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July 2016
Celebrating 19 years of Providing Equitable Access to Arts and Humanities Learning Opportunities




Notes from the Executive Director
Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Dear Friends:

Happy Mid Summer! We hope you've had a chance to take a break during this busy summer season to relax and catch up on your exhibits and summer reading, perhaps cooling off with some kakigori under the ICEBERGS at the National Building Museum?

Speaking of summer reading, our DC Collaborative Story Bank continues to grow with wonderful blog posts from members and stakeholders.  Please be sure to catch up on your DC Collaborative summer reading from more than 65 posts. This past month we have started to feature stories from DC Collaborative board members.  What is arts and humanities education important to you? What are your most memorable field-trip experiences? Please share your story with us!

Collective Impact. Collaborative Effect! Speaking of how art and design transforms space and lives, we hope you were able to join us at the DC Office of Planning's kick-off. This was a remarkable evening which included hundreds of individuals passionate about arts and humanities and culture in the District. Read our latest #StoryBank Blog about the topic here. 

July - Membership Month! Please help us make our impact greater! Make sure to renew your intuitional membership this month. We are thrilled with the enthusiasm for FY17 membership. More and more organizations are joining our community as we work to advance equitable access to high quality Arts and Humanities Education opportunities in DC. See who has joined below! 

August - School Partnership Month! Enrollment is open for schools wishing to participate in Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development Initiatives should sign up as a 2016-2017 School Partner by visiting dccollaborative.org. More info is below.

This year the AHFES Member Fair and 2016-2017 Arts and Humanities for Every Student Orientation will be held at the Kennedy Center on August 30. Annually, more than 120 people gather to celebrate Arts and Humanities Education in the District and we are happy to host this convening at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to showcase programming that the membership is offering to students and teachers in the District.  Learn more and register here.

And, please become Friend of the DC Collaborative Individual Member as well. For those of you who wish to personally support the work of the Collaborative. Individual membership supports all of the work that we do together in bridging the gap between our great institutions of arts and humanities with our future artists and consumers who will support them tomorrow. Sign up by visiting DCCollaborative.org/donate.

With gratitude, 


July is Membership Month!


FY 17 Membership Enrollment
There is still time to enroll in the DC Collaborative Membership!
Join Today!

The DC Collaborative's FY17 membership enrollment began 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. 

Thank you to those of you who renewed so far! There is still time to join your colleagues and work to collectively impact arts and humanities education in the District. Join Today!

Cultural Institution Members:

Indvidual Practitioner Members:

Annetta Dexter Sawyer

Carey Stipe

James Modrick

Joanna Lewton

Joshua Krohn

Karen O. Brown

Lenore Blank Kelner


August is School Partners Month!


Arts and Humanities for Every Student Update
School Partnership Enrollment is Open!

To participate in the Arts and Humanities for Every Student program and the Professional Development Initiatives educators must register their school to become a school partner.

To register:
Member Fair and 2016-2017 AHFES Orientation
Please Join Us!

For Members: Showcase your programs to 120 DC public and public charter school teachers and principals, attend a Curriculum Workshop lead by Nathan Diamond, DCPS Director of Arts, to create meaningful connections to the new DCPS arts curriculum (more info below), learn more about the AHFES and PD programs, network with teachers and other members!

For School Partners: Peruse the 2016-2017 AHFES and PD offerings and other member programs in the Member Fair and attend the AHFES orientation to learn more about the program and go over policies and procedures. Attending an AHFES orientation is required for schools wishing to participate in the 2016-2017 AHFES and PD programs.

Date:  August 30, 2016

Time: 3:00-6:30

3:00-4:30 p.m. - "Connecting to the Curriculum: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning" workshop (open to members and cultural institutions)
4:45-5:15 p.m.Member Fair (For Members and Schools)
5:15-6:30 p.m.- AHFES Orientation and Program Highlights (For Members and Schools)

Location: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Terrace Gallery (Hall of States side)
Farragut West (Blue/Orange Lines) to the FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle
Educator Parking voucher of $7 will be provided at the Kennedy Center Parking Garage will be emailed to members upon registration.

DC Commission Update


DC Commission
The Marion S. Barry Summer Youth Employment Program
The DCCAH invites you to join them on August 5 for the SYEP culminating event

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities works with the Department of Employment Services each year to disperse up to 100 youth to 8-10 partner arts sites across the city. This year, youth have been placed with Atlas Performing Arts Center, City at Peace, Critical Exposure, F.R.E.S.H.H., GALA Hispanic Theatre, Project Create, and We Act Radio. Participants develop skills in performance and technical theatre as well as photography, journalism, urban planning, and teaching. 

The program culminates in a celebratory sharing of youth work at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Friday, August 5th from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. All are welcome, including organizations that might be interested in hosting youth in Summer 2017.

Date: Friday, August 5, 2016

Time: 1 p.m.- 3 p.m.

Location: Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002

DCPS Corner


Connecting to the Curriculum: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Join Nathan Diamond for a Connecting to Curriculum Workshop

Prior to the Member Fair and 2016-2017 AHFES Orientation on August 30th, Nathan Diamond, DCPS Director of the Arts, will introduce the new DCPS Arts Curriculum. This workshop is strongly encouraged for AHFES providers. View the new DCPS Framework for Arts Learning.

Date: Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Time:  3:00-4:30
(preceding the AHFES Orientation and Member Fair)

Location: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

Cost: DC Collaborative Members- Free
Non-Members- $10

Reservations will be collected through the AHFES Orientation and Member Fair Link. Please select the workshop in the order form after you indicate ticket quantity.) 

Connecting to the Curriculum: DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Nathan Diamond, Director of the Arts for DCPS, will engage participants in a 'walk-through' of the DCPS Framework for Arts Learning and the DCPS Arts Unit Design Structure.  These will be examined with foci on the recent unit development process, an overview of the rollout for DCPS teachers and how organizations can use the Framework as a platform for collaboration and connection.

#StoryBank Blog Highlights


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

Cultural Collaboration Citywide
Submitted by: Polly Terzian, DC Collaborative Programs Intern
July 21, 2016

What do you think of when you hear the word, Culture?
This was a recurrent and fundamental question posed to all attendees at the community event, Intermission DC.  On Wednesday, July 20th the DC Office of Planning hosted this event to focus on our District, its culture, and related planning at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library.  In an effort to collect the perspectives, opinions, and ideas of DC residents, the Office of Planning in conjunction with the DC Commission on Arts and Humanitiesthe DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Media and Entertainment, and HR&A Advisors welcomed any and all to come together and discuss this ever emerging, changing, and growing topic. View the agenda from the event here.

A DC Collaboration and Some Amazing Young People Inspire Us
Submitted by: Nicholas Kelly
, Program and Communications Intern
July 6, 2016

Shout Mouse Press knows that everyone has a story to tell, but not everyone's story is heard. Its mission is "to amplify the voices of the marginalized and under-represented by empowering them to write and publish their stories."

Kathy Crutcher, founder of Shout Mouse Press, was already in the process of launching a nonprofit publishing house and writer's program for unheard voices when she came to a DC Collaborative new members meeting. As the members went around the room and introduced themselves, Kathy heard Lana Wong, founder of the Shootback Project, describe her work coaching young people in Kenya in participatory photo storytelling, a project that resulted in a 200 page book and a traveling exhibition that went to a dozen countries. When the meeting ended, Kathy and Lana went straight to meet each other, finding that they had similar interests in wanting to amplify unheard voices, but different skill sets that could make for a wonderful combination, what Lana calls "a marriage of the minds to put the power of words and images together."
See the full post here.

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!

Job Bank


Young Playwrights' Theater
Young Playwrights' Theater seeks a Development Director.

MISSION:The Development Director will design and execute YPT's annual fundraising plan, cultivating a diverse portfolio of foundation and government grants, grassroots and major individual gifts, corporate sponsorships, special events and earned income. They will be an innovative thinker, an inspiring leader and a highly productive worker who is excited to make new connections and sustainably grow YPT's budget from $850K to $1 million in the next three years. The Development Director must have at least 3-5 years of experience with securing and stewarding individual gifts of $1K or more, grant-writing and research, special events planning, cultivating corporate sponsorships and leading a professional team. Through planning and pursuing new fundraising initiatives, diligently maintaining current resources, supporting the Board Development Committee and engaging in face-to-face relationship building, they will ensure YPT meets annual budget goals while growing YPT's capacity to inspire young people to realize the power of their voices. 

Washington Bach Consort
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 to our Members for joining in FY17!

A special thanks to our members who have already renewed! We are looking forward to working with you this school year to impact the education of students in the District through equitable access to high-quality arts and humanities education programming. We hope to work with you through the DC Collective Impact Working Group (DC CIG) and the Membership and Programming Committees.

Cultural Institution Members
Individual Practitioner/Teaching Artist Members 
Annetta Dexter Sawyer
Carey Stipe
James Modrick
Joanna Lewton
Joshua Krohn
Karen O. Brown
Lenore Blank Kelner

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.

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member e-news, please email us!

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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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