One of the missions of the DC Collaborative is to provide “Arts for Every Student” in DCPS, a school system demonstrating a decreasing commitment to programs in visual art, music and theater by closing schools and cutting arts education programs city-wide.
Eric Booth led a discussion on the state of arts education today and how best to communicate the need for arts education with others who are not in the "Arts Club."
DCPS Director of Music Ben Hall described the new arts and languages-focused school, Brookland Middle School, opening in the fall of 2014. He also outlined an opportunity for community members to partner with the school.
Josephine Bias Robinson, Chief of DCPS' Office of Family and Public Engagement expressed appreciation for the exceptional work of the Collaborative's cultural institution members in serving and supporting DC Public School students inside and outside of the classroom.
She shared their interest in working in greater partnership with the Collaborative and suggested that there would be potential new space opportunities for cultural institution community members.
Robinson also spent time discussing the Chancellor's vision for the role of the Arts in DCPS and shared a framework for continued discussion and future planning, called "The Vision for the Arts in DC Public Schools."
The DCAHEC invites teachers and schools to integrate their programs with the new DCPS Middle School Content map by filling out the online application.
In coordination with DCPS, the DC Collaborative will send out a needs assessment for new space opportunities for cultural community members.
For more information, contact Ben Hall, firstname.lastname@example.org.