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CHAW is Dynamic and Diverse

In 2018, more than 9,000 people were served directly by CHAW’s education programs and performances. Hundreds more were entertained through festival and event art tables and outdoor concerts.  

Educational activities included:

  • Caregiver and child music, movement, and visual arts experiences for Infants - PreK   
  • After-school classes in visual and performing arts within a community context for grades K-5
  • Advanced classes and internships for grades 6-12  
  • Skills building classes and social opportunities for adults  
  • Private music lessons; showcases and recitals for all students  
  • Summer camp  
  • Professional development training with DCPS
  • Team building retreats for local businesses
  • Outreach classes for homeless children, schools, veterans, and social service organizations
  • Volunteer opportunities.  

CHAW provided $112,000 in free and  subsidized programming, space use, and tuition assistance to insure financial need never stands in the way of access to the arts.

Great Art Leads the Way

Our partnerships with the arts community continue to be a core part of our programming.  More than 200 professional and amateur artists worked, rehearsed, and performed at CHAW over the course of the year. In 2018, we:

  • Entered into our ninth year with Taffety Punk Theatre Company in residence;
  • Entered our third year with Light Switch Dance Theatre in residence;   
  • Continued to serve as a home for Music Together, American Youth Chorus, and Second Wind Senior Chorus and Capitol Hill Art League;
  • Hosted a National Symphony Orchestra chamber music concert for children;
  • Completed our third six-week gallery artist residency, with artist Kate Fleming;
  • Launched a new ten-week photography studio residency, with artist Daniel Rios;and
  • Employed 40 teaching artists, all of whom were paid for their artistic expertise--a core value of CHAW.

CHAW by the Numbers
  • 9000+ students and patrons
  • 186 unique classes and workshops
  • 8 outreach partnerships
  • 87 darkroom visits
  • 10 recitals, 9 art shows, 143 theater performances
  • 31 program partners
  • 75 volunteers


Social Impact  

Community relationships animated the social justice underpinnings of our mission and provided a guiding theme of storytelling through the arts as a means for engendering empathy and inclusivity.  Most notably, our seven-year partnership with Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (HCPP) included onsite arts classes and free class and camp for youth at our building. In summer 2018 we worked with resident children to document the closing of DC General Homeless Shelter with photography workshops and a video project that was premiered at HCPP’s annual benefit in October.   We supported their advocacy work with awareness campaigns that included an OpEd in The Washington Post, a project to salvage murals painted by the children at the shelter, and retooling our access to arts programming for the families who were moved into overflow housing in local hotels as a result of the shelter closure.

New partnerships were forged with Armed Services Arts Project and Sasha Bruce Youthworks.  We continued to grow our relationships with longtime education partners Serve Your City and Jan’s Tutoring House through subsidizing programming and space use.  We seeded five new outreach initiatives with other youth serving organizations: Horton’s Kids, Best Kids, the DCPS Department of Education, REACH, Aquatic Education Resources (DPR), provided free, family-friendly art tables and performances at the Anacostia River Festival, Washington Redskins Back to School Fair, Eastern Market Christmas Lighting, and gallery space to School Without Walls.