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Cultural Enrichment, Music, and Arts Center

The Cultural Enrichment, Music, and Arts Center is a multi-disciplinary arts center in Washington, DC which offers opportunities in the arts for all people, all arts, all ages, skill levels and backgrounds. It was founded to promote art appreciation and education in Washington, DC and our surrounding neighbors.

The Cultural Enrichment, Music, and Arts Center, is a volunteer-led, mission-driven community organization that has been created to serve the multi-cultural community in the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Our name defines who WE are and what we specialize in... Cultural Enrichment, Music, and Arts...CEMA. Our educational program offers a number of classes for all arts, all people, all ages. We believe that music is the best form of communication in the world, and our MUSIC programs provide musical training to all ages on every level. Our ART programs teach men, women, young adults and children how to embrace their own beauty and nourish their love for art. We offer ALL of our services to everyone.  Programs and activities at CEMA are designed to:

  • Promote educational, cultural, recreational and other charitable activities in Washington, DC, for the benefit of the residents of Washington DC.

  • Enhance and strengthen the cultural, educational, charitable, civic and community infrastructure in Washington, DC.

  • Promote the cultural arts through music, drama, fine arts, entertainment, sports, recreation and other charitable activities through education and training.

  • Develop and promote the annual Cultural Enrichment, Music, and Arts Festival and Conference aka CEMAFEST as a community event for the benefit of the residents of Washington DC.

  • Pursue public and private grants, donations and contributions, to be recognized by state and local taxing authorities as a tax-exempt organization and to be able to partner with other nonprofit organizations for the benefit of the community at large.


Our programs are a tremendous asset to any community. A lot of our community events and activities are FREE and open to the general public. We have activities for everyone! Men, women, Seniors, children and good ole fashioned family fun! At our festivals, we want everyone in the community to experience the pulchritude of music and the arts first hand while raising awareness about CEMA and signing up new participants.

CEMA presents annual events to display the work and talent of all CEMA students, members, participants, supporters, and registered artists.  The presentation of these events are fundraising opportunities to help the students with the materials needed for the classes and workshops that they register to participate.  In many cases, these materials are provided free to the students.

All CEMA programming supports the institutional mission: the annual conference “CEMAFEST”, The PED Program, “It’s Never Too Late” Senior Program, CEMA Radio and TV, as well as a vibrant Internship program. CEMA also offers special programming and events with community partners throughout the year.

The Cultural Enrichment, Music, and Arts Center supports the growth and cultural enrichment of the Washington DC Metropolitan community through community partnerships that promote music, drama, the fine arts, entertainment, sports, recreation and other activities. 

The CEMA staff and volunteers work many hours planning music and arts programs, developing social services resources, developing special community fundraising events, holding workshops and training classes, and general operations. ​​Collaboration and partnerships are the foundation of our projects. Without the knowledge, resources, capabilities, and manpower that partnerships can bring, we would be unable to accomplish the depth and number of programs we have developed. Likewise, without our excellence in planning and management skills, our ability to build and nurture community partnerships would not be a reality. ​

We are focused on helping make the world around us a better, happier place through cultural enrichment, entertainment, music and the arts. With the help of our tireless volunteer staff, we organize fundraisers, community-building events, and in-depth training sessions for the under served communities, families, CEMA interns and volunteers.

The arts and creativity have the potential to be an increasingly visible strategy to addressing the healing of our families in Washington, DC and beyond. CEMA is firmly committed to preparing its students for the demands of a changing global society, to give them the tools they need for success in their future artistic and professional endeavors.

We offer residency programs to select students and artists to promote their talent in music, fine arts, and cultural enrichment education.  This residency program is available to everyone.

CEMA Center is dedicated to the region’s cultural core in arts experiences that strengthen community.