HCLS partners with the Columbia Association in a variety of ways. Twice each year, HCLS hosts CA’s popular CultureFEST series. These colorful events spotlight cultures from around the world and feature music, entertainment and exhibitors. Countries previously highlighted include Asia (March 2012), South Asia (Nov 2012), North Africa and the Middle East (May 2014), Caribbean (Sep 2014), South America (April 2015), and Mexico and Central America (Oct 2015).
As a Choose Civility Alliance partner members of CA leadership serve on the Choose Civility Board of Advisors and Marketing Committee, and the Board of Directors adopted civility principles to guide their interactions. The Columbia Association Art Center partners with HCLS and Howard County Public School System on the annual Choose Civility poster contest and hosts a reception and exhibit of all entries.