The work we do at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) every single day is about building community through the arts, and we hope that this giving season, you will help support us in that mission.
In our experience – almost 45 years’ worth! – DC is a city of makers. We make laws, we make policy, we make pickles and kombucha, we make clothes, we make graphics … and so much more. So what binds us all together? Many of us are here because we want to make a difference. We are a community of makers, and CHAW is a space that fosters and invests in these dreams. Will you invest in us?
Our community has always been the bedrock of our operations. When we first moved into our funky building, originally occupied by the B.B. French School, the roof was caving in, there were dust bunnies in every crevice, and an entire city of squirrels had taken up residence in the attic.
So our neighbors came in – community members, children, adults, and even the marines from the Barracks, before 8th St. was quite so hip. They swept out the squirrels’ nests, they painted the walls, and they repaired the roof. That’s how you build something. We are asking you, this season, to be that community: to rise up and say that this space still matters, and there’s more building to do.
What can we do with your donation now? As we enter our 45th Anniversary Year, this is a different kind of “capital” campaign: community capital. An investment in CHAW is an investment in the health and well-being of your neighbors, the vibrancy of your schools, and the strength of our human connections.
Just this year, we have partnered with some incredible community organizations: from a teen mural project depicting aspirations at the DC General Homeless Shelter, in partnership with the Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, to an art installation in a local garden with DC Bridge Park, to team building and arts training for preschool teachers and staff – and more than $70,000 distributed for tuition assistance for our own CHAW programming – we are constantly striving for more and better ways to be present, vocal, and a strong voice for equitable access to diverse arts experiences in our community.
That’s why we’ve never turned a student away for inability to pay for an arts class. Ever. Your investment in diversity is also an investment in a more vibrant, healthier, and more empathetic community. Studies – and our own experience – tell us that engaging in arts experiences makes us more open to different voices, willing to engage in dialogue with others, and more creative thinkers in other areas of our lives. CHAW needs your help to remain a space where making can happen at every ability level, at every age, at every socioeconomic status.
Can you make the investment today? The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is offering a $10,000 match this year. Let’s not leave a cent on the table. Let’s raise our voices together and say that the arts matter to us, this year and always. Forty-five years ago, our community
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came together for the DC equivalent of a barn-raising. We’re asking you to do the same today. It has never been more critically important to stand up for the makers of the world: the ones who create rather than destroy; who pull teams and communities together because they know it is the only way to get anything done; and who make our building, our neighborhood, our city, and our world a better place to live.
Donating is simple: just return the enclosed card with a check or credit card number, visit us at chaw.org/donate, or call 202-547-6839. The special edition bookmark, made by Youth Arts Program students during Village Time, is yours to keep as a reminder of the impact you are making with this donation. CHAW is a 501(c)(3) and all donations are tax-deductible.
This building and the people who fill it with their dreams and their creations confirm that the best is yet to come. You can be a part of building that world. It may just be one building, but in this city of makers: who knows what can come of just one building, one class, one moment of inspiration? Your donation, at any level, makes a real and lasting impact; at CHAW, every dollar reverberates far beyond its original value because it goes straight to the heart of community-building, both inside and outside our physical building.
You can help CHAW invest in every person who walks in the door. These are our makers, and we believe in them. Thank you for being a part of our community. We would not be where we are without you; we would not have the container and the space to provide these incredible opportunities for connection and creation. Thank you for believing in the power of creativity and the arts. You make a real difference by investing in CHAW.
P.S. Every dollar counts. Thank you for your tax-deductible donation to arts, creativity, and making our community even more CHAWsome this giving season. Don’t forget to send that card back, visit us online at chaw.org/donate, or call 202-547-6839 to make your investment!
Consider a donation through your workplace giving program:
CFC #71262 | United Way #8618 | World Bank Community Connections Fund. Also, if your workplace offers matches to your contributions, please keep CHAW in mind.