February 2016



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

February Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,


The DC Collaborative is pleased to share new and exciting opportunities available through the Arts for Every Student and Professional Development programs. Most immediately, The Environmental Film Festival will be providing transportation and tickets to their pre-screening called An American Ascent on March 2nd. They will send 3,000 DC public and public charter school students grades 5th-12th through the Arts for Every Student program.


Our Collaborative Effect! This year we have booked more reservations than ever before thanks to our partnerships with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and The National Children's Theatre for The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) and many other members, including The Washington Bach Consort, Choral Arts Society, George Washington's Mount Vernon, National Museum of Women in the Arts and now- The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. We have seen more and more members (and schools!) contributing to Arts for Every Student, off-setting transportation costs and allow us to collectively serve more students!


This edition of the Key Communicator Newsletter contains: 

All best,

The DC Collaborative Team

Arts for Every Student Opportunities
Free transportation and tickets are available to The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital pre-screening- An American Ascent.

The DC Collaborative is partnering with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to send 3,000 students to An American Ascent, the festival's pre-screening on March 2. The 60 minute screening is followed by a talk with a special guest will also talk to the sutdents about the making of the film and take questions from the audience.

An American Ascent 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). 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the multi-week climbor 20,237ft Denali, nine African American climbers try to bridge this "adventure gap"- challenging outdated notions of what adventure looks like by changing the face of America's biggest and baddest mountain on the 100th anniversary of its first summit.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
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St NW, Washington, DC 20006
Discipline: Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, History/Geography
Grades: 5th-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: Young Playwrights' Theater
Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) teaches students to express themselves clearly and creatively through the art of playwriting. Learn how you can use playwriting in the classroom to enhance student learning across disciplines -- from history to science. Participants will learn specific playwriting exercises that can be integrated into any subject.
Time: 4:30 PM    Length of Event:  3 hours
Location: Young Playwrights' Theater
2437 15th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Discipline: Arts Integration
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Philosophy, Architecture/Urban Studies, Technology, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity, Math, Science
Grades: 3rd-12th

Build-A-Book: Professional Development Workshop
Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art
950 Independence Ave., S.W.
Washington, D.C. 20013

Saturday March 5, 2016
10:30 am - 4:30 pm

BUILD-A-BOOK Teacher Development Workshop
Enrich your teaching by fostering an awareness of the extraordinary contributions of Africans to our world heritage.  Bring the richness and diversity of the arts into your classrooms.  
  • Tour and Engage with Artists' Books and Africa on view at the National Museum of African Art  http://africa.si.edu/exhibitions/current-exhibitions/artists-books-and-africa/ 
  • Tour the gallery exhibition of Artists' Books and Africa  - amazing, original, and one-of-a-kind art works by African contemporary artists.
  • Learn about Book Art FUNdamentals  with Teaching Artist :  Jeanne Drewes / Library of Congress.   Be introduced to the wide range of  materials, structures, and methods of book art.
  • Meet  Janet Stanley, Librarian, the Warren M. Robbins Library at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art and Curator of Artists' Books and Africa with an opportunity for hands-on interaction with  artists' books not on exhibition.
As Participants :
Explore the contemporary world of book art, where the book is used as a creative medium.  
  • Book Art FUNdamentals hands-on opportunity with Janet Stanley  
  • Summon your artistic potential by creating a unique book of your own 
  • Break down stereotypes
  • Reflect on the influence of African art in the 
  • Network with colleagues and brainstorm classroom applications
This program is designed for teachers from public, charter, or private schools in the Washington DC area.  
By registering, you are committing to attend and are guaranteed a place in the program and a full set of materials.
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.
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.

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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.