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Where Kids of Color Create!

We provide arts training, leadership and mentoring where it’s needed most.

About Us

The Canady Foundation for the Arts (CFA) is a cultural arts 501c3 non-profit organization that educates, empowers, and implements innovative arts and media programs for young people of color nationally as well as builds strategic partnerships with organizations that serve children of color. CFA was founded by artist and Entrepreneur Marjuan Canady with the mission of providing arts education and access to children from underserved communities.

Our Mission

CFA’s mission is to bring arts programming, education, performance, leadership, outreach and entrepreneurship opportunities to young people of color nationally. CFA creates opportunities for young people of color to get creative!


Check out some of our student’s original works on our CFA Youtube Page.

What We Offer

Arts Education

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.

Community Engagement

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.

Fiscal Sponsorship

Are you looking for 501c3 fiscal sponsorship for your event or production? Contact us.

Inquire About Our Programs

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

Book a workshop today.


Miss Media

A media literacy workshop that educates, empowers and supports young women to develop creative and critical skills in the media arts. Ages 14-22. Download our MISS MEDIA  program kit.

Book a workshop today.

Who We’ve Worked With


Arts Education Stats

Why is art education important?

States Agree

The arts are recognized as a core academic subject under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, and 48 states have adopted standards for learning in the arts.

Times the Success

Low-income students who are highly engaged in the arts are more than twice as likely to graduate college as their peers with no arts education.

Percent Agree

72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.

Percent Dropout

Low-income students with a high participation in the arts have a dropout rate of 4%, but their peers with a low participation in the arts have a dropout rate of 22%.

Who We Are

Arts Educators, Administrators, Entrepreneurs.

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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.

Marjuan Canady

President / Founder
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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.

Tatiana Johnson

Vice President

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.

Tiffany N. Spearman

Director of Operations

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.

Sydnee Monday

Programming Associate / Teaching Artist

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.

Nazaahah Amin

Teaching Artist

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.

Danyel Reid

Teaching Artist

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.

Nabeeh Bilal

Marketing Director / Web Developer

Support Arts Education!

Here’s how you can support:

  • Donate – Canady Foundation for the Arts is 501c3 non-profit organization. Make a tax-deductible donation today to help us make a difference in the lives of underserved children and communities. Donations are collected via paypal.
  • Sponsorship – Are you a corporation or for profit company that wants to support community programs and youth development in the arts? Learn more about our sponsorship opportunities. Contact us below.

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