What is Collective Impact 

Collective Impact is a social theory first published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Specifically, collective impact is defined as “the commitment of a group of important actors from different sectors to a common agenda for solving a specific social problem.” In the arts and humanities education community, collective impact has a strong role. When the entire community, inclusive of cultural institutions, the school system, local government, businesses, and philanthropic communities work together to articulate a shared vision and goals and engage in data-driven strategic planning, the outcome of ensuring equitable access to the arts and humanities is more attainable!

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How is the DC Collaborative Involved in Collective Impact?

The DC Collaborative was formed from a Collective Impact model 20 years ago before the term was coined. The DC Collaborative is a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact grantee and was named the 25th Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child community through the John F. Kennedy Center for the Arts. Through this lens, the DC Collaborative and broader DC arts and humanities education community of practice is taking a deeper look at how we can make our work together of providing equitable access to arts and humanities education more comprehensive, data-driven and systemic.



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