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DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Releases Arts Stabilization Grant Recipients

Friday, March 22, 2013
Thirty arts organizations receive general operating support totaling $2.5 million

Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) are pleased to announce that $2.5 million was awarded to arts organizations in the District of Columbia through the DCCAH’s Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG) program for fiscal year 2013.

The Arts Stabilization Grant provides one-time general operating support to established arts and humanities organizations that support the sustainability of the District of Columbia’s creative economy. Funding was limited to D.C.-based nonprofit organizations whose sole function is to exhibit, present and professionally train in the arts and humanities that have operated in Washington for at least seven years.

The program, which was introduced this fiscal year, is a result of a $6.8 million budget enhancement grant by the D.C. City Council on June 5, 2012. Two community forums were held in November to assess the needs of the local arts community and to inform a new grants program that addressed those needs.

“The $2.5 million of ASG funding is a significant investment in the creative economy by the District of Columbia government,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “By operating as cultural anchors, these grantees serve a broad representation of District of Columbia to regional, national and international audiences whose recreational spending contributes to the District’s tax base.”

Sixty-five applications were submitted from organizations throughout the District. The FY13 ASG funding rate of 45% highlights the DCCAH’s commitment to supporting the ongoing impact of the arts and culture industry, which provides an economic impact of $1.1 billion to the District of Columbia.

For a listing of organizations that received funding through the Arts Stabilization Grant, click here.