Sponsor For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C.


The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., is a community-supported educational and research organization that collects, interprets, and shares the history of our nation’s capital. For it’s over 120-year history, the Historical Society of Washington, D.C. has helped preserve depictions of the city’s built environment through paintings and photographs.

The Historical Society aims to continue the tradition of capturing Washington’s built environment through the arts. For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. is a juried contest and exhibit of the 75 best new artworks that capture Washington’s changing urban landscape. We invite you to be a part of the premier program with a variety of events and marketing opportunities around this major community-based art contest and exhibit.

Help celebrate the Historical Society of Washington D.C.’s unique role in the local community as we honor the legacy and tradition of capturing the cityscapes of our nation’s capital through the arts. Sponsorship packages include promotional opportunities, advertising, and tickets to one or more of the following events: the exclusive exhibit preview, opening reception, and closing event, which includes a raffle of original artwork from winning artists.

Event Details

April 21, 2015

Sponsor Preview

Open House

April 22, 2015

Exhibit Opening Reception

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

May 29, 2015

Closing Reception & Historical Society 121st Birthday

6:30 – 10:00 p.m.

The Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square
801 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

About the Contest

Austrian-born artist Lily Spandorf (1914-2000) moved to Washington in 1960, living and working there until her death. Her “Washington Never More” collection captured street life and local architecture in a rapidly changing city; many of the buildings she painted no longer exist. The Historical Society maintains a large collection of Spandorf’s painting, including the 155 works in “Washington Never More” series.
Austrian-born artist Lily Spandorf (1914-2000) moved to Washington in 1960, living and working there until her death. Her “Washington Never More” collection captured street life and local architecture in a rapidly changing city; many of the buildings she painted no longer exist. The Historical Society maintains a large collection of Spandorf’s painting, including the 155 works in “Washington Never More” series.

Painters, photographers, and mixed media artists from the D.C. area are encouraged to submit works to the competition. Artworks must depict one of the locations on the D.C. Preservation League’s “List of Most Endangered Places for Washington, D.C.

A panel of nine jurors will judge all submissions and the top 75 artworks will be displayed for final review by the jurors at the Historical Society’s headquarters in the Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square. The top 75 selections will be included in the exhibition catalog that will be provided to each semi-finalist and will also be available for sale.

The five winning entries will be accessioned into the Society’s permanent collection and the winning artists will receive a cash award. All other works shall be deemed as donations to the Historical Society and will be raffled at the closing event to support the organization’s collections.

The jurors include: Theo Adamstein, Founder & DirectorFOTODC; Renee Braden, Manager, Archives & Special CollectionsNational Geographic Society; Brandon Brame Fortune, Chief CuratorNational Portrait Gallery; Jane Freundel Levey,  Consulting Curator, The George Washington University Museum & The Textile Museum; Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Associate Professor, Corcoran School of the Arts and Design; Martin Moeller, Jr., Senior CuratorNational Building Museum; Richard O’Connor, Ph.D., Chief, Heritage Documentation ProgramsNational Park Service; Klaus Ottmann, Ph.D., Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at LargeThe Phillips Collection; Cathy Trost, Vice President of Exhibits and ProgramsNEWSEUM.

About the Exhibit

The top 75 artworks will go on display to the public at the opening exhibit reception on Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Each of the winning works will have a label describing the artist, the medium, and the location of the building in the image. The gallery will be open to the public during the Historical Society’s regular hours, Tuesday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The exhibit will close at the Historical Society’s 121st Anniversary Celebration on May 27, 2015. The event will include an award ceremony where the winning artists will be recognized. The artworks not selected for accession to the Historical Society’s collection will be included in a raffle to support the Society’s mission and programs. Raffle winners will choose the artwork and will be allowed to take the works home at the end of the evening.

About the Historical Society of Washington, D.C.

HSW Research Services Librarian Laura Barry, volunteer Brian Rohal, and Collections Manager Anne McDonough led round-robin sessions during the students' visits. Each table presented a concept (e.g. Who is a Washingtonian? Where's D.C.'s Missing Piece?) and several resources for the students to explore.

Proceeds from For the Record: Artfully Historic D.C. support programs at the Historical Society including student visits such as this group of incoming freshman at American University taking part in the “Discover D.C.” program.

Founded as the Columbia Historical Society in 1894, the organization started as a group of 36 men and women dedicated to the “collection, preservation, and diffusion of knowledge respecting the history and topography of the District of Columbia and national history and biography.”

The programs and reach of the Columbia Historical Society continued to expand, and in 1989, the Society announced its new name: The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. The name change was announced with the first issue of Washington History, the Society’s semi-annual scholarly journal.

In 1999, the U.S. Congress granted a 100-year lease of the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square to the Society, which houses its research library, rotating exhibits, and offices. Ninety percent of the Society’s historic collections are stored on-site and include artworks, documents, maps, objects, and more than 100,000 photographs.

In addition to supporting the arts & humanities in Washington, your sponsorship of For The Record: Artfully Historic D.C. helps the Historical Society preserve our city’s history for future generations.

Over the past decade, the role of the Historical Society continued to evolve with new programs, exhibitions, publications, and collections. The permanent exhibition, Window to Washington, traces the development of the District’s built environment through historic maps, photographs, and artwork and serves as an introduction to the Society’s collections.

Other programs include FREE student orientations to help them discover their local history, genealogy and house history workshops, public programs that explore current issues through a historical lens, behind-the-scenes tours of museums and local attractions, and engaging lecture and panels that help us promote of identity, place, and pride in our nation’s capital.

About the Society’s Reach

Since 1894, the Society has been dedicated to preserving the local stories of our nation’s capital. The Society unites all the various constituents who are involved in tracing the history and development of D.C., including history lovers, researchers, authors, tour guides, residents, university students and scholars, and other collecting organizations. Our digital reach includes 9,500+ e-mail subscribers, 3,200+ Twitter followers: (12k impressions per month), and 2,500+ Facebook “likes” (5.6k impressions per month).

About Our Constituents

  • 58% aged 21 to 64
  • 57% earn $75,000+ per year
  • 80% in the D.C. metro area

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship of public programs, educational programs, and exhibitions at The Historical Society of Washington, D.C. offers creative and cost-effective strategies to meet corporate objectives. As a Corporate Sponsor, you can strengthen and enhance visibility of your brand in the following ways:

  • Sponsor recognition on advertising and in PR efforts
  • Sponsor recognition in the Historical Society’s publications and on the website
  • Hospitality benefits for entertaining clients and guests, such as annual memberships, VIP admission passes, tickets to special events and programs
  • Onsite sampling and signage opportunities
  • Mention in the Historical Society’s Annual Report

Our sponsorship programs are individually customized to meet your specific marketing goals while maintaining the Historical Society’s mission. Please contact us to learn more.

Contact Us

For more information about sponsorship opportunities with The Historical Society of Washington, D.C., please email us at info@dchistory.org or call 202-249-3952.