May 2016



DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

May Key Communicator Newsletter 



Dear Key Communicators,

As the school year winds down we would like to thank you for continuing to support arts and humanities education for your students! It is proven that arts and humanities education not only give children an alternate way of expressing themselves but promote their creative development and overall growth. Thank you for ensuring that your students have access to these valuable experiences.

We have some additional opportunities for you and your students this coming month: 
  • Participate in Civili-Tea City-wide Creative Expression Contest, Deadline June;
  • Free June AHFES Opportunities for 5th-12th grades;
  • Washington Performing Arts Summer Camp registration is open;
  • Join a Program Evaluation Taskforce.

All best,
The DC Collaborative Team
Civili-tea Creative Expression Contest
"Peaceful Pathways to Resolve Conflict"
Contest Deadline: June 10 | Guidelines, Entry Form

The High Tea Society will be holding its third annual Civili-Tea Citywide Creative Expression Contest this spring, in collaboration with Pepco, WMATA, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative and the Council of Churches of Greater Washington. The judging will take place at the PEPCO Edison Place Gallery, where the entries will be displayed June 15-17, 2016.
The winners will be announced at a reception on June 15, 2015 from 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. Monetary prizes and certificates will be awarded.
This year pieces will be selected by WMATA to be featured as exterior bus wraps on WMATA buses for one year!
The theme is "Peaceful Pathways to Resolve Conflict." What can we do to empower children to think about ways to create peaceful pathways and the many roads that they can take to resolve conflict? Encourage students to demonstrate what a peaceful world looks like and how to positively resolve conflict to ultimately foster a peaceful community. Please refer to the lesson plan for suggested exercises for this contest.
The Civili-tea Citywide Creative Expression competition will be open to District of Columbia youth in K - 12th grades. Grade groupings for judging are as follows: K-2; 3-5; 6-8; and 9-12.

Each entrant will receive a Certificate of Participation. Contest winners will receive monetary prizes, and be invited to an Awards Reception on June 15 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. This year  pieces will be selected and featured as bus wraps on the exterior of WMATA buses for one year!

Entries MUST be submitted by June 10, 2016 at 5 p.m. 

Entries can be dropped off at Second Baptist Church, 816 Third Street, NW Washington, DC 20001 by the Gallery Place metro station. Please notify James Terrell at when you will be dropping off work.

The mission of the High Tea Society is to create a safe, socially structured, and trauma-informed environment for girls ages 3-18 that will promote academic achievement, cultural awareness, community service, lifestyle improvement and international awareness (ACCLI) through positive"exposure, exposure, exposure."

June AHFES Trips 
Tickets are available for middle and high school student groups in June through the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program!

AHFES opportunities are still available as the school year is winding down! Please see below for more details and contact to register.

Rehearsing with The American Chamber Players
Presented by: The Kreeger Museum
The American Chamber Players, formed in 1985 through the efforts of violist Miles Hoffman, will perform pieces from their world-renown repertoire of familiar classical masterpieces and less recognized or newly commissioned American works. A fascinating and delightful program composed of various instrumental combinations, this opportunity will familiarize students with classical music, and chamber music in particular, as performed by world-renowned musicians. Through a Q&A format-and with the American Chamber Players (ACP) soliciting questions throughout the entire program-the students themselves will largely determine the direction of the discussion. The musicians will also offer insights into learning their pieces and preparing for performances.
This concert experience will take place in The Kreeger Museum's Great Hall, known for its incredible acoustics and a selection of paintings by Picasso, Braque, and Gorky. According to the Washington Post, "[The ACP] have established standards of chamber music performance equal to any in the world," and they are eager to share their talents with young people in the District of Columbia.
Dates: June 2June 6June 9
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: The Kreeger Museum
2401 Foxhall Rd NW,
Washington, DC 20007
Discipline: Music
Grades: 5th-12th

Presented by: Anacostia Community Museum, A Smithsonian Institution
Using images and narratives, this exhibition presents the various ways in which Zonians and Panamanians in the D.C. metropolitan area think about home and belonging in and in-between Panama and Washington, D.C. From passage during the California Gold Rush to the 100th anniversary of the Panama Canal in 2014, the United States and Panama have a long and intertwined history. The exhibition shows the formal ties between the two nations but focuses on the human stories and migrations that underscore the connection.
Date: 6/7-10, 6/14-6/15 
Time: 10:00 or 11:00                   
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Discipline: Humanities, Visual Art, History/Social Studies
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, History/Geography, Diversity
Grades: 4th-12th

Presented by: Anacostia Community Museum, Smithsonian Institution
The exhibit Twelve Years the Shook and Shaped Washington will focus on events and social movements that transformed Washington, DC, and provided bases for some of the social, cultural, physical, and political changes that we see today. In visually exciting ways that invite viewers to share, observe, and reflect on circumstances, events, and people, the proposed exhibition embodies the mission and goals of the museum in exploring contemporary urban life.
Date: 6/7-10, 6/14-6/15  
Time: 10:00 am or 11:00 am 
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
1901 Fort Place, SE
Washington, DC 20020
Discipline: Humanities, Music, Dance, Visual Art, Media/Film
Curriculum Connections: English/Language Arts, Architecture/Urban Studies, History/Geography, Civics/Law, Diversity

Washington Performing Arts
Summer Camp begins June 27! 

Washington Performing Arts is planning for the start of its Summer Performing Arts Camps which begin on June 27!

Summer Programs:
  • Capital Jazz Camp - June 27 - July 1, 2016 at Deal Middle School
  • Capital Strings Camp - June 27 - July 1, 2016 at Deal Middle School
  • Capital Voices Camp - July 18-22, 2016 at Luke C. Moore High School
  • Summer Steps with Step Afrika! - August 8-12, 2016  at Deal Middle School

They are still accepting registrations. Tuition assistance is available.

Find out more information here and please forward this information to parents: 

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/ Music Producation
  • Visual Arts/ Media /Film/ Photography
  • Theatre/ Drama/ Puppetry/ Storytelling 
  • Dance
  • 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. 
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AHFES Experience Survey

Help us to improve our programs and be entered to win a gift card for Plaza Art Supplies!


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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.


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