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Impact

CHAW is Dynamic and Diverse

In 2019, 725 unique students took 930 classes; 112 unique students took 3726 private music lessons; 11 theater companies gave 103 performances viewed by 2742 audience members; 2347 students participated in outreach classes, community workshops and partner programming at CHAW, and 100’s more took part in CHAW sponsored festival art activities and public performances. CHAW Employed 53 teaching artists and 2 resident artists and produced 10 art exhibitions, 2 performance festivals and 1 Spooktacular.  

Our outreach and program partners included:  Homeless Children’s Playtime Project, Armed Services Arts Project, DC Public Schools, Eastern Market Main Street, Breaking Ground (GLBTQ theater for youth of color), Serve Your City (tennis, rowing, yoga and swimming for youth of color), workshops for furloughed government employees, Redskins Charity Back to School Fair,  Anacostia River Festival and DC Department of Corrections. Tuition waivers, subsidized rehearsal and performance space, and pro bono outreach workshops account for 13% of our budget. 

CHAW’s resident arts organizations are Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Light Switch Dance Company, Capitol Hill Art League,  and Second Wind Senior Choir. Our residenct gallery artist was Lenore Yerkes and photography resident was Veronica Melendez.