Known to cultivate, teach, and celebrate poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change, Split This Rock is in a fallow season through April 1, 2022, and the usual schedule of programs and publication are on pause. The fallow season is an exciting opportunity for staff and board to dig into deeper wells of creativity for expanding the organizationsí capacity for working towards liberation, defining more concretely what working towards liberation means at Split This Rock, and increasing the impact of their poetry, resistance, and community building offerings. Split This Rock is committed to a future that includes expanding paid opportunities for artists, bringing disability justice principles more fully to the center of the organizationís culture, and building a larger team of core staff.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 2
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-City of Alexandria
Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)
Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees; All
Schools They Work In: Bishop McNamara High School; Chavez - Capitol Hill High School; Dunbar Senior High School; Eastern High School; Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Falls Church High School; Friendly High School; H.D. Woodson Senior High School; Hayfield High School; Loudon County High School; Luke C. Moore High School; Madeira High School; McKinley Tech; TC Williams High School; Wakefield High School; Washington-Lee High School; West Springfield High School; Woodrow Wilson High School; and more
Awards & Recognition
Split This Rock has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and multi-year funding from major national foundations such as the Open Society Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.
The positive impact of our youth programs has brought many accolades including proclamations from DC City Council (2013, 2015) and Montgomery County (2015). Additionally, our efforts have been acknowledged for excellence in youth arts programming as a 2016 Mayorís Arts Awards finalist.
The DC Youth Slam Team took 1st place out of over 50 teams competing at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in 2014.
The DC Youth Slam Team took 2nd place out of over 50 teams competing in the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in 2013. One of their videos from that competition has been viewed close to 2 million times on YouTube.
- $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- The current budget for Split This Rock is: Less than $500k