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




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:

June brought much to celebrate! A wrap-up to an exciting school year, an NEA Collective Impact grant award for our community of practice and the promise of more opportunities to collaborate and connect with the broader DC community as the DC Culture Plan discovery work begins with the Office of Planning, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and HR&A Advisors. We met with the team earlier this month and look forward to participating in future community conversations as well as arts and humanities education specific convenings. More detail soon!

This month, Tracey and I have started site visits with DC Collaborative members so that we can learn and share more. These "field-trips" have been incredibly informative, rewarding and especially fun for us as we strive to serve our membership even better. As such, we are committing to visiting at least one member each week this year. We're inviting ourselves to your place for a "Tea with Tracey and Lissa!" If you would like to invite us to your place prior to us reaching out, please let me know.

This is an exciting time for our community and we look forward to our continued work together. (A reminder that our new membership dues enrollment begins tomorrow July 1st!)

Sincerest thanks to each of you for enabling us to move our work forward as a community.


July is Membership Month!


FY 17 Membership Enrollment
Membership Enrollment begins tomorrow, July 1!
Please fill out the enrollment survey!

The DC Collaborative's FY17 membership enrollment begins on July 1st!
Join and/or continue to participate in our exciting arts and humanities education community! We are looking at more ways support our arts and humanities colleagues and friends by developing a professional network that ultimately strengthens arts and humanities education in the District.

Please fill out the brief (We mean brief. We promise!) FY17 Membership Enrollment Survey. This survey will let us know what you would like to participate in this coming year, your organization's budget size for invoicing, and what other services you would like to see.

As discussed previously, we are changing the dues structure this year so that renewal falls the same time every year for each member (instead of monthly). More information is available on our website.

A reminder that we are increasing dues for organizations who have an operating budget over 1 million. This is the first dues increase since The DC Collaborative's inception in 1998.
  • Institutional Budget 1 million and above - Annual Dues $750
  • Institutional Budget 500K to 999K - Annual Dues $500
  • Institutional Budget 250K-499K - Annual Dues $250
  • Institutional Budget 249K and under - Annual Dues $100
  • Individual Practitioner/Teaching Artist Membership - Annual Dues $50 (For those who are part of an organization, institutional dues are recommended to take advantage of full benefits of institutional membership.)

Community News


Chancellor Kaya Henderson Announcement

Yesterday, June 29, 2016, Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced that she will be leaving DC Public Schools effective October 1, 2016. John Davis will serve as interim Chancellor beginning October 1, 2016. 
  • Kaya Henderson's Announcement Letters are available on the DCPS website.
  • Mayor Bowser's Announcement Letter is available  here.
  • Washington Post Article "D.C. Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson to step down, leaving legacy of progress"
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative thanks Chancellor Henderson for her dedication to the young people of the District and encouraging schools and educators to participate in our Arts and Humanties For Every Student and professional development programs. See the #ThankYouKaya Facebook page.

As we look to the future, the DC Arts and Humanties Education Collaborative remains committed in our continued work with our friends at DCPS to ensure that the arts and humanities are central to the education of every student in the district. Together and as a community of practice, let's keep the arts and humanities at the forefront of the conversation during this upcoming leadership transition and demonstrate that the arts and humanities are a necessary and vital part of our students well-rounded education.

Photo Credit: Washington Post

Tea with Tracey and Lissa


Tea with Tracey and Lissa
We are coming over!

This coming year we will begin site visits with DC Collaborative members so that we can learn and share more as we strive to serve our membership even better. We are committing to go on our own "field-trips" and visit at least one member each week this year. We're inviting ourselves to your place for a "Tea with Tracey and Lissa!" 

If you would like to invite us to your place prior to us reaching out, please contact Lissa or Tracey!

AHFES and PD Applications


Reminder: AHFES and PD Applications Due July 7
As a reminder, the Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development applications are now open for the 2016-2017 school year!

To apply, please submit the online application or manual word doc application by July 7. In addition to the application, please send:
  • event-related pre and post trip education materials (or sample materials if this is not yet developed)
  • event-related photos as well as your organization's logo 
  • any evaluation/assessment data that your organization utilizes to evaluate the effectiveness of your programs
The DC Collaborative has worked very closely with our Programming Committee, comprised of members from peer cultural institutions and school-based educators, to make sure that the events we are offering to students and teachers align with DCPS priorities and are of the highest quality. This year the committee will also be evaluating AHFES Applications. (View the evaluation rubric here.)

Organizations must also be a part of the FY17 DC Collaborative membership to participate. (Dues must be paid by July 31.)

The DC Collaborative team is looking forward to another year of providing these valuable experiences to DC public and public charter school students.

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


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

Share a Book that Shaped You with the Library of Congress
Submitted by: Nicholas Kelly, Program and Communication Intern
June 30, 2016

The Library of Congress National Book Festival wants to connect children with their local libraries and get them to reflect on what books mean to them personally through the "A Book That Shaped Me" summer writing contest.

For rising 5th and 6th graders this is an opportunity to write a one-page essay "about a book that made a difference in their lives, sharing how the book made them feel and changed the way they see themselves, their family, or the world.
See the full post here.

How the Young Playwrights' Theater Tackles Literacy
Submitted by: Sarah Katz, Marketing and Communications Intern
June 27, 2016

The Young Playwrights' Theater (YPT) has a bold approach to closing the literacy achievement gap: give DC students materials to write, polish, and watch their plays come to life.

"We hear from our students that they often feel held back by the rules and restrictions of the writing they typically do in school," writes YPT Creative Programs Director Thembi Duncan and Program Manager Laurie Ascoli in an email to the Collaborative, "so to be told that there is no wrong answer is really exciting and empowering for them."

End of School Year Appeal


Will you be our Arts and Humanities 
Education Champion?

Good News! Together our community accomplished our funding challenge and exceeded our goal by 34%! Thank you!

There is still time to donate and make an impact by supporting even more students, teachers and cultural institutions in the District. Please Donate by midnight tonight to round out our end of school year fundraising appeal!

Job Bank


Washington Bach Consort
The Washington Bach Consort Seeks a Development Manager

About the Bach Consort
The Washington Bach Consort, the nation's premiere baroque orchestra, is committed to the study and performance of the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach and his contemporaries. Our mission includes performing to the highest artistic standards, expanding audiences through concerts and collaborations with other performing ensembles, and promoting appreciation of Bach in our community through compelling music education programs presented by members of the Consort.
Job Description
We are seeking a full-time Development Manager to expand the Washington Bach Consort's support base and engage donors with our programs and services. This position will include an emphasis on managing our development program, identifying, cultivating, and soliciting prospects, and engaging with Bach Consort's board and supporting board development. This is a new position that the Manager will have the opportunity to build.

With Gratitude...


With Gratitude...
 Thank you for assisting us with our end of school year campaign!

A special thanks to our supporters, board members and arts and humanities community as a whole for making our end of school year challenge a success. We achieved the $1,000 match and more! We could not do this work of inspiring future generations without the support of our community and board.

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? Would  you like to make a gift of stock or a planned gift? 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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