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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends,

For many of us as we wrap up November, we close the month with #gratitude and give thanks for what we have, and what we're looking forward to in the upcoming year.

The DC Collaborative is so grateful to each of you, our members, partners, teachers volunteers and supporters, for the time that you devote to providing amazing arts and humanities learning experiences for our DC students-- their first opera, their first museum visit, their first play-- their love of the arts and humanities. We know students are better strategic thinkers and active community citizens and more empathetic as a result of these experiences. Thank you for the tens of thousands of smiles that result from their experiences!

Many of you were asking, so here's what I've been up to for the last 4 days of November and some plans for early December:

✔ Eat Thursday (anyone have leftover green bean casserole? I missed that one this year.)
✔ Shop Friday (okay I actually skipped that one and went to the Museum of Natural History instead)
✔ Shop Saturday (at small businesses - I was an hour behind President Obama at Upshur Street Books!)
✔ Bake Sunday (anyone in a cookie swap? I started my annual holiday baking with oatmeal raisin chocolate chip!)
✔ Shop Monday (I got up early this morning and shopped through Amazon Smile so that DC Collaborative gets a portion, albeit a wee one, of my purchase price donated by Amazon.)
Give Tuesday: I've marked my calendar for 12:00 p.m. tomorrow, December 1st for #GivingTuesday to give to the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative through The Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington! From 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. your donation can go even further! The nonprofit with the MOST unique donors in 60 minutes wins $1,000!

Good Cheer Happy Hour Tracey and I will be holding court at Cafe Soliel from 5:00-6:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 10th. Please join us! RSVP HERE

You can make your year-end gift to the DC Collaborative on #GivingTuesday or any day in December by clicking here! With your support, starting December 1st through 31st we hope to raise enough money for 900 smiles ($13,500 - just $15 each,) to provide enriching and transformative arts and cultural experiences for 900 DC students.

Thank you again for all of the ways that you support the DC Collaborative. Our work is not always easy, but we gain strength and inspiration from each of you in our arts and humanities education community of practice. That brings a very big collective smile to our staff and board.

With gratitude, appreciation and good cheer,


#GiveLikeALocal on #GivingTuesday


Giving Tuesday is Tomorrow!
#GiveLikeALocal to the DC Collaborative

Mark your calendar for #GivingTuesday December 1st and #GiveLikeaLocal to the 
DC Collaborative.  You can make your year-end gift to the DC Collaborative on #GivingTuesday through the Catalogue for Philanthropy: Greater Washington!

What better way to celebrate the holidays than to see a smile on a child's face. Here at the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative,) we have been thrilled to see so many smiles this year.  With your support, starting December 1st through 31st we hope to raise enough money for 900 smiles ($13,500 - just $15 each,) to provide enriching and transformative arts and cultural experiences for 900 DC students. 

Our 100 members are busy providing brilliant cultural experiences for DC students and we are proud to be the organization that gives students access to these events. During the past 18 years that we have facilitated this partnership, over 500,000 DC students have seen their first ballet, heard their first opera, visited a museum for the first time, or sat in a theater to see their first play. Aided by pre and post educational plans and teacher training, these children are not only excited but they are engaged and inspired. 
In a city with an abundance of cultural assets there is no reason students should not have opportunities to explore the arts and humanities. We owe them the privilege of access and the chance to learn and grow, as well as discover potential arts related careers.

If everyone who reads this newsletter were to donate just $15 we could provide an additional 8,000 students with arts and humanities education experiences. That's a lot of smiles!

DC Collaborative Events


Winter Members Meeting
Save the Date- February 11, 2016!
Please join us at the Phillips Collection on Thursday, February 11 for our Members meeting from 4:30 p.m. -6:00 p.m. This meeting will focus on arts and humanities education advocacy. More details to come in the coming weeks!

Date: Thursday, February 11, 2016

Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Location: The Phillips Collection
1600 21st St NW, Washington, DC 20009
Dupont Circle Metro (red line)

DC Commission Update


The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) seeks District-based arts organizations experienced in offering programming for children and youth to deliver arts workshops as part of a month-long celebration of the arts during National Arts in Education Month in March 2016.

Celebrate the Creative Spark! is designed to meet DCCAH's goal of developing the creative capacity of children and youth in the city. Participating arts organizations will have the opportunity to build new relationships with schools and share the process and value of their work with them.

Workshops will take place in DC Public and Public Charter Schools across all eight wards of the city, and will reflect the process-driven activities done in arts classrooms that build the creative skills of students.

  • Organizations and individual teaching artists should have a proven track record of offering high quality arts programming for children and youth;
  • Organizations should be registered as not-for-profits in the District of Columbia;
  • Individual teaching artists should be residents of the District of Columbia;
  • Successful organizations and individuals are required to attend an orientation meeting in order to understand the scope of the project; and
  • Organizations and individuals are required to create a unit of three workshop lesson plans based on a creativity framework provided to them by DCCAH.

Interested organizations are encouraged to contact David Markey at david.markey@dc.gov or 202-671-1354 for more information by Wednesday, December 2, 2015.


The deadline for proposals is December 18, 2015.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.


GLAM Openlab Workshop: Tuesday, December 1


GLAM* Openlab Workshop
Join more than 80 GLAM organizations participating in the Openlab "Unconference" tomorrow, December 1 in Crystal CIty, VA!

Openlab Workshops is hosting an "unconference" beginning at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, December 1st to discuss all topics humanities. The full, up-to-date schedule and location information is here.

Openlab is looking for museum, library, archive practitioners and leaders, students, members of the public, historians, researchers, Digital Humanities people, and anybody with an interest in "change" and the future of ideas.

The event is free and open to the public, but advanced registration (through this form) is required.

Date: 12/1/2015
Time: 2:00 p.m.
Location: Hilton Crystal City
2399 Jefferson Davis Hwy
Arlington, VA 22202

The main page for the Openlab Workshop is here:  http://openlabworkshop.wikispaces.com,
and an overview of the Openlab concept is here:

*GLAM= Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums

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.

The DC Collaborative team is grateful for our supporters including: our board members, members, partner schools, educators, parents, students and funders who work with us to collectively impact the education of DC public and public charter school students. It is an honor to work so closely with a community of individuals who believe that the arts and humanities are integral to the education of our youth. 

Ways to Give


Ways to Give

To donate to the DC Collaborative online by credit card click here  or by check to:

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative 
1825 K Street NW Ste 400
Washington, DC 20006

#GiveLikeaLocal on #GivingTuesday December 1st:

Are you a government employee? Give through the CFC Catalogue of Caring. 
We're on pg. 20 CFC#66894

Does your company have a matching gift program? Let us know!


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.

If you would like to include something in our next 
member e-news, please email us!

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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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