If the arts are your passion, the District is a terrific place to live. From gospel choirs to the National Symphony Orchestra, D.C. has hundreds of arts and cultural groups as well as performance venues. Here are some of the major ones.
Arts Club of Washington
2017 I St. NW
Promotes the arts and sponsors seminars, literary events, art exhibitions and musical and theatrical performances.
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 Seventh St. SE
Facilities include a dance studio/recital hall, art studio, black box theater, art gallery, ceramics/pottery studio, photography darkroom and private music instruction studios.
Commission on the Arts and Humanities
410 Eighth St. NW, Fifth Floor
A D.C. government commission that organizes arts programs and sponsors performances.
Community Help in Music Education
1789 Lanier Pl. NW, Suite 3
Organization that promotes music education for D.C. public school children during and outside of school.
Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington
1436 U St. NW, Suite 103
Membership organization that provides resources for artists and arts groups in the District, Maryland and Virginia.
D.C. Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative
2020 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Box 264
Nonprofit organization that works with D.C. public and charter schools to provide arts and humanities education.
D.C. Arts Center
2438 18th St. NW
A nonprofit organization that supports emerging artists. Has a performance space and art gallery.
D.C. Blues Society
PO Box 77315
Nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving and promoting the blues.
1604 New Hampshire Ave. NW
Educational organization that sponsors author-related and other arts events.
Friday Morning Music Club
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 326
Club for classical musicians and music lovers that sponsors the Washington International Competition for singers, pianists, string players and composers.
Helen Hayes Awards
2233 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Suite 300
Presents local theater awards annually, sends D.C. schoolchildren to theater productions through its Washington Theatre Legacy Project and produces a quarterly Washington theater guide, Curtain Up.
Humanities Council of Washington, DC
925 U St. NW
Promotes Washington history and culture through grants, programs, publications and media projects. An affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
1835 14th St. NW
Presents affordable performances in a variety of artistic disciplines and genres.
Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Federation of Musicians
4400 MacArthur Blvd. NW, Suite 306
The local branch of the American Federation of Musicians union.
Northeast Performing Arts Group
NE Outreach Youth Center
3431 Benning Rd. NE
Sponsors youth arts programs for ages 3 to 23.
Patricia M. Sitar Center for the Arts
1700 Kalorama Rd. NW, Suite 101
Community arts center offers programs in music, dance, drama, writing and visual arts for disadvantaged children and their families.
2141 Wyoming Ave. NW, Suite 41
Promotes the appreciation of Shakespeare.
Smithsonian Information, PO Box 37012
SI Building, Room 153, MRC 010