Damien, Poppies 

Organizational History

The Art Connection in the Capital Region (ACCR) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization formed in 2004 to expand public access to visual art within underserved communities throughout the Greater Metropolitan Washington, DC area.

ACCR is modeled after the success of the former Art Connection, an organization founded in Boston in 1995 by the late Fay Chandler, a prolific artist who had been working there since the early 1970s. As Fay considered what would happen to her unsold inventory of work, a concern shared by many artists, she became convinced that donating the work to public, charitable, and educational groups in the community that lacked funds to purchase art would be the best result. Until its closing in early 2020, the Art Connection connected artists and collectors to nonprofit agencies and facilitated the donation of thousands of works of art. In addition, it encouraged the development of similar art donation and placement programs throughout the country through its expansion efforts.

To date, ACCR has partnered with over one hundred community service organizations throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Northern Virginia in the delivery of its mission, and made thousands of pieces of art available for placement. Through our efforts, we have inspired dialogue, creativity, healing, and learning by introducing artwork into nonprofit community environments. We have witnessed firsthand the transformative effects that artwork has on the lives of residents, clients, and staff, and are very proud of the individuals and communities we have empowered through our programming.