The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, in partnership with its members, educators and community stakeholders, seeks to advance access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students. Equitable access to the arts and humanities remains most significant to its mission. With its members, the DC Collaborative serves tens of thousands of students annually from DC public and public charter schools so they may gain access to dance, literary arts, music, visual arts, media arts, and other arts and humanities learning opportunities that are available through DC Collaborative members.
DC Collaborative fosters a community where its members are able to equitably provide access to education resources for students and teachers who may not otherwise have access.
DC Collaborative envisions that DC public schools and public charter schools are widely recognized for the comprehensive education—integrating the arts and humanities with core subjects—that they provide to all students.
All pre-k to grade twelve public school students have access to a high-quality arts and humanities education with the DC Collaborative playing a leading role in ensuring that the arts and humanities are part of their daily education.
DC public school and public charter school students feel pride in and take ownership of the rich cultural resources in the DC area.
The DC community has an expanded number of cultural consumers who attend its arts and humanities organizations as a result of developing, supporting and connecting with young diverse audiences.
Students and their families understand that they are part of this community, and students know that they can play an active role in the creation and production of the city's arts and humanities programs, now and in the future.
The arts and humanities inspire and engage the community, leading to a more vibrant, prosperous and empowered city.
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
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 more than 34,000 students and teachers offering more than 680 opportunities from 44 members.
Cumulatively, that's more than 600,000 opportunities for DC students thanks to the commitment and support of our members and partners! the DC Collaborative hopes to have served more than 35,000 students, 150 schools and 500 educators through its Arts and Humanities for Every Student program; shared the story of more than 50 members and educators through its Story Bank blogposts; expanded its new member networks to include more community conversations, convenings and topics that are important to the DC arts and humanities education community; and most significantly, completed the first data collection and strategic planning year of the Any Given Child DC collective impact initiative.
Celebrating its 20th year, the DC Collaborative is in excellent fiscal health with strong management and sustained growth over the past 3 years. In this position of strength, the board of directors will assess current and future opportunities with mission alignment. It is our hope to bring on additional staff over the next year to help raise more funds and awareness to support further sustained growth.
Improving services to members remains a priority for the DC Collaborative in serving and mobilizing DC's arts and humanities education community. 2017-2018 services and initiatives will flow from members input and collaboration. Programming and Collective Impact committees will help drive much of this work, from peer-review of programs, speed dating events to foster partnerships and collaboration, and the creation of new member networks of peer-led topics including equity, early childhood learning, parent engagement and national organizations serving local community, among others. The DC Collaborative will continue to recruit new members, ensuring representation from all of the arts disciplines and the humanities and from all 8 DC wards.
DC Collaborative Membership Committee has transitioned to the Collective Impact Committee. The committee will now help the DC Collaborative staff shape unified arts and humanities education advocacy messages; help design new community of professional development networks, DC Collaborative membership meetings and workshops; contribute to the DC Collaborative's Story Bank—a repository of community stories in arts and humanities education learning; explore joint fundraising opportunities; and work together on developing collective impact strategies, among other initiatives. The Collective Impact committee will aid the DC Collaborative in its overall collective impact initiatives. They will advise and implement the work of the Any Given Child DC Community Arts Team, as well as assist the DC Collaborative in keeping members involved during the strategic planning year of the Any Given Child DC.
DC Collaborative Programming Committee includes peer and educator review programs for AHFES member providers. Committee members help to advance DC's arts and humanities education community of practice provide education programs that are of the highest-quality while providing DCPS opportunity to see how DC Collaborative member's collective offerings may best align with their curriculum. This includes coordination of membership convenings around curricular connections with DCPS discipline teams. This year, the DC Collaborative's programming committee will continue to peer-review and site observe AHFES programs. The committee will also work with DC Collaborative staff to refine educator experience evaluations and further develop student experience evaluations.
Data collection will continue in support of the DC Collaborative membership and the larger stakeholder community by mapping arts and humanities education programming in DC through the DC Collaborative Members' Mapping Project which illustrates members' individual and collective reach in the DC education system, particularly in DCPS. When looking at collective impact data tools for this year, the DC Collaborative's preexisting baseline evaluation tools will be essential to measuring the reach and success of our community's work.
The DC Collaborative, in partnership with its members, educators and community stakeholders, seeks to advance access to learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students. Equitable access to the arts and humanities remains most significant to its mission. With its members, the DC Collaborative serves tens of thousands of students annually from DC public and public charter schools so they may gain access to dance, literary arts, music, visual arts, media arts, and other arts and humanities learning opportunities that are available through DC Collaborative members. DC Collaborative fosters a community where its members are able to equitably provide access to education resources for students and teachers who may not otherwise have access.
The DC Collaborative's unique role in providing equitable access to the arts and humanities for DC students is offered through its legacy program Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES.) AHFES's “gateway experiences" (a record 34,700 last year!) that its members provide to students, have helped to strengthen student learning outcomes such as engagement, retention, and academic achievement.
The DC Collaborative's programs, and by extension its member's programs, supplement, not supplant, the work of public system educators to help to improve outcomes for children and youth from low-income families and support work across a comprehensive education continuum (one that includes exposure to the arts, learning in the arts disciplines, and integrating arts across the curriculum,) to ensure that young people are best position to learn and succeed. Work is linked to creating new, more effective pathways for inducting and training teachers, giving them the knowledge and tools necessary to nurture and educate their students.
By galvanizing the educational experiences of DC students with the arts and humanities, its programs ensure more opportunities for the growth and success of all of DC's children in and beyond the classroom.