The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities is proud to announce the recipients of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) to District arts organizations. DCCAH partnered with the National Endowment for the Arts to award $240,000 in federal grant money to help support staff positions that are critical to arts groups and that were in jeopardy of being eliminated or had been eliminated as a result of the current economic climate.
The following organizations were awarded funds:
American Poetry Museum, Building Bridges Across the River, Capital City Symphony, City Arts, Inc., City Dance Ensemble, Dakshina/ Daniel Phoenix Singh Company, DC Youth Orchestra Program, Joy of Motion Dance Center, Inc., Life Pieces to Masterpieces, Opera Lafayette, Prison Foundation, The Choral Arts Society, The Double Nickels Theatre Company, Inc., The Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts, Theater Alliance of Washington, Washington District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, Inc., Washington Men’s Camerata and the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company.
“We are proud to have partnered with the NEA to distribute these stimulus monies to arts organizations, saving mission critical jobs in DC with a broad spectrum of impact across all wards,” said DCCAH Executive Director, Gloria Nauden.
Ava Spece, Executive Director of the DC Youth Orchestra Program added, “Last year through attrition, we lost our administrative assistant position. Because of funding strain, we have not refilled the position. The STIM10 grant allows us to fill this very important role in our organization. Being able to put this position back in place allows us to have all other staff be able to focus attention on greater programmatic priorities and allows us to refocus on the students of the program and their educational needs—this is our most important priority.”