Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) are pleased to announce the awarding of 330 grants to D.C.-based artists and nonprofit organizations for fiscal year 2015 totaling $7.6 million — representing all eight wards of the District of Columbia. According to the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, the District of Columbia ranks number one in per capita state arts agency appropriations among the 50 states, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
“Time and again we have seen the positive impact of the arts and humanities here in the District of Columbia. By investing in our creative assets, we foster a community that not only enhances the cultural experiences of our city but also offers tremendous opportunities for economic growth,” said Mayor Gray. “I am proud of the work our artists, arts organizations and arts educators do to help make the District a world-class city.”
DCCAH funded a broad spectrum of innovative, exciting and high-caliber artists, programs, and organizations in all eight wards of the city. Grants were awarded this year to individual artists in performance, music and visual arts, arts education programs for youth in the city, and institutions of varying sizes that provide outstanding cultural programming. These grantees contribute to the District’s cultural landscape that provides an economic impact of more than $1.1 billion to the city.
“The arts and humanities touch every District resident, every single day,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “Our grantees play a critical role in continuing to improve the quality of life here in Washington, D.C., and the Commission is pleased to support them.”
The awards reflect eight of the grant programs that DCCAH administers: Arts Education Program, Artist Fellowship Program, City Arts Projects, Cultural Facilities Projects, East of the River, Grants-In-Aid, Sister Cities International Arts Grant, and the UPSTART Program.
“Providing grant funds to our local artists and arts organizations is a key part of our mission,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “That funding is often vital to allow these entities to produce quality programming for our residents and visitors.
This year, DCCAH received 661 applications requesting more than $27 million in funding. All eligible applications were reviewed by Advisory Review Panels, which were convened by DCCAH Commissioners. For FY15, the DCCAH held 25 Advisory Review Panels and enlisted the expertise of over 160 Advisory Review Panelists who read, discussed, and scored each application.