January 2016



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

January Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,


Welcome back! The DC Collaborative team wishes you a Happy New Year! We wish you health, happiness and lots of arts and humanities education experiences for your students this year.


As you may know, the December lottery closed out and all of the teachers were emailed the results. Due to the generosity of some friends and members (including some of you!), we have are able to offer additional Arts for Every Student and Professional Development programming for teachers this winter.


This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

  • Free Transportation and tickets to AFES opportunities
  • Upcoming PD Opportunities at National Museum of Women in the Arts and the National Building Museum.
  • Metro Announcement- Registered DC One Cards are needed for field-trips utilizing metro rail.
  • AFES Experience Surveys! There is still time to give us feedback on past AFES experienes to help us improve our programs.

All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

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Arts for Every Student Opportunities
Free transportation and tickets are still available through the programs listed below.

The DC Collaborative is offering additional tickets to the following performances. Click the dates to register!

Presented by: Washington Bach Consort
The future of music is at risk, and only a distant future relative of one of Bach's students can save it. Dr. John Goldberg travels back from the 22nd century to teach children about a precious resource that we have in our time that has gone missing in his: classical music. With a focus on the music of J.S. Bach, this program will teach children about many of the important musical building blocks, and will empower them to change the future of music through their own listening and appreciation.
Length of Event: 50 minutes
Location 1: THEARC
1901 Mississippi Avenue, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Location 2: Sitar Arts Center
1700 Kalarama Road, NW
Washington, DC 20007
Discipline: Music, Theater
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd-5th

An American Ascent- METRO ONLY Register HERE
Presented by: The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital
An American Ascent documents the first African American expedition to tackle Denali (aka mt. McKinley, North America's highest peak), while shedding light on the complex relationship many African Americans have with the outdoors. As the United States transitions to a "minority majority" nation, a staggering number of people of color do not identify with America's wild places. By embarking on the multi-week climbor 20,237ft Denali, nine African American climbers try to bridge this "adventure gap"- challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America's biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit. Discussion will follow the screening.
Date: Wednesday, March 2, 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 2 hours
Location: The Warner Theatre
513 13th Street, NW
Washington, DC 
Discipline: Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography
Grades: 6th-12th
Professional Development Opportunities
Tickets are still available for educator professional development programs listed below.

The DC Collaborative is offering additional tickets to the following PD Opportunities. 

Presented by: National Museum of Women in the Arts
Description:  Join fellow educators for an informal, social evening at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and design your own professional development experience! Explore the special exhibition "Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft, and Design, Midcentury and Today;" foster your creative side at hands-on making stations; participate in a Conversation Piece gallery experience; and engage with museum educators and colleagues. Light refreshments will be served. Free for educators. Reservations required.
Date: January 13, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m.    Length of Event: 2.5 hours
Location:  National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20005
Discipline:  Informational, Arts Learning- Visual Arts
Curriculum Connections: Technology, Science
Grade Levels:  K-12

How Design Influences Behavior and the Social Nature of Public Spaces
Presented by: The National Building Museum
In this interactive workshop teachers will consider the evolution of the National Mall, the most prominent public park in Washington, DC. The National Mall will serve as a case study for how the landscape design of a public space can affect how people interact with and behave in it. Teachers will get a "behind the scenes" look at original models of the McMillan Plan from the Museum's collections.
Complementing the study of the National Mall will be an on-site visit to a local park near the National Building Museum. Teachers will work to create a conceptual redesign of the space in a lesson that can be transferred directly to their classrooms. An exercise in citizenship and design thinking, this site visit and design activity will allow teachers to apply principles of landscape design to a smaller, local setting.
Date: Saturday January 30, 2016
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: National Building Museum
Grade: Most appropriate for teachers of grade 4 and up

*Registration is through the National Building Museum. There is a cost for this workshop.
AFES- Metro Announcement
Due to WMATA removing the option for paper fare cards, the students must use their DC One Cards for all AFES field-trips where we assign metro.

Any schools that are assigned metro for a field-trip must have their students register for a DC One card.

Beginning January 1, the DC Collaborative will be participating in the DC Kids Ride Free program through the DC Department of Transportation (DOT). We received an email from DC DOT that the normal paper fare cards utilized by the AFES program are no longer going to be sold or accepted but it is FREE for kids to ride metro rail all day to and from school or on educational field-trips through the DC Kids Ride Free program. 

It will take some time (perhaps class time) and extra steps for students to register, so please be make sure that classroom teachers are taking students go through the process. They must be registered at least 24 hours prior to the field-trip.

The attached PowerPoint goes over the registration steps. You can use this in providing directions to your students.

Registration Instructions- Students Must:
  • Request a DC One Card from their School ID administrator*
  • Have a valid email address  (Note: The email address cannot be used twice)
  • Go to the DC One Card website:  http://www.dconecard.dc.gov
  • On the main DC One Card website, look for the "Register/Manage Your DC One Card" tab and click on the link.
  • Click on the "Register" button
  • Fill out the required information
  • Afterwards, they will confirm their email address, establish a password and set their secret questions.
  • Check their email account for a DC One Card confirmation link.  Click on the link to confirm their email.
  • Sign in using their email address and previously established password
  • Once they have signed in, scroll down the page to Student Transit Subsidy section and click "Check Your Eligibility" to enroll in the Transit Subsidy Program/DC Kids Ride Free program.
  • Then they will be asked to verify their smart trip card number
  • After that they will receive an enrolled message
*If your school does not have a School ID Administrator students must obtain a DC One from a Service Center and bring it back to the school. They will need to be accompanied by a parent if over 18 and bring proof of identity. 

This program will allow us to reach many more students so I appreciate your patience and understanding to complete the registration.  If you have any questions please call me (202.587.1627), email tracey@dccollaborative.org, or go to dconecard.dc.gov.

Arts for Every Student Experience Surveys
Win a Gift Card to Plaza Art Supplies!

As part of the commitment to the growth and improvement of our programs, the DC Collaborative is collecting feedback on our Arts for Every Student (AFES) field-trips through a brief online survey. We want to make sure that we are providing events of the highest quality and ensuring smooth logistics for the AFES learning experiences we provide to your school. 

All schools that complete 100% of their Fall AFES Experience Surveys will be entered to win a gift card to Plaza Art Supplies.

Please fill out one survey per experience.
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AFES Experience Survey

Help us to improve our programs and be entered to win a gift card for Plaza Art Supplies!


Take the AFES Experience Survey Here.

Please fill out one per event!


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.