DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Inc.

Celebrating 22 years of equitable access to the arts and humanities for DC students.

aka DC Collaborative   |   Washington, DC   |  www.dccollaborative.org

Mission

The DC Collaborative advances equitable access to high-quality learning opportunities in the arts and humanities for all DC public and public charter school students and their teachers.

Ruling year info

1998

Executive Director

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

Main address

975 F Street NW

Washington, DC 20004 USA

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EIN

52-2125047

NTEE code info

Single Organization Support (A11)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

Arts Service Activities/Organizations (A90)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In 1998 we recognized a void and embraced a common goal for Washington's rich cultural resources to be accessible to all of the District's teachers and students, especially those in low- income neighborhoods. A related desire was to connect arts activities to school curriculum including performing arts, visual arts and humanities by artists, including community artists and teachers in the arts. Existing programs were neither citywide, nor classroom oriented.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Arts and Humanities For Every Student

Professional Development for DCPS Teachers & Administrators
o Arts Education Initiative: supports development of strategies to integrate the arts into classroom practice across DCPS.
o Professional Development Initiatives: Weeklong arts integration workshops and In-School arts integration workshops.
Professional Development for those offering Arts/Humanities Programming:
o Content Forums: Workshops for artists and arts/humanities organizations working in the schools.
Arts for Every Student
o at Cultural Instiutions: Tickets, transportation, and study materials to cultural events throughout the District for DC public and chartered public schools. (free of cost for schools)
o In-school: In partnership with WPAS, in-school artists available for schools (free of cost for schools)

Population(s) Served

Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES), the DC Collaborative’s legacy program, remains one of the most widely used arts and humanities education programs in the District of Columbia, and with its efficient reach in more than 165 schools –connects students, teachers and chaperones with its members' arts and humanities educational programming – is unparalleled in the country. AHFES enables children in DC public and public charter schools to experience the area’s many arts and cultural education resources in order to support and enhance their classroom learning. Teachers choose from 550 world-class arts and humanities programs offered throughout the DC area, which helps students realize the wide range of opportunity and their individual potential. Since its founding, the DC Collaborative has sent more than 700,000 students on field trips to area cultural institutions.

AHFES: In School brings artists into the schools with our partners. The program presents a variety of artists from all disciplines, with many in the performing arts, and enables students to experience performances and workshops directly connected to their curriculum. The program encourages teachers to make stronger connections to cultural activities in the classroom through experiential learning. All of these opportunities are linked to relevant standards across the curriculum and most of them include a hands-on component designed to engage students and they all fall within our education continuum of exposure to the arts, learning in the arts and integration of the arts across the curriculum.

DC Collaborative’s AHFES program seeks to achieve overarching strategic priorities:

• Reach 100% of DC Public School and Public Charter School Students: Provide access to world-class education opportunities by ensuring that all public school students experience the high-quality arts and humanities learning experiences offered by our cultural partner members. Presently, we are reaching up to 50,000+ students annually. With increased support we can reach far more.

• Working with DCPS we look to connect cultural partners to DCPS school system’s curriculum which also benefit DC public charter schools. Arts and Humanities should be should be part of an education in its own right but many principals and teachers need to see that it connects to what they are learning in the classroom and will improve test scores. Each member participating in AHFES connects to standards and is encouraged to make connection to Scope and Sequence Documents. This year we are formalizing our partnership with DCPS and look forward to providing more opportunities for students and teachers in arts integration. DC Collaborative holds a series of "Connecting to curriculum” workshops by DCPS for our members and are scheduled to do more.

• Establish DC as a city-wide creative learning laboratory by maintaining partnerships required to be an effective bridge and central portal between public schools and diverse roster of cultural institution members. With additional resources we can enlist more cultural partners and serve more schools.

• Provide a collective voice that communicates the importance of learning in and through the arts and humanities by advocating that arts and humanities are fundamental to learning; advancing a comprehensive approach to arts education characterized by sequential learning through the arts; demonstrating the significant positive impact of our members’ education programming and the services we provide with our members.

• Develop and invest in tomorrow’s diverse arts audiences and arts consumers, artists, creative economy participants, leaders and global citizens. Through our programs, individuals are prepared to shape the vitality of their city, nation, and world.

The Collaborative expects continued outcomes for the AHFES program to include:

1.) The learning environment in participant schools will be enhanced by the infusion of arts and humanities into the curriculum.
2.) Teaching artists will be better equipped to work more effectively with students and teachers in the classroom.
3.) Students will benefit personally and academically by participating in the arts and humanities.
4.) Collaborations and partnerships between participant schools, teachers, artists and arts and cultural resources will increase, to the benefit of the District’s schools and students.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of fields trips

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of AHFES field trip participants for each school year equitably distributed to DC public and public charter school students in all 8 wards of the District of Columbia each year.

Number of groups brought together in a coalition/alliance/partnership

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES)

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

DC area cultural nonprofit institutions, large and small, and practitioners that are members of the DC Collaborative.

Number of donations made by board members

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

100% board participation each year. DC Collaborative board has a Give or Get policy of at least $2,000 annually, most board members exceed this through their "gets".

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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 as the backbone support/container of change organization for Any Given Child DC
•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 50,000 students and teachers offering more than 680 opportunities from 55 members.

Cumulatively, that's 700,000 opportunities for DC students thanks to the commitment and support of our members and partners! the DC Collaborative hopes to have served more than 50,000 students, 165 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, strategic planning and phase 1 implementation year of the Any Given Child DC collective impact initiative.

Celebrating its 21st year, the DC Collaborative is in excellent fiscal health with strong management and sustained growth over the past 4 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.

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 50,000 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.

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DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Linda Harper

LD Harper & Associates

Joy Ford Austin

Humanities Council of Washington, DC

Jeanette Spencer McCune

The Kennedy Center

Susan Rosenbaum

Rosenbaum & Associates

Linda Donovan Harper

L Harper and Associatesd

Samantha Wyer Bello

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Gregory McGruder

National Geographic Museum

Lissa Rosenthal-Yoffe

DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative

A. Graham Down

Anne Corbett

Derek E. Gordon

Mary Hallisy

Dawn McAndrews

Patricia Mitchell

L. Lawrence Ricco

Maurice R. Sykes

Jeffrey Travers

Allen Weinstein

Sarah Durkee

National Gallery of Art

Jordan Monroe

The Monroe Artists Trust

Barbara Stauffer

National Museum for Natural History

Nathan Diamond

The Kennedy Center

Katrina Sorrell

Booz Allen Hamilton

Terry Thomas

Seton Elementary DCPS