Collective Impact, Collaborative Effect: 20 years and growing... the DC Collaborative was founded in 1998, by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Humanities Council of Washington DC along with DCPS and other local cultural institutions and funders.
Together, the arts and humanities education community recognized a void and embraced a common goal for Washington, DC’s rich cultural resources to be accessible to all of the District’s teachers and students, especially those in low- income neighborhoods. A related desire was to connect arts activities to school curriculum including performing arts, visual arts and humanities by artists, including community artists and teachers in the arts.
Existing programs were neither citywide, nor classroom oriented.
Since our founding, more than 700,000 students in DC's, public education system have participated in the DC Collaborative's legacy program "Arts and Humanities for Every Student", and thousands of teachers have attended Professional Development workshops and institutes.
As part of the arts and humanities education continuum, the DC Collaborative, together with partners and members, advocates and advances equitable access to high-quality learning experiences in the arts and humanities for all students and teachers in DC public and public charter schools.
Together, we lead:
•Collective Impact and Community Awareness
•Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES)
•Professional Development Initiatives
•Professional Convenings and Networking for members and community stakeholders
Together our members serve thousands of students from DC Public and Public Charter Schools to gain access to dance, literary arts, music, visual arts, media arts, and other arts and humanities disciplines. Our members aim to provide access to education resources to students and teachers who may not otherwise have access.
Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES): is the DC Collaborative’s legacy program that provides educational field-trips to high quality arts and cultural experiences offered by our partners and member providers. Through this program, schools are eligible for tickets and transportation to local cultural events, and professional development opportunities for educators supported by the DC Collaborative through its partners and members. Last year we served 50,000 students and teachers offering more than 700 opportunities from 60 members. Cumulatively, that’s more than 700,000 opportunities for DC students thanks to the commitment and support of our members and partners!