CHAW’s space use centers on the same mission that drives us in our classes, workshops, and events: Building community through the arts. We strive to make our space as accessible as possible to as many people as possible, including individuals and organizations seeking affordable space in the District. CHAW’s Black Box Theater, Dance Studio, Gallery, Photo and Art Studios are currently available for rental for performances, rehearsals, classes, workshops, meetings, and more.
Restrictions: City zoning regulations limit CHAW to activities that incorporate an arts component. CHAW cannot host events on Sundays or after 10pm on any day.
For more information about availability, please take 3 or 4 minutes to fill out a Space Rental Inquiry Form and Kent Gay will contact you to schedule an on-site visit and discuss your space inquiry. Request must be submitted at least one week before the date of your event. We will contact you within two business days to discuss your request, and potentially schedule an on-site visit. This is the best way to ensure that we are on the same page and have all the info we need to help you find the right space for your program. If you look at the rental rates below and aren’t sure where you fall—or you have special circumstances you’d like to discuss—please do get in touch. We are always happy to discuss ways we can enrich our CHAW community and the DC community through fostering creative work in our space, and we are always open to a conversation about what you’re looking for and how we might help to make it happen. We look forward to working with you!
e.g. long-term, theater, co-working space, and others
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Off Peak hours: Mondays through Thursdays, 9:30am to 3:30pm, 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Peak hours: Fridays, 6:00pm to 10:00pm and Saturdays, 9:00am to 10:00pm
All rentals (except partners) must have a 3-hour minimum rental
*Note: Partnership agreements may include access to CHAW staff and organizational expertise, fiscal sponsorship opportunities, marketing support, workspace, access to internet/printing, a CHAWsome community of artists, and more. Each partnership is negotiated specifically based on the needs and goals of the partner; no two partnerships are exactly the same. Feel free to reach out via the space use form with a bit of background and we’d love to have a conversation about how we can work together.
Photos by Leslie Mansour
Black Box Theater
Since 2010, Taffety Punk Theatre Company has been CHAW's theater-in-residence. The Black Box Theate is also home to amazing productions by , Faction of Fools Theatre Co. , We Happy Few DC, and The Coil Project .
CHAW is home to a 56-seat Black Box Theater that is available for rentals. Groups using the Theater have access to a light board, lighting instruments, a modest sound system, chairs, and a back stage storage area. Download floorplan. Download Resource Inventory.
Availability in our Black Box Theater is very limited. Some single night events may be accommodated.
CHAW's Dance Studio is a 1100 s.f. room with wood floors, a Yamaha grand piano, available seating for 50 people in folding chairs and four ceiling fans. The room is lit with fluorescents or, alternatively, with 4 tracks of Par38 fixtures on dimmers. Download floorplan.
CHAW's Art Studio is a 650 s.f. room with wood floors, utility sink, folding tables and chairs.
CHAW's Gallery is a 550 s.f. room with wood floors,
Tables w/ benches, & kitchen. Download floorplan.