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.
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!
We provide programs in the visual arts, theater arts, literary media arts, and dance and movement.
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.
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
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.
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.
72% of business leaders say that creativity is the number one skill they are seeking when hiring.
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%.
Marjuan is the founder and president of the Canady Foundation for the Arts. A DC native, she is also the Founder of her own multi-media production company, Sepia Works as well as the Co-Founder/CEO of Callaloo, a cultural children’s media brand that promotes cultural literacy for kids. She holds a B.A. in Theater/African-American Studies from Fordham University and an M.A. in Arts Politics from New York University’s 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.
Raised in Washington, DC, Nabeeh is the co-founder of multi-media production studio ``CreativeJunkfood`` and the co-founder of the Callaloo children's media brand. He brings over 10 years expertise in graphic design, animation & video, and web development to CFA. He is a graduate of Temple University, where he studied Graphic & Interactive Design.
Sydnee is a writer and filmmaker originally from Tulsa, Oklahoma. She holds her BA in Film and English from Howard University. Her original work focuses on women of colors' mental wellness experiences.
Camille Thomas is a junior at Michigan State double majoring in Arts & Humanities and Theatre. Her passions include social justice, reading, and anything artistic. She is excited to be working with the Canady Foundation for the Arts.
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