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About

Mission:

Building Community through the Arts.

Vision:

A Place where the Arts Connect and Transform People. 

Values:

We believe:

    • in discovering individual potential
    • we can all both learn and teach
    • everyone is valuable and deserves respect
    • the arts create common ground
    • the arts challenge 
    • the arts must be accessible.

Founded in 1972, the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), a nonprofit arts organization, was created to instruct in visual arts, dance and music. Through its multi-disciplinary arts programs taught by teaching artists with a passion to share their disciplines, CHAW has fostered a safe and nurturing environment for people of all ages and artistic abilities to build community while discovering the arts, experiencing the artistic process, and expanding appreciation of the arts.  About 20,000 people come through CHAW’s doors annually, taking part in a variety of programs, including music and movement classes for babies and toddlers, after-school and summer camp for children, workshops and classes for adults in theatre, dance, visual arts, ceramics, and photography, and performances, lectures, and exhibits.  As part of its commitment to building community, CHAW lends support to other arts and community organizations through partnerships and by providing pro bono space and/or reasonable rent for performances, projects, workshops and meetings. At CHAW, we are committed to direct action that bridges the community’s income gap: providing a space where children from different racial, socio-economic, and geographic backgrounds can learn and play together.  Creativity, confidence, and community are our three guiding principles, which determine the efficacy of programming, design, and external growth.