Who we are
Led by the DC Office of Cable Television, Film, Music & Entertainment (OCTFME) and the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities (CAH), 202Creates engages residents through events and activities that build and enrich our communities across all 8 wards. 202Creates also features conversations with innovators, residents, and businesses with the goal of furthering engagement between government and the creative community.
The mission of the Office of Cable Television, Film, Music, and Entertainment (OCTFME) is to produce and broadcast programming for the District of Columbia’s public, educational, and government access (PEG) cable channels and digital radio station; regulate the District of Columbia’s cable television service providers; provide customer service for cable subscribers; and support a sustainable creative economy and labor market the District of Columbia.
SUMMARY OF SERVICES
OCTFME is responsible for regulating cable television in the District and managing the District’s government access channels: the District Council Channel (DCC), the District of Columbia Network (DCN), the District Knowledge Network (DKN) and DC Radio 96.3HD4. OCTFME creates content that informs, educates, and entertains viewers via the District of Columbia’s public, educational, and government (PEG) channels and other forms of content outlets. The award-winning content provides resourceful information on government activity, education, current events, history, and arts and entertainment.
OCTFME provides 24-hour informative, open government, public interest programming on the District Council Channel (DCC), District of Columbia Network (DCN), and the District Knowledge Network (DKN). Programming includes coverage of the activities of Executive Offices of the Mayor and the executive branch; the District of Columbia City Council, the Office of the Attorney General, and the State Board of Education. OCTFME provides transparent public access to the governmental process and insights into life in the District. OCTFME is dedicated to providing quality, diverse programming and services that educate, enlighten, and empower the residents of the District of Columbia.
OCTFME operates DC Radio 96.3 HD4, the District of Columbia’s first and official government radio station, in partnership with Howard University's WHUR. The station's programming enhances the quality-of-life for District residents by broadcasting vital information, sharing programming on emergency and non-emergency services and alerts, and providing community and government affairs programming. In addition, DC Radio 96.3 HD4 provides a media literacy training platform for DC residents and students.
OCTFME offers a number of support services to local and out-of-state film, television, video, entertainment, interactive, multimedia, and digital media content creators, including: media production permitting; location scouting; production support; production and infrastructure incentives; job placement assistance and workforce development programs. OCTFME also administrates a media production incentive program, the DC Film, Television and Entertainment Rebate fund.
OCTFME engages the community to create a greater understanding of the creative economy as a whole, the media production process, and access to training opportunities required to become marketable creative economy industry professionals.
Since 1968, The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities has developed and promoted local artists, organizations and activities. CAH provides grants, professional opportunities, education enrichment, and other programs and services to individuals and nonprofit organizations in all communities within the District of Columbia. The Arts Commission is supported primarily by District government funds and in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Recognizing the changing dynamics within the city, CAH is poised to increase their depth and expand their breadth of creative opportunities for residents and visitors. With programs including: DC Creates Public Art, Arts Learning and Outreach and Arts Building Communities (Grants and Programs), CAH will be the leading voice for arts and culture in the city, thereby elevating the impact of the arts and humanities locally, nationally and internationally.
The Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED) is charged with executing the Mayor's economic development strategy. When it comes to economic development in the District, there are five priority goals that DMPED is helping to build the Pathway to the Middle Class including to: increase affordable housing; grow DC’s technology and innovation employment sector; achieve significant progress on large-scale and neighborhood real estate development projects; create a vibrant and competitive place for job creation, relocation, and growth; and making DMPED a more open and transparent agency.