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The Festival Center Collectives are open groups dedicated to a specific work or issue. The Festival Center Collectives
program consists of two collectives — Anti-racism, and community organizing. As a team cohort program, our focus is primarily on educating and guiding teams of students in developing both a philosophy and a praxis for justice work.

The cohort requires a one-year commitment. A cohort year consists of two semesters: a “January – April” winter semester and a “September -November” fall semester. Included in the year are seven monthly 90-minute classes, one cohort Salon per semester, two team check-ins per semester, and at least one “show-up” event per semester.

If you are an experienced activist or exploring these topics for the first time: join us as you are for one or more of our inaugural collectives.

Learning Objective
Students will strengthen knowledge & skills related to collective focus.
Learning Objective
Students will build relationships and establish a network of people committed to the same work.
Learning Objective
Students will learn how to translate knowledge into action via participation in "show up" events.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. The Festival Center is located in Washington DC and we are committed to serving the DMV area but are excited to expand our relationships across the country. All of our collectives are hosted online and do not require relocation.

All collectives will begin the week of January 17th, 2022. The following is the schedule for each collective. All meetings will take place from 7 pm EST – 8:30 EST


Community Organizing

January 18, 2022 (Class)

February 15, 2022 (Class)

March 15, 2022, 2022 (Class)

April 19, 2022, 2022 (Class)

May 17, 2022 (Salon)

September 20, 2022 (Class)

October 18, 2022 (Class)

November 15, 2022 (Class)

November 29, 2022 (Salon)

Not yet Scheduled: Community Check-ins and “Show Up” events



January 20, 2022 (Class)

February 17, 2022 (Class)

March 17, 2022, 2022 (Class)

April 21, 2022, 2022 (Class)

May 19, 2022 (Salon)

September 22, 2022 (Class)

October 19, 2022 (Class)

November 17, 2022 (Class)

December 1, 2022 (Salon)

Not yet Scheduled: Community Check-ins and “Show Up” events

Orientation will take place online on Thursday, January 13, 2022 at 7pm EST and will be hosted by Bill Mefford, The Festival Center Executive Director and AnaYelsi Velasco-Sanchez , A Festival Center board member.

A collective includes one orientation meeting, seven classes, two salons, three community check ins, and two show up events. These events are separated into a winter and fall semester. The winter semester will run from January to May and will include orientation, four classes, one salon, one check-in, and one show up event. The fall semester will run from September to November and will include 3 classes, one salon, one check-in, and one show up event. There will also be one check-in during the summer break.

While sharing knowledge and building skills is a large component of the Collectives program, relationships are the key. You are expected to participate in two 90-minute collective salons (one in May and one in November). It is an opportunity to build trust and a sense of community. Unlike your seven classes, these sessions are organic and the students determine the direction of the conversation.

You are expected to participate in three community group check-ins during your collective: an onboarding call, a mid-year check-in, and an off-boarding call. The onboarding call will occur at the beginning of the first semester, the mid-year check-in will occur during the break between semesters, and the offboarding call will occur during the end of the semester.

The purpose of these calls is to offer groups a chance to discuss how the work the collective has been doing can be applied to their context. 

While people are encouraged to join collectives as a group, there will be some individual registrants. In this case, individuals will be combined as a community group and schedule their call together.

A “Show Up” event is how we refer to opportunities to take the knowledge from the collective and put it into action. Each semester, you will be encouraged to get involved in your local community. Your collective’s educator will suggest events with DC for local residents. If the event is local to DC, a staff member of the Festival Center may be able to attend as support. For students outside of DC, you are encouraged to find a comparable event in your area.

There is no application process. Anyone is welcome to register.

No. You may register as an individual or as a team. That being said, justice and healing is not achieved in isolation. We know we are stronger when we work together. Don’t be afraid to tap the people you’ve been wanting to work with or other members of your community.

Yes, please reach out. We can set up flexible payment plans and discuss scholarships on a case by case basis.

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