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1.13.2010

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities announces 2010 Grantees!

$7.25 million invested to support arts in the District

Washington, D.C. – Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 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 9 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 contributing to our city’s growing creative economy. This year we goal 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% increase across all grant programs from last year. This increase can partly be attributed to the Commission’s targeted outreach efforts, revamping our monthly ArtNewsLetter, producing a monthly gathering of creatives called Art Salon, 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.”

For a full listing of our 2010 Grantees go to click here.

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.

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