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.
- View the this year's Arts & Humanities for Every Student Events.
- Schools can read more about how to participate in AHFES here.
- Teachers check out our Effective Field Trip Guide to make the most out of your cultural visit.
- Active Members can apply to participate in AHFES and PD. More info is available here.