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The DC Collaborative 2017 Top Ten:
Thanks to you 2017 has been a significant 20th anniversary for the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative.  Through our #CollaborativeEffect, we remained focussed on our mission to provide equitable access to the arts and humanities for DC public and public charter school students. Together, we proudly: 
  1. Welcomed our newest institutional members including the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Solas Nua, Learning Life, Post Classical Ensemble, Washington Chorus, Only Make Believe, O Street Museum Foundation, National Children's Health System and Numbers Alive!  as well as new practitioner members Lana Wong, Juanita White, Hannah Jacobsen Blumenfeld, Mahogany Bleu and Educate to Create!  And, our staff grew when we officially welcomed Rebekka Nickman as our AHFES programs manager!                                                                                                                      
  2. Revitalized our Program Committee to include peer-led review of member field-trips, curriculum and professional development offerings. We transitioned our Members Committee to the Collective Impact Committee so that our collective impact work fully encompasses our entire membership and community of practice. In addition, the committee is creating new networks based on themes and topics of interest to our community.                                                                                                                     
  3. Listened and expanded our convenings to include topics that are important to members such as and expansion of our DCPS "Connecting to Curriculum Workshops" to include Arts, ELA and Social Studies teams;  along with panels on "Early Childhood Learning and Family Engagement" and "What it Means to be a National Organization Serving Local Audience." We also held our first "Nonprofit Speed Dating" event to foster greater community collaboration!                                                      
  4. Expanded our StoryBank blogposts to better tell the story of the DC Collaborative. Members, educators and partners of the Collaborative are invited to share their story in arts and humanities education, to help us showcase the work we are collectively doing to positively impact DC public and public charter school students and their teachers.                                                                               
  5. Launched a remarkable series of video stories about the DC Collaborative with the support of Stone Soup Films. Watch our stories here.                                                                         
  6. Held engaging Membership Meetings at Dumbarton Oaks, Shakespeare Theatre Company and National Geographic Society with special guests including DC Councilmember David Grosso Chair of the Committee on Education; Jeff Poulin, Americans for the Arts;  John-Paul C. Hayworth, DC State Board of Education; Mila Yochum, DC Office of Out of School Time Grants and Youth Outcomes, in addition to other member-led panel conversations with you!                                                                                                                                                      
  7. Coordinated field-trip opportunities for 34,700 DCPS and DCPCS students through our Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) legacy program along with co-producing community youth arts exhibitions at Pepco Gallery with the National Cherry Blossom Festival and Civili-Tea art contest, among others.                                                                            
  8. Advocated for increased support for arts and humanities education with testimony to DCPS Chancellor Antwan Wilson and before DC City Council in support of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities. We testified before the Education Committee of City Council for increased support for arts and humanities education. We worked with ArtsAction DC to ensure arts and humanities education is part our community's advocacy focus and volunteer-facilitated community conversations with the DC Office of Planning and the Commission on the Arts and Humanities for the DC Cultural Plan.                                                                                               
  9. Reached new friends and supporters with fundraising events including the September 20th DC Whole Foods Markets 5% Shopping Day which raised a record $28,000!                                                                                                                     
  10. Proudly announced the designation of Any Given Child DC with The Kennedy Center. The DC Collaborative proudly serves as the lead backbone support organization to help improve the collective impact of our arts and humanities education community of practice.                                                                                                                                                                        
This is our #CollaborativeEffect. We've accomplished all of this with our small and mighty staff, a dynamic, generous and impactful board, a team of bright and talented interns, a modest, yet ,steadily increasing budget, dedicated partners, funders and stakeholders -- and most importantly -- the support of all of our members and supporters! 

2018 - Working Collaboratively for DC Students! 

Please help us continue to provide this important work 
in 2018 by making a personal donation today.
With your support, today  through December 31st, we hope to raise at least $10,000 ($6,000 to go,) to provide enriching and transformative arts and humanities experiences for at least 500 DC students.

20 Years - $20 Buys a Seat on the Bus
Please help us reserve at least one seat for a DC public and public charter school student on our next Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) field-trip. Students come from all 8 wards across the District of Columbia. Through the support of our members and AHFES providers, we ask you to consider $20 per student donation to help provide a transformative arts or humanities educational field-trip experience for a student.  Please Make Your Donation HERE.
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More Field-Trips for More DC Students
Each year, at least 20,000-35,000 students from DC public schools attend at least 500 free performances at our nation's world-class cultural institutions. We look forward to another year of providing these valuable experiences to DC public and public charter school students and teachers.  With your support we know we can reach more than 35,000 students this year!

Together, Let's Celebrate Our 
and #CollaborativeEffect 
What's Your Story?

Share your story about how the arts and humanties have impacted your life. Support our work!

Happy Birthday to Us!
Please Join Us in Celebrating our 20th Birthday!

The DC Collaborative is celebrating its 20th birthday this year! 

Help us celebrate by becoming a "Friend of the DC Collaborative" Individual Member.

By contributing $100 to become a " Friend of the DC Collaborative" you will be making a real difference in a child's life. When a student is transfixed by the beautiful colors of a painting by Monet, it is because of your support. You helped that first grader along the way to that ballet performance that they can not stop thinking about.

With the "Friend of the DC Collaborative" membership you will join a community of individuals and cultural institutions who collectively believe that every student should have equitable access to arts and humanities experiences as an integral part of their education.

This year, it is our goal to have 100 Friend Members! In celebration, we will create special events and behind the scenes opportunities just for our "100 Friends" ...Join and stay tuned!

Join today by Contributing $100 at
Get Involved - Join our Committees!
Programming Committee

The DC Collaborative's Programming Committee is open to members, partners and educators. The Committee will assist the DC Collaborative team in furthering their mission of equity and access to quality arts and humanities education for all students and teachers in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter). The Programming Committee will analyze and evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education experiences, develop opportunities for mentorship and program improvement and inform the Arts and Humanities for Every Student policies and procedures.
Collective Impact Committee
The DC Collaborative invites you to join us in the strategic planning year of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child DC,  Collective   Impact  work! The  Collective   Impact   Committee, formerly known as the Membership Committee,  will aid us advising and executing the work of the Community Arts Team, as well as assisting us in keeping our members up-to-date during the strategic planning year. We value the input from all of our members to make this process a success.

The DC Collaborative, in partnership with our members, advances equitable access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students.
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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

The DC Collaborative is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. All gifts are tax deductible the the fullest extent of the law.

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The DC Collaborative is a recipient of an FY18 General Operating Support Service Grant from the  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the  National Endowment for the Arts .

About the DC Collaborative:
More than 100 members strong, the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative (DC Collaborative) provides equitable access to quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools for the growth of the whole child. Working with its partners, since its founding in 1998, the DC Collaborative produces such exemplary programs as Arts and Humanities for Every Student and the Professional Development Initiative. View our    Member Directory.

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