Established in 1997 to fundraise, design, build, and manage the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, familiarly known as THEARC, Building Bridges' importance to the revitalization of Southeast DC cannot be overstated. Today, the campus houses over a dozen nonprofits in the arts, education, health, recreation, and workforce development fields, and Building Bridges manages two theaters, seven urban farms, a technical theater internship program, and more. It is the engine behind it all, providing nonprofit partners with space, marketing, and management free of charge, and leading projects such as the Skyland Workforce Center and the 11th Street Bridge Park, a new outdoor civic venue designed to generate economic opportunity for the surrounding communities. It’s all about making collaboration a force multiplier – addressing multiple disparities, creating better outcomes for the people THEARC serves, and equipping the residents of Wards 7 and 8 not only to survive, but to thrive.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 8
Where They Operate: DC-Ward 7; DC-Ward 8; THEARC is located in Congress Heights, Washington, DC.
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All
Ethnic Groups Served: African American
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members
Schools They Work In: Building Bridges Across the River and its partners at THEARC all work in conjunction with local public, charter and private schools in the east of the Anacostia River community to offer high quality, low cost cultural and social programs to at risk children and youth.
Awards & Recognition
- The current budget for Building Bridges Across the River is: $3 million or higher
- $1 million to $3 million
- $500k to $1 million
- Less than $500k
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
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