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CAH Strategic Plan FY 2021-2023

The FY 2021 – 2023 CAH Strategic Plan is the result of months of research, interviews, focus groups, and public feedback, conducted amidst the collective push to dismantle institutionalized racist systems, and set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 public health emergency. It was a tall order successfully delivered by the consultants on this project, David Galligan Consulting and Lord Cultural Resources. As the designated arts agency for the District of Columbia, the Strategic Plan is a required component of our partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. It will serve to guide the agency's work in serving the needs of our constituents across the city through FY23.

There are five focus areas and goals of the Plan, each with a set of accompanying strategies:

1. I.D.E.A.
Commit to Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) in every aspect of Agency grantmaking and other programs and operations, including governance and administration

2. PANDEMIC RECOVERY 
Lead the post-pandemic recovery of the nonprofit arts and culture sector in the District and play an important role in the District’s broader economic and social recovery efforts

3. COMMUNITY AWARENESS AND CONNECTEDNESS 
Improve communications, raise awareness of CAH programs, strengthen community connections and networks between and among stakeholders in the field, and elevate the role of the arts and humanities throughout the District

4. DISTRICT GOVERNMENT ALIGNMENT 
Strengthen alignment with both the Executive and Legislative branches of District government

5. GOVERNANCE AND ORGANIZATIONAL CULTURE 
Rethink governance and administrative protocols to improve Commissioner and staff relationships and morale and improve the CAH brand within District government and in the broader community

We invite you to read the full Plan below to learn more about these five goals and their strategies. To help follow the Plan's progress, CAH will post annual updates on the implementation of these strategies online. The Response to Comments document below provides feedback to some of the more common questions and comments that were received during the development of the Plan.