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 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 AHFES experiences.


It's time for the DC Collaborative FY21 Membership Enrollment!

We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has put significant strain on many of our organizations’ budgets, including the DC Collaborative’s. As a result, we’ve decided it would be in the best interest of all of our organizations to implement a more flexible membership dues model for FY21. The enclosed invoice documents the dues that you as an organization would provide to the DC Collaborative based on your budget size. This year, the Collaborative is enacting a “pay what you can” structure in addition to providing flexibility with due dates and opportunities for partial payments. If dues at their current amount cannot be prioritized in your organization’s budget, please reach out to us at [email protected].  The DC Collaborative is also experiencing financial challenges during this time, so we would appreciate it if you only take advantage of this flexibility if you absolutely must.

Despite and because of the current pandemic and economic challenges,  DC Collaborative is working even harder to serve its Membership in FY21! 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) equitable lottery model with your experiential learning initiatives and participate in a new more virtual AHFES v-2.0!,

  • Lead the community by participating in strategic planning advancing equitable access to arts and humanities learning opportunities through the Collaborative’s Any Given Child DC work,

  • Engage in networking through our virtual convenings and membership meetings,

  • 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.


We are also fostering an online community through our new online portal, MemberClicks, which includes the following features:

  • A searchable interactive membership directory

  • Organization and individual profiles that feature your organization and your unique profile as an arts/ humanities administration professional.

  • Active listservs by topic, including Community of Practice (program design), Community Partnerships, Teaching Artists/ Practitioners, Distance Learning for Students with Disabilities

Our membership overview and informational packet provides more details about the Collaborative. For more information contact [email protected]


COVID-19 Resources and Updates

Since the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak reached the DC, MD, and VA area, the health, safety and well-being of our community is a top priority and concern for all of us at the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative. And, we know it is for you, too. The DC Collaborative is closely monitoring updates relevant to the arts and humanities education community of practice and compiling an Arts/ Humanities Online/ Printable Resources database containing virtual field trips and distance learning curriculum. More information can be found through the DC Collaborative's COVID-19 Updates and Resources website.

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 collective impact work. Members also receive invitations to member meetings, monthly newsletters, networking opportunities, and other resources. View our Membership Overview, informational packet or contact [email protected] for more information.

Membership Benefits

School Partners

Our partner schools all have an assigned Key Communicator, who is the main contact at each school. Key Communicators are trained in our online registration system and the AHFES policies and procedures to register for the program. View more information about Key Communicators here or contact [email protected]

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