The State of Arts Education in DC: Developing a Community of Practice for Greater Collective Impact

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
9:30am to 11:30am EST
DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities
200 I (Eye) Street SE
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The past two years have seen greater intentionality in the identification and alignment of resources to need in the city’s arts education community. The District’s arts agency and public school systems have worked together to implement an arts education census to determine the arts landscape of the city and a plan is in process to implement an arts education policy for the city’s schools. Community-based organizations working with children and youth are being coalesced under umbrella organizations such as the DC Collaborative in order to develop a stronger community of practice. An equally important player in the landscape is the funding community. This panel brings together the various components of the arts education community to share, update, and discuss next steps in ensuring DC has one of the most comprehensive, equitable, and high quality arts education programs in the country.

Panel Participants:

  • Nathan Diamond (Director of the Arts, DCPS)
  • Topher Kandik (10th Grade English Teacher, SEED School & DC Teacher of the Year, 2016) 
  • Jeanette McCune (Director, DC School and Community Initiatives, J.F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts)
  • Lissa Rosenthal Yoffe (Executive Director, DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative) 
  • Rhona Wolfe Friedman (Commissioner, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities) 

Moderated by: David Markey (Arts Education Coordinator, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities)

This briefing is co-sponsored by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

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