The Canady Foundation for the Arts (CFA) is a Washington, DC cultural arts 501(c) 3 non-profit organization that educates, empowers and implements innovative arts and media programs for youth of color. CFA aims to enhance social-emotional development as well as work-life balance skills to affect students and their community positively into adulthood.
Through media and arts education, CFA enables at-risk DC youth to become change agents in their own communities through creativity and entrepreneurship.
We provide culturally focused arts classes ranging from theater, visual arts, literary arts, film and media arts, music and health and wellness. Learn more about our programs here.
We partner with local organizations and initiatives who support youth of color and underserved communities. Learn more. (Learn more sub-box- We have produced community programming with The Washington Nationals Youth Baseball Academy, Kipp Charter Schools, DC Public Schools and Children’s Hospital and religious organizations)
We support creative productions and projects that empower communities and youth of color. Learn more. Learn more page- Links to sub-square- Our productions have been seen at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Smithsonian Discovery Theatre, White House Eclipse Stage and Ryan Seacrest Studios.
To date, Canady Foundation for Arts has served over 2,000 children in the Washington, DC area with its arts education curriculum and outreach programs.
Since 2015, we’ve partnered with over 25 organizations to assist underserved youth with our arts education programs
To date, we’ve raised over $30,000 towards our arts education programs with support from individuals and organizations within our community.
We currently offer the following programs. Contact us to inquire about implementing these programs with your organization.
Callaloo in the Classroom
A unique arts and culture educational experience that ignites children’s imaginations and their understanding of the diverse world around them. Ages 3-12
Marjuan, a DC native, is the founder & president of CFA. An award-winning artist and entrepreneur, she has over 10 years of experience in film, theater, arts management, and education. She is the founder of her production company Sepia Works as well as the Co-Founder of the children's brand, Callaloo. She holds a B.A. in Theater/African Studies from Fordham University and an M.A. in Arts Politics from NYU, Tisch School of the Arts.
Tatiana is a native of Durham, NC and a graduate of the prestigious Hampton University. She founded 1st Lady Management, an independent management company, in 2012. She brings more than seven years of experience in project management and specialized guidance to serve the youth served at the Canady Foundation for the Arts.
Tiffany N. Spearman is an arts administrator and consultant originally from upstate New York. She has over ten years of dance performance, teaching artist and choreography experience, working with notable companies such as Sydnie L. Mosley Dances, Inclined Dance Project and INSPIRIT Dance Company. She is also a contributor for Arianna Huffington’s Thrive Global publication. She is a graduate of Boston Conservatory.
Sydnee is a writer and filmmaker whose work has been featured on NPR and Vice News. Sydnee holds her B.A. in Media, Journalism, and Film from Howard University.
Nazaahah is a yoga and wellness instructor with over 15 years of experience. She specializes in creating health and wellness programs for women of color and youth.
Danyel is an opera singer and dance instructor. She holds her B.A. in Dance and Theater from UNC Charlotte and her Masters in Vocal Performance from James Madison University.
Nabeeh is the co-founder of multi-media production studio ``CreativeJunkfood``. He brings over 10 years expertise in graphic design, animation & video, and web development to CFA. He holds his B.A. in Graphic & Interactive Design from Temple University.
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