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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:

With Spring Break and Cherry Blossom Festival season behind us and spring tourism season in full swing, we are reminded how important it is for our own DC students to get to experience our member's museums, theaters and cultural venues.

We wrap up April knowing our collective work for DC students, both in-school and out-of-school time, is vital and essential. We are reminded how important it is for us as a community to support each other to ensure that students have sustained access to transformative high-quality arts and humanities experiences and programs. Gratitude to each of you who collectively work with us to bring education opportunities to DC public and public charter school students. Thanks to our membership and program committees, we're looking at our Collective Impact and how we can best serve you our community of practice. We look forward to sharing more at our next members meeting.
Gearing up for our Spring Members Meeting and Celebration on June 6th:

A reminder to
 RSVP for our Members Meeting on Monday, June 6th, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. at National Building Museum. This meeting is dedicated to celebrating community stakeholders who make an impact on the education of students and teachers in the DC public education system.

Please Keep Sharing Your Stories:

We've been working with Stone Soup Films this month along with several of our members to shape what shall be a wonderful story of our collective work. Filming will continue through the spring and summer. In the meanwhile, the
 DC Collaborative Story Bank Blog continues to grow. As we collect more stories we'll have more opportunities to promote the arts and humanities education work that our community provides collectively to DC public and public charter school students. Please contribute by joining us as a guest blogger and submitting your own entry to info@dccollaborative.org!

With gratitude,


Spring Members Meeting


Spring Members Meeting
Please Join Us!
Celebrating Where We Live

Our Spring Members Meeting is dedicated to celebrating our members, teachers and partners who have come together throughout this year to provide thousands of DC public and public charter students with quality arts and humanities education programs. Here from: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, National Building Museum, DC Public Schools... and many others!
 More detail to come in the following weeks!

Date: Monday, June 6, 2016

Time: 3:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Come at 3p.m. to see the National Building Museum's 

Location: The National Building Museum
401 F St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Judiciary Square Metro Station (Red Line)

AHFES Update


Arts and HUMANITIES for Every Student

The Arts and Humanities for Every Student program Provider Applications will be out in the coming weeks. Stay Tuned!

DC Membership and Programming Committee


The work of the Membership and Programming Committees will thread into the important efforts of our DC Collective Impact Working Group (DC CIG). Please check back for future DC CIG convenings.

Membership Committee
The Membership Committee is meeting May 12! Please join us!

Thursday, May 12, from 4:30-6:00 PM

DC Collaborative Offices
1825 K Street, NW Suite 400
Washington, DC 20006


Review Membership Benefits Packet (with changes from committee)
Membership Handbook Discussion
Member Orientations
Membership vs Non-Member Rates for Events
Annual June Membership Celebration (Future Committee Involvement)

Programming Committee
Please join a task-force to assist us in program evaluation.

The DC Collaborative Programming Committee is looking for volunteers 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.

DC Commission Update


DC Commission    
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Update 

Call for Panelists
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is seeking advisory review panelists for the FY17 season to perform evaluation and rating of applications, provide comments and score applicants in order to recommend recipients of DCCAH awards. Residents of the District of Columbia metropolitan area are encouraged to nominate themselves or their peers to serve as a panelist.

Selected panelists will demonstrate expertise through involvement in one or more sectors of the creative economy in the District. Individuals with arts and humanities backgrounds make the strongest candidates (i.e. artists, arts administrators, arts educators, gallery professionals, musicians, curators, art critics, etc.). The DCCAH supports panel diversity in all forms, including, but not limited to: age, race, gender, disabilities, sexual orientation, artistic discipline, location, etc.

To submit and/or request more info, email the completed nomination form and resume with home address clearly stated at the top to Coordinator Kyra Saffran at kyra.saffran@dc.gov.

For full details on the panels application process, please click here.

Poetry Out Loud National 2016 Finals (May 3-4, 2016)
The NEA and Poetry Foundation present the 11th annual Poetry Out Loud national finals this coming week at the George Washington University's Lisner Auditorium. 53 high school representatives from around the country will converge on DC to represent their respective states and jurisdictions in the competition and to potentially claim $20,000 in prizes. Earica Jones, a senior at McKinley Technology High School won the District competition on March 15, 2016 and will represent the city in the semi-final to take place on Tuesday, May 2nd from 9:00am-12:00pm. The 18 finalists from the three rounds of semi-finals will compete in the final on Wednesday, May 4th at 7:00pm.

DCPS Update



DCPS Arts Update
DCPS Arts Showcase Opening Tuesday, May 31, 2016. Save the Date!

The Annual DCPS Arts Showcase is opening Tuesday, May 31, at the Reagan Building. Works were created by students grades PreK-12 throughout the city. Save the date!

Check out some student artwork from last year's showcase!

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


 DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog April Highlights
Check out the DC Collaborative #StoryBank Blog April Highlights!

Member Spotlight: Dancing Classrooms DC
As featured in today's Fox 5 News Report!

Submitted by: Nicholas Kelly, DC Collaborative Program Intern 
April 29, 2016

When asked about the importance of equitable access to arts and humanities education, Melissa Jillian Corona, Co-Executive Director of Dancing Classrooms DC said, "Children deserve to explore every potential they may have... I have witnessed the amazing transformation the children experience through our program in a short ten weeks. Seeing the proud faces of even the most resistant students at the culminating event, watching them grow and gain confidence in themselves and their classmates, never ceases to amaze and thrill me. Some of these children never knew they had the potential for this skill... We are all aware of the many great arts educational programs out there in a few school districts, we need to work to make sure they are available to every student in every district."

We're thrilled to feature an organization this month who shares the mission and values of the DC Collaborative and its membership as a whole!

The Dancing Classrooms Program

Mission: "Through standards-based, in-school residencies, we use the vocabulary of ballroom dance to cultivate the positive feelings that are inherent in every child. The maturity necessary to dance together foster respect, teamwork, confidence and a sense of joy and accomplishment, which we hope to bring to every child. Ballroom dance is the medium we use to nurture these qualities."

For Dancing Classrooms, ballroom dance is a path to pride and self-respect. Founded in 1994 and featured in the award-winning 2005 documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, Dancing Classrooms has reached more than 30 communities in the United States and abroad. In 2012, Dancing Classrooms brought its program to DC and joined our arts education community...

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.

In celebration of Teacher Appreciation Week coming up next week...

A special thanks to the dedicated educators who work with us on a regular basis through Professional Development Institute Series and Workshops, our Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program and on our various committees. Your work brings brings curriculum to life and inspires so many students! Thank you!

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.

If you would like to include something in our next 
member e-news, please email us!

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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