Membership Benefits to Participating in Collective Impact
The fact that the DC Community was recognized nationally by both the National Endowment for the Arts and The Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program, is a positive sign for the DC arts and humanities education community of practice. Together, with the DC Collaborative providing backbone support, the DC Community is poised to effectively make big changes in arts and humanities education! We ask that you, our members participate in this community initiative working to expand access to arts education for DC students.
The DC Collaborative was formed 21 years ago as a member service organization to the DC arts and humanities education community before the term "Collective Impact" was coined. This strategic planning and equity work is the work of the Collaborative in partnership with the DC public education system and other DC government agencies; DC cultural institutions, practitioners and teaching artists; and philanthropic, communications and business professionals.
How do we ensure equitable access to high quality arts and humanities education for every student in the city?
- Aligning Resources. We can bring more opportunities to more students more effectively when we work together. Working together across city agencies, with other cultural organizations and individuals, philanthropists, local businesses, higher education individuals and and DCPS teachers principals and central office staff will allow us to align resources across the entire community strategically. Each stakeholder carries out their own roles and responsibilities within the community to ensure that students have equitable access to the arts and humanities.
- Robust Data. The first step in knowing how to best serve the community is to know who we are currently serving with which programs. It is difficult to get all of the data we need when individual organizations and city agencies are acting independently. AGC will streamline the data collection and make it more comprehensive.
- Advocacy and Funding. The community is stronger when it presents a shared vision and messaging informed by data collected by the whole community. Together we can more effectively advocate for more resources for arts education in the city!
- National Network. As a part of the Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program, the Collaborative has access to a network of 26 other communities nationwide to share resources and learn best practices.