The arts play a critical role in children's lives: through theater and dance, drawing and singing, they are able to express themselves and explore a world beyond the classroom walls. While the arts have faced cutbacks in many schools, Artivate ensures that creativity has a place. Since 1995, it has brought culturally diverse arts programs directly to DC-area schools and communities through alliances with artists, arts organizations, museums, community-based groups, and service agencies. Thanks to Artivate, over 200,000 audience members experienced 1,500 performances, workshops, and residency activities this year. Project Youth ArtReach also brings the arts into area detention and correctional facilities, and provides mentorships to incarcerated youth. Equally dedicated to arts and artists, Artivate offers employment and resources to 125 performers, writers, and creators. (Artists come from throughout the US and over 20 countries.) In the words of one Youth ArtReach participant, art not only frees our bodies, “it relieves us from the confinement of our minds.” Let’s give every child the freedom to express and create.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Pre-K (3-4); Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+); All

Population(s) Served: Disabled; Low- to Moderate-Income; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students

Schools They Work In: We work with over 400 public and private schools in the Washington, DC region


  • Artists employed by us annually:   125
  • Number of people (clients, students, seniors, youth, etc) served annually by our arts outreach programming:   220,000
  • Performances/exhibits/art classes, etc. offered annually:   2200

Awards & Recognition

City Council of Baltimore and the Mayor of Baltimore awarded "Certificates of Recognition" to PYA for outstanding service to Family League of Baltimore City, Inc. in 2009.

Proclamation from the Montgomery County Council presented in 2007 for a mural created by youthful offenders.

Award for “Outstanding Service and Support” from CHI Centers, Inc. (Montgomery County, MD) in May 2007, acknowledging CAA’s “dedication and public spirit in enriching the lives of CHI Centers’ participants .”

Award for “Outstanding Service” from Invisible Hands, Inc. (Greenbelt, MD) for helping bridge the gap between deaf and hearing communities in 2003.

Press

  • Dance Workshop at Middle School Ends Today; Recreation Department Looking for Grant to Prolong Program
    Wed Dec 16 2009, Gazette.net  
    Students at Roberto Clemente Middle School have been learning how to break dance and do the salsa for the last seven weeks.

  • How to get in touch with your Inner Mongolian
    Wed Feb 25 2009  
    Lauren Bacall, the Seven Dwarves, James McNeill - for an American, compiling a list of famous whistlers isn't terribly easy. Unless you're a member of the Mongolian community. "Khoomi - throat singing - is a very traditional Mongolian art," says Suhe Harnood, 43, a native of Inner Mongolian who lives in Germantown. "We like it very much - it's very special!" . . . Read more and learn how Class Acts Arts brought this art to four schools.

  • Plenty of arts to feast on at fundraiser
    Wed Jan 21 2009  
    For one day, dinosaurs and other distinguished performers took over Whole Foods in Silver Spring as part of a fundraiser for Class Acts Arts.
    For the event, the Silver Spring act DinoRock produced a puppet show for children age 2 and older about baby dinosaurs and motherhood. Whole Foods donated 5 percent of the grocery sales that day to the organization, which has big plans for community arts.

  • 'Forms of Identity' at the Delaplaine
    Thu Sep 11 2008  
    In bare feet and purple sequined overalls, Maria Anasazi stood next to a collection of mixed media pieces in the midst of getting them framed and on the wall of the Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center last week. Her black hair jetted out from a fushia headwrap as she explained that artists are usually not exactly mainstream people but live their lives somewhere along the margins of society.

  • Arts Project Finds a Showcase for Inmates' Lessons
    Thu Dec 20 2007  
    With a couple of tugs, Northwood High School Principal Henry Johnson and officials from the Montgomery County Department of Correction and Rehabilitation yanked down a red sheet hanging in the Silver Spring school's main office, revealing four faces painted on large panels in green, blue, brown and red hues.

Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Artivate (formerly Class Acts Arts) is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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About the Catalogue for Philanthropy

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