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Artivate ( celebrates the arts as an essential part of everyday life, creating dynamic experiences in schools, libraries and community centers, as well as correctional facilities and juvenile detention centers, through Project Youth ArtReach. Artivate engages communities to create interactive arts experiences that inspire learning, advancing the arts to better understand diverse cultures and unify communities regardless of age, race and ethnicity.

Headquartered: Silver Spring Serves: Maryland, Northern Virginia and Washington, D.C.

What a donation buys: 

  • $250 covers painting supplies for 15 youths to create a multipanel mural.
  • $500 funds a cultural arts performance for 350 students at a Title I school.
  • $1,000 provides key support for a five-week creative writing residency for court-involved youths.

Volunteer opportunities: 

  • One day: Help with a special event.
  • Ongoing: Provide office support.
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  • Internships