“This is a record-breaking year for public funding of the arts and culture in the District of Columbia,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Chair Kay Kendall. “CAH continues to be ranked number one in funding per capita among the 56 state and jurisdictional arts agencies across the country, which is a testament to the District government’s commitment to invest in the city’s arts and humanities community.”
“As the official arts agency for the District of Columbia, CAH works to promote progress in the arts and humanities,” said DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Interim Executive Director Heran Sereke-Brhan. “Through our programs and policies in grantmaking, education, and professional development, we are honored to be of service not only to the city’s cultural sector, but to all District residents and visitors.”
CAH awards grants through a competitive process. Applications from individuals and organizations are reviewed by independent panels that then make award recommendations to the CAH board of commissioners for final approval. Those applicants not receiving funding are offered technical assistance to support future applications.
- $1,556,750 to support 272 individual artists and humanities professionals throughout all 8 wards;
- $13,347,313 in general operating support for 125 nonprofit arts, arts education and humanities organizations providing services to residents throughout the District;
- $839,500 to support projects serving residents east of the Anacostia River by 40 nonprofit organizations;
- $218,430 for arts and humanities education projects in the District by 16 nonprofit organizations;
- $4,579,512 through 32 grants to support improvements to arts and humanities facilities, buildings, and venues throughout the District;
- $504,525 to support six public art projects proposed by individual artists or nonprofit organizations;
- $50,000 to support exhibitions by two District curators;
- $20,250 to support the development of nine finalist proposals for playable public artworks;
- $754,595 to support 67 arts and humanities projects, events and festivals occurring throughout the District during the fiscal year;
- $300,000 to support capacity building initiatives for 6 nonprofit organizations;
- $1,160,00 to the District’s official humanities council to support sub grants for the purpose of promoting cross-cultural understanding and appreciation of local history;
- $400,750 to support 23 projects aimed at fostering cultural exchange with one of the District’s 15 Sister Cities; and,
- $1,006,909 to support 27 arts and humanities field trip experiences provided by nonprofit organizations for DC public school students.