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January 2016
Celebrating 18 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends,

Congratulations on making it through January and for getting through Snowzilla so we can get back to work! ;)

We start off the New Year working hard on many fronts to ensure that the DC Collaborative is your Collaborative!

Communications and how we value and work with our members:

We are delighted to announce that we have been awarded a grant with Stone Soup Films. They will create and donate a promotional film for the DC Collaborative to enhance our visibility. They are very excited about our mission to provide equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and public charter school students.
The DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog will continue to grow in 2016 to complement the work we will accomplish through our partnership with Stone Soup Films. This winter, we'll continue to you to share your experiences, such as quotes and testimony, photographs and artwork to help us showcase the Arts for Every Student (AFES), the value of membership and why to support the DC Collaborative. Please let us know if you would like to write a blogpost for the DC Collaborative Story Bank.

Gearing up for Arts Advocacy Day and Youth Art Month with a great group of speakers-- Winter Members Meeting February 23rd:
A reminder to RSVP for our Winter Members Meeting on Tuesday February 23rd, from 4:00-5:30 p.m. at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. We will have a jam-packed agenda (details below,) with many important advocacy and policy updates for our community of practice. We are especially pleased to have guest speaker Councilmember David Grosso, Chairperson for the Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia join us. And officially welcome Arthur Espinoza, Jr, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, to the DC Collaborative community! Read the article below for details and RSVP today!
Thanks for the Smiles! ;)
Over the holiday break and throughout this month, we asked you to help support our Smile Campaign. While we are still tallying the results, and thanks to a 2:1 Challenge Match from a very generous anonymous donor, we have nearly doubled our initial goal of raising $13,500. We'll be announcing campaign totals very soon. It's not too late to contribute
That's a lot to smile about! ;) 

Look forward to seeing you on February 23rd!


Winter Members Meeting


Winter Members Meeting
Please Join Us!

As a lead in to National Youth Art Month (and music in our schools month, and probably national pancake day...)and Arts Advocacy Day in March, our annual Winter Members Meeting will once again have an arts and humanities education advocacy focus. Please join us at the Phillips Collection on Tuesday, February 23, for our Winter Members Meeting from 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m. More details will be provided in the coming weeks!

Date: Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Time: 4:00 p.m.-5:30 p.m.

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

The DC Collaborative is pleased to share that Councilmemeber David Grosso, Chairperson, Committee on Education of the Council of the District of Columbia will be our special guest speaker.

We are pleased to welcome Arthur Espinoza, Jr., new Executive Director to the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The Winter Members Meeting will also include:
  • Commissioner Rhona Wolfe Friedman, Arts Education Chair, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, regarding the Arts Education Policy Task Force;
  • DC Collaborative Board Member, Chris Jennings, Managing Director, Shakespeare Theatre Co., with an update ArtsAction DC update;
  • DC Collaborative Board Member, Jeanette McCune, Director, DC School and Community Initiatives, The Kennedy Center, will provide DC Collaborative Programming, Membership and Collective Impact updates;
  • Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts regarding the national arts education landscape and Arts Advocacy Day;
  • DC Commission and DCPS updates;
  • The Phillips Collection, our Winter Members Meeting host and member organization;
  • Networking time to follow presentations.
Full agenda to follow in the upcoming weeks.

DC Membership and Programming Committee


Membership Committee Meeting
Please Join Us Friday, February 5th

Membership Benefits Review
Programming for Added Forums
Collective Impact  Updates
Date: February 5

Time: 4:00-5:00 p.m.

Location: DC Collaborative Office 
1825 K Street, NW Suite 400 
Washington, DC 20006 
Farragut West (blue/orange/silver lines)
Farragut North (red line)

We hope you can attend in person but if you can not please see the conference call information below.
DC Collaborative Conference Call Access:
Conference Dial-In Number: 712-432-0370
Participant Accent Code: 500027#

Programming Committee date coming soon!

DCPS Update



DCPS Arts Update
DCPS hosts PD Day at the Smithsonian

The DCPS Arts team is continuing to add community partners into their Professional Development Days for arts educators. For their next DCPS PD Day on February 12, they are including 9 community partners! The arts team also wants to continue collaborations with community partners in future PD events and for input with curriculum writing. If you are interested in collaborating with the DCPS Arts team email Kristy Esparza at kristy.esparza@dc.gov.
Information for the February 12, PD Day:

DCPS Arts Professional Development Day at the Smithsonian
DCPS Arts teachers are taking over the National Mall for an upcoming full-day professional development session hosted by the Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. In addition to participating in workshop sessions hosted by the Freer Sackler, the National Museum of African Art, Company E, the National Museum of American History, The Airmen of Note, the Hirshhorn Museum, Split This Rock, and Pyramid Atlantic, teachers will be introduced to the Smithsonian Learning Lab program which will allow them to access the Collection and related resources in the classroom. The DCPS Arts team is grateful to the many organizations who are collaborating to deliver what is sure to be an engaging and informative day of professional development for our teachers.
Date: Friday, February 12
Time: 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM

If you have questions or need more information please contact- Kristy Esparza,  kristy.esparza@dc.gov.

National Cherry Blossom


National Cherry Blossom Festival Registered Logo
National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest
Presented with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Contest Deadline- March 7th | Contest Guidelines and Entry Form

The National Cherry Blossom Festival welcomes spring and commemorates the 1912 gift of over 3,000 cherry trees from Mayor Yukio Ozaki of Tokyo to the city of Washington, DC. This year the Youth Art Contest and Community Arts Show is focused on the National Par Service centennial and 50 years of the kite festival.
In 2016 we celebrate 50 years of kite flying on the National Mall and honor the National Park Service centennial. Create artwork that incorporates flying a kite on the grounds of the Washington Monument or other memorials with cherry trees.
Students in DC Public and Public Charter Schools, Grades K-12

See the Contest Guidelines and Entry Form document for more details regarding the contest guidelines, submission details and judging criteria.

DEADLINE Monday, March 7, 2016
Each entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation and a pencil. Contest winners will receive special prizes, and be invited to an Awards Reception on Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Submissions will be showcased in a Community Art Show at the Pepco Edison Place Gallery from Tuesday, March 22 - Tuesday, April 19, 2016.
Location: 702 Eighth Street NW
Hours: Tuesday-FridayNoon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

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.

Special thanks to all of our Smile Campaign supporters with special gratitude to our dedicated Board of Directors who continue to go over and beyond to ensure its success!

Linda Donovan Harper, President
LHarper &Associates

Dorothy Pierce McSweeny, Vice President 
Chair Emeritus, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Nik Apostolides, Vice President 
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Susan Rosenbaum, Treasurer
Rosenbaum & Associates

Susana Florian, Secretary
Corporate Strategy Business Development Consultant
Gerald Boyd, Sr. Ed.D., DB Consulting
Sarah DurkeeNational Gallery of Art
Cher Castillo FreemanSky Real Estate
David J. Ferrero, Paul G. Allen Family Foundation
Chris JenningsShakespeare Theatre Company
Aranthan "AJ" JonesGilead Sciences, Inc.
Jeanette McCuneThe John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Greg McGruder, National Geographic Society
Jordan Monroe, The Monroe Trust Real Estate Group
Gail Murdock, Peabody Early Childhood Center
Patricia Pride, Hardy Middle School, DCPS

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

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 100 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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Submissions for our consideration are due C.O.B. on the third Friday of every month and are subject to edits by the DC Collaborative staff.
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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