Gallery Openings and Events

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop’s Hosts a Film Festival Celebrating 40 Years of “Building Community Through the Arts”

Founders of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop pose in 1971. Photo Courtesy of CHAW.


Event takes place: Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10am


The Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) presents a film festival celebrating 40 years of “building community through the arts” on Saturday, October 13, 2012 at 10am at 545 7th Street, SE. Featured films include “Attack of the Giant Pants” and “Alien Invasion,” short films made by CHAW students, and “[email protected],” a 15 minute film stitching together vintage footage, video interviews, historical and contemporary photographs, bulletins, flyers, and more. The event will also include a red carpet, string music, refreshments, and a toast to CHAW’s past, present, and future. The film festival is open to all with a $5 suggested donation.  Reservations are encouraged at (202) 547-6839 or [email protected]

Bruce McKaig, CHAW’s Department Chair of Photography, created the “[email protected]” film from over 60 hours of recorded interviews with past and current students, employees, board members, neighborhood residents, and parents. “[email protected]” is a celebration of CHAW’s 40-year history on Capitol Hill.

“In sharing their stories, participants in these interviews build a moving picture of how CHAW started and has changed, how the neighborhood has changed, and how parts of CHAW’s story have held steady through the years,” says McKaig.

For a complete list of CHAW’s workshops, classes or registration information, please visit CHAW’s website at or call (202) 547-6839.

Since 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) has provided arts education to thousands of children and adults in the Washington region, especially from the greater Capitol Hill area. Through classes, performances, and exhibitions in visual and performing arts, CHAW brings together diverse segments of the population to connect through the transforming power of creativity.  CHAW offers a tuition assistance program and flexible payment plans.  CHAW is funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Funds for the DC Community Heritage Project which funded “[email protected]” are provided by a partnership of the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and the DC Historic Preservation Office, which supports people who want to tell stories of their neighborhoods and communities by providing information, training, and financial resources. “[email protected]” has also been funded in part by the U.S. Department of the Interior, the National Park Service Historic Preservation Fund grant funds, administered by the DC Historic Preservation Office and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The findings and conclusions presented in “[email protected]” do not reflect the view of the Humanities Council of Washington, DC nor of the National Endowment for the Humanities.