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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Announces 2010 Grantees

Monday, January 11, 2010

Media Contact: Deidre Ehlen

(Washington, DC) The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to announce its FY 2010 grantees. In total, the Commission will distribute $7.25 million. This includes support to 18 organizations who received funding through our American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. From our nine special events, artist resource partnerships, public art project, and 16 grant programs we are proud to issue 515 grants to support artists and organizations in the District.

“This is the time that we get to thank our artists and organizations that enhance the quality of life in the District. The works produced will impact 45,000 youth through arts education programming, provide iconic public art displays, as well as contribute to our city’s growing creative economy. This year our goal is to raise the profile of these grantees, both individual artists and arts organizations,” says DCCAH Executive Director Gloria Nauden.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities received about 900 grant applications - a 55 percent increase across all grant programs from last year. This increase is partly attributed to the Commission’s targeted outreach efforts, revamping our monthly ArtNewsLetter, producing Art Salon, a monthly gathering of creatives, implementing a viral marketing arm, and building upon our relationships with partner organizations.

“These grantees represent the strength of the creative community in our city and I am honored to celebrate their achievement,” said Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “This investment in the city's arts community plays a vital role in the District’s transformation into a world-class city.”

This month’s Art Salon will celebrate the Commission’s 2010 grantees, featuring an unplugged performance by Grammy nominated DC artist and Commission grantee, Christylez. This event will be held at the Hamiltonian Gallery located at 1353 U Street on Thursday, January 14 at 7 pm.

Get a full listing of our 2010 Grantees.

A Few 2010 Grant Recipients…

Young Artist Program grants recognize up and coming DC artists. This initiative offers grants up to $3,500 to individual artists between the ages of 18 and 30.

Christon “Christylez” Bacon, a local musician, received $2500 to support the creation and performance of an original Hip Hop Theater piece with live musicians that fuses classical and contemporary styles. Christylez Bacon also received a 2010 Grammy nomination for the album Banjo to Beatbox.

Festivals DC offers funds to eligible non-profit organizations for arts festivals or festivals with significant arts components that encourage growth and promote awareness of quality arts activities throughout the District of Columbia, support local artists, stimulate economic benefits to the local community, promote a sense of community identity, and make arts experiences accessible to District residents and visitors.

Capital Fringe Inc., received $30,000.00 to support the 5th Anniversary 2010 Capital Fringe Festival from July 8 - 25, 2010. Capital Fringe strives to provide outlets and opportunities for artists to self-produce in a nurturing and supportive environment.

City Arts Project expands the quality and diversity of arts activities throughout the city, supports local artists, and makes arts experiences accessible to District residents. City Arts Projects expose the arts to the broader community or to persons traditionally underserved or separate from the mainstream due to geographic location, economic constraints or disability.

Washington Project for the Arts received $22,500.00 to support WPA's 2009-2010 season of public programs and exhibitions supporting local artists and enhance DC's creative community through the presentation of innovative art 20 digital images on CD.

DC Creates! Public Art purchases, commissions, and installs artworks that enliven public spaces and streetscapes throughout DC. The mission is to maintain a quality public collection of diverse media and to create a dynamic, vibrant, nurturing community through art and design.

Sam Gilliam has been selected for the Takoma Metro Underpass public art project. The Takoma Metro Underpass public art project is an initiative to beautify a dark, unappealing underpass by adding public art to create an inviting atmosphere for community members. The artwork, entitled From a Model to a Rainbow will be composed of hand blown, Italian glass mosaic tiles.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, which is in the cluster of DC’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, provides grants, programs and educational activities that encourage diverse artistic expressions and learning opportunities, so that all District of Columbia residents and visitors can experience the rich culture of our city.