What is a Key Communicator?

Key Communicators are a vital part of the Arts and Humanities for Every Student Program.  This person serves as the main point of contact for their school, interfacing with the DC Collaborative staff to help register their teachers for Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) learning experiences.  Key Communicators will be trained in our online registration system and all AHFES policies and procedures to register for the program. The Key Communicator should work with the principal and other teachers in their school to build consensus around which opportunities will be most relevant to the students' classroom learning.

Pre-COVID,the DC Collaborative hosts a lottery three times a year for AHFES programs being offered in the upcoming cycle and interested schools submitted requests for these programs through the online catalogue during a planned, one-week period. After each lottery cycle ends, the DC Collaborative would then assign these learning experiences by distributing the opportunities equitably among all schools that submitted requests. The Key Communicators also disseminate information about the Professional Development Workshops to the other teachers in their schools. 

However, with virtual learning happening in many of our schools, the AHFES Distance Learning Resource Database has become open to ALL teachers upon request.  Teachers are able to independently submit requests for asychronous programming based on their curriculum needs and teaching schedule.

View our Arts and Humanities for Every Student field trips and workshops for students HERE

View our Arts and Humanities for Every Student and Professional Development opportunities HERE.

How to Become a School Partner:

  • Return the School Partnership Agreement (identifying a Key Communicator) to schools@dccollaborative.org or mail to:
                     DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
                     975 F Street, NW 
                     Washington, DC 20004
  • View our AHFES Orientation Webinar
  • Browse the Catalogue offerings below
  • Submit a Lottery Request Form for the desired programs (the DC Collaborative will contact you after the registration period if you have been reward the desired experience)

Please submit your information in the form below or contact Ashlee at ashlee@dccollaborative.org with any further questions!

Resources for Key Communicators

AHFES Brochure 

Orientation Slideshow (+ Recorded Webinar can be found HERE)

School Partnership Agreement

School Partnerships Newsletter

Field Trip Policies and Procedures

Media Release (English)

Media Release (Spanish)


Twitter Updates


Mailing: 975 F Street, NW
Location: 923 F Street, NW, #303
Washington, DC 20004
P: 202.470.6467

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.