With over 45 years of experience building community through the arts in countless classes, workshops, residencies, trainings and performances, CHAW is uniquely positioned to share its passion and expertise for upholding and uplifting the value of art, artists and artful thinking in many contexts.


In our 50 years of operating, CHAW has never turned a student away due to inability to pay. The benefits of the arts are even more pronounced for students from low-socioeconomic backgrounds, but that they often receive less arts instruction than their peers. CHAW seeks to bridge this gap by offering tuition assistance. Learn more 


CHAW’s space use centers on the same mission that drives us in our classes, workshops, and events: Building community through the arts. We strive to make our space as accessible to everyone, including individuals and organizations seeking affordable space in the District. CHAW’s Black Box Theater, Dance Studio and Art Studio are currently available for rental for performances, rehearsals, classes, workshops, and more.


A fiscal sponsor is a nonprofit organization that provides fiduciary oversight, financial management, and other administrative services to help build the capacity of charitable projects. CHAW teaching artists are eligible to apply to CHAW (form) & (form instructions) as a fiscal sponsor for the purposes of grant writing and other support services.


A creative and happy workforce is a productive workforce. Team building, professional development, employee appreciation — CHAW offers unique, arts-based trainings and outings tailored for your specific needs. Click here to get started.


CHAW offers workshops for outside organizations seeking arts programming as part of their strategic mission. We also offer opportunities for visiting artists to present specialized workshops in various media and techniques to a wider artistic community.

Contact Stephanie Morse, CHAW’s Program Director, for a free initial consultation. Teaching artists interested in offering a workshop should submit a proposal form along with a resume and work sample.


The CHAW Gallery Residency program is made possible by J. Wade Carey. Check out our Gallery page for more information about past and upcoming residencies or head to our Artist Residency page for information on applying!

registration forms

Follow the links below to access important registration forms for summer camp and our youth arts program.

COVID Safety protocols

Learn more about what we’re doing to keep you and your kids safe while we navigate in-person learning.