Who We Are

The DC Collaborative is a membership service organization founded in 1998 by local cultural institutions, government agencies and funders. Today, the Collaborative represents 120 organizations and practitioners working together to advance equitable access to arts and humanities education in the District of Columbia.

Our two main stakeholder groups are members (organizations and practitioners) and school partners.  Members include cultural institutions, community-based organizations, and teaching artists in the DC area who offer Washington DC’s best museum exhibits, performances, theaters, festivals, and more to students in the DC Public Education System. Our members provide access to learning and development through the arts and humanities in order to allow for a world-class education in our nation’s capital. Our school partners are administrators and teachers who serve as key communicators for their school or bring students on Arts and Humanities for Every Student experiences.

For more information contact [email protected] or view our website.


Membership Enrollment Month!

July is Membership Enrollment month! Current DC Collaborative members will receive updates regarding FY22 dues on July 12! Check back here for updates or contact [email protected] with any questions.

Annual Dues

In efforts to promote equity among all of our members, annual dues are scalable based on the organization's budget size. FY22 Membership begins on July 1, 2021 and lasts through June 30, 2022.

The DC Collaborative does not want financial challenges to be a barrier to participating with the DC Collaborative in expanding equitable access to arts and humanities for all. To aid in COVID-19 recovery efforts, the DC Collaborative’s FY22 membership dues will remain in a “pay what you can” structure with flexible due dates and partial payment options.* Email [email protected] to adjust your dues to take advantage of the “pay what you can” policy.

Membership Benefits

DC Collaborative is working even harder to serve its members in FY22! As a member you will have opportunities to participate in the following this year: 

  • Reach students and educators through our Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) programs with your experiential learning opportunities and submit virtual and asynchronous resources through the Distance Learning Resource Database.

  • Engage with the community by participating in the DC Co-Lab! The Co-lab is a space for our community to garner feedback, measure reach and impact, enhance strategic planning, and create further partnerships. Contribute your expertise to data-driven strategic planning by participating in committee work.

  • Join us in networking through our virtual convenings and membership meetings.

  • Participate in enhanced communications with submissions to monthly newsletters, (School Partners newsletter, Membership Newsletter, Collective Impact Newsletter, Teaching Artist Newsletter).

  • Lend your voice in support of arts and humanities education advocacy, including opportunities to create a collective voice and shape asks of the DC Government.

Online Community of Practice: MemberClicks

The DC Collaborative is fostering an online community through its online portal, MemberClicks, which includes the following features:

  • A searchable interactive membership directory that includes organization profiles, in addition to your unique profile as an arts/ humanities administration professional;

  • A directory of teaching artists/ practitioners called the Practitioner Bank;

  • DC Collaborative Job Board includes free job postings for members;

  • E-lists (list servs) to extend the conversation beyond the networking/ convenings!


Benefits of Membership

The DC Collaborative provides its members the opportunity to participate in the AHFES program, attend or present professional development, and participate in our Community Engagement Co-Lab. Members also receive invitations to member meetings, monthly newsletters, networking opportunities, and other resources. 

Membership Benefits

School Partners

We are proud to serve DC Public and Public Charter Schools from all 8 Wards.  Thank you to all of the 119 School Partners who engaged in Arts and Humanities programming with over 40,000 students during the SY20-21.  We are grateful that you chose to prioritize Arts and Humanities education this school year.  View more information about School Partners here or contact [email protected]

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