Table of Contents

  • Grant Applications
  • A Toast to the Boogie Opening Reception
  • Call for Panelists
  • Commission Meetings
  • Tabling at Capital Pride
  • Grantee Happenings
  • Artists for Understanding
  • Opportunities
  • Resources
  • Visit our eMuseum
  • Update Your Profile

Grant Applications

Art Exhibition Grant (AEG)

This competitive grant program provides support for the development and public presentation of visual art exhibitions by District resident curators. The program does this through grant support and use of CAH’s exhibition spaces. Exhibition space is both within the building lobby 200 I (Eye) Street Galleries and on CAH's virtual platform.


Submission Deadline: 9 pm ET, Friday, July 1, 2024

Apply Here

There's one final AEG workshop, online from 4 to 5:30 pm on Tuesday, June 11, 2024.

Register Here

Public Art Building Communities (PABC)

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) is soliciting applications from qualified individual artists or organizations for its Fiscal Year 2025 Public Art Building Communities Grant Program. Multiple awards may be made under this Request for Applications (RFA). Award amounts vary.


Submission Deadline: 9 pm ET, Monday, July 22, 2024

Apply Here

PLEASE NOTE: All applicants must submit a letter of support from the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) in which the proposed project will be installed. This means this month of June may be the FINAL opportunity to request a hearing before the ANC.

Learn More About ANC Approval

The next PABC workshop is online from 10 to 11:30 am, on Friday, June 7, 2024

Register Here

Additional FY25 RFAs Opening In June

  • Arts and Humanities Education Project (AHEP)
  • Arts and Humanities Fellowship Program (AHFP)
  • Capital Projects
  • Field Trip Experiences (FTE)

A Toast to the Boogie: Art in the Name of Funk(adelic) Opening Reception

Join The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities for an opening reception for A Toast To The Boogie: Art In The Name of Funk(adelic) on Tuesday, June 25th from 7 to 9 pm.


Prepare to immerse yourself in the rich tapestry of funk music, psychedelic rock, sci-fi futurism, and the cultural movements they ignite.


This juried art exhibition, A Toast To The Boogie: Art In the Name of Funk(adelic), features never-before-seen archival works and memorabilia from the era, in partnership with the family of George Clinton from Parliament Funkadelic. Coupled with original artworks by 20 talented artists from the DC metropolitan area, it promises to be an unforgettable journey through the past, present, and future of these influential genres.

RSVP on Eventbrite

Save the date: Wednesday, June 26th

A Toast to the Boogie: Protecting our Legacy

The Rubell Museum DC

Call for Panelists

CAH is actively recruiting for panelists to review our grants programs beginning in May and throughout the summer. Panelists are integral to the grantmaking process, providing a critical review, comments, and scores of all applications to a particular grant program. Panelists are provided with applications 3 to 4 weeks in advance of the panel review, and then convene for a one-day virtual review panel. Panelists are compensated for their time with a $250 gift card.

Apply to Be a Panelist

Commission Meetings

Our next Full Commission regular meeting will begin at 5:30 ET on Monday, June 17. 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, June 13. Written comments may also be submitted by no later than Noon ET on Thursday, June 13, 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 opengovoffice@dc.gov.

View May Meeting Recording
Sign Up to Submit Public Comment
View June Meeting Info

Capital Pride Festival

We will be back tabling at this year's Capital Pride Festival, on Sunday, June 9!


The Festival is the largest annual event in the national capital region and continues to be free to the public. We will be among over 300 service organizations, social groups, businesses, amateur sports leagues, faith-based groups, educational institutions, government agencies, artists, consultants, potential employers, and much more.


So if you're there, stop by our table during exhibiting hours between Noon and 7 pm.

Visit their Website

Grantee Happenings

Jazz from the Streets

Please join the DC Jazz Collective (www.dcjazzcollective.com) on Saturday, June 1, as they return to Marx Cafe to share jazz tunes inspired by streets and roads — including jazz standards, original tunes, songs by the late King of Thailand, and compositions from our Thai jazz friends!


NO COVER! Saturday, June 1st, 10 pm to Midnight at Marx Cafe.

Visit their Website

American Roots Concert Series: Sunny War

Quicksilver Productions Foundation is thrilled to present Sunny War as part of the free, outdoor American Roots Music Series!


It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles-based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting. Her restless spirit, a byproduct of growing up semi-nomadic with a single mother, led her to Venice Beach, California, where she’s been grinding the pavement for some years now, making a name for her prodigious guitar work and incisive songwriting, which touches on everything from police violence to alcoholism to love found and lost.


4:30 to 6:30 pm on Sunday, June 2 at the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital.

Register Here

DC Collaborative Town Hall and Community Meeting

Gain insight into the state of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility implementation in arts and humanities education. DC Collaborative will offer tangible resources, recommendations, and the tools you need to enact positive change.

Register Here

Join local creatives, changemakers, leaders, artists, and educators for DC Collaborative's annual Community Meeting.


DC Collaborative will present:


  • An updated membership model
  • (Teaching Artists, you don’t want to miss this!)
  • Insights and resources from DDi (District Data Initiative)
  • Updates from Arts and Humanities For Every Student (AHFES)
  • New opportunities for grant and funding partnerships


Free to attend.

Register Here

All Stories Matter

Through interviews with prominent thought leaders in the arts, and footage of creative pursuits in artistic expression, teaching and community-based arts programming across the Washington DC Metropolitan region, common threads of a larger and vital arts story are revealed and celebrated in this 30 minute documentary from EMMY-Awarded director and editor, Todd Clark in partnership with the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Funding provided by the DC Humanities Council.


Premieres Saturday, June 8, 2024

3 to 4 pm film followed by discussion

Capitol Hill Art Workshop - Black Box Theater

545 7th St SE

Free and open to the public

Visit their Website

Matinee Milonga @ La Cosecha - Pride Weekend

Come dance with Tango Mercurio! Their goal is to create a welcoming, affirming, and fun dance space where all levels can participate.


Enjoy a fantastic floor to dance on, a fine musical selection, and some light refreshments.


1:30-2:00pm Book Talk w/ Ray Sullivan

”Changing the World One Tango at a Time”

Free and Open to All


2:00-3:00pm Panel Discussion, Moderator : Jose Otero

Free and Open to All


3:00-6:00pm Dancing w/ DJ: TBA

Performance by Mira Barakat & Elly Fernandez

Community Mixer Tanda @ 4:30pm


Non dancing Family & Friends are welcome and need not pay admission.

Bring your own bottle for water (we are green).

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Home Rule Music Festival at the Parks at Walter Reed

Join the Home Rule Music and Film Preservation Foundation this summer at the Home Rule Music Festival - a celebration of DC’s rich musical legacy and culture.


Head to The Parks at Walter Reed for a day filled with live music, a record fair, live mural painting, local food trucks, and craft beverages. Doors open at Noon, performances start at 1 pm on Saturday, June 22.


Performing artists include:


  • Black Alley
  • Doug Carn
  • Dupont Brass Band
  • Gary Bartz
  • Idriss Ackamoore and The Pyramids
  • JoGo Project
  • Malcolm X Drummers and Dancers
  • Rare Essence
  • Vanessa Rubin
View More Info and Get Free Tickets

Artists for Understanding

Embrace the transformative power of the arts and the humanities with #Artists4Understanding!


In coordination with the White House, the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities (PCAH), the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), and the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Artists for Understanding promotes the arts and humanities as crucial in bridging divides through their capacity to foster dialogue, connection, empathy, and changemaking in communities.


Check out this new initiative bringing together artists and humanities scholars to foster dialogue, connection, and empathy through public forums.

Read Their Joint Statement

Opportunities

Community Grant Program

Each year Mayor Muriel Bowser’s administration distributes $7 million dollars in funding to qualified community-based organizations (CBOs) in the District of Columbia through the outreach offices of the Mayor’s Office on Community Affairs (MOCA). These outreach offices manage community grant programs and work with grantees to implement programs focused on Mayor Muriel Bowser’s Priorities for District residents:


  • Downtown Comeback
  • Public Safety
  • Education
View Application Openings and Submission Deadlines

Compass Pro Bono Consulting

Vetted, trained business experts help you tackle your most pressing business challenges – for free.


Their team does the hard work of curating your project, so you can focus on what matters most. They:


  • Work with you to scope a problem that a consultant can solve
  • Recruit and thoroughly vet skilled volunteers for you
  • Hand-pick volunteer matches to fit your unique needs
  • Train volunteer consultants to work with you effectively
  • Actively support you and your consultants throughout the entire engagement
Visit their Website

Upcoming Information Session for Nonprofits

Thursday, June 6 at 1:00 p.m. EDT

Register Here

Social Impact Theatre Grant Program

The Biller Family Foundation's investments are guided by the fundamental belief in the power of live theatre to spark dialogue, bring different viewpoints together on challenging subjects, and provide a lens to process the critical issues of contemporary society.  


Through their Social Impact Theatre grant program, they proudly recognize organizations with production-specific support that are intentional and innovative in engaging with their audiences around these issues and are committed to reaching new audiences. This year, in addition to production-specific grants, they are introducing a new opportunity reflecting our value to support the health and sustainability of the American theatre ecosystem. 


Friday, June 7, 2024: LOIs due by 5:00 pm (PST)

Learn More and Apply Here

Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants

The deadline for the Mid Atlantic Arts' Folk and Traditional Arts Community Projects Grants is Monday, June 10, 2024. Apply now to receive funding for projects that support the vitality of traditional arts and cultures.

Apply Here

Open Call at Vermont Studio Center

Vermont Studio Center is accepting applications until June 15th for residencies from November 2024 to April 2025. Vermont Studio Center (VSC) welcomes visual artists and writers for 2-, 3- and 4-week residencies to an inclusive, international community, honoring creative work as the communication of spirit through form. 


Applications accepted through June 15, 2024

Download a PDF of the Open Call

Grand Canyon 2025 Artist in Residence

The Grand Canyon Artist in Residence program elevates the cultural legacy of the park through innovative artwork and compelling programs that create emotional and intellectual ties between the public and this precious natural resource. 


Applications are open until July 15, 2024.

Apply Here

True Blue Fellowship

Submissions are OPEN for Bow Seat’s True Blue Fellowship!


The True Blue Fellowship is an evolution of Bow Seat’s Fellowship Grant Program. The Fellowship offers peer-mentorship, capacity building, and funding of up to $2,500 USD to youth who are developing projects that address ocean, waterways, and/or climate issues through a creative arts lens. One of the biggest changes from the Fellowship Grant Program is that the creative arts must serve as the primary method of awareness and/or action in the project.


The Fellowship is free to enter and open to individuals, classes, groups, or clubs worldwide, ages 13-24. Submit by September 1st at 11:59pm EDT. 

Learn More

Resources

Candid Learning

Candid’s live and on-demand trainings, webinars, and other resources are designed to improve your fundraising, overall sustainability, grantmaking, and transparency.


Check out just some of these free trainings they're providing the month of June:


  • Engage diverse donors with culturally informed marketing strategies
  • Introduction to corporate giving
  • Introduction to measuring your impact
Enroll in a Training

Art Is the Cure: A Black Arts Cooperative Story

By Jessica Norwood, Anshantia “Tia” Oso, Allen Kwabena Frimpong, and Nwamaka Agbo, April 9, 2024


Neighborhoods are sacred spaces. When you have lived, worked, and organized in a community for a long time, you become attached to people, landmarks, and familiar sights. The places that we call home are imbued with meaning and history. So, when change is on the horizon in the places where we live our lives, community members need to be active participants.


Read More at Nonprofit Quarterly

Nonprofit work and its toll on our physical health, and what we need to do about it

By Vu, April 23, 2024


Today’s topic is about the toll nonprofit work takes on our physical health, and what actions we can take. The work that many of us do in this field often comes at great costs, such as taking financial hits that leave many people unsure about their future retirement plans. There are also mental health challenges that come from being stressed out all the time. I don’t think, though, that we often stop to think about what this work does to us in terms of our physical health and the years it’s taking from us.


Read More at NonprofitAF

The art of drag is a target. With Pride Month near, performers are organizing to fight back

By Jeff McMillan, May 29, 2024


“Drag is joy, but it’s under attack. Our very existence, our self-expression, our art — all of it is being threatened. And we’ve had enough.”


That’s the opening salvo of Qommittee, a group of drag performers banding together to protect and promote their art form, as it announced its formation ahead of June’s LGBTQ+ Pride Month.


Read More at AP News

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

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