The Lansburgh's Center, which houses a variety of local arts groups in the former LansgurghS department store building downtown, has received a $10,000 grant from TRW, a national Fortune 500 company.

"it's not huge, but it's a nice gift," said Rita Wasmuth, director of development for the Lansburgh's complex. "it's a new trend. Corporations are seeing Washington as their town, too, and investing in it."

Lansgurgh's -- which has been open for about a year and a half now -- has received a variety of grants, including a $250,000 challenge grant (which must be matched with three times that amount in private funds) from the National Endowment for the Arts and small grants from the foundations associated with Mobil and Exxon and local offices of corporations. "[The TRW grant] is the largest grant we've gotten from a corporation that does not involve being given under the aegis of a corporate foundation," said Francois Clay-Tor, publicist for Lansburgh's.

The grant will underwrite construction of a seminar room on the sixth floor of the building, according to Phil Ogilvie, executive director of Lansburgh's. Currently, 13 of 35 expected art groups -- dance, visual arts, theater, workshops, etc. -- have already moved into the building. The others may move in in the late fall.