Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) comprises two initiatives available to DC public and public charter schools:

AHFES at Cultural Institutions

AHFES at Cultural Institutions provides the DC public and public charter schools with access to age-appropriate cultural opportunities during the school day throughout the Washington metropolitan area. The DC Collaborative’s AHFES program ensures that underserved students can benefit from the region’s rich array of arts amenities. Experiences connect to class curriculum and each connect to the Common Core and local DC standards and help students develop critical-thinking skills, literacy, historical empathy (See Crystal Bridges Study on the Value of Education Field-trips). Participating organizations supply teachers with study materials, adding further incentive to integrate the arts into their daily lessons. Each year this program reaches 45,000-50,000 students.

AHFES In-School Placements

AHFES In School Placements opportunities bring artists into the schools with our partners. The program presents a variety of artists from all disciplines and enables students to experience performances/workshops directly connected to their curriculum. The program encourages teachers to make stronger connections to cultural activities in the classroom through experiential learning.


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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.