For Immediate Release
More Than $82 Million Awarded for Arts Projects Nationwide
Includes $100,000 awarded to the
DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
Washington, D.C. (May 10, 2016) – National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chu has recently approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects and partnerships in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2016. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $100,000 to the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (the DC Collaborative) to support an Emerging Collective Impact initiative to advance access to high-quality arts programming for students in Washington, DC.
The Art Works category supports the creation of work and presentation of both new and existing work, lifelong learning in the arts, and public engagement with the arts through 13 arts disciplines or fields. “The arts are all around us, enhancing our lives in ways both subtle and obvious, expected and unexpected,” said NEA Chairman Jane Chu. “Supporting projects like the one from the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative offers more opportunities to engage in the arts every day.”
“The DC Collaborative is honored that the NEA Chairman has approved the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative for a grant in the amount of $100,000. We look forward to working with the NEA to finalize the grant paperwork and are appreciative of the agency’s support for this project,” said Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe, Executive Director of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.
“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. All to benefit increased and sustained high-quality arts education programs and resources from the cultural community for DC students and their educators.”
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About Our Collective Impact
The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collective Impact Working Group (DC CIG) was first formed by the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) in partnership with the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The DC CIG is comprised of cultural institutions both large and small, representing a cross-sector of disciplines in the arts and humanities, that provide arts and humanities education in-school and out of school programs to DC public and public charter school students and their educators in all eight wards of the District of Columbia. The group also includes DCPS and was initially convened based on need for DC’s arts and humanities education community of practice to come together as a professional support network to share ideas and best practices and to drive the creation of a city wide arts and education strategy focused on increasing access to high-quality arts and humanities education by utilizing the expertise and experience of each of the many organizations at the table.
The DC Collaborative, through the DC CIG, shall continue to organize this Collective Impact work in alignment with current planning for District-wide initiatives and shall bring key stakeholders not already engaged to the table as a membership organization serving over 100 members. DC CIG includes cultural organizations who have long-standing and significant focus on arts and humanities education for DC public and public charter school students. The DC Public school system is also a key stakeholder in this process. The group shall seek to deconstruct notions of scarcity and competition with openness in the leadership of activities that draw out collective impact. The majority of the organizations that are part of the DC CIG are already DC Collaborative members, though membership is not a requirement of this group’s participation. DC-based national organizations such as Americans for the Arts and the National PTA have also been part of the early conversations. Members of the group have also attended convenings of the Kennedy Center’s Any Given Child program and shall explore best practices to inform the DC CIG’s future work in the DC region.
About the DC Collaborative
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 and members, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student, sending more than half-a-million students to arts and humanities programming provided by its members since its founding in 1998. For more information, go to dccollaborative.org