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

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SUBMIT YOUR RSVP TODAY: Celebrating 35 Years of Art BankThu, December 9, 20215:00 PM – 7:00 PM ESTJoin the Commission at...
12/07/2021
Celebrating 35 Years of Art Bank

SUBMIT YOUR RSVP TODAY: Celebrating 35 Years of Art Bank

Thu, December 9, 2021
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM EST

Join the Commission at the closing reception for the DC Art Now 2021 exhibition of Art Bank finalist artworks on Thursday, December 9 as we celebrate the 35 year history and 3,000 artworks of the Collection.

Since 1986, in support of local visual artists, District art galleries, and District nonprofit arts organizations, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) has annually acquired fine art from local artists for the Art Bank Collection. Artwork in the collection is managed by CAH and displayed in public areas and offices of DC government buildings, as well as online at dcarts.emuseum.com.

Please note that this is an in-person event at a DC government building; masks will be required to be worn by attendees at all times while inside the building.

Please note also that RSVPs help us gauge & anticipate interest & attendance, but admission is first come first serve.

Images, from left: Yoshiko Ratliff, Japanese Wedding Kimono Series #2, 2021 | Regina Miele, Sekyia with Helga and Nefertiti, 2020-21 | Caitlin Teal Price, Dark Prism_Lego, 2019 #TheDCArts

Join the Commission at the closing reception for the DC Art Now 2021 exhibition of Art Bank finalist artwork.

THIS THURSDAY:Celebrating 35 Years of Art BankJoin the Commission at the closing reception for the DC Art Now 2021 exhib...
12/07/2021
Celebrating 35 Years of Art Bank

THIS THURSDAY:
Celebrating 35 Years of Art Bank

Join the Commission at the closing reception for the DC Art Now 2021 exhibition of Art Bank finalist artworks on Thursday, December 9 as we celebrate the 35 year history and 3,000 artworks of the Collection.

Since 1986, in support of local visual artists, District art galleries, and District nonprofit arts organizations, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) has annually acquired fine art from local artists for the Art Bank Collection. Artwork in the collection is managed by CAH and displayed in public areas and offices of DC government buildings, as well as online at dcarts.emuseum.com.

Please note that this is an in-person event at a DC government building; masks will be required to be worn by attendees at all times while inside the building.

Please note also that RSVPs help us gauge & anticipate interest & attendance, but admission is first come first serve.

Images, from left: Yoshiko Ratliff, Japanese Wedding Kimono Series #2, 2021 | Regina Miele, Sekyia with Helga and Nefertiti, 2020-21 | Caitlin Teal Price, Dark Prism_Lego, 2019

Full details here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/celebrating-35-years-of-art-bank-tickets-217090372147 #TheDCArts

Join the Commission at the closing reception for the DC Art Now 2021 exhibition of Art Bank finalist artwork.

Immerse yourself in the hypnotic music of composer Philip Glass while exploring artworks from the exhibition Encounterin...
12/02/2021
Art in Practice: Encountering the Buddha with the Philip Glass Ensemble

Immerse yourself in the hypnotic music of composer Philip Glass while exploring artworks from the exhibition Encountering the Buddha: Art and Practice Across Asia at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.

With Glass’s mesmerizing music as the soundtrack, the film takes a contemplative look at Buddhist sculptures and paintings as well as the complete Tibetan shrine room at the heart of the exhibition. In an interview made for this film, Glass explores the many ways his music has been inspired by Buddhism and Tibetan culture.

The Philip Glass Ensemble performs excerpts from several of his signature works, all filmed recently in New York for this project. Following the film premiere, join a live Q&A with director Arturo Béjar, Andrew Sterman of the Philip Glass Ensemble, and curator Debra Diamond.

Lead Sponsor: The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation. (Dir.: Arturo Béjar, United States, 2021, 60 min.)

You will receive a link to the event before the date of the premiere.

Photo: Rhuhei Shindo

Film Premiere with Live Q&A

Join us on November 4, 11 & 18, 4 PM, as we ring in the holiday season with an afternoon of holiday carols and hot choco...
12/02/2021
Holiday Caroling and Hot Chocolate at Franklin Park

Join us on November 4, 11 & 18, 4 PM, as we ring in the holiday season with an afternoon of holiday carols and hot chocolate that will warm your soul and spirit. Gather your friends and family and come out for what promises to be a wonderful, family-friendly, COVID-safe event. Hot chocolate will be served from 3:30-5:30 pm (the first 100 cups free). After you've had your hot chocolate and listened to the carolers, make sure to visit the Downtown Holiday Market.

This event is FREE and ALL-AGES!

See you there!

Outdoor Holiday Caroling and Free Hot Chocolate at Franklin Park DC

11/27/2021

Join us at H Street Holiday Market this Sat & Sun! Come shop small, do some yoga, get a massage & watch a special holiday tunes belly dance showcase! https://bit.ly/3oXSEPg
#hstne #hstreetne #supportsmallbusiness #shopsmall #hstreetstrong #supportyourneighborhood #holidaymarket #treatyourself

TOMORROW: CAH Full Commission Special MeetingTuesday, November 23, 202111 am ET via WebexA special meeting of the Distri...
11/22/2021

TOMORROW: CAH Full Commission Special Meeting
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11 am ET via Webex

A special meeting of the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities has been called by the Chairperson of the Commission.

Full details here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1569606

TOMORROW: CAH Full Commission Special Meeting
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
11 am ET via Webex

A special meeting of the District of Columbia Commission on the Arts and Humanities has been called by the Chairperson of the Commission.

Full details here: https://dcarts.dc.gov/node/1569606

11/22/2021

Thrilled to premier my Jazz Orchestra at the prestigious Mr. Henry's this Dec, 10/2021.
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I'll be joined by an outstanding cast of DMV musicians, featuring some of my own writings, as well as works by contemporary Pan-American jazz arrangers and composers such as Luis Perdomo and Alex Berti Music - Venezuela, Roman Filiu OReilly – Cuba, and Fernando Huergo – Argentina just to name a few.
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Save the date!
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Thanks to support of The New York Community Trust Doris Duke Charitable Foundation DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

Post - Anna U Davis
11/20/2021
Post - Anna U Davis

Post - Anna U Davis

I am so happy to announce that my mixed media painting Beauty Between the Cracks has been acquired to the DC Art Bank Collection. Many thanks to DCCAH and their panelists! See the collection here Beauty Between the Cracks, 2020.

Zenith Gallery - Ribbon Cutting CeremonyZENITH COMMUNITY ARTS FOUNDATION (ZCAF)Thursday, November 18 at 3:00 pm1429 Iris...
11/18/2021
Mobile Woodshop Ribbon Cutting Ceremony – Zenith Community Arts Foundation

Zenith Gallery - Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
ZENITH COMMUNITY ARTS FOUNDATION (ZCAF)
Thursday, November 18 at 3:00 pm

1429 Iris Street, NW, Washington, DC 20012

RSVP PLEASE Margery Goldberg at 202-957-3869
Or call 202-783-8005 | email [email protected]

Celebrate the launching of ZCAF's Mobile Woodshop
Made possible by funding from Events DC, Commission for the Arts and Humanities, and SGR Investments. Support our new partnership with the DC Public Schools

Full details here: https://www.zcaf.org/press-releases/mobile-woodshop-ribbon-cutting-ceremony/

Support Zenith Community Arts Foundation with a Donation Today! Donate Donate ZCAF Launches Mobile Woodshop Ribbon Cutting, Thursday, November 18th @ 3pm Washington, DC – November 12, 2021 The Zenith Community Arts Foundation (ZCAF) is celebrating the launch of the mobile woodshop with a ribbon cu...

Amber Robles-Gordon presents Successions: Traversing US Colonialism, a solo exhibition on view at the American Universit...
11/16/2021
STABLE Tour of Successions: Traversing US Colonialism

Amber Robles-Gordon presents Successions: Traversing US Colonialism, a solo exhibition on view at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center in fall 2021. Successions is a conceptual juxtaposition that celebrates abstraction as an art form while leveraging it as a tool to interrogate past and current US policies within its federal district (Washington, DC) and territories (including Guam, Puerto Rico, and the US Virgin Islands) that it controls. By highlighting nuances related to US governance in its federal districts and territories, Robles-Gordon seeks to question who has access to resources, citizenship, and the right to sovereignty.

Robles-Gordon creates artwork imbued with a layered visual language replete with cultural signifiers and abstract gestures. Successions is a celebration of abstraction as an artistic expression. Robles-Gordon utilizes iconic artists like Robert Rauschenberg, Alma Thomas, Romare Bearden, and members of the Washington Color School as vivid reference points for her own dynamic use of color, form, and material within the works she created for the exhibition. These explorations will provide insights into a number of inquiries that undergird the construction of the exhibition. Successions creates a pathway towards discursive criticism around issues impacting marginalized communities oppressed by the United States’ hegemonic domestic and foreign policies. The exhibition features a new body of colorful abstract paintings, collages, and quilts created in 2020 and 2021 between San Juan, Puerto Rico (Robles-Gordon’s birthplace) and Washington, DC (where she currently lives).

Join STABLE for a private, artist-led tour of Amber Robles-Gordon's exhibition "Successions: Traversing US Colonialism."

SAVE THE DATE to shop local this holiday season! Everyone's favorite pop-up shopping event is back for its sixth year, t...
11/16/2021
The Singing Capital Chorus joins the VNMS Holiday Pop-Up!

SAVE THE DATE to shop local this holiday season! Everyone's favorite pop-up shopping event is back for its sixth year, taking place Saturday, December 11th from 11 am-5 pm. In addition to super-creative local artisans popping up on Connecticut Ave, we'll enjoy a sing-a-long performance by the Singing Capital Chorus outside of the Pop-Up from 3-4 PM. Great for the whole family! 4340 Connecticut Ave. See the photo below from 2019's event.

Everyone is welcome. This event is free. Tickets and proof of registration are not necessary. This event is accessible by the UDC Van Ness Metro. In case of rain, this event will be held on Sunday, December 12th from 3-4 PM.

Perfect for the whole family!

Staff from the Inno.ED office at the Department of Small & Local Business Development will hold open office hours at The...
11/16/2021
Lunch Time Training & Business T/A with Made in DC @ The Hive 2.0

Staff from the Inno.ED office at the Department of Small & Local Business Development will hold open office hours at The Hive 2.0. Drop in from 10am-4pm to see Shannon Taylor, Project Manager-Made in DC to discuss your business development needs and referral resources available to support your DC business.

• Inno.ED operates programs out of DSLBD such as Aspire, Made in DC, Build a Dream, Dream Grants, and more.

• Our fantastic partner, The Hive 2.0, is a project of ARCH Development, a Ward 8 nonprofit with over 35 years serving the Historic Anacostia neighborhood. ARCH believes that small business, the creative economy and the arts are the cornerstones of inclusive community development.

The Lunch Time Training is scheduled 12pm-1pm. Each training session we will cover different business topics, with topics ranging from Social Media Marketing to Bookkeeping.

Unable to meet us in-person??? Schedule a one-on-one session with the Inno.ED division using the following link: http://bit.ly/INNO_BOOKING

Questions? Feel free to reach out to [email protected] You can also find us on Instagram at @thisismadeindc!

Are you a small business seeking assistance with starting your business, or looking for business resources. Join Us!

Hattie Sewell
11/15/2021
Hattie Sewell

Hattie Sewell

In 1920, an African American woman named Hattie Sewell was awarded a contract to run the teahouse at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. She paid a monthly rent...

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) - 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Announced
11/15/2021
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) - 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Announced

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation (MAAF) - 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Announced

2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiatives Grants Announced Share: Share on Google+ Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share on LinkedIn Special Presenter Initiatives Program Announces Support for Performing Arts Engagements in Delaware, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and West Virgi...

Create and Thrive!CAH has applied for and received a “Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging” grant award from t...
11/15/2021

Create and Thrive!
CAH has applied for and received a “Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging” grant award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA, in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies. With the support, CAH is launching Create and Thrive!, a pilot program that will provide professional development to local teaching artists who are interested in learning more about effectively engaging the District’s Senior community.

In partnership with Arts for the Aging (AFTA), CAH is offering this training opportunity to nine (9) teaching artists in DC from Fall 2021 - Spring 2022. Teaching artists have been paired to create curriculum for a new interdisciplinary residency program, that will offer three (3) consecutive workshops to the same group of participants at local senior centers.

Teaching artists:
Nephelie Andonyadis, she/her/hers, Theater Artist, Ward 3
Charity Blackwell, she/her/hers, Spoken Word/Poetry Artist, Ward 5
Regie Cabico, he/they/she, Poetry Artist, Ward 5
Dr. Kenneth Dickerson, he/him/his, Music/Photography Artist, Ward 4
Margot Greenlee, she/her/hers Dance Artist, Ward 6
Joy Jones, she/her/hers, Creative Writing Artist, Ward 5
Shaina Kuhn, she/her/hers, Music Artist, Ward 6
Naoko Wowsugi, any pronouns, Photography Artist, Ward 5
Davey S. Yarborough, he/him/his, Jazz Artist, Ward 4

Create and Thrive!
CAH has applied for and received a “Leveraging State Investments in Creative Aging” grant award from the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies: NASAA, in partnership with Aroha Philanthropies. With the support, CAH is launching Create and Thrive!, a pilot program that will provide professional development to local teaching artists who are interested in learning more about effectively engaging the District’s Senior community.

In partnership with Arts for the Aging (AFTA), CAH is offering this training opportunity to nine (9) teaching artists in DC from Fall 2021 - Spring 2022. Teaching artists have been paired to create curriculum for a new interdisciplinary residency program, that will offer three (3) consecutive workshops to the same group of participants at local senior centers.

Teaching artists:
Nephelie Andonyadis, she/her/hers, Theater Artist, Ward 3
Charity Blackwell, she/her/hers, Spoken Word/Poetry Artist, Ward 5
Regie Cabico, he/they/she, Poetry Artist, Ward 5
Dr. Kenneth Dickerson, he/him/his, Music/Photography Artist, Ward 4
Margot Greenlee, she/her/hers Dance Artist, Ward 6
Joy Jones, she/her/hers, Creative Writing Artist, Ward 5
Shaina Kuhn, she/her/hers, Music Artist, Ward 6
Naoko Wowsugi, any pronouns, Photography Artist, Ward 5
Davey S. Yarborough, he/him/his, Jazz Artist, Ward 4

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NACHMO DC 2022 is happening, so get ready! We’re back to in-person and have some big new developments this year. Thanks to a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities we are offering FREE registration and modest stipends for choreographers! Registration opens on Monday, December 13. There will be Covid protocols in place to create a safe environment for all. See the details on our website! http://gladedance.org/nachmo Photo by Rob PC Photography
Thrilled to premier my Jazz Orchestra at the prestigious Mr. Henry's this Dec, 10/2021. ______ I'll be joined by an outstanding cast of DMV musicians, featuring some of my own writings, as well as works by contemporary Pan-American jazz arrangers and composers such as Luis Perdomo and Alex Berti Music - Venezuela, Roman Filiu OReilly – Cuba, and Fernando Huergo – Argentina just to name a few. ______ Save the date! ______ Thanks to support of The New York Community Trust Doris Duke Charitable Foundation DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Join UNIFI and the Fresh Food Factory on Monday, November 22 at 6pm for a live screening of the documentary short Diamonds in the District... Shining through Dark Times. This short film looks at how might we create ownership equity for African Americans living in Wards 5, 7 & 8, where families make on average $38k a year, and the cost of living and the average price of any property is outpacing the growth of their income. The live screening will be available on YouTube and Facebook. YouTube Channel URL: https://bit.ly/3Dwfm74 Facebook URL: https://bit.ly/30HhxXc and https://bit.ly/2Z0BozH This project was supported by a grant from HumanitiesDC as part of the “Humanities Grant Program”, an initiative funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The Fresh Food Factory Farm and Food Hub
WALA Non-Profit Organization Formation and Governance w/ Hardeep Grover​ is 24 hours Away! Still time to Register! https://www.eventbrite.com/e/wala-non-profit-organization-formation-and-governance-tickets-203969557437 #waladc
Congratulations to the 2021-2022 Special Presenter Initiative grant recipients! Check out the amazing artists they are presenting in their communities in DC, DE, the USVI, and WV! https://midatlanticarts.org/2021-2022-special-presenter-initiatives-grants-announced/ DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Delaware Division of the Arts Virgin Islands Council on the Arts West Virginia Department of Arts, Culture and History
A century ago, an African American woman named Hattie Sewell ran the teahouse at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. One hundred years later, the Friends of Peirce Mill have partnered with the National Park Service and Howard University to tell Hattie Sewell's story. You can watch the documentary short on YouTube at https://bit.ly/3oxDkZm This project was supported by a grant from HumanitiesDC as part of the “Humanities Grant Program,” an initiative funded by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.
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I am a native Washingtonian. A Griot/Master Storyteller with a career spanning four decades. Wondering if you can help. How are you? I trust all is well with you and yours. I have been invited to perform at the Marrakesh International Storytelling Festival in Morocco. This will be my first international flight & my first trip to Africa. It would be my honor to represent the DMV (DC/MD/VA) region & the USA at large, to share our rich oral traditions. Your assistance to achieve this goal will be deeply appreciated. Please click the link below. All contributions, big or small, are welcome. Asante sana (Thank you very much) in advance. Click to Donate: http://gf.me/u/2gwuau #GoFundMe Also: PORT OF HARLEM MAGAZINE did an article on me: https://portofharlem.net/snippets21/nov032021-baba-c.html
Congrats to Guild members Pamela Ehrenberg, Erica S. Perl, and Kate Marsh, who were awarded 2022 fellowships from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for their significant contributions to the District of Columbia as a world class cultural capital!
This week, D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson attempted to quietly block the re-appointment of two commissioners on the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, both outspoken advocates for Black artists and movers for equity on the council: Dr. Natalie Hopkinson and D.C. First Lady Cora Masters Barry. The Go Go community clapped back. Then, yesterday, Mendelson's own colleagues on the council did too. FULL ARTICLE + PHOTOS: https://www.capitalbop.com/phil-mendelson-natalie-hopkinson-cora-masters-barry/
It really bothers me that two passionate & outspoken Black women are being described as "angry." But that's why DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities nominees Natalie Hopkinson and Cora Masters Barry aren’t being confirmed. Unacceptable. I’m introducing an emergency bill tomorrow to approve their nominations.