For Immediate Release

October 30, 2014

Contact: Dionne Johnson Calhoun

(202) 724-8105

Grosso Announces Formation of Diverse, City-wide Arts and Creative Economy Coalition

Washington, DC -- Today, Councilmember David Grosso (I - At Large) is pleased to announce the formation of ArtsAction DC: Strengthening Our Creative Community, a coalition of 40 organizations representing performing and visual arts and the creative economy.  Grosso works with the group who meets monthly at Arena Stage.

“One of my highest priorities since I was elected to the Council is to bring together organizations from around the city to advocate with one voice on behalf of the arts and the creative economy.  I am delighted to announce that those organizations have come together to form ArtsAction DC, which will advocate on behalf of funding, support, and growth of the arts and arts education in D.C.,” Grosso said.

ArtsAction DC comprises a diverse group of organizations, both large and small, that drive the creative economy sector in Washington D.C., including: theater, dance, visual art, written and spoken word, music, fashion, film, and festivals. 

The group is developing a study entitled “Funding for a Cultural Plan for DC,” which the group intends to release prior to the FY16 Budget process next year with the goal of making the case for increased funding for the arts in D.C.

“ArtsAction, DC will be an indispensable voice for the arts and the creative economy in DC,” said Grosso.  “I am delighted that so many organizations from disparate arts disciplines have come together to advance the common goal of critical support for the arts.  I look forward to working with my colleagues to continue to work with this dynamic group in the months and years ahead.”

Learn more about ArtsAction DC here:, Twitter, and Facebook.

The members of ArtsAction are:

Anacostia Playhouse

America for the Arts

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Arena Stage


Artomatic, Inc.

Beltway Poetry Slam

Capital Fringe

Center for the Creative Economy



Dance Place

DC Fashion Foundation

DC Shorts

Dupont Underground

(e)merge art fair

Folger Shakespeare Library

Ford's Theater


Gay Mens Chorus

Idea Plex/Studio 202


Listen Local First

Pen Faulkner Foundation

Phillips Collection

Shakespeare Theater

Split This Rock

Step Afrika!

Studio Theater

Taffety Punk


Theatre Alliance

Theatre J

Ward 8 Cultural Council

Washington Performing Arts

Washington Bach Consort

The Washington Ballet

Woolly Mammoth Theatre