Why We're Here

We have one thing in mind: to take care of DC's public schools and our beloved community of practice with a shared mission-- advance equitable access to high quality learning opportunities in the arts and humanities.

We are a steward 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 are evolving into DC Co-lab, a community platform that 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.


You’ve been invited to embark on this new journey with us in which we redefine our community and take collaboration onto a new level.  


DC Co-lab is of, by, and with our Community of:

  • arts and humanities organizations and cultural institutions

  • teaching artists and practitioners

  • students and parents of the DC public education system

  • school-based educators and administrators of the DC public education system


With the Co-lab, we seek to take co of our Community by:

  1. contributing a portal for our community to garner and share useful feedback

  2. convening for meaningful and relevant conversations

  3. collecting data to help enhance strategic planning

  4. communicating our community's reach, engagement, and collective impact

  5. bridging further collaboration and partnership opportunities based on our shared mission

DC Co-lab Committees


Our committees are one of the ways that we connect with our community of practice for collaboration, and the DC Co-lab is a tool to enhance collective impact.

Committees Structure:

Equity and Justice Committee

drives the community to center equity and defines what equitable access means.


  • Center Equity & Justice via Committee per community shared mission

  • Committee sets the tone by being the lens and filter, producing equity indicators, standards, etc

  • Identify and analyze equity gaps through data

  • Committee informs Education Programming Committee with ideas for actionable tasks

  • Provide feedback to EDU committee

  • Brainstorm open PD opportunities, events, workshops, webinars for the community

Education Programming Committee

supports actionable output derived from the analysis of the Equity and Justice Committee.

  • Take analysis from Equity & Justice Committee and vetting program content, supporting providers in our community of practice

  • Produce rubric based on equitable, high quality, relevant, culturally responsive, curriculum connected, age appropriate standards

  • Feed into DC Collaborative Education offerings as well

  • Brainstorm open PD opportunities, events, workshops, webinars for the community

Data Committee

grounds other committees with data and builds a data-driven and data-informed culture within the community. (Previously Assessment & Evaluation Committee)

  • Data Officers support and foster a data-informed and data-driven culture by sitting in on other committees

  • Data Officers are provided with PD through Co-lab’s Data Advisor and supplementary resources

  • Will still hold meetings on their own when needed

  • Brainstorm open PD opportunities, events, workshops, webinars for the community

Communication Committee

activates continuous updated communication between the different corners of our community. (Previously Steering Committee)

  • Committee comprises of all committee co-chairs and other Community Representatives, creating a roundtable of diverse and inclusive representations

  • Representatives and co-chairs share insight into all areas of Co-Lab's committee work, and provide external news and updates

  • Exchange ideas and bring forth larger events, workshops, PD, etc for the community

DC Collaborative

acts as the backbone support (see Collective Impact Conditions) of DC Co-lab and Committees.

  • Collaborative staff no longer participates as Co-Chairs, only as facilitators

  • We are the primary administrators of the platform

  • Provide strategic planning and execution of Committees infrastructure

  • Streamline collaborative effort and workflow

  • Partake in some decision-making, primarily for project management and to drive progress/ fulfill results

  • Support recruitment of committee members with the help of all co-chairs

We are continually in the process of incorporating our Accessibility, Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (AJEDI) values into all aspects of our work.