Washington, DC is an epicenter of national history, but local history and culture are all too often lost in this city that is so rapidly changing and home to such a transient population. History and culture are the cornerstones of a thriving community.
No organization understands this better than Cultural Tourism DC. It was founded on a belief that culture and history matter and on the hope that preserving the rich and diverse culture and heritage of this city will generate civic pride, economic prosperity and community ties in neighborhoods across the entire city.
Cultural Tourism DC makes local history come alive through its neighborhood Heritage Trails, and events like Passport DC and WalkingTown DC. From art galleries and museums to parks and gardens, from concert halls to historic theaters, Cultural Tourism celebrates landmarks of DC’s rich heritage—helping to build a rooted, vibrant city.
In addition to being the nation’s (and world’s) political powerhouse, Washington, DC is brimming with art, music, dance, and museums and theaters of every kind. DC’s deep cultural roots cannot be denied.
From large institutions such as the Kennedy Center and George Washington University to smaller ones such as the Textile Museum and Washington Savoyards, Cultural Tourism DC’s more than 250 members range in mission, size and scope, covering a wide spectrum across all eight wards. But all share a common thread: They affirm the importance of culture and heritage to local neighborhoods.
Heritage trails (vintage map of our favorite trails coming soon!) connect residents with their local neighborhood history; the ‘Art On Call’ project restored old call boxes, transforming them into pieces of art (check out Sarah Culver’s photo essay, if you haven’t already).
Cultural Tourism DC was named one of Greater Washington’s best nonprofits by the 2012/2013 Catalogue for Philanthropy.
Give an hour
Share your Cultural Tourism DC event story, image and/or video to help promote DC’s unique and vibrant culture!
Give a day
Volunteer at one of Cultural Tourism’s annual signature events, including the Embassy Chef Challenge gala fundraiser (March), Passport DC (May), and Art4All DC (Fall).
Support a heritage trail sign for a year for just $100.