Thursday, September 17th from 3:00-5:30pm. Annually, we gather to share with our membership and stakeholders the success of our previous year working together and we couldn't think of a better host than Edmund Fleet and his team at THEARC to help kick off our new school year! At the meeting, we'll provide updates to members on budget and officially vote-in new board members. This year, we've listened to your requests for additional networking time and have re-framed the meeting so that the presentations will take place promptly at 3:00pm and networking time (with refreshments,) will follow immediately after at approximately 4:00pm.

We've continued to have our "listening ears" on and in the collective spirit of supporting the needs of our membership and our extended arts and humanities education community of practice, we have created a DC Arts and Humanities Collective Impact Group (DC CIG). (Please read our recent blog-post on "The Importance of Collective Impact." here) We'll share more about the work of this working group and invite everyone to join the group at our Annual Members Meeting. Please RSVP here for our Annual Membership Meeting.

Interested in learning more before September 17th and getting further involved? Please join the Membership Committee. We'll be meeting on September 8th from 1:00-2:00pm - there will be donuts! - at the DC Collaborative office. RSVP here.

Looking ahead, 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 to take place in October. Thanks you to and our 95 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 this summer for those of you who wish to personally support the work of the Collaborative in addition to the support provided through your institutional membership. 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.

Look forward to seeing you September 17th at THEARC!
With gratitude,


DC Collaborative Members Meeting


DC Collaborative  Annual Members Meeting
Please Join Us Thursday, September 17th at THEARC!

Date: Thursday, September 17, 2015

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

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

In celebration of National Arts in Education Week (September 13th-19th) the DC Collaborative is holding the Annual Members Meeting.  We will have exciting updates on how the DC Collaborative is better serving its members and our arts and humanities education community of practice. We'll also share information about the launch of our DC Arts and Humanities Collective Impact Group (DC CIG).

 We will also discuss the FY16 budget and vote on new members of the DC Collaborative Board of Directors and provide updates from our programming and membership committees.  Hear from Nathan Diamond at DCPS and updates from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. We will close the meeting with important networking time!

We are pleased to hold our Annual 
Members Meeting at THEARC.  Thank you to our host!

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

2014-2015 Members Mapping Project


DC Collaborative Members Map
We're Collecting 2014-2015 School Year Data!

It's that time again! The DC Collaborative is now collecting data for their 2014-2015 Members Mapping Project! We are taking a look at the collective impact of our members, and we're doing it a bit differently this year. Instead of sending out templates for you to fill in manually, we created an online form, designed to hopefully make things a bit smoother! Please let us know as soon as possible if you prefer the manual copy.

Please fill out the survey with your organization's In-school, Out-of-School time, or Professional Development programs offered to DC Public School and Public Charter School students and teachers for School Year 2014-2015. Please include both programs offered through the DC Collaborative and programs offered. 

DC Collaborative #StoryBank


DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog August Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog August Highlights!
Board Member Feature: Linda Harper 
Submitted by Ani Carlson, DC Collaborative Programs and Communications Intern

Why Linda Supports the DC Collaborative
This theme of diversity has been prevalent in Linda's career. The DC Collaborative is also diverse, an element that drew her to the organization and the she admires about it. As Board President, Linda loves how her work with the DC Collaborative aids students in experiencing different types of art, much like she did in her educational experience.
"The ability for children to experience a broad representation of the arts in the city is so important. We're not just about dance or music-we are allowing students to look at this broad spectrum."
Beyond the opportunities for local DC students, Linda feels strongly about the Professional Development the DC Collaborative offers.
"We have educators who are just as excited about learning as their students are about going to performances or museums. They who may not have had that experience as well, but understand its value and want to include it in their class work."
Looking Ahead
In the future, Linda hopes to expand upon the reach of the DC Collaborative while maintaining the organization's strong reputation and stability. Linda believes that more field trips and professional development workshops as well as more involvement from local organizations will boost the DC Collaborative's impact and the role of the arts and humanities in our children's lives.


"Introducing District of Learning: Part 3 in our #MissionMetrics Series
Submitted by Jeralyn Cave, Collaborative Communications Group
August 5, 2015
District of Learning is Helping to Strengthen Arts Ed in DC
Student involvement in arts programming has been linked to reduced dropout rates , increased standardized test scores and higher academic performance. Students need greater access to high-quality arts education opportunities, in and beyond the classroom. 
District of Learning is helping them gain this access and create pathways to their future through the use of learning data embedded within digital badges.
District of Learning is a new ecosystem that connects students, families, and educators with learning opportunities across all eight wards of the city. Much like the DC Collaborative, District of Learning is built on the premise that no one institution on its own can prepare young people for their future - that it takes citizens, community organization, schools, places of worship, and cultural institutions to support young people. District of Learning recognizes anytime-anywhere learning and leverages the power of digital badges to facilitate a citywide ecosystem of learning.  District of Learning is part of the national Cities of Learning movement that includes efforts in Chicago, Dallas, and Pittsburgh.

This Month's DC Collaborative Board Member Features
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Linda Harper"Aug. 24, 2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Joy Ford Austin"Aug. 17, 2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Greg McGruder"-  Aug. 17, 2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Dorothy McSweeny"Aug. 10, 2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Dave Ferrero"Aug. 10, 2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Susana Florian"- Aug. 3, 2015
"I Support the DC Collaborative, Board Member Feature: Sarah Durkee"Aug. 3, 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

DC Commission Updates


Apply to Host a Session at our Arts Integration
Professional Development Institute
Co-hosted with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

This year we are launching an Arts Integration PD Institute, co-hosted with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The Institute will take place on Saturday, September 26th, from 9:00-3:30 at Capital City Public Charter School.

Based on teacher feed-back, we will be holding 2 hour sessions the following broad topics:
  • Arts Integration and Early Childhood Education
  • Utilizing Arts Integration to Enhance Common Core
  • Utilizing Arts Integration to Build a Community of Engaged Learners
  • Arts Integration and Literacy/Language Arts
  • Arts Integration and Math
  • Arts Integration and Science
  • Arts Integration and History/Geography

* Selected Arts Integration PD Institute sessions will receive supplementary funding through the DC Collaborative.

For more information contact the DC Collaborative at info@dccollaborative.org or 202.587.1627.

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.

A special thank-you to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for hosting the  Members Fair and 2015-2016 AFES Orientation.



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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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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