I recently joined the Board of Directors of the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) in Washington, DC. CHAW offers youth and adult classes in music, dance, theater, photography, painting, ceramics, book making, screen writing, and other neat classes like Shodo (Chinese calligraphy). I've been taking classes there and using the open darkroom for about 10 years and have been a monthly donor for about 6. I think it's a wonderful place to just relax and do art. They also have exhibits and performances in their building located in Eastern Market right behind Barracks Row.
Another really cool thing they do is offer tuition assistance to anyone who can't afford the classes. Last summer they actually helped 90 homeless children attend their all-day day camp at no cost. Each day included arts session, recreation time, lunch and stacks, and transportation.
CHAW really is a phenomenal place that is committed to building communities through art and I'm excited to be getting more involved with them.
CHAW raises 60% of its revenue from class registration, but the rest comes from donors like me (and hopefully you) and grants. People of all ages and all backgrounds love CHAW and when you learn more about it, I know you will too. Learn how you can help to sustain this art space for years to come.