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Paint Bucket Campaign

Every child deserves a light-filled life.

“It’s been very challenging for us to find camps that [our son is] comfortable going to. When I picked him up today, he got in the car and without prodding said, ‘Mom, I had a GREAT day.’  When I asked him to try and explain to me what was different about this camp from the many others we’ve tried he said, ‘I don’t know how to say it. I got to work on my own and have ‘my independence’ and it’s just that the other camps with all the stuff and people, they make me feel dark but CHAW camp makes me feel light!’  Cue mommy-tears . . .  

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is a special place for kids.

. . .Anyway, there’s something about the space, and your programming and demeanor that has hit the mark for my little guy.”  - CHAW Parent (Spring 2019)


The arts provide a space for children to experience limitless creativity and freedom to discover the things they love, to find their confidence, to know they belong: and no child should ever be denied those fundamental childhood joys. Not all children have this kind of special place--one that makes them feel light and independent--and it isn’t right.

With your financial support, CHAW’s Paint Bucket Campaign for Tuition Assistance ensures a place where every child can experience this joy. Our goal is to raise $70,000 by July 30, 2019. Please help us reach this goal with a donation to this important campaign todayDonate!

Research shows that children most likely to benefit are least likely to receive quality arts instruction. Tuition assistance enables CHAW to provide excellent free and subsidized classes, camps and outreach to anyone unable to pay, with 90% of it going toward children’s programming.

Nearly 50 years ago, our community had a vision of a space where neighbors from all backgrounds could connect through collaborative arts experiences, and their children would have a safe and creative space to go after school. Together, they built CHAW, a place that values and nurtures children and treats inclusivity as one of its highest priorities.

A gift to CHAW’s Paint Bucket Campaign for Tuition Assistance is an extension of that vision that is still very much alive today. Because of your commitment to great art, strong communities, and social impact, we never turn anyone away for inability to pay. Because of you, CHAW is light.

Help us to keep childhood joyful through creating space for the arts for ALL CHILDREN by donating generously. Thank you!


Click here to donate to the Paint Bucket Campaign.


Without individual support, Capitol Hill Arts Workshop would not exist. Earned income covers half of CHAW’s expenses and the rest comes from grants and the generosity of our neighbors. Every donation makes an impact on a student, an artist, a community where lives are enriched and enhanced by the creativity and connections made possible only through the arts.


CHAW is eligible for contributions from:

The United Way Campaign (Designate #8618)

The Combined Federal Campaign (Designate #71262)

World Bank Community Connections Funds


What does my Paint Bucket donation pay for?

$1,500 3 months of weekly arts workshops at a homeless shelter

$1000   1 year of private music instruction for a young violinist

$500 1 week of summer camp for a child living in homelessness $250 4 weeks of a drop-in art program for toddlers

$100 1 semester of transportation for a student to after school arts classes

$50 1 hour of outreach workshop instruction

Please join us for these Paint Bucket 2019 fundraising events

May 14 - Dacha Beer Garden Happy Hour  4 – 8pm. 1600 7th St NW, Washington, DC 20001. Patrons purchase a wristband for $20 and get access to beer and drink specials as well as an extra hour of happy hour.  

DIne Outs - % of all dinner proceeds go to CHAW

June (Stay tuned for dates and times) - The Ugly Mug 723 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 - Lavagna 539 8th St SE, Washington, DC 20003.