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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:

May brought much to celebrate! Sincerest thanks to each of you for enabling us to move our work forward as a community.This is an exciting time for our community and we look forward to our continued work together.

Collective Impact - Collaborative Effect:
As many of you already know, we are delighted to share the news of our Collective Impact grant recommendation from the National Endowment for the Arts. (More in the Storybank below.) We are honored and excited to continue our collective impact work identifying our community of practice's common agenda and shared measurements. 

Special thanks to our partners at the DC Commission and the Kennedy Center along with DCPS, our collective impact working group and community of practice convening participants, programming committee, membership committee, and other community stakeholders. 

Your work goes a long way in strengthening the DC arts and humanities education community. We'll have more to share in the upcoming month. For now, joy and gratitude! 

Celebrating Where We Live: Gearing up for a Great Members Meeting June 6th:
A reminder to RSVP ASAP for our Members Meeting to take place next Monday, June 6th, from 3:30-5:30pm at the National Building Museum. Our theme will center around celebrating our Collaborative Effect. We are especially pleased to include guest speakers Terry Liu from the National Endowment for the Arts to talk about Collective Impact and John-Paul Hayworth from the DC State Board of Education to share more about their upcoming community events around ESSA.

On June 2 Do More 24: More Field-trips. More Smiles. for More DC Students:
Like many of our members, we are participating in our regional day of giving... this Thursday, June 2 please help us create More Smiles for More DC students and reach our Do More 24 goal of raising an additional $2,000 to fill four buses before the end of June. Even just $15 will make a difference! The first $1,000 raised will be matched by an anonymous donor! DO MORE! GIVE HERE. Help us raise even more money! Invite your Facebook friends to join our Do More 24 giving "event" here. Tweet your support with a special tweet we made for you: http://bit.ly/1XV7zXb

Thanks in advance for the Smiles! I look forward to celebrating with you on June 6th,


Spring Members Meeting


Spring Members Meeting
Meeting is next Monday, June 6. RSVP today!
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.

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)

At the meeting we'll discuss Collective Impact and Celebrate our
Collaborative Effect. To Include:
  • NEW! Collective Impact presentation from Terry Liu, Arts Education Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts;
  • 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;
  • DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities update with DCCAH Arts Education Coordinator and DC Collaborative board member David Markey;
  • DC Public Schools Update with DCPS Arts Director, Nathan Diamond;
  • NEW! Update on ESSA Convenings from John Paul Hayworth, Executive Director, DC State Board of Education;
  • The National Building Museum, our Spring Members Meeting host and member organization, will share more about their Investigating Where We Live exhibition;
  • Celebration and Networking to follow the meeting.



DO MORE 24 is Thursday, June 2! Support the DC Collaborative!
$15 buys a smile. More Field-trips. More Smiles. For More DC Students.

Think about some of your most memorable experiences when you were in school. Most often adults cite field-trips, whether museums or live performances, as their most memorable and transformative experience in school.

Please consider providing that same transformative arts and humanities learning experience, that smile, for DC public and public charter school students with a donation to the DC Collaborative on DO MORE 24, the DC area's annual day of giving!

Now you can help us to provide arts equity for DC public and public charter school students. The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative offers you the opportunity to put a student in a seat on a next field-trip bus. Students come from all 8 wards across the District of Columbia. Just $15 buys a smile.

Please help us create more smiles and reach our Do More 24 goal of raising an additional $2,000 to fill four buses before the end of June. The first $1,000 raised will will be matched by an anonymous donor! 

Help us raise even more! Tweet your support with a special tweet we made for you: http://bit.ly/1XV7zXb

More Field-trips. More Smiles. For More DC Students.

State Board of Education and ESSA


State Board to Hold ESSA Community Meetings Across the District
The DC State Board of Education (SBOE) has announced it will hold a series of community meetings to collect community input on the Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) and its impact on students, parents, and educators. This new law removes many of the narrow mandates of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and gives states more flexibility in determining what constitutes a successful school, and what needs to be done to fix schools that are failing.
The community meetings will be held at schools and libraries in every ward. At each meeting, the State Board will provide an overview of ESSA and the new requirements, followed by a discussion on what a successful school looks like and how we can help all schools best serve our students. The scheduled and tentative dates, times and locations are below. Please check their website for further information.
The State Board of Education provides policy leadership, support, advocacy, and oversight of public education to ensure that every student is valued and learns the skills and knowledge necessary to become informed, competent, and contributing global citizens. More information about the SBOE can be found at http://sboe.dc.gov.

Americans for the Arts ESSA Resources

Please reference the Americans for the Arts resources that breaks down ESSA and arts education, including a webinar recorded on April 28, What's Next for ESSA in your State: Strategies for State Arts Education Leaders.

DC Commission Update


DC Commission    
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Update 

33rd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Competition
The Larry Neal Writers' Competition commemorates the artistic legacy and vision of Larry Neal, the renowned author, academic, and former Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). This year, monetary awards will be presented for the artistic excellence of adult, teen and youth writers residing in the District of Columbia. Winners will be announced at the Larry Neal Writers' Awards Ceremony at 6:30pm on Thursday, June 9, 2016 in the Gallery at 200 I Street SE. To RSVP, please follow the link below:

Fiscal Year 2017 Grant Programs
The application windows have closed for all FY17 applications. Staff members are in the process of reviewing applications for completeness and eligibility. DCCAH anticipates convening 21 peer-review panels this summer to determine placement for funding in the upcoming fiscal year.

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


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

The NEA Supports Our Collective Impact Work
Submitted by: Nicholas Kelly, DC Collaborative Program Intern 
May 26, 2016

Among the $82 million that the National Endowment for the Arts awarded to fund local arts projects and partnerships in its second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016, $100,000 is going to the DC Collaborative! On May 10, we announced that NEA Chairman Jane Chu had approved an Art Works award to support our Emerging Collective Impact initiative to advance access to high-quality arts programming for students in Washington, DC. 

We are excited and honored to receive this award! As our Executive Director Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe said, "Along with our partners at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, we are excited to continue our collective impact work. As we began earlier this year, and thanks to this NEA recommendation and future matching support we shall secure, we look forward to continuing to work together with our partners, DCPS, members and community stakeholders to identify our arts education community of practice's common agenda and shared measurements over the next two years."

Image Credit- The #Chawesome, Hannah Jacobson
Word Cloud of our DC CIG Participant's Mission Statements

Catalogue for Philanthropy 2016-17


 Catalogue for Philanthropy Announces 2016-17 List
Check out this year's list of the best local nonprofits!

The Catalogue for Philanthropy has just announced the local charities selected to be featured in the 2016-17 edition of the Catalogue! Since the Collaborative was featured in the 2015-16 Catalogue, we want to congratulate the arts and humanities organizations that have been featured this year on the amazing honor they have received!
The mission of the Catalogue is to vet and highlight the best nonprofits in the Washington, DC area so that donors and volunteers can find them. More than 25,000 people in the DC area will see the Catalogue. Congrats to the DC region arts and humanities organization, including:
among many others! Congratulations!
The Catalogue will be released on November 1, 2016. You can find the list of selected nonprofits here, as well as more information about the Catalogue for Philanthropy here.

Job Bank


Washington Bach Consort
The Washington Bach Consort Seeks a Patron Services Manager

Position Summary
The Washington Bach Consort, the nation's premiere baroque orchestra, is seeking a part-time Patron Services Manager. Reporting to the Executive Director, the Patron Services Manager will lead the Consort's ticketing; support individual giving programs; and work closely with Consort's External Affairs Manager and Board of Directors. The ideal candidate will have not less than two years experience in ticketing and/or development.
Responsibilities include:
  • Process gifts including entering gifts into Patron Manager, preparing and mailing acknowledgement letters, and maintaining database and donor files.
  • Day-to-day box office duties such as assisting subscribers and single ticket buyers with exchanges, directions, purchases, donations, and questions. The incumbent also leads the annual subscription campaign and handles complimentary ticket requests and group sales.
  • Perform follow-up activities focusing on growing the donor base.
  • Plan face-to-face meetings and events with donors.
  • Support the Executive Director and Board of Directors in the coordination of major donor event solicitations.
  • Manage direct mail, administer monthly giving program, assist with online appeals and stewardship mailings, and coordinate with staff.
  • Coordinate online donation opportunities including website management.
  • Provide support for ticket buyers and donors at all performances and fundraising events.

Meridian Hill Pictures
Meridian Hill Pictures Seeks a Director of Production
Position Summary
The Director of Production will support the studio's independent feature films and short films produced for nonprofits, schools and government agencies. The position is ideal for an exceptionally-organized producer who is passionate about working within a dynamic mission-driven business. Strong applicants will have a proven track-record managing field production of multiple verité and character-based documentaries, proven experiences in various roles of pre-production, production and post-production, and proficiency with media management workflows, production schedules, budgets, operations, logistics. Applicants should be well-versed in the social, artistic and ethical language of producing community-based and authentic documentary stories.

Core duties include:
  • Development. Developing new project concepts and proposals with diverse nonprofits, government agencies and community members in collaboration with MHP's Director of Development.
  • Pre-Production. Preparing production schedules and budgets; managing collaboration, logistics and relationships with crew, clients and partners.
  • Production. Creative field producing; managing collaboration with film directors, crew and interns; troubleshooting ethical, technical, creative production issues; supervising media offload process and gear.
  • Post-Production. Creative management of editorial team; supervising export/delivery process of cuts for client review; managing online edit and transfer to post-production support team (sound mix, composer, colorist).
  • Outreach/Marketing. Collaboration with MHP's Director of Marketing in developing outreach and engagement strategy for client film projects.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...
 We 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 our partners at the DC Commission and the Kennedy Center along with DCPS, our collective impact working group, programming committee, membership committee, and other community stakeholders. We are honored and excited to continue our collective impact work identifying our community of practice's common agenda and shared measurements. Special thanks to each of you who have already participated this school year in our convenings. Your work goes a long way in strengthening the DC arts and humanities education community.

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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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
1825 K Street, NW, Suite 400
Washington, D.C. 20006
p. (202) 587-1627
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