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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities www.dcarts.dc.gov The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia.

CAH is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*Vision*
As the Nation’s Capital, the District of Columbia is a world-class cultural destination. CAH will be the leading voice for arts and culture in the city, thereby elevating the impact of the arts and humanities locally, nationally and internationally. Recognizing the changing dynamic

CAH is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

*Vision*
As the Nation’s Capital, the District of Columbia is a world-class cultural destination. CAH will be the leading voice for arts and culture in the city, thereby elevating the impact of the arts and humanities locally, nationally and internationally. Recognizing the changing dynamic

Operating as usual

Shoutout to our winners of Day 2 of our Words on Fire Festival this past Sunday!Written Poetry Contest:First Place: Mari...
03/18/2022

Shoutout to our winners of Day 2 of our Words on Fire Festival this past Sunday!

Written Poetry Contest:
First Place: Maria Rivera, El Haynes Public Charter High School
Second Place: Silas Alemayehu, Dunbar High School
Third Place: Laila Scrivner, KIPP DC College Preparatory

Student Poetry Slam:
First Place: Alyssa Toussaint, DC International
Second Place: Herman Buckman, KIPP DC College Preparatory
Third Place: Araiya Brewer, Ballou High School (coordinated by Do the Write Thing)

Photos courtesy of Bruce Buckley Photography

#TheDCArts #CAHPoetrySlam #ArtsEducation

Congrats to all of our Poetry Out Loud winners from Day 1 of our Words on Fire Festival this past weekend!First Place: W...
03/18/2022

Congrats to all of our Poetry Out Loud winners from Day 1 of our Words on Fire Festival this past weekend!

First Place: Warwick Lloyd, St. Anselm's Abbey School
Second Place: Evangeline Harrod, Capital City Public Charter School
Third place: Flor Flores, KIPP DC: College Prep

Photos courtesy of Bruce Buckley Photography

#PoetryOutLoud #ArtsEducation #DCPoetryOutLoud22

MONDAY: CAH Full Commission Regular MeetingThe meeting will be held in open session and conducted remotely via Webex. Me...
03/18/2022

MONDAY: CAH Full Commission Regular Meeting

The meeting will be held in open session and conducted remotely via Webex. Members of the public are invited to observe the public portions of the meeting live online at the agency's YouTube channel.

Full details here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1585946 #TheDCArts

NOW LIVE: Environmental Justice In DCEnvironmental Justice is in the air. Beginning with the Environmental Film Festival...
03/18/2022

NOW LIVE: Environmental Justice In DC

Environmental Justice is in the air. Beginning with the Environmental Film Festival, the city is awash in exhibitions, events, and programs that focus on climate, biodiversity, and social justice.

CAH is harnessing the energy of the moment to provide you with an evolving list of activities to engage your senses and your spirit.

https://dcarts.dc.gov/page/environmental-justice-dc #TheDCArts #EnvironmentalJustice

04/14: Join us for the closing reception With music performance of “The Year of Seeing Clearly” by DC musician Eric Mari...
03/18/2022
Resilience and Uncertainty: Closing Reception

04/14: Join us for the closing reception With music performance of “The Year of Seeing Clearly” by DC musician Eric Maring

Eric Maring’s 6th album release, The Year of Seeing Clearly was created during the 2020-21 pandemic era drawing largely from songs written and performed for Saturday evening livestreams with his son Leo. These powerful songs address the stories of our families, melting pot nation, the battles of right vs. wrong, and the challenges of social injustice we grapple with historically and today in the covid era. The recordings offer a fresh twist on what a song can mean to the writers, musicians, and listeners as we explore critical issues of our time. At the closing reception of the Resilience and Uncertainty exhibition he will perform alongside bassist Dan Griffin and multi-instrumentalist Leo Maring.

Resilience & Uncertainty: 6 contemporary artists whose work shows us how essential art can be in overcoming adversity and difficult times.

RSVP NOW: To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Fragile Beauty, this panel will discuss Environmental Justice in ar...
03/18/2022
Fragile Beauty: From Art to Action

RSVP NOW: To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Fragile Beauty, this panel will discuss Environmental Justice in art and action.

We will talk with featured artists about their work in the exhibition and Michael Feldman, of the Theater and Policy Salon, will moderate a discussion on moving from art to social action.

Visitors will have the opportunity to experience the exhibition and take part in the program.

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition Fragile Beauty, this panel will discuss Environmental Justice in art and action.

NEXT MONTH: Premiere of video featuring designers at work, and panel discussion of designers' process and commitment to ...
03/18/2022
Fashioning Eco-Friendly Frocks: A Sustainable Showcase

NEXT MONTH: Premiere of video featuring designers at work, and panel discussion of designers' process and commitment to sustainability.

Artists will showcase innovative garments that address an environmental issue using unconventional materials.

The exhibition will highlight environmental issues that the designers feel most passionately about and convey how the designers are addressing these issues via their art.

Premiere of video featuring designers at work, and panel discussion of designers' process and commitment to sustainability.

04/20: DCRA will discuss the process and resources to become a business in DC. There will also be a Q&A where questions ...
03/18/2022
The Business of the Arts: Becoming A Certified Business

04/20: DCRA will discuss the process and resources to become a business in DC. There will also be a Q&A where questions will be allowed about navigating DCRA Business portals or any other applicable concerns.

DCRA will discuss the process and resources to become a business in DC.

04/06: The Media Prince will be interviewed about how he navigated media/journalism in DC to be in DC's 202 Creates, as ...
03/18/2022
The Business of the Arts: Building Brands on Social Media

04/06: The Media Prince will be interviewed about how he navigated media/journalism in DC to be in DC's 202 Creates, as well as his collaborations with OCTFME.

The Media Prince will be interviewed about how he navigated media/journalism in DC to be in DC's 202 Creates, as well as his collaborations.

REGISTER NOW: To kick off our 2022 Artist Showcase series, we’re going behind the scenes and looking at mentorship in th...
03/18/2022
Modeling Mentorship in the Arts: A Case Study

REGISTER NOW: To kick off our 2022 Artist Showcase series, we’re going behind the scenes and looking at mentorship in the arts, particularly in theatre. Tristan B Willis will be sharing their experience as co-founder and director of TheatreWashington’s Mentorship program.

From ideation to implementation, Tristan will share some of the goals and values that continue to inform this program for local theatre professionals. And we’re sure arts professionals across disciplines will find this case study informative and relevant.

As relationships are a key element of community, mentorships can be an invaluable way for individuals and institutions to foster them in a unique, meaningful, and personal way. And we look forward to talking to Tristan about their experience being a steward of TheatreWashington’s program.

Tristan B Willis will be sharing their experience as co-founder and director of TheatreWashington’s Mentorship program.

The place to be tomorrow night!! Join our friends at the PostClassical Ensemble! Full details here: https://www.postclas...
03/17/2022

The place to be tomorrow night!! Join our friends at the PostClassical Ensemble! Full details here: https://www.postclassical.com/shows/hope-in-the-night #TheDCArts

We’re back in front of audiences THIS FRIDAY!

Join us and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts for HOPE IN THE NIGHT this Friday at 7 PM.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3q9kd9m 🎶

#PostClassicalEnsemble #Orchestra #ClassicalMusic #BlackClassicalMusic #Education #SchoolOfTheArts

Please join our friends from the PostClassical Ensemble this coming Friday (tomorrow) for this event at the Duke Ellingt...
03/17/2022

Please join our friends from the PostClassical Ensemble this coming Friday (tomorrow) for this event at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts! Full details here: https://www.postclassical.com/shows/hope-in-the-night #TheDCArts

TWO DAYS AWAY!

Join us for HOPE IN THE NIGHT in partnership with the Duke Ellington School of the Arts THIS FRIDAY!

Program Art by Sky Jones.

Tickets: https://bit.ly/3q9kd9m 🎶

#PostClassicalEnsemble #Orchestra #BlackClassicalMusic #Symphonic #DukeEllington #WilliamDawson #DCMusicians #WashingtonDC

This sophisticated performance dares to provoke your imagination. First Verse represents Emmanuel Trifilio and The New T...
03/17/2022
Ode In Free Verse

This sophisticated performance dares to provoke your imagination. First Verse represents Emmanuel Trifilio and The New Trifilio Tango Trio playing the music of Astor Piazzolla. The passion, drama, and heart of traditional tango are infused with the idioms and colors of Emmanuel Trifilio, an Argentinian composer, forging his musical path in America. Three instrumental voices represent – bandoneon, piano, and bass.

Second Verse is spoken in the language of movement in the world premiere of Requiem Today, choreographed and staged by Ukrainian choreographer Olga Aru and performed by Aru Dell'Arte ansemble. Requiem Today breaks through the barriers of prejudice and reveals humanity, while reflecting on the extraordinary and courageous nature of humankind. Each chapter of this ballet carries an encrypted message. Expressive and bold, this show brings a glimpse of hope and unity, as well as incorporating a gender-neutral approach in partnering. All seven chapters are a puzzle to solve on one's own.

Ode In Free Verse

Missed out on yesterday's CAH in the Community program entitled, "De-mystifying the Grant Panel Process"? Check out the ...
03/17/2022

Missed out on yesterday's CAH in the Community program entitled, "De-mystifying the Grant Panel Process"?

Check out the full recording here: https://bit.ly/GrantPanelProcess #TheDCArts #CAHinTheCommunity

Photos from Ezequiel Taveras's post
03/17/2022

Photos from Ezequiel Taveras's post

TOMORROW: An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how t...
03/16/2022
CAH in the Community: De-mystifying the Grant Panel Process

TOMORROW: An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved.

An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved.

OPENING TUESDAY, MARCH 15: COAL + ICE!Find out more about the east coast premiere of this documentary photography exhibi...
03/15/2022
COAL + ICE | Kennedy Center

OPENING TUESDAY, MARCH 15: COAL + ICE!

Find out more about the east coast premiere of this documentary photography exhibition, co-presented by the Asia Society and The Kennedy Center, with a variety of programming, here until April 22.

https://www.kennedy-center.org/whats-on/festivals-series/coalandice/

An immersive 30,000 square foot documentary photography exhibition visualizing the climate crisis with performances, workshops, panel discussions, and educational programs.

WEDNESDAY: An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how ...
03/14/2022
CAH in the Community: De-mystifying the Grant Panel Process

WEDNESDAY: An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved.

An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved.

Thank you #DC for showing up on our first day of our #WordsOnFireFestival! We look forward to seeing you again TOMORROW ...
03/13/2022

Thank you #DC for showing up on our first day of our #WordsOnFireFestival!

We look forward to seeing you again TOMORROW (Sunday, March 13th) at the MLK Jr. Memorial Library at 2 pm! #PoetryOutLoud #DCPoetryOutLoud22

RSVP here: https://bit.ly/WordsonFireDay2

TODAY AT 2 PM: Words on Fire is a two-day festival that includes DC’s Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry slam, and a ...
03/12/2022
Words on Fire - A Poetry and Performance Festival

TODAY AT 2 PM: Words on Fire is a two-day festival that includes DC’s Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry slam, and a written poetry contest

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
901 G Street Northwest
Washington, DC 20001

Words on Fire is a two-day festival that includes DC’s Poetry Out Loud competition, a poetry slam, and a written poetry contest

UPDATED RSVP LINKS: The Business of the ArtsThis CAH series aims to provide knowledge and skills related to fundraising ...
03/11/2022

UPDATED RSVP LINKS: The Business of the Arts

This CAH series aims to provide knowledge and skills related to fundraising and development, marketing and public relations, legal concerns and entrepreneurship.

Full details here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/page/business-arts

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CAH in the CommunityCurrent CAH grantees and prospective applicants are especially encouraged to pa...
03/11/2022

MARK YOUR CALENDARS: CAH in the Community

Current CAH grantees and prospective applicants are especially encouraged to participate in our CAH in the Community series.

These workshops and presentations are intended to help applicants craft compelling grant proposals, while at the same time encouraging exploration and collaboration with different artistic disciplines.

More details here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/page/cah-community

Volunteer to be a CAH Panelist!CAH seeks grant review panelists to perform evaluations of applications submitted to the ...
03/11/2022

Volunteer to be a CAH Panelist!

CAH seeks grant review panelists to perform evaluations of applications submitted to the agency for funding consideration throughout the year.

Panelists are integral to the grantmaking process, providing a critical review, comments, and scores of all applications to a particular grant program.

https://dcarts.dc.gov/page/volunteer-be-cah-panelist

WEDNESDAY: An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how ...
03/11/2022
CAH in the Community: De-mystifying the Grant Panel Process

WEDNESDAY: An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved. Hear DC arts community members discuss their experiences as peer-review grant panelists.

An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved.

CAH Artist Showcase Series: The Artist Showcase series is designed to extend the work of CAH beyond grant-making to high...
03/11/2022

CAH Artist Showcase Series: The Artist Showcase series is designed to extend the work of CAH beyond grant-making to highlighting the work of our grantees.

Through free performances and events, the public is invited to experience the artistic talents of arts educators, grantee writers, performers, and visual artists.

Full details here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/page/artist-showcase #TheDCArts

03/23: Identifying resources and using web commerce to support art practice and businesses.Please note that this worksho...
03/11/2022
The Business of the Arts: Tools for Entrepreneurs

03/23: Identifying resources and using web commerce to support art practice and businesses.

Please note that this workshop will take place online via Webex. You will receive the link and login credentials in your email after the successful completion and submission of your RSVP.

Identifying resources and using web commerce to support art practice and businesses.

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We are back in person for a small workshop on International Women's Day at the Eaton Hotel! Spots are limited so sign up today. Funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. http://storytellingwithsaris.com/event/womens-day-sari-art-poetry-workshop/?instance_id=412
Learn about the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities funding opportunities and how to submit an application at the FY22 Facilities and Buildings online event today at 2:30 PM ET. Register now https://www.eventbrite.com/e/fy22-fab-r-live-chat-tickets-260348277707?aff=ebdsoporgprofile
Hoping DC Commission on the arts will some day support individual artists like this:
Join Empower DC on Monday, March 7th at 6:30pm for their program Community Activism: Learning from the Past, Organizing for the Future! Daniel del Pielago, Organizing Director, Empower DC will provide an overview of the impact of housing policy on DC low and moderate-income residents and engage in conversation with Awad Bilal, Linda Leaks, and Gabrielle Newell community organizers and activists around their commitment to preserve and improve affordable housing for DC residents. Project Director is Claude L. Elliott and Project Humanities Scholar is Kimberly Monroe, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History & Africana Studies, Trinity Washington University. Register to join the conversation! This program is funded with a HumanitiesDC 2021 Humanities Vision Grant, which is part of the Humanities Grant Program supported with funding from the District of Columbia Government through the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
Earlier this week, at a ceremony attended by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser, and DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson, a statue of Pierre L'Enfant was unveiled in the US Capitol Building. L'Enfant -- who planned the city's distinctive grid of streets, diagonal avenues, squares, and circles -- joins Frederick Douglass as the District's second statue in the Capitol. Each of the 50 states has two statues in the National Statuary Hall Collection. Until now, the L'Enfant statue had been at One Judiciary Square, a DC Government office building. The statue, designed by Gordon Kray and sculpted in 2008, was commissioned by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The L'Enfant Plan of the City of Washington, District of Columbia is listed in the National Register of Historic Places: https://bit.ly/3HGCDED [Photos: L'Enfant Statue, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities: https://bit.ly/3Cdx4w1 / Illustration of L'Enfant Plan, Library of Congress: https://www.loc.gov/item/88694195/] #PreserveDC #WashingtinDC #DistrictofColumbia #PierreLEnfant #USCapitolBuilding #DCHistory #History #cityplanning #LEnfantPlan #DC
A new exhibit is now live at the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities! The "Resilience and Uncertainty" exhibit presents how six artists from different generations and cultural backgrounds are coping with the turbulent times that the world has been experiencing since early 2020. Click the link ➡️ https://bit.ly/3hAsI8O to learn more or view the virtual tour today.
We spotlight Nancee Lyons of DC Department of Public Works for her service to the community as the leader of Murals DC —beautifying the city one mural at a time. There are nearly 150 murals in every ward of the city. Murals are a visual documentation of DC’s rich history. Thank you DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. #BlackHistoryDC
Calling all District artists 📢 for the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the District Department of Transportation FY2022 Color the Curb project! Applications are now being accepted. Hurry, the deadline is #TODAY February 28th at 9pm ET For more details, visit: https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1580451
Call for #DC Artists🎨 for the FY2022 Color the Curb! In partnership 🤝 with DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, we are accepting applications and urge all dc-based artists to apply. The deadline is #TODAY, February 28th. For more details visit: https://bit.ly/3ov84L5
Call for #DC Artists🎨 for the FY2022 Color the Curb! In partnership 🤝 with DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, we are accepting applications and urge all dc-based artists to apply. The deadline is #TODAY, February 28th. For more details visit: https://bit.ly/3ov84L5
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Join us TOMORROW January 25th at 6:30pm EST for a virtual program in partnership with the Art Deco Society of Washington to examine how evolution in early 20th century modes of transportation helped shape some of our favorite places! The 1920s and 30s saw several advances in design for car, bus, train and plane travel and architects responded creatively to develop buildings to embrace them. This illustrated talk by Art Deco Society President Steve Knight will give an overview of architectural and industrial design trends during the interwar years as well as examine some of the noteworthy examples of transportation-related architecture that celebrate Art Deco design, including the former Greyhound Bus Terminal at 1100 New York Avenue, the 1941 Terminal of National Airport in Arlington, and a handful of other resources related to transportation in and around Washington. Register here (Free & Open to the Public): https://bit.ly/3JcbxXP Art Deco Society of Washington Website: https://adsw.org/ [Photo: Greyhound Bus Terminal Lobby. Photo courtesy of the Art Deco Society of Washington] #PreserveDC #WashingtonDC #HistoricPreservation #ArtDeco #DC #DistrictofColumbia #DCHistory #Architecture #DCArchitecture #Transportation #DCTransportation #Webinar #VirtualProgram DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities