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CAH in the Community

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Current grantees and prospective applicants are especially encouraged to participate in our CAH in the Community series. These workshops and presentations are intended to help applicants craft compelling grant proposals, while at the same time encouraging exploration and collaboration with different artistic disciplines.


Past Workshops

De-mystifying the Grant Panel Process

An overview of why CAH uses peer-review panels, how panels operate, why applicants may want to serve and how to get involved.

Hear DC arts community members discuss their experiences as peer-review grant panelists.

Wednesday, March 16, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm ET via Webex
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Create and Thrive! The Lunchtime Chat

CAH’s pilot program, Create and Thrive!, provides professional development to local teaching artists who are interested in learning more about effectively engaging the District’s senior community. Join this event to learn more about this new program, the partnership with Arts For The Aging, and the teaching artists’ experience with developing a new curriculum.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022
12:30 pm - 1:45 pm ET via Zoom

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The Joys, Challenges and Opportunities of Virtual Learning

In partnership with DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) will offer a panel discussion about offering creative programs in the virtual realm.

Teaching artists of various disciplines will offer their perspective on what teaching virtually has been like during this last year, and the lessons they’ve learned. This event is great for professional artists, educators, and program managers who: are interested in teaching virtually, just starting to offer virtual programs and would like some new ideas in how to continue virtual programs.

Thursday, April 29, 2021 | 6:00 – 7:30 pm
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Visual Art Grant Applications: Steps to Success
This workshop is intended to guide visual artists through what it takes to produce a successful grant application, including: assembling a portfolio; photographing artwork; producing a CV/artist biography; and writing an effective artist statement.
The workshop will be led by artist, American University professor, and former review panelist Zoë Charlton; and artists and experienced grant applicants Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann and Marcel Taylor. It will be facilitated by CAH Curator Sarah Gordon.

Thursday, April 15, 12:00 – 1:30 pm
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Creating Connections in Arts Education

Join this speed networking event to connect with area teaching artists, arts educators, and organizations to spark new ideas, opportunities and partnerships. Register today to meet professionals in the DC area, share upcoming projects, and current needs!
The DC Collaborative is proud to co-host "Creating Connections in Arts Education" which is offered through CAH in the Community, an initiative of the Commission on the Arts and Humanities that engages new and prospective grantees through webinars, panels, and workshops.

Thursday, March 18, 2021 | 6 - 7:30 pm ET via Zoom


The District’s Art Bank: Behind the Scenes Visit

The District of Columbia’s fine art collection includes nearly 3,000 artworks, most of which are on display in government buildings across the city. Learn about the process of acquiring and loaning artworks—from the application and review process, to cataloguing and framing, to selection by government agencies and installation in offices. Event will be led by Sarah Gordon, Curator, and Ron Humbertson, Art Collections Registrar.

Thursday, March 4, 2021
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 Developing Your Grant Application: Elements, Components and Mandatory Support Materials

Thursday, February 25, 2021

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The District's Art Bank Collection: A Visual History

Thursday, February 4, 2021

12:00 - 1:00 pm ET via Webex

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The District of Columbia’s fine art collection dates back to 1986 and includes nearly 3,000 artworks. These works are on display in government buildings across the District. Learn about the development of the collection—including pieces by prominent artists related to the Washington Color School and the Harlem Renaissance—and discover the range of unique and remarkable works by our District artists. 

The event will be led by CAH staff members Sarah Gordon, Curator, and vEnessa Acham, Public Art Program Specialist.

This online event is free and open to the public.