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October 2015
Celebrating 18 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:

Happy 18th Birthday to us! (In retrospect, I should have ordered the spicy 'Chai' Latte this morning...)

Today, Friday, October 30th marks the 18th year of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative! For those of you who have been with us from the beginning to those of you who have just joined us this year, our sincerest thanks and gratitude. Together, we are transforming the lives of DC students through the arts and humanities.

Looking at our DC Collaborative logo, I'm reminded of those before me who so thoughtfully designed our logo to represent a butterfly in transformation illustrating how together, and as a community, we impact and support student change and growth through the arts and humanities. This year, the DC Collaborative is also changing and growing - and we hope you agree. Together with the help of you, our partners and members we are:
  • re-thinking how we serve our Membership
  • embarking on Collective Impact work for our entire arts and humanities education community of practice - with our first retreat last week
  • launching a Professional Development Institute with our partners at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and The Kennedy Center - with our first Institute this past month
  • expanding the work we do together through the Arts For Every Student (AFES) program

As you may know, in Hebrew Chai (חי), means"life". That why gifts and donations are often made in multiples of 18, which is called "Giving Chai". Through our collaborative spirit and collective impact, together we help enhance and transform the lives of DC students through the arts and humanities.

Please celebrate with us and give a birthday gift of $18 to the DC Collaborative today!

With Gratitude and Chai,


Happy Birthday to Us!


Celebrate the DC Collaborative's 18th Birthday!
18 years of providing equitable access to high-quality arts and humanities learning opportunities for DC Public and Public Charter School Students

Your donation supports a professional network of 97 (almost 100!) arts and humanities organizations in the DC, metro region dedicated to improving the lives of youth in our nation's capital. Looking forward to the next 18 years of working collaboratively with members, artists , students, teachers, schools, the DC government, funders,  parents and caregivers and all of the residents of the District to improve the lives of our city's youngest residents.
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DC Commission Update


30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards
Mayor Muriel Bowser along with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities celebrates arts and culture in Washington, DC, at the 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards

The DC Commission pulled out all of the stops this year for the 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards. This was the first Mayor's Arts Award ceremony for Mayor Muriel Bowser and for DC Commission Chair Kay Kendall.

Congratulations to the honorees, winners and all of the finalists who were honored at the ceremony, especially DC Collaborative members: Molly Smith, Arena Stage; Joy Ford Austin, Humanities Council of Washington (DC Collaborative board member); Anthony Gittens, DC International Film Festival; Washington Performing Arts, Inner City-Inner Child; Young Playwrights' Theater. Congrats to teachers at our partner schools: Terry Thomas, Lauren Bomba and Carmen Jenkins-Frazier! The DC Collaborative was honored to be among the finalists with these wonderful organizations and individuals that make such a huge contribution to the arts and humanities community of Washington, DC, and the education of its young people.

Molly Smith, Artistic Director, Arena Stage
Ayor's Arts Award for Impact on Culture and Humanities

Dolores Kendrick, Poet Laureate of the District of Columbia
Mayor's Arts Award for Special Recognition

Street Sense
Humanitarian Highlight

Dr. Ryuji Ueno and Dr. Sachiko Kuno, S&R Foundation
Mayor's Arts Award for Visionary Leadership

Peggy Cooper Caritz
Mayor's Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement


Excellence in an Artistic Discipline
Joy Ford Austin | Coyaba Dance Theater | Pan American Symphony Orchestra | Renee Stout*Split This Rock | The National Hand Dance Association

Excellence in Service to the Arts
BloomBars | DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative | Anthony Gittens | Women in Film & Video*

Innovation in the Arts
826DC | The Embassy Series | Southeast Boy Productions* | Washington Performing Arts

Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education
Inner City-Inner Child | The Lab School of Washington | Washington Performing Arts*| Young Plawrights' Theater

Outstanding Emerging Artist
Jay Coleman | Company E, Inc. | Adam Davies* | Robert Person

Excellence in Arts Teaching
Lauren Bomba, Maury Elementary School | Carmen Jenkins-Frazier, School Without Walls | Terry Thomas, Seaton Elementary School*


DC Collective Impact Working Group


Road Trip to Success! From Point A to Point B and Beyond!
DC Collective Impact Working Group (DC CIG) 1st Retreat was held on October 23
To date, the DC CIG includes more than 40 and counting, cultural organizations that have long-standing and significant focus on arts and humanities education for DC public and public charter school students. The group will continue to work to deconstruct notions of scarcity and competition with openness in the leadership of activities that draw out our community's collective impact work to include:
  • What is and/or should be the role of the arts and humanities presenters and education organizations in the lives of Washington, DC students attending public and public charter schools?
  • How will working cooperatively and collaboratively improve and increase our impact for the youth we serve?
  • What data do we need to help us better understand what the needs are and what our present capacity is in reaching the youth we serve?
On behalf of the DC CIG organizers David Markey, Jeanette McCune, Amy Moore, Hannah Jacobson, Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe and Tracey Wyton -- sincerest thanks to the participants for taking time from their busy schedules to be fully present to work with us collectively and collaboratively to improve our work, support each other and take care of ourselves -- all to advance access to the arts and humanities for DC students. Together, we will be a stronger community. Together, we now have have some very tangible and purposeful outcomes and next steps. 

The group will provide feedback to us and we'll have community action items in the weeks ahead. If you are interested in participating in future DC CIG convenings, please let us know.

DC CIG Collective Impact "Road Trip":
First Stop- Common Agenda
Second Stop- Shared Measurement
Third Stop- Mutually Reinforcing Activities
Fourth Stop- Continuous Communication
Fifth Stop- Backbone Support

Photo Credit- The #CHAWSOME team at CHAW

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. 

Job Bank


Wolf Trap Foundation for Early Learning Through the Arts
A program of the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts
is currently accepting applications for Teaching Artist 
Benefits of becoming a Wolf Trap Teaching Artist:
  • Become part of a national network of Wolf Trap Teaching Artists working with a nationally respected program which has been a leader in the field of arts-integrated early childhood education and professional development since 1981
  • Receive intensive training in the Wolf Trap model to become knowledgeable in the areas of developmentally appropriate practice, emergent literacy, developmental domains, and early childhood curriculum standards
  • Create meaningful partnerships with early childhood educators in our community
  • Engage children's imagination in the learning process and increase their enthusiasm for learning and the arts
  • Receive continuing professional development as a member of a select group of Teaching Artists
Teaching Artist FAQ:
  • Teaching Artists are independent contractors; annual amount of work is not guaranteed.
    • Teaching Artists are placed in 16-Session Classroom Residencies partnering with preschool and Kindergarten teachers. Classroom sessions are held twice a week, usually in the morning, during the school year.
    • Teaching Artists are required to write and submit paperwork associated with each residency including lesson plans and evaluations.
    • Number of residencies assigned in the metro Washington DC area varies.
    • New Teaching Artists are paid $1,000 for each 16-Session Classroom Residency.

For complete application information, call or email Nicole Escudero at nicolee@wolftrap.org or 703.937.6306 wolftrap.org/education

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 David Markey of the DC Commission and Jeanette McCune of The Kennedy Center and Amy Moore and Hannah Jacobson of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop for helping to plan our Collective Impact 
'Advance not Retreat' on Friday, October 23. Thank you to Jennifer Cover-Payne for leading us in the mindfulness exercise to begin our "Road Trip".

Thanks to the DC Collective Impact Group Advance Participants
Carolyn Goodridge, Arts Impact USA
Amy Moore, Hannah Jacobson and Leslie Mansour, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
Sophie Maupoil, Children's Chorus of Washington
Caryn Fraim, Choral Arts Society
Jennifer Cover-Payne, Culture Capital
David Markey, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, DC Collaborative Board Member
Nathan Diamond, DC Public Schools
Sunny Sumter, DC Jazz Festival
Roberta Gasbarre, Discovery Theater
Cynthia Gertsen, Fords Theatre
Elizabeth Eder, Freer Sackler
Linda Powell, George Washington's Mount Vernon
Joanne Seelig, Imagination Stage
Ingrid Zimmer, Inner City- Inner Child
Sarah Andrew Wilson, Levine Music
Jeanette McCune, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, DC Collaborative Board Member
Erica Harper, Live it Learn It
Sarah Durkee, National Gallery of Art, DC Collaborative Board Member
Gregory McGruder,National Geographic Society Museum, DC Collaborative Board Member
Deborah Gaston, National Museum of Women in the Arts
Tamela Aldridge, Only Make Believe
Christie Walser, Project Create
Vanessa Hope and Samantha Wyer, Shakespeare Theatre
Maureen Dwyer and Zachary Clark, Sitar Arts Center
Jonathan Tucker, Split This Rock
Alorie Clark, Step Afrika!
Kurt Elfmann, Tonic Theatre
Lana Wong, TICAH-USA, ShootBack
Anthony Salas, Washington Ballet
Michelle Hoffman, Washington Performing Arts


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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