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 2019, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation awarded 127 grants for a total of $10,454,000. Below is a list of our recent grantees who applied for a grant between March 2, 2019 and July 1, 2019. 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   $50,000
Arlington Arts Center   $30,000
Art Enables   $25,000
Atlas Performing Arts Center   $45,000
Choral Arts Society of Washington   $40,000
DC Youth Orchestra Program   $45,000
District of Columbia Arts Center   $20,000
In Series, Inc.   $20,000

John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Levine Music   $75,000
Olney Theatre Center   $50,000
The Phillips Collection   $85,000
Post-Classical Ensemble, Inc.   $20,000
Project Create   $225,000
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center   $30,000
The Shakespeare Theatre Company   $815,000
Signature Theatre   $70,000
Sitar Arts Center   $45,000
Smithsonian Institution   $2,250,000
Split This Rock, Inc.   $40,000
Story District   $20,000
Strathmore Hall Foundation, Inc.   $50,000
Synetic Theater   $30,000
Theater Alliance of Washington DC, Inc.   $20,000
Vocal Arts DC   $5,000
The Washington Ballet   $100,000
The Washington Chorus   $40,000
Washington Improv Theater   $20,000
Washington Performing Arts   $100,000
Washington Project for the Arts   $20,000
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts   $35,000
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company   $300,000