Known to cultivate, teach, and celebrate poetry that bears witness to injustice and provokes social change, Split This Rock is in a fallow season through April 1, 2022, and the usual schedule of programs and publication are on pause. The fallow season is an exciting opportunity for staff and board to dig into deeper wells of creativity for expanding the organizationsí capacity for working towards liberation, defining more concretely what working towards liberation means at Split This Rock, and increasing the impact of their poetry, resistance, and community building offerings. Split This Rock is committed to a future that includes expanding paid opportunities for artists, bringing disability justice principles more fully to the center of the organizationís culture, and building a larger team of core staff.

Headquarters: DC-Ward 2

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-City of Alexandria

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49); Seniors (50+)

Population(s) Served: Individuals with Disabilities; Individuals who identify as LGBTQ; Individuals living with HIV/AIDs; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Veterans/Military Families; Immigrants/Refugees; All

Schools They Work In: Bishop McNamara High School; Chavez - Capitol Hill High School; Dunbar Senior High School; Eastern High School; Eleanor Roosevelt High School; Falls Church High School; Friendly High School; H.D. Woodson Senior High School; Hayfield High School; Loudon County High School; Luke C. Moore High School; Madeira High School; McKinley Tech; TC Williams High School; Wakefield High School; Washington-Lee High School; West Springfield High School; Woodrow Wilson High School; and more

Awards & Recognition

Split This Rock has received two grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and multi-year funding from major national foundations such as the Open Society Foundation and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

The positive impact of our youth programs has brought many accolades including proclamations from DC City Council (2013, 2015) and Montgomery County (2015). Additionally, our efforts have been acknowledged for excellence in youth arts programming as a 2016 Mayorís Arts Awards finalist.

The DC Youth Slam Team took 1st place out of over 50 teams competing at the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in 2014.

The DC Youth Slam Team took 2nd place out of over 50 teams competing in the Brave New Voices International Teen Poetry Slam Festival in 2013. One of their videos from that competition has been viewed close to 2 million times on YouTube.


Budget (FY2022)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • The current budget for Split This Rock is: Less than $500k

Catalogue charities range in size from $100,000 to $3 million. This graphic indicates the budget range of the organization featured here. If you see an organizational budget above the $3 million mark, that is because the featured charity has grown in size since it first appeared in the Catalogue. We proudly present on our website the work of these "growth" charities.

About Spur Local

Each year 150+ community advocates review applicants on the basis of governance, equity, and impact. Each featured nonprofit has been successfully site visited and its financials given the thumbs up. Spur Local charges no fees and raises funds separately to support its work. Since 2003, it has raised over $57 million for nonprofits across the Greater Washington region.

Spur Local looks to friends like you to keep our services independent and entirely free of charge. Consider a small contribution to Spur Local to cap off your gift and help the causes you care about get the full support they deserve!

If you like Split This Rock you might also like