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
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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.
- $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
Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to
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