Arts and Humanities

Our giving in the Arts and Humanities includes theater, dance, music, visual arts, film and other multidisciplinary art forms, as well as organizations that promote the humanities. We focus on nonprofits that have deep, meaningful impact and can demonstrate the depth and breadth of their local initiatives. The Foundation examines how access to the Arts and Humanities for diverse populations is created and how unique opportunities are provided for all ages to engage. In addition to more traditional approaches, we believe in the power of the Arts and Humanities to be innovative and create social change.


At our Fall Board of Directors’ Meeting in October 2020, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 117 grants for a total of $6,665,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between March 2, 2020 and July 1, 2020. Please visit our Annual Report Page for a full list of Cafritz grantees.  Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area.


Organization                                                           Amount

Adventure Theatre MTC $40,000
Arlington Arts Center $30,000
Armed Services Arts Partnership $20,000
Art Enables $25,000
DC Youth Orchestra Program $45,000
District of Columbia Arts Center $20,000
Folger Shakespeare Library $40,000
Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture                               $20,000
In Series, Inc. $25,000
John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts      $925,000
Levine Music $75,000
Olney Theatre Center $50,000
National Museum of Women in the Arts $30,000
Project Create $30,000
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center $30,000
Signature Theatre $70,000
Sitar Arts Center $50,000
Story District $10,000
Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc. $50,000
Synetic Theater $30,000
The Choral Arts Society of Washington $20,000
The Phillips Collection $85,000
The Shakespeare Theatre Company $75,000
The Theatre Lab $40,000
The Washington Ballet $100,000
The Washington Chorus $40,000
Theater Alliance of Washington DC, Inc. $20,000
Washington Improv Theater $25,000
Washington Performing Arts $100,000
Washington Project for the Arts $20,000
WETA $35,000
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts $35,000
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company $70,000