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: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Ethnic Groups Served: Caucasian

Population(s) Served: All; Students

Schools They Work In: KIPP DC; Brent Elementary; Higher Achievement Program ; Capitol Hill Day School; Peabody Elementary; St. Peter's School; Stuart-Hobson; Two Rivers Public Charter School; Watkins Elementary School

Awards & Recognition



  • CHAWberet
    Thu Oct 1 2009, Hill Rag  
    CHAWberet is a fun cabaret show, begun by Dean Reichard, who teaches cabaret at CHAW.

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

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