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Funding Announced for Special Project Funding Opportunity 2 and Festivals DC

Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Thirty-five arts and humanities organizations receive funding to support both innovative arts and humanities special projects and community-based festivals

The D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is pleased to announce that $451,674 was awarded to arts and humanities organizations in the District of Columbia through the Special Project Funding Opportunity 2 (SPFO2) and Festivals DC programs for fiscal year 2013.

The SPFO2 was created to assist Washington-based artists and nonprofit arts organizations, across all wards, in producing innovative arts and humanities projects that impact a diverse range of cultures and communities in the District of Columbia.  The SPFO2 was unique in that the applications were open only to applicants who had NOT received FY 2013 funding (except those having received FY13 funding exclusively through Cultural Facilities Projects and/or Public Art Building Communities). Also, the grant does not require that grantees provide a cash match. There are twenty SPFO2 grant recipients totaling $243,852.00.

The Festivals DC grant program was created by the Commission, with partial funding from the Deputy Mayor on Planning and Economic Development, to provide support for DC-based festivals promoting arts and humanities activities to varying cultures and communities in the District of Columbia. The Festivals DC grant has a 1:1 cash-matching requirement. There are fifteen FDC grant recipients totaling $207,822.00.

“The recipients of the second round of Special Project Funding Opportunities and Festivals DC funding represent District’s thriving and diverse arts community,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.  “We are proud to support their efforts and look forward to helping more organizations and artists who have made the District a world-class cultural destination.” 

“Grantees of these two programs are excellent examples of arts and humanities organizations whose initiatives have expanded the tremendous output of Washington’s creative economy,” said Lionell Thomas, Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “The Commission is proud to support these fantastic projects which contribute to making our city a vibrant place to live, work and play.”

Grant recipients of FY13 Special Project Funding Opportunity 2:

Organization Name Ward Award
District of Columbia Arts Center, Inc. {1}  $19,500.00
Howard Theatre Restoration, Inc. {1}  $19,500.00
Inscape Publico, Inc. {1}  $11,700.00
Hamiltonian Artists, Inc. {1}  $4,000.00
Rorschach Theatre {1}  $5,320.00
Alliance Française de Washington {2}  $20,000.00
Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington {2}  $2,281.50
Maida Withers Dance Construction Company {2}  $2,400.00
Spooky Action Theater Company {2}  $4,600.00
Moving Forward / Dana Tai Soon Burgess & Co. {3}  $11,000.00
The Ciesla Foundation {3}  $12,000.00
Teatro de la Luna (The Moon Theatre) {4}  $6,400.00
Black Women Playwrights/ Group, Inc. {5}  $19,500.00
Do The Write Thing Foundation of DC {5}  $18,200.00
Southwest Renaissance Development Corp {6}  $19,500.00
Washington Youth Choir {6}  $16,250.00
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington {7}  $23,500.00
CA-FAM III, Incorporated {7}  $11,198.00
The National Hand Dance Association {8}  $8,092.00
Innovative School of Performing Arts Foundation {8}  $8,910.00

Grant recipient of FY13 Festivals DC:

Organization Name Ward Award
Columbia Heights Day Initiative {1}  $7,500.00
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts {2}  $24,782.00
DC Shorts (formerly DC Film Alliance) {2}  $6,000.00
Cultural Tourism DC {2}  $21,000.00
Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets {2}  $9,000.00
Washington DC Jewish Community Center {2}  $2,500.00
Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz {3}  $21,000.00
Hillwood Museum and Gardens Foundation {3}  $5,250.00
Dakshina {4}  $24,000.00
Pan American Symphony Orchestra {5}  $17,600.00
Dance Place {5}  $14,000.00
Shaw Main Streets, Inc. {6}  $14,000.00
Atlas Performing Arts Center {6}  $5,190.00
H Street Main Street, Inc. {6}  $18,000.00
THEARC {8}  $18,000.00

The SPFO2 and Festivals DC grants were reviewed by panels made up of artists and arts administrators who are entrenched in the DC arts community. Panelists review and score each application based on 4 basic criteria: Artistic Content, Community Impact and Engagement, Capacity and Sustainability and Overall. As a group, the panelists come together to discuss the applications under the direction of one of the DCCAH’s commissioner conveners. Commissioners are objective and do not score applications. The panelists' scores are averaged together to create a ranking. Staff uses this ranking to create funding recommendations, which are discussed and voted upon by the Full Commission for final approval.

All citizens of the District of Columbia are encouraged to assist DCCAH’s grant programs by recommending potential Advisory Panelists. Individuals may also self-nominate. Advisory review panelist nomination forms are sent each year to the community at large and are posted year round.

About the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.