What is Collective Impact 

Collective Impact is a social theory first published by the Stanford Social Innovation Review. Specifically, in DC's arts and humanities education community of practice, Collective Impact is a strategic planning model that enables the entire community to come together to articulate a shared vision and goals and engage in strategic planning to ensure equitable access to the arts and humanities education for all students.

How is the DC Collaborative Involved in Collective Impact?

The DC Collaborative and the broader 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 through a Collective Impact strategic planning model. As a National Endowment for the Arts Collective Impact grantee, the DC Collaborative decided to implement this strategic planning work through The Kennedy Center's Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program. During the 2017-2018 school year, Any Given Child DC was formed and embarked on a strategic planning year with a Community Arts Team comprised of 30 representatives from the Mayor’s Office, DCPS Chancellor’s office, educators and principals, cultural institution partners, communications, corporate and philanthropic leaders. The Community Arts Team formed a vision statement to guide the work, collected data from teachers, principals and local cultural institutions and developed goals and action steps based on the vision and data collected. View our vision, values and goals here!

Back-bone Support Organization

The DC Collaborative is the backbone support organization for the Any Given Child DC (AGC DC) initiative. Though AGC DC is an initiative for the community as a whole, the DC Collaborative acts as the leader and convener and provides logistical and communications support for all of the AGC DC working committees. In addition, funding has been secured by and managed through the DC Collaborative to support our collective impact work. As such, and through the DC Collaborative, AGC DC is able to work on a shared measurement study and Professional Development series.

What is Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child?

Entering its tenth year, the primary goal of the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child (AGC) collective impact program is to assist communities in developing and implementing a plan for expanded arts education in their schools, ensuring access and equity for all students in grades preK-12. Each AGC site begins with the established program framework, and then builds on that framework under the guidance of the Kennedy Center’s AGC consulting team. The Kennedy Center team tailors their guidance to the unique needs of each site. For example, the existing AGC model centered around arts education grades preK-8.  DC is the first site where the model will expand to serve grades preK-12. Participation in the Any Given Child DC program is an extension of the Collaborative’s Collective Impact work.

Three phases of the Any Given Child program:

  • Strategic Planning (year 1)- View the vision, values and goals developed from AGC DC's 2017-2018 strategic planning year here.
  • Implementation (years 2-4)- We're in the second year of Implementation! Join our work and read more about it here.
  • Sustaining (years 5 and beyond).

More Information

  • Join Any Given Child DC!View More
  • Vision, Values and Goals | View More
  • Diversity Equity and Inclusion Statement | View More
  • Collective Impact Resources | View More
  • Benefits to participating in Collective Impact for DC Collaborative Members | View More

Any Given Child National Network

The Any Given Child program provides access to a network of 27 communities all over the country who are doing this work. With the Kennedy Center’s Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child program acting as an umbrella, the DC community has access to national data gathering tools and best practices. In addition, there is an Any Given Child national exchange each February and representatives from the DC Collaborative and the Community Arts Team will be in attendance.

Focus and Disciplines

The Any Given Child program has a narrow focus on arts education programming for DCPS, during school time grades preK-12. Any Given Child DC is a piece of the DC Collaborative's overall Collective Impact work.

Humanities and Out-of-School Time Programming

The DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative remains committed to humanities organizations and practitioners! During subsequent school years our community will take a look at programming with a humanities focus in addition to out-of school time, early childhood and arts for the aging programming occurring in the district. This will give our community a comprehensive look at all of the arts and humanities education programming occuring in the city.


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The DC Collaborative is a FY19 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.