Code of the District of Columbia

§ 39–202. Definitions.

For the purposes of this chapter, the term:

(1) "Administrative costs" includes federal grant funds, intra-district funds, special purpose revenue funds, and local funds needed to support the functions of the Commission, to include agency-management, information-technology, contracting, and staffing costs, and funding for arts learning and outreach programs.

(2) "Arts" includes instrumental music, vocal music, dance, drama, folk art, creative writing, architecture and allied fields, painting, sculpture, photography, graphic and craft arts, industrial design, costume and fashion design, media and film, and sound recording; disciplines related to the presentation, performance, execution, exhibition of those major art forms; and the study and application of the arts to the human environment.

(3)(A) "Arts and Humanities Cohort" includes those individuals and organizations that directly produce or present content or facilitate productions of other arts and humanities organizations or provide arts education services.

(B) The term does not include members of the National Capital Arts Cohort or local academic institutions.

(4) "Commission" means the Commission on the Arts and Humanities established by § 39-203.

(5) "Executive Director" means the executive director appointed pursuant to § 39-205(a).

(6) "Grant-managing entity" means the District's humanities council (the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C., or any successor organization), which shall make subgrants pursuant to § 39-205.02.

(7) "Humanities" includes the study of ancient or modern languages, literature, philosophy, history, human geography, archeology, jurisprudence, religion, law, ethics, the history, criticism, theory, and practice of the arts; those aspects of the social sciences that have humanistic content and employ humanistic methods; and the study and application of the humanities to the human environment with particular attention to the relevance of the humanities to the current conditions of national life.

(8) "Humanities Grant Program" means the grant program established by § 39-205.02.

(9) "National Capital Arts Cohort" includes those organizations that are:

(A) Nonprofit corporations incorporated under the laws of the District that:

(i) Have an annual income, exclusive of District funds, in excess of $1 million for each of the 3 years before receipt of a grant awarded under this chapter;

(ii) Have income from federal funds of less than $1 million for each of the 3 years before receipt of a grant under this chapter; and

(iii) Receive funding from the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Grant Program ("NCACA Grant Program") under Title II of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act, 1986, approved December 19, 1985 (99 Stat. 1261; 20 U.S.C. § 956a), or that are, from and after March 1, 2018, eligible for funding from the NCACA Grant Program.

(B) The term does not include local academic institutions.

(10) "Public art" means sculptures, murals, mosaics, bas-reliefs, frescoes, tapestries, monuments, fountains, environmental designs, and other visual art forms that are intended to enhance the aesthetic quality of a public building, park, street, sidewalk, or other public place with which they are physically or spatially connected. The term "public art" does not include landscape design or the incidental ornamentation of functional structural elements or accessories unless designed by a visual artist as part of an artwork design authorized by the Commission.


(Oct. 21, 1975, D.C. Law 1-22, § 3, 22 DCR 2083; June 25, 1986, D.C. Law 6-125, § 2(a), 33 DCR 2945; Jan. 29, 1998, D.C. Law 12-42, § 2(a), 44 DCR 5577; Sept. 11, 2019, D.C. Law 23-16, § 2202(a), 66 DCR 8621.)

Prior Codifications

1981 Ed., § 31-2002.

1973 Ed., § 31-1902.

Emergency Legislation

For temporary (90 days) amendment of this section, see § 2202(a) of Fiscal Year 2020 Budget Support Emergency Act of 2019 (D.C. Act 23-91, July 22, 2019, 66 DCR 8497).