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DC Collaborative has revised its memberships to provide a better experience for our community. Membership tiers are now curated according to packages of service offerings. All member tiers have been created to support individuals and organizations. Read the information below and join today!

Who Should Become a Member?

Any professional or organization in the DC Metro area that believes the arts and humanities are integral to creating a comprehensive educational experience for DC public school students. We encourage members of diverse backgrounds, professions, and interests, including (but not limited to) teaching artists, arts and humanities organizations, non-profits, for-profits, parents, educators, and government representatives to join.

Why Should You Become a Member?

To engage with DC’s larger community of practice. Since 1998, DC Collaborative has served a critical role in the city’s arts and humanities ecosystem. Previous members have valued the central space to connect with other professionals and advocates, discuss important issues affecting our community, and gain valuable insights from peers and experts in the field. Whether you are new to arts and humanities education, a long-time professional, or your work in DC indirectly affects students and families, a membership to DC Collaborative is beneficial!

What is Your Role As a Member?

Members are expected to contribute to DC’s community of practice by attending DC Collaborative’s membership meetings and events; promoting your education initiatives to the Collaborative’s community; assisting with data collection efforts by conducting and executing surveys and other feedback methods; participating in all District Data Initiative collective impact projects; including DC Collaborative’s logo in your organization’s collateral materials, where possible; and paying annual dues. 


How Long is a Membership?

Memberships are annual, from July - June. Members must remain active by paying dues at the beginning of every year. Members may also adjust their member tier from year to year. DC Collaborative strongly encourages members to register in July every year, to access full benefits. However, memberships are accepted on a rolling basis. Any prospective member who has not registered by March is encouraged to wait until the next membership year, starting in July of the same calendar year. Annual fees are subject to change for a new member year, as the Collaborative continually evaluates its service to the community.

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Scholarships are available for every member tier. Organizations with an annual budget of less than $1,000,000 and professionals/practitioners with a household income of less than $100,000 are encouraged to apply. 


Ambassador Membership  - $100

For professionals, parents, practitioners, and organizations who wish to affiliate with DC Collaborative.

  • Community Connection through event networking and monthly DC Collaborative newsletter

  • Access to Member meetings

  • Member rate for curated events and workshops that address community interests

  • Referrals for Community Building

    • District Educational Policy Updates

    • DEI and Accessibility Insights/References

    • Educator and Artists Resources


Innovator Membership - $400

For organizations, professionals, and practitioners that do not currently provide direct services to DC students.

  • Benefits of Ambassador Membership

  • Promotional Outreach (through DC Collaborative social media and e-communications)

  • 1 program consultation (Curriculum Assistance/Strategy and Logistics Development)

  • Asynchronous program listing in the DLRD


Engager Membership - $700

For organizations and practitioners that are ready to provide arts and humanities education programs to students and/or teachers in DC public schools.

  • Benefits of Innovator Membership

  • Access to transportation logistics support

  • Eligibility for Forward the A.R.T.S. Fund award

  • Targeted program marketing to DC public schools

  • Program feedback/assessment (data only)

  • 1 ticket to every paid curated event and workshop

  • Discount on AHFES catalog listings (subject to review)




DC Collaborative offers the following consulting services to the arts and humanities community. Services listed below are available to every member tier. Select services are also available to non-members. 



Member Price

Non-Member Price


Transportation logistical support

$200/yr (bus fees not included), Innovator or Ambassador


Grantees Only

Curriculum Assistance

Program feedback + development (AJEDI, age appropriateness, etc)

$50/1 hour meeting

$100/1 hour meeting

Assessment Report

Detailed analytical report of program success based on assessment results + program sign ups



Data Consultation

1:1 post-program discussion on stats + assessment response to inform program development

$50/1 hour meeting

$100/1-hour meeting

Strategy and Logistics Development 

Support for program logistics + event planning

$50/1 hour meeting

$100/1-hour meeting

Targeted Partnership Facilitation

Pairing specific programs to specific schools for multi-visit experience

$100 per date offered

$125 per date offered

AHFES Catalog Listing 

Full year synchronous + asynchronous programs

For Engager Members Only

$125 per date offered
*Grant Funded Programs Only



Engage with the Larger Community of Practice

We are stewards of equity and access for the arts and humanities education community of practice in Washington, DC.  Leading up to our 25th anniversary, DC Collaborative's community collaboration and data initiatives will take our collective impact to new heights.  At the same time, we remain an enthusiastic and integral part of the Kennedy Center's Ensuring the Arts to Any Given Child (AGC) national network.


    Member Roles:

    Together, and as members of the arts and humanities education community of the DC Collaborative you:

    • Pay annual dues.

    • Actively contribute to our professional network.

    • Attend the Annual Membership Meeting and at least one of the General Membership Meetings each year.

    • Provide necessary information about your organization and your organization's education initiatives to be added to our member directory and feature pages.

    • Evaluate the quality of arts and humanities education programming by ensuring completion of student surveys, observing field-trips, and providing feedback.

    • Include the following language in your organization's annual report: "[Name of your organization] is a member of the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative."

    • Include the DC Collaborative logo on your organization's website and print materials where applicable.

    Annual Dues

    In efforts to promote equity among all of our members, annual dues are scalable based on the organization's budget size. FY24 Membership begins on July 1, 2023 and lasts through June 30, 2024.  In order to continue your DC Collaborative membership, be sure to pay your dues by September 30, 2023. Former members who do not renew their dues by September 30 will lose access to their benefits!


    Hear from our current members!

    "The DC Collaborative supports the work of our small department by helping to promote and schedule tours. Thanks to this collaborative effect, NMWA is able to reach more DCPS students than it ever could on its own." 
    - National Museum of Women in the Arts

    “The Avalon is proud to have been a member of the Collaborative since 2014. Our membership has allowed us to reach students in every corner of the city and significantly increase the number of students who participate in Cinema Classroom at the Avalon. The Collaborative’s many efforts to support members, such as offering “Connecting to Curriculum” workshops, serve to enrich our programs, making them more relevant to students and more useful for teachers.”
    -The Avalon Theatre

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    Mailing Address: 975 F Street, NW
    Office 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.