Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) are pleased to announce the awarding of $7.5 million to 319 DC-based artists and nonprofit organizations for fiscal year 2014 -- representing all eight wards of the District of Columbia.
The awards reflect seven of the grant programs that the DCCAH administers: Arts Education Program, Artist Fellowship Program, City Arts Projects, Cultural Facilities Projects, East of the River, Grants-In-Aid, and the UPSTART Program.
“A thriving arts community has always been a hallmark of a world-class city," noted Mayor Vincent C. Gray. "I'm particularly proud of our continuing efforts to integrate art and art based programs into the lives of young people across the District. Once again, we are leading the way.”
“The Commission is pleased to assist the grantees as they continue to represent the District’s growing and diverse arts community,” said Judith Terra, Chair of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. “We also look forward to helping more organizations and artists who have made the District a vibrant national and international cultural destination.”
“Awardees of these grants are great examples of artists and arts 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.
This year, the DCCAH received 632 applications requesting over $18 million in funding. All eligible applications are reviewed by Advisory Review Panels, which are convened by DCCAH board members. For FY14, the DCCAH held 20 Advisory Review Panels and enlisted the expertise of over 120 Advisory Review Panelists who read, discuss, and score each application.
The DCCAH funded a broad spectrum of innovative and exciting artists, programs, and organizations. For example, individual artists in music and visual arts, programs that teach young people, and institutions that serve residents and visitors across the city will be awarded grants this year. These grantees contribute to the District's cultural landscape that provides an economic impact of over $1.1 billion to the city.
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.