Fund for Community Art

Providing financial resources for artists to create public artworks through the Foundation’s nonprofit partners across the United States and Puerto Rico.

“Hands in Bloom” mural by artist, Sonia Jones

“Hands in Bloom” mural by artist, Sonia Jones

Guests during mural unveiling.

Sonia Jones, artist

Children arriving for the mural unveiling.

(From left to right)
Jessica Smith Lennan, 11th Street Bridge Park, Deputy Director; Patricia Browne, National Children’s Center, CEO; Sylvia Williams, National Children’s Center, Garden Coordinator; Sonia Jones, Darryl Chappell Foundation Fund for Community Art Awardee, Artist; Molly Brown, Darryl Chappell Foundation, Co-Chair; Terrance King, National Children’s Center, COO

Children celebrating during day of the mural unveiling.

Hands In Bloom – 11th Street Bridge Park Unveils New Art Installation Funded by the Darryl Chappell Foundation

April 5, 2023

Unveiled today at the National Children’s Center (NCC) Baby Bloomers Urban Farm in Washington DC, Hands In Bloom is a remarkable piece of public art.

Created by artist Sonia Jones, Hands In Bloom brings together the various needs of a community. The art installation incorporates diverse hands that tell a story about the human owner. The story considers age, cultural heritage, personal style, and more. Spelling out “Baby Bloomers” in ASL symbolizes the inclusiveness of NCC’s mission.

The art installation made possible through an $8,000 grant from the Darryl Chappell Foundation. The Foundation’s vision is a community of artists impacting the world in exciting and mind-altering ways through art. Read the press release to learn more.

Sonia Jones photo

Sonia Jones Wins Competition to Create Mural in Washington DC

March 6, 2023

Artist Sonia Jones has been selected to create a mural at the 11th Street Bridge Park’s Baby Bloomers Farm, located at the National Children’s Center in Washington DC. Sonia was selected to create the mural after successfully presenting the winning proposal. The local community will be actively involved in the process of creating the mural which is scheduled to be completed in the Spring 2023.

Back in August 2022, The Darryl Chappell Foundation announced its first Fund for Community Art grant of $8,000 to commission an installation at the National Children’s Center Bridge Park Plot in Washington, D.C. The 11th Street Bridge Park—a project of Building Bridges Across the River (BBAR)—will implement the grant. The Foundation is proud to work with an organization that places a strong emphasis on engaging the community and paying artists for their work, values shared by the Foundation.

The Fund for Community Art is a program that provides financial resources directly to visual artists through the Foundation’s nonprofit partners across the United States and Puerto Rico for artists to work on public works of art within their local communities. Artists make their works of art accessible to the community by creating and producing art right where the community lives and works.

The program funds projects such as public murals, community public art displays – including photography, youth community projects involving artists and other local arts creative initiatives working directly with local visual artists.