Rooted in the belief that artmaking and community-building work best together, CHAW has been building community through the arts for 50 years. Weekly classes for children and adults nurture arts literacy and include everything from visual arts to dance, music, theater, ceramics, and photography. Small-sized arts camps encourage learning and connection in children. Special events (like a two-woman Hamlet or an evening pot-throwing class) happen across the year, and an open darkroom is available to area residents. The CHAW gallery is a true community resource: it features a range of established and emerging local artists in shows and residencies, encouraging artists and lifting them up through commissions, exhibitions, showcases, and professional development. Through it all, a community comes together, gives rise to a multiplicity of voices, and enables more dynamic and diverse arts experiences. What does better art engender? A more just community.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 6; Capitol Hill
Age Groups Served: All
Population(s) Served: All
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Awards & Recognition
Featured charity in the 2014-2015 Catalogue for Philanthropy
Best Venue to See on the Cheap in DCistís 2014 Best Theater Venues in DC
2015 & 2016 winner for Best Arts Class in the Washington City Paper Readersí Poll 2014 & 2015 Hilly Award winner for Best Arts Organization/Venue
2017 recipient of the National Symphony Orchestraís 2017 Irene Pollin Community Service Award
2017 recipient of Janís Tutoring House Distinctive Service Award
2018 recipient of Homeless Childrenís Playtime Project "Voice for Children" Award
2018 recipient Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) grant
- The Arts X-Factor: Opening a New Door to Potential and Passion
Wed Feb 10 2021, Education Reimagined
CHAW's Executive Director, Amy Moore, reflects on the transformative power the arts can unleash in children.
- CHAW Virtual Artist Studio Residency Welcomes Mills Brown
Mon Nov 16 2020, East City Art
CHAW welcomes Mills Brown for its November Inside the Artist's Studio. Mills is a visual artist working primarily with painting and collage.
- Help Ward 6 Mutual Aid Team Get Help to Families: Organizations Seek Donations to Help Families Weather the COVID-19 Crisis
Tue Mar 24 2020, Hill Rag
The Ward 6 Mutual Aid Team is orchestrated by local community organizations including CHAW. Drop off needed items between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.
- A Home for Art, A Commitment to Access
Sun Mar 1 2020, BitterSweetMonthly
With a spirit of breadth and hospitality, CHAW is a crucial resource for the city-the rare organization that almost always says "yes."
- CHAW: Home Is Where the Art Is
Thu Jul 31 1980, The Washington Post
Led by President Sally Carlson Crowell, CHAW found its permanent home in the Benjamin Brown French School at 7th and G streets SE.
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