Resident Organizations

Capitol Hill Art League 

Capitol Hill Art League (CHAL), a visual arts program of Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW), produces and promotes juried and non-juried exhibits throughout the year. CHAL is a consortium of 100+ local artists who mount seven juried shows per year in CHAW’s Gallery Space. Artists/members are 18 years- 80+ from the DC-metro area including Virginia and Maryland. We show and sell our art work at galleries and various venues in the DC region.

Dedicated to providing show, sales and professional development opportunities to new and established artists, CHAL is run by volunteer members. Annual membership dues are $50.

Taffety Punk Theatre Company

Taffety Punk Theatre Company is CHAW’s Theater in Residence. A dynamic ensemble of actors, dancers and musicians, TPTC ignites public passion for theatre by making the classical and the contemporary exciting, meaningful and affordable. 

Light Switch Dance Theatre

Light Switch Dance Theatre (est. June 2013) is a site-specific project based company dedicated to multi-disciplinary performances in non-traditional spaces. Sandra C. Atkinson, MA (Founder/Artistic Director) creates socially conscious art driven by the human condition. LSDT strives to make every space an interactive artistic place.


Serve Your City/ Ward 6 Mutual Aid 

Serve Your City is the infrastructure hub for Ward 6 Mutual Aid, a grassroots, community-led effort to help all DC residents through the COVID-19 epidemic. Now, more than ever, we need to share resources so that we can save lives in the District. Serve Your City/Ward 6 Mutual Aid partners with more than 70 other organizations to ensure that Black and Brown families and residents, including our unhoused neighbors, have the basic necessities like food, masks, cleaning supplies, and lifesaving public health information — as well as ensuring that youth can take part in virtual tutoring and extracurricular activities that give them the same enriching out-of-school experiences as their white classmates. We keep us safe!

Program Partners

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project 

Homeless Children’s Playtime Project (Playtime) is a non-profit organization dedicated to the belief that play is a human right that all children deserve, regardless of housing status. Its mission is to cultivate resilience in children experiencing family homelessness by providing and expanding access to transformative play experiences. Like CHAW, Playtime believes art is fundamental to play and helps connect families living in shelters with free classes, camps, and activities provided by CHAW.”

Capitol Learning Academy

Capitol Learning Academy is a multi-age, private, progressive elementary school located blocks away from CHAW! We believe in teaching students important skills to set them up for success in the unpredictable future. Students work independently and in small groups throughout their days, learning time management, cooperative, and foundational skills. Our indexed tuition model allows us to calculate a tuition amount unique to each family, based on household income, and creates an intentional socio-economic diversity amongst our students and families. Students will learn to represent their own perspectives as well as be open to hearing those of others, and broadening their views as a result. We believe in the benefit of community, and as such we take advantage of local community resources in order to provide a robust education to our students. We use public parks for recess and PE, local counseling services, the Southeast Public Library, and of course CHAW for Art and Music lessons. Our students are out and about, walking the streets of Capitol Hill every day!

Breaking Ground

Breaking Ground is an Obama White House award winning Summer theatre program for LGBTQIA+ youth of color that utilizes the performing arts to showcase the lives, experiences, challenges and journeys of young people in the DC Metro area. We explore in-depth issues around HIV/AIDS, sexuality, racism, transphobia, abuse, mental health, substance abuse, and a wide range of other topics these young people endure. They courageously develop a full-length musical theatre production addressing these topics that are reflective of their lives, while discovering realistic and healthy conflict resolution they can apply to their lives.