Arts and Humanities Working Group kicks back into gear

Congratulations to Michael Bigley (Cafritz Foundation) and Joy Ford Austin (DC Humanities Council) for pulling Washington Grantmakers’ Arts and Humanities Working Group (AHWG) out of its dormancy. They approached us to say that needs remain, grantmaking continues, and that A&H funders should collaborate to make their investments as effective as possible. (We couldn’t agree more.) They enlisted the expertise of former AHWG chair Kathy Freshley (Meyer Foundation), and the three met with WG to work out details.

On April 30, more than twenty funders from Md., DC, and Va. gathered to put the pieces on the table – to share information about their work and goals, and to lay out some ideas about how the Working Group could advance common interests.

The group identified three broad priority areas: 1) capacity-building for organizations and individuals operating in the arts and humanities; 2) advocacy; and 3) best practices and information sharing for funders. A planning committee will now mold this outline into a draft agenda and present it to the larger group at the end of the summer.

If you’re a funder interested in joining AHWG, it would be great to have you involved. Feel free to contact me at or 202.939.3443. Also, if you fund in this area, we’d appreciate it if you would take a few moments to fill out this survey.

– Christian