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• Advisory Neighborhood CommissionsComposed of elected neighborhood residents, who advise the District government on a wide range of policies and programs affecting their neighborhoods, including traffic, parking, recreation, street improvements, liquor licenses, zoning, economic development, police protection, sanitation and trash collection, and the District’s annual budget. Find contact information for the ANC in your ward/neighborhood.
• Americans for the Arts (AFTA)
A national membership organization comprised of local arts organizations and individuals that is dedicated to arts advocacy and serving local communities. AFTA hosts an annual conference and organizes National Arts Advocacy Day. The website features research and policy information, a job bank, public art network, online bookstore, and much more.
Stay informed about the latest National Arts Advocacy news with the Americans for the Arts’ blog.
A local month-long multimedia arts event, by artists for artists, that draws together visual artists, musicians and performers and brings their work to the community without charge. The website features a searchable listing of participating artists, including images of their work and links to their websites.
• Arts on Foot Festival
A juried one-day, multimedia festival held annually each fall in Downtown DC’s Penn Quarter neighborhood. The festival incorporates visual art, music, theatre, dance, film, and creative cuisine and features booths where area artists and artisans sell their work.
• Beltway Poetry Quarterly
Publishes poetry by authors who live or work in Washington, DC. Website includes an extensive resources section called Resource Bank, which can be accessed from the home page. Listings include: regional organizations that give grants to writers, membership organizations that offer writing classes and other services, reading and performance series, small presses and literary journals, conferences and festivals, libraries, literary blogs from the Mid-Atlantic, area museums, and bookstores.
A local arts magazine written by artists.
• Capital Fringe
Produces the DC Fringe Festival, a large open access performing arts festival in the District of Columbia that connects exploratory and emerging artists with adventurous audiences annually in July. The festival involves approximately 30 venues, more than 200 artists groups, hundreds of volunteers, and more than 19,000 audience members.
• Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair
An annual juried exhibition and sale of handmade alternative arts and crafts from independent artists presented by the Washington City Paper Classifieds Department. The fair is all-day, outdoors, and free to attend.
• Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington
A regional arts service organization working on behalf of artists, cultural arts organizations, and the cultural community in the greater Washington region. Offers workshops, resources, information and job postings.
• Cultural Development Corporation (CuDC)
Focuses on economic and community development through the arts and culture in DC. The list serv offers opportunities to view and post weekly updates of art happenings in DC, as well as events at CuDC’s Flashpoint gallery and performance spaces. View the websites at www.culturaldc.org or www.flashpointdc.org.
• Council of the District of Columbia
The legislative branch of the District of Columbia government. Find information about legislative initiatives, budget priorities and links to Councilmembers in each ward.
• DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
An arts service organization that works to promote quality arts and humanities education for all DC public and chartered public schools. Offers professional development to arts teachers, provides District students with tickets and transportation to select cultural events through Arts For Every Student.
• DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
DC’s arts agency, provides funds and information to initiate, develop, and support cultural activities and the arts, including services to artists, art organizations, educational and community organizations, and government agencies. Offers grants to individual artists that are District of Columbia residents and to non-profit arts organizations that are based in the District.
• DC Film Alliance
Serves as a bridge between the myriad of media arts organizations in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. This includes film festivals, screening venues, and member organizations that serve media arts professionals. Offers free quarterly meetings of area film organizations, festivals and resources.
• DC Guide / DC Citizen Atlas
DC Guide can help you find your way around the District, view general information and maps of DC neighborhoods, find real property values, calculate taxi fares, and much more. If you need to find out the Ward number, ANC, or Cluster associated with a Washington, DC address, go to the DC Citizen Atlas at http://citizenatlas.dc.gov/atlasapps/reporthometab.aspx, select the “WhereYou Live” tab, type in the address, hit the “DC Search” or “Make a Report” button, and go to the “Administrative” tab to view the results.
• DC Office of the Chief Financial Officer
DC Government agency that prepares the city’s annual budget; borrows on behalf of the District; collects receipts, payments, and transactions for the District; invests the city’s funds; administers and enforces tax laws; and produces the audited statements for the city’s financial condition. The home page includes a link to the District’s Annual Budget and Capital Plan.
• DC Office of Planning
DC Government agency that plans all land use in the District of Columbia, including economic revitalization and neighborhood planning, and reviews zoning and historic preservation cases. Also analyses and disseminates Census 2000 data.
The District’s Comprehensive Plan is available here. For the Arts and Culture Element, select the Citywide Elements link and go to pages 327 – 337 of the PDF.
• District of Columbia Art Center (DCAC)
A non-profit art space in Adams Morgan, comprised of a theater and gallery, dedicated to emerging art and artists. Provides a free bi-monthly listserv with announcements about art events and opportunities around D.C and beyond. Visit the website or join the listserv by visiting their yahoo group.
• Downtown DC Business Improvement District
Website features the latest news and events happening in and around the Downtown DC area, including many arts and cultural opportunities. Sign up for the bi-weekly email newsletter here.
• Find Art Information Bank
Provides free weekly email and website listings of events, jobs and other opportunities to the Washington area arts community as well as an artist locator and resource center. Post announcements for a small fee.
• Historical Society of Washington, DC
A citywide non-profit organization whose sole mission is to preserve, present and interpret the history of Washington, D.C. and its people. Houses the Kiplinger Research Library featuring a rich collection of books, pamphlets, photographs, maps, prints, archives and manuscripts.
• Humanities Council of Washington DC
An affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). HCWDC is a private, nonprofit organization that funds and conducts humanities-based cultural and educational programs for Washingtonians in every ward.
• IDB Cultural Center e-list
The Cultural Center of the Inter-American Development Bank provides information about their exhibitions, concerts, lectures and other cultural events. Click here to request free email announcements.
• National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA)
A membership organization that unites, represents, and serves the nation’s state and jurisdictional arts agencies. The website includes links to all state arts agencies.
• PennQuarter Neighborhood Association (PQNA)
Free email announcements about events and other items of interest in and near Penn Quarter, in Downtown DC. Features many art galleries, museums, and outdoor concerts. Contact joann@PennQuarter.org to receive announcements.
• Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts (WALA)
Provides education, advocacy and volunteer legal services through workshops and seminars, legal clinics for artists and arts organizations, and pro-bono referral services.
• Washington Project for the Arts (WPA)
A membership organization that promotes excellence in contemporary art in the region by presenting experimental exhibitions and performances, stimulating dialogue between emerging and established artists, and involving artists in educational programs that benefit local residents. Publishes a bi-annual four-color Artist Directory listing established and emerging contemporary artists throughout the Washington region. Produces a free weekly E-Newsletter highlighting exhibition openings, calls for entries, and announcements. Website also includes ArtFile Online, an interactive, searchable registry showcasing members artists and images of their work.