(Washington, DC)-Members convened at the National Geographic Museum February 17th for the Winter Members meeting which featured a panel discussion on the important role of arts and humanities education in preparing students to succeed in the 21st Century economy.
Panel participants included Johnnetta Cole, Ph.D, Director of the National Museum of African Art as well as Barbara Lang, President and CEO of the DC Chamber of Commerce.
"Arts and humanities are among the most powerful and effective tools for educating all of us for productive and joyful lives," remarked Dr. Cole.
Members also participated in an interactive presentation provided by Jeff Meade and Kim Skerritt of the National Postal Museum regarding ways 21st Century technology can be used to enable interactive learning.
During the question and answer portion of the program --moderated by Adventure Theatre's Artistic Director and DC Collaborative board member Michael Bobbitt-- members discussed the potential for increased partnership with DC's business community. "There is a growing creative economy in DC and we need to work together on efforts to prepare DC youth to compete for the kinds of jobs that will be available here," noted Barbara Lang.
Members also heard from, Susan Norton, Director of the National Geographic Museum, who welcomed meeting participants; Deborah Stokes of the National Museum of African Art who provided highlights regarding the museum's work in teaching students about diverse world cultures; and Gwen Faulkner, DC Geographic Alliance, regarding professional development opportunities for teachers.
About the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative:
Sixty 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 Arts Education Initiative.