The arts create challenge; the arts create common ground; the arts must be accessible to all: these are the rallying cries of CHAW, which serves all ages and provides tuition assistance for youth and adult classes. Photography, writing, visual arts, ceramics, acting, and dance are all on the menu in after-school classes for elementary and middle school students in Ward 6 (transportation provided), along with private music lessons for a range of instruments and voice, and arts adventure summer camps. Committed to bridging the city's vast income gap, CHAW never turns a child away for inability to pay. For adults, there are juried artist shows, lectures, dance and music concerts, and other community events. CHAW is also administering several public arts projects in Southeast DC. At CHAW, the arts inspire. We hope they inspire you.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 6

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; DC-Ward 6; Capitol Hill

Age Groups Served: All

Population(s) Served: All

  • Number of people (clients, patrons, students, etc) we serve annually:   5000+
  • Gallery exhibits, recitals, and theater performances offered annually:   175
  • Number of youth classes and adult classes held annually :   200
  • Artists employed by us annually:   55
  • Number of annual community partnerships:   15

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


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

Each year 120 expert reviewers evaluate applicants for distinction, merit, and impact. Each featured charity has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. The Catalogue for Philanthropy charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $40 million for charities across the Greater Washington region.

The Catalogue for Philanthropy looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to the Catalogue to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

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