DowntownDC BID to Host 2022 Momentum Awards


The ceremony and celebration will be Wednesday, March 29

February 23, 2023
For Immediate Release
Contact: Braulio Agnese,

The DowntownDC Business Improvement District will host the 2022 Momentum Awards — an annual celebration of the people, businesses, organizations, and projects that made significant contributions to DowntownDC over the year — on Wednesday, March 29, at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center.

“The Momentum Awards have been a signature BID program for more than two decades,” says President and CEO Gerren Price. “What our award winners accomplish may not always generate headlines, but they are all important to us and, especially, to the neighborhood, and we look forward to celebrating them.”

This year’s categories include:

  • Person of the Year
  • Public Sector Person, Project, or Program of the Year
  • Private Sector Person, Project, or Program of the Year
  • Landmark Development Project
  • Downtown Program or Partnership
  • Downtown Detail
  • Visionary
  • Sustainability

A new category for the program this year is the John J. Chisholm Spirit Award, which is presented to an individual who embodies a spirit of forward momentum, firm drive, and the kind of resolve needed to push to improve downtown. It is named for the late John Chisholm, who, through his nonprofit organization the P.A.I.N.T.S. Institute, worked tirelessly with the BID, property owners, and others to bring local minority artists and vibrant murals to DowntownDC storefronts and public spaces during the social justice protests of 2020.

The public has the opportunity to choose the Downtown Experience Award, which recognizes an event, entity, or idea that involved people in or exposed them to a positive DowntownDC experience, enhancing their enjoyment while visiting the neighborhood. The nominees for 2022 are:

  • Black on the Block, a July pop-up festival in Franklin Park that featured 80+ local Black-owned businesses.
  • Once Upon a One More Time, the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s highest-attended production in the organization’s history.
  • A Strange Loop, the Pulitzer Prize-winning play that had its pre-Broadway run at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
  • The Office Experience, a months-long immersive installation at the Woodies Building that celebrated the popular television series.
  • Carpe Librum, a pop-up bookstore by nonprofit Turning the Page.

All members of the public are invited to vote for the winner here.