Tens of thousands of children from across the globe visit DC’s museums and theaters each year, yet budget constraints often prevent local students from taking advantage of their hometown’s resources. So the DC Collaborative partners with 115 cultural institutions to help schools gain access to our vibrant arts world. Offering a wide range of programs to students, and arts and humanities education workshops to teachers, teaching artists, principals, and others, the Collaborative also makes registration, tickets, and transportation easy. More than 700,000 children have benefited from these programs since 1998; this year alone, nearly 50,000 students from 160 schools will attend cultural field trips and free in-school performances and workshops. After all, visiting the Kennedy Center or the Washington Ballet for the first time, or having a professional artist right in your classroom, can be an unforgettable experience. Let’s keep the arts and humanities alive – for every student.

Covid-19 Update: The Collaborative has suspended all field trips, in-school workshop, residencies, and professional development events. It has launched a Distance Learning Resource Database – a comprehensive list of curricular guides, virtual field trips, and other resources to deepen students' at-home learning experiences. Educators, students, parents, and caregivers are encouraged to use and share it. The database will be updated regularly with additional downloadable/ printable resources. In addition, the Collaborative conducts daily zoom chats to ensure that relevant information is being passed along to the greater arts and humanities education community.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 1; DC-Ward 2; DC-Ward 3; DC-Ward 4; DC-Ward 5; DC-Ward 6; DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: DCPS; DC Public Charter Schools

Awards & Recognition

The Mayor's Art Award (2004)
Black History Month Partnership Award presented by the Walmart Corporation (2011)
DC Area Charity Recipient (2011 & 2012)
recognized most recently in Catalogue for Philanthropy (2011)


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative is: Less than $500k

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