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FY20 Art Bank Program (ABP) - Guidelines and Questions

In support of local visual artists, District art galleries, and District art nonprofit organizations, CAH acquires fine art from metropolitan artists to grow the Art Bank Collection. Artwork in the collection is owned by CAH and loaned to District Government agencies for display in public areas and offices of government buildings. The Art Bank Collection, which started in 1986, has over 3,400 artworks.

CAH seeks grant applications from qualified artists and District art galleries or District nonprofit organizations representing metropolitan artists for the acquisition of works of original two- and three-dimensional artwork including, but not limited to:

  • Paintings;
  • Drawings;
  • Mixed media works;
  • Prints;
  • Photographs;
  • Fabric arts;
  • Ceramics; and,
  • Sculptures.

For the purpose of this grant, metropolitan artist is defined as a legal resident of Washington, DC, or a legal resident within a 50-mile radius of the Washington, DC boundaries, for at least one (1) year prior to the application deadline.

Application Release: Friday | May 3, 2019
Application Deadline: Friday | July 19, 2019 | 4:00 pm ET

FY 2020 Funding
The grant period is from October 1, 2019, to September 30, 2020. Grant funds may not be used for activities or expenses that occur outside of the grant period.

Funding Requests
Individuals and District Art Galleries request varies

Applicants should read through the guidelines in their entirety prior to submitting an application.

Staff Contact: Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar | [email protected]

Please see below for the complete FY20 Art Bank Program (ABP) - Guidelines and Questions