Membership Renewal Opens July 1!

Join more than 100 arts and humanities organizations and individuals in the DC region who are working to provide equitable access to arts and humanities education for DC students and teachers. Help the DC Collaborative make our 21st year the best one yet! For more information on membership please contact or 202-470-6467 ext. 2.

Member Benefits

  • Invitations to our member meetings
  • Monthly Newsletters
  • Participation in our Arts and Humanities for Every Student program
  • Professional Development opportunities

More information about how to join will be posted in June.

Member Benefits:

Together, and as members of the arts and humanities education community of the DC Collaborative we:

  • Network: Gain access to our member directory. Build relationships with other organizations through member meetings and events, professional development for staff, and other networking opportunities. Many new programs and projects have been created as a result of membership networking.
  • Programming: Connect equitably to schools in the DC public education system (traditional and public charter) through the DC Collaborative's Arts and Humanities for Every Student, (AHFES) and Professional Development Initiatives. Through our AHFES and PD programs you will receive:
    • Logistical Support: Outreach, scheduling and evaluation assistance for your education programming via the following:
      • AHFES Online Catalogue and Field-trip registration lottery system
      • Professional Development registration system
      • In-school placements 
      • Reservation tracking and coordination
      • Timely teacher reminders 
      • Post-experience survey and analysis
      • Contracting with transportation vendors 
    • Technical assistance in connecting to DCPS and DC Public Charter School curricular priorities
    • Contacts through an active network of teachers and administrators at each school
    • Up-to-date data on schools in the DC public education system
  • Professional Development: Attend and offer professional development workshops, webinars and roundtables for member organization staff.
  • Collective Impact: Join a cross-sector network of cultural institutions, government agencies, funders, schools, and families working jointly to impact arts and humanities education in the District. Join the Collective Impact Committee and help define shared language and measurements for our entire community. 
  • Community of Practice: Join the Collaborative's clearinghouse of arts and humanities education resources. Contribute to the field by evaluating the quality and equity of arts and humanities education programming offered in the District by participating in the DC Collaborative's Programming Committee
  • Advocacy: Be heard as a part of a collective voice with other community stakeholders in advancing arts and humanities education in Washington, DC, including city-wide policies and planning. Stay connected to local and national government officials and advocacy organizations through our membership convenings, and influence city-wide policies and planning.
  • Communications and Resources: Receive monthly newsletters and other messaging regarding relevant, up-to-date information on arts and humanities education in DC schools and across the nation. Learn about new funding opportunities for your education programs!
  • Connect and Share: Feature your organization and its programs on a database of DC arts and humanities education resources. NEW this year! All members will have a "Member Feature Page" on the DC Collaborative website showcasing your work in arts and humanities education. These pages will link directly to your website and AHFES online cataogue page to make it easy for teachers to learn about your programming. Share your organization's story by featuring your organization's education programs on our Story Bank Blog and learn about other members. 

Member Roles/Responsibilities:

Together, and as members of the arts and humanities education community of the DC Collaborative we:

  • Actively contribute to our professional network which works to improve the arts and humanities education community of practice.
  • Attend the Annual Membership Meeting and at least one of the three General Meetings each year. Consider contributing to our Membership, Programming and Special Events committees.
  • Assist in our Member Mapping Initiative and other Collective Impact efforts by gathering and providing your organization's annual data.
  • Provide necessary information about your organization and your organization's education initiatives to be added to our member directory and feature pages.
  • Evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education programming offered by our members by ensuring completion of student surveys, observing field-trips, and providing feedback.
  • Build awareness of, and advocate for arts and humanities education initiatives in the District (as much as is allowable by your organization).
  • Pay annual dues.
  • Include the following language in your organization's annual report: "[Name of your organization] is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative."
  • Include the DC Collaborative logo on your organization's website and print materials where applicable.


Annual Dues

DC Collaborative Memberships for FY19 end on June 30th, 2019.  Current members will be invoiced for their FY20 dues in July 2019.  New members can join by filling out the enrollment survey and remitting dues (see above)

  • Institutional Budget 1 million and above - Annual Dues $750,
  • Institutional Budget 500K to 999K - Annual Dues $500, 
  • Institutional Budget 250K-499K - Annual Dues $250, 
  • Institutional Budget 249K and under - Annual Dues $100, 
  • Individual Practitioner/Teaching Artist Membership - $50, (For those who are part of an organization, institutional dues are recommended to take advantage of full benefits of institutional membership.)

Hear from our current members!

"One of most enduring and valued relationships the Smithsonian's Discovery Theater has is with the DC Collaborative. This hard working service organization has been instrumental in connecting the Smithsonian with DCPS school officials, principals, school staff and teachers, and provides networking for the local artistic and educational communities (an important focus, since so much of our region is focused n tourism.) They educate, facilitate and encourage partnerships and benefits to serve the DC area educational system, working behind the scenes in so many successful endeavors. We are lucky to have DC Collaborative. They truly enrich us all."
Discovery Theatre

“Just as art cannot exist in a vacuum, neither can education. The DC Collaborative provides teaching artists a place to network with other professionals who work at the intersection of art and education.”
Jenna Murphy, Teaching Artist, DC Collaborative Practitioner Member

“As a new organization in the DC area, the Collaborative is helpful for meeting other organizations and increasing our visibility in the DC Arts in Education community.”
Dancing Classrooms DC

"The DC Collaborative supports the work of our small department by helping to promote and schedule tours. Thanks to this collaborative effect, NMWA is able to reach more DCPS students than it ever could on its own." 
National Museum of Women in the Arts

“The Avalon is proud to have been a member of the Collaborative since 2014. Our membership has allowed us to reach students in every corner of the city and significantly increase the number of students who participate in Cinema Classroom at the Avalon. The Collaborative’s many efforts to support members, such as offering “Connecting to Curriculum” workshops, serve to enrich our programs, making them more relevant to students and more useful for teachers.”
The Avalon Theatre

“The DC Collaborative connects us to like-minded organizations and provides professional development and resources that amplify the impact of our work. We are grateful for the logistical and networking skills that help move our projects forward.”
Solas Nua

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Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

The DC Collaborative is a FY18 Service Organization grant recipient of 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.