March 2016



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

March Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,
Thank you for continuing to support arts and humanities as an integral part of education in your student's education. Earlier this week, the DC Collaborative partnered with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital to send 3,000 students at 50 schools to DAR Constitution Hall to see the screening of "An American Ascent." Thank you for bringing this opportunity to your students! 

"An American Ascent" featured the first African-American expedition to climb Alaska's Denali, the highest peak in North America.  One of the climbers who was at the event was Tyhree Moore, a graduate of SEED Public Charter School and a student at the University of West Virginia. He grew up in Barry Farm, and was also the youngest person on the expedition. Thank you to those of you who prepared your students and coordinated this field-trip in your schools. This experience undoubtedly made a transformative and lasting impact on the students who saw the film.

We have some more opportunities coming up for you and your students that you may be interested in: 
  • The Spring AFES Lottery, March 7th;
  • The DC Collaborative PD Institute hosted in partnership with The Kennedy Center, March 19;
  • National Cherry Blossom Contest deadline approaching, March 7.
All best,
The DC Collaborative Team
AFES Spring Lottery
The Arts for Every Student Spring Lottery opens Monday, March 7! 

The DC Collaborative is excited to offer spring 2016 arts and humanities education programming for students and teachers across the District. This programming features our member cultural institutions such as: Adventure Theatre, Kreeger Museum, National Building Museum, Washington Bach Consort, Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts... and many others! The AFES Spring 2016 online lottery opens on March 7, and is designed to give equitable access to participating DC public and public charter schools in each ward of the city.

Lottery Procedures:
  • Teachers will have from March 7- March 11 to fill out the online form indicating their top preferences for AFES experiences.
  • Teachers should submit one lottery form per school, to be filled out by the Key Communicator. 
  • Key Communicators will be notified of their confirmed trips by March 16.
  • This lottery form is organized alphabetically by AFES provider and begins with Arts for Every Student field-trips and then goes through in-school placements.
  • There is a limit of one ticket per student enrolled for the entire year. You will not be assigned trips if you've already gone over your ticket limit. 
Please email if your school has a budget for transportation (or will be providing your own transportation) or in-school placements.

DC Collaborative PD Institute
Tell Your Story: Utilizing Arts Integration Techniques to Impact Literacy
Co-Hosted in Partnership with The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Date: Saturday, March 19, 2016 (RSVP by March 15)
Time: 9:15 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (first session begins at 10 a.m.)
Location: The Kennedy Center
 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

9:15-9:25 a.m. - Registration
9:30-9:55 a.m. - Welcome and Opening Activity
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. - Morning Session
12:00-12:30 p.m. - Group Dialog
12:30 p.m.-1:25 p.m. - Lunch (lunch available for $10)*
1:30-3:30 p.m. - Afternoon Session
3:35-4:00 p.m. - Wrap-up and Next Steps

Register today to receive a certificate for 4 contact hours
towards PLU credits and attend sessions by:
This PD Institute is second in the DC Collaborative PD Institute series with a focus on Literacy! The day begins with an opening activity and then breaks into sessions divided by grade level. This institute is a follow-up to the Arts Integration Professional Development Institute co-hosted in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities in September 2015, and is part of our Professional Development Institute Series.

*Lunches: Participants may purchase a boxed lunch for $10, eat at the Kennedy Center cafe, or bring a bagged lunch. If participants elect to purchase a boxed lunch, they must send a check/money order in the amount of $10 payable to Kennedy Center by the March 15 deadline. Mail to: Kennedy Center, Education - Attn: Serena Wills, PO Box 101510, Arlington, VA 22210).

National Cherry Blossom Festival
March 7 Deadline approaching!

The National Cherry Blossom Festival Youth Art Contest deadline is approaching on March 7th. Thank you to the schools who are participating! Please note the four drop-off locations below.
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
Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12

Required Sizes for Artwork: 18"x 24" paper. Size restriction must be adhered to. The Cherry Blossom Festival Staff will be mounting each piece of artwork on 20x30 foam core board.Please see the Contest Guidelines document
 for the detailed parameters.

DEADLINE Monday, March 7, 2016

Teachers may submit artwork at four locations on or before Monday, March 7, 2016:
Kamala Subramanian
SEED Public Charter School
4300 C Street, SE      
Washington, DC 20019
Stephanie Blyskal
National Cherry Blossom Festival
1250 H Street, NW
Suite 1000
Washington, DC 20005
Maame Adum-Bawuah
Brookland Middle School
1150 Michigan Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20017
Greta Schorn                                      
Amidon Bowen Elementary School
401 I (Eye) Street, SW
Washington, DC 20024
Art teachers should contact the Youth Art Contest Coordinator prior to submitting student work by email at, if possible so that receipt of submissions can be confirmed.  Teachers may also fill out theElectronic Submission Form in advance of submitting the artwork. More details about the submission process can be found in the  Guidelines and Entry Form Document.

Entries will be judged on adherence to the theme, creativity, and originality by a panel of judges and the overall winner of the contest will be selected by a public vote.
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.
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