While the arts have faced cutbacks in many schools, Artivate ensures that creativity has a place to grow and flourish. Since 1995, through alliances with artists, arts organizations, museums, community-based groups, and service agencies, it has brought culturally diverse programs – in theater, dance, drawing, and singing – directly to DC-area schools and communities. Over 200,000 audience members experienced 1,500 cultural arts performances and artists' workshops in this year alone. Project Youth ArtReach also brings the arts into area detention and correctional facilities, and provides mentorships to incarcerated youth. Equally dedicated to arts and artists, Artivate offers employment and resources to over 60 performers, writers, and creators. In the words of one participant, art not only frees our bodies, it relieves us from the confinement of our minds. Let’s give every child the freedom to express and create.

Awards & Recognition

City Council of Baltimore and the Mayor of Baltimore awarded "Certificates of Recognition" to PYA for outstanding service to Family League of Baltimore City, Inc. in 2009.

Proclamation from the Montgomery County Council presented in 2007 for a mural created by youthful offenders.

Award for “Outstanding Service and Support” from CHI Centers, Inc. (Montgomery County, MD) in May 2007, acknowledging CAA’s “dedication and public spirit in enriching the lives of CHI Centers’ participants .”

Award for “Outstanding Service” from Invisible Hands, Inc. (Greenbelt, MD) for helping bridge the gap between deaf and hearing communities in 2003.


    Budget (FY2013)

    • $3 million or higher
    • The current budget for Artivate 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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