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As a patron of the arts, you place a high priority on the cultural, educational, and economic impact benefiting a community that invests in its creative landscape.

At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, that investment is direct and it is tangible. Here are just some of the ways we’ve made an impact.

In 2017:

  • 315 adult and 430 youth participated in 180 classes and 9 weeks of summer camp. 125 students took over 5000 weekly private music lessons.
  • 115 performances were held in the black box theater.
  • $60K in tuition assistance was provided with 94% going to children. Of that, half was awarded across arts classes for children living in homelessness. $12K was directed to private music instruction. Another $10K was used to provide free and low-cost outreach programming in the community.
  • We provided 20 free weeks of summer camp to kids living in homelessness.
  • We employed 40 visual and performing arts teachers, produced 8 art shows in our art gallery including two artist-in-residence shows and a third in our dance studio for photography/darkroom resident.
  • CHAW’s advanced watercolor class was artist-in-residence at Iona Senior Center.
  • Taffety Punk Theater Company completed their 7th year of residency with us. Light Switch Dance Theater completed their 2nd year. CHAW is also home to the American Youth Chorus and A Second Wind Senior Chorus.
  • We provide pro bono and affordable rehearsal and event space for over 30 different art organizations.
  • We produced two performance festivals (winter and spring), each featuring more than 100 youth and adult students participating in recitals and showcases.
  • We held our annual dance recital at THEARC and featured guest artists from The Washington Ballet and Light Switch Dance Theater.
  • CHAW’s youth string ensemble performed at numerous community events such as Eastern Market Mainstreet Days, Eastern Market Christmas Tree Lighting, Barracks Row Festival, and The Zanar Fund and Chronicle for Philanthropy fundraisers.
  • CHAW produced an original adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream by composer Barbara Schelstrate, attended by 300 people.
  • Gallery Resident Artists Carolina Mayorga (Pink: Life Cycle of a Fly) and Pam Rogers (Botanica Magnifica) drew approximately 250 people to their openings and educational events.
  • We continued our long-standing partnerships with Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, Serve Your City, Jan’s Tutoring House, Reach, and DC Public Libraries to provide programs and workshop throughout the neighborhood.
  • We painted a mural as part of the 11th St. Bridge Park’s urban garden’s project.
  • We hosted the National Piano Guild juries.
  • We received the National Symphony Orchestra’s 2017 Irene Pollin community service award and the 2017 Jan’s Tutoring House Distinctive Service Award.

What’s new?

Currently, we are working to expand our community partnerships with an emphasis on engaging older youth and teens, and veterans.

New outreach initiatives currently in the works include customized workshops, free tickets, and satellite art programs – including art classes for active and retired military and their families at The Hill Center, a state of the art accessible building located a few blocks from CHAW. With the anticipated closing of DC General Family Shelter in Fall 2019, we are developing a new program strategy the meets the needs of families we serve there who are being relocated.

Some of our new partners this year are:

Horton’s Kids
Best Kids
Department of Energy and the Environment
Armed Services Arts Project
Sasha Bruce

At the end of the day. . .

CHAW aims to serve students and patrons of all ages and experience levels. Over 15K people participate in activities here every year and countless more are impacted by the artfulness that is incubated here.

We teach skills, encourage creative development, and advocate for artistically engaged communities because it make us all strong, kind, inquisitive, aware, resourceful, empathetic and joyful. It is also just plain fun.

While the scope of activities we offer is far-reaching, the impact we strive for is a common understanding that arts build community and that art is a way of life over a lifetime.