Table of Contents

  • The Commission
  • FY 2024 Grant Notificiations
  • Art Now Exhibition Reception
  • National Arts and Humanities Month
  • DC Co-Lab: The Comeback
  • Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 Launch Event
  • The 2023 Disability Tech Summit
  • National Guild Arts Education Town Hall
  • Placemaking Week 2024
  • Visit our eMuseum
  • Update Your Profile

The Commission

October Commission Meeting

Our next Full Commission regular meeting will begin at 5:30 ET on Monday, October 23. Members of the public are invited to observe the meeting live online on CAH’s YouTube channel.

Members of the public may request three minutes to speak during the public comment period held at this meeting. Requests must be submitted by no later than Noon ET on Thursday, October 19. Written comments may also be submitted by no later than Noon ET on Thursday, October 19, as an alternative, or in addition to, spoken comments. Public comments, both spoken and written, will be included in the public record of the meeting.

This meeting is governed by the Open Meetings Act. Please address any questions or complaints arising under this meeting to the Office of Open Government at

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FY 2024 Grant Notifications

Funding recommendations were presented by staff at last week’s Full Commission Regular Meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2023. Those recommendations were discussed and approved by CAH Commissioners. 1,025 grants totaling over $26.6 million were awarded to individuals and nonprofit organizations in the District of Columbia.

A friendly reminder regarding award notices, which was shared in each grant programs' Request for Applications, in Section VI A. We will notify applicants of the results of their application and the applicable award disbursement process with a:

  • letter of intention to award
  • letter of ineligibility, or
  • letter of denial.

These notifications will be sent via the applicant’s email as it appears in the CAH Grants Portal. Notifications for the majority of grant programs will be sent by close of business on Wednesday, October 4, 2023, except for the following:

  • FY 2024 Art Bank Program applicants will receive notifications on, or shortly after, Tuesday, November 1, 2023.
  • FY 2024 Capital Projects applicants will be notified later in November 2023.

CAH grants are awarded on a competitive basis. Grant applications are reviewed and scored by independent advisory panels with final award determinations made by the CAH Commissioners. Additional grant awards and grant opportunities may be announced later in FY 2024.

Bookmark our main grants page for future opportunities

DC Art Now 2023 Gallery Exhibition

DC Art Now 2023 is the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ annual exhibition of selected work by finalists for the FY24 Art Bank Program grant. It features many of the most exciting emerging and established artists working in the DC metropolitan region today.

Stop by our 200 I (Eye) Street, SE Gallery, and see DC come to life through photography, sculpture, painting, printmaking, textiles, and more! The gallery is free and open to the public Monday to Friday 9 am to 5:30 pm.

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National Arts and Humanities Month

October is National Arts & Humanities Month (NAHM)—a collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. NAHM was launched by Americans for the Arts more than 30 years ago as National Arts Week in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts and National Endowment for the Humanities. In 1993, it was reestablished by Americans for the Arts and national arts partners as a month-long celebration.

Visit Americans for the Arts' website

DC Co-Lab: The Comeback

As the only organization that is actively gathering data for DC’s arts and humanities community, DC Collaborative launched the DC Co-lab in 2021 to advance collective impact goals and enhance its unique data and evaluation efforts. The Co-Lab fostered collaborative action by gathering diverse stakeholders to share useful feedback, convene for meaningful and relevant conversations, and ideate future community and partnership opportunities.

Now under new leadership, DC Collaborative is refocusing and re-launching the Co-Lab. If you participated previously or are hearing about it for the first time, they invite you to come learn about this renewed initiative. This virtual program launch also features Marc Bamuthi Joseph and data expert Meenakshi Das.

Join them on Thursday, October 5, from 3 to 5 pm.

Register here

Arts & Economic Prosperity 6 Launch Event

How do we measure the power of arts and culture? 📈

For 30 years, Americans for the Arts has conducted the most comprehensive and inclusive economic impact study of the nonprofit arts and culture industry. Want to see 2022’s results? 👀

Register now for free to their live release on Oct. 12 at 2 pm EST.

Register here

The 2023 Disability Tech Summit

Whether you're a person with a disability, family member, caregiver, or someone who is simply interested in learning more about disability services, this free event is for you!

The Disability Tech Summit is a unique opportunity to explore advancements in assistive technology and learn about programs and services that can help people with disabilities live more independently. From groundbreaking apps to sensors ensuring safety and security, it’s a day of learning, networking, and innovation.

Join them on Saturday, October 21 from 10 am to 4pm EDT.

Register here

National Guild Arts Education Town Hall

Amidst the historic and political landmarks of DC, you're invited to gather to spotlight a cornerstone of our community: arts and humanities education. Facilitated by the National Guild for Community Arts Education, in collaboration with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, this event beckons artists, art enthusiasts, educators, practitioners, and citizens alike.

Participate in the brilliance of DC's local community and collaborate in lively discussions. As they unravel the significance, challenges, and aspirations of arts and humanities education in our nation's capital, join them in championing the arts as a catalyst for change, unity, and inspiration. 

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities will be hosting this event on Wednesday, October 25, from 5 to 7 PM EST.

Register here

Placemaking Week 2024

Join public space leaders from around the world for a week of experiential learning, networking, and inspiration.

Project for Public Spaces invites you to join them for their 4th International Placemaking Week conference on June 5 to 8, 2024, in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, co-hosted by the Neighborhood Design Center.

Placemaking Week is a multi-day, global gathering of over 400 public space leaders that emphasizes hands-on learning, off-site exploration, and innovative social events, all while leaving behind a public space legacy in host cities.

Embracing a wide variety of sectors and disciplines, the event creates a dynamic forum for attendees to develop and share concrete strategies to advance community-powered public spaces, both locally and globally.

Visit their website

Visit our eMuseum

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities online database showcases our Art Bank Collection, a collection of moveable artworks loaned to other District government agencies for display in public offices, as well as our Public Art Collection of installations of large-scale artworks in public sites/places throughout the District of Columbia.

Explore our collections
Explore the Art Bank Collection
Explore the Public Art Collection
Explore the Wilson Building Art Collection
Explore the Images of Washington

Update Your Profile

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