April 2016



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

April Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,

Thank you for continuing to support arts and humanities education for your students in the district. It is proven that the arts not only give children an alternate way of expressing themselves but promotes their creative development and overall growth. Thank you for ensuring that your students have access to these experiences.

We have some additional opportunities for you and your students this month: 
  • Join a Program Evaluation Taskforce;
  • Participate in National Building Museum Professional Development Workshops;
  • Attend the Kennedy Center Education Division Listening Tour;
  • Participate in Civili-Tea City-wide Creative Expression Contest (coming soon).
All best,
The DC Collaborative Team
Programming Committee Evaluation Taskforce
Please join a task-force to assist us in program evaluation 

The DC Collaborative Programming Committee is looking for educators to volunteer to assist in evaluating the quality and equity of arts and humanities education programs in the community. The Committee is developing an evaluation rubric and other assessment tools, by discipline and has elected to create related program evaluation task-force groups to support their work.

Program Evaluation Taskforce Groups:
  • Music
  • Visual Arts
  • Theatre/ Drama/ Puppetry/ Storytelling 
  • Dance Media/ Film/ Photography/ Music Production 
  • Literary Arts
  • Social Studies/ History/ Geography

We need your assistance in creating these evaluation/assessment methods that will be a resource for the entire community. 
Professional Development Workshops at the National Building Museum
Capturing the Art in Landscape Architecture
Saturday, April 23, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Landscape architecture -- the design of outdoor public areas, landmarks, and structures - has much in common with the visual arts of painting and sculpture. Explore the aesthetic choices of both landscape architects and visual artists and some of the ways that 2-D painting ideas have influenced and been transformed in landscape design. Investigate the role of photography in landscape architecture, and create your own photographic artwork integrating the concepts of the workshop.
This workshop requires some outdoor walking.  Participants should bring a digital camera, preferably with upload capabilities. Lunch will be provided.

Science and Sustainability in Landscape Architecture 
United States Botanic Garden and the National Building Museum
Saturday, May 14, 2016, 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Landscape architects combine knowledge of art and science to plan, design and manage natural and built environments. Teachers will begin their exploration of the work of landscape architects at the United States Botanic Garden (USBG) with behind the scene tours led by a USBG landscape architect and conservation horticulturist.  After getting a sneak preview of the recent conversion of Bartholdi Park to a sustainable site, teachers will venture into the National Garden as it celebrates its tenth year and explore its design and the native plants of the regional garden.  Teachers will engage in hands on soil and water conservation modules at the USBG before walking to the National Building Museum. At the Museum, participants will continue thinking about sustainability and work to solve a landscape challenge by considering how to use structure and plantings to create a sustainable design.
This workshop requires some outdoor walking.  Lunch will be provided.

Kennedy Center Education Division 
Listening Tour, April 2-21, 2016
Participate in The Kennedy Center Education Division's strategic planning process by giving your feedback at listening tours.

The Kennedy Center wants to hear your voice, your thoughts as they create your National Performing Arts Center that is accessible to all people, all ages, and all art forms. What is your vision for a 21st Century performing arts center? How can the Kennedy Center Education Division best serve your community and needs?

These are FREE events, no tickets required. 
Questions? Call (202) 416-8835.

Thursday, April 21, 2016, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
The Kennedy Center, Atrium
2700 F Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20566

More information is available here.

Civili-tea Creative Expression Contest
More information Coming Soon!

The Third Annual Civili-tea City-wide Creative Expression Contest will be held this year. The Contest guidelines will be sent the week of April 18.  The theme will be "Peaceful Pathways to Resolve Conflict." 

Please stay tuned for more information!
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