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, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 123 grants for a total of $7,742,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees in this program area.

Organization Name


Anacostia Playhouse


$5,000 outright and $5,000 as a 1:1 match for general support.

Arlington Arts Center


$20,000 outright and $10,000 as a 1:1 match for general support.


$15,000 for general support and $50,000 as a 1:1 match, contingent on necessary approvals, to support Phase I upgrades and renovations on the recently purchased facility in Ward 5.

BlackRock Center for the Arts


General support.

District of Columbia Arts Center


General support.

Folger Shakespeare Library


General support for DC-area programs.



$10,000 outright and $5,000 as a 1:1 match for general support.

In Series, Inc.


General support.

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts


$225,000 for the Kennedy Center; $225,000 for the National Symphony Orchestra, for DC-area education and community programs; and $475,000 for the Washington National Opera's Young Artist Program.

Levine Music


General support.