By The People Festival in AIB
By The People Festival in AIB
WhenSunday, June 23, 2019, 10 AM – 6 PM
CategoriesAfter Five, Celebrations, Performances, Workshops
SponsorSpecial Smithsonian Event
VenueArts and Industries Building
Event LocationNorth Entrance off the National Mall
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Related EventsSolstice Saturday
AccessibilityASL-interpreted program, Wheelchair accessible

The Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building is a main hub for By The People, a free international arts and dialogue festival celebrating life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness created by Halcyon. You’ll find stunning massive art installations, bites by DC’s cuisine incubator Foodhini, and pop-up showcases featuring some of the city’s most interesting performers who blend sound, dance, and visual inspiration.

The celebration spans two weekends: June 15-16 and June 21-23, culminating in Smithsonian’s Solstice Saturday late-night dance party until midnight on June 22.

AIB opened in 1881 as America’s first National Museum, and was our original home for ideas about to change the world. Closed to the public for nearly two decades, AIB is now being reenergized as a laboratory for imagining the future through exciting events, exhibitions, and collaborations.

Come to recharge, to get inspired, to dance and to get a chance to peek inside the soaring halls of the Smithsonian’s second-oldest building.

By the People 2019 will focus on critical work by artists exploring issues marginalized communities currently face within the United States. As part of the festival, AIB will debut new monumental, immersive works by Viktor Ekpuk, Stevie Famulari, Rania Hassan, Martha Jackson Jarvis, Ada Pinkston, and Jonathan Rosen. Each piece investigate questions of equality and fairness, compelling audiences to hope for a more compassionate world and ultimately to work towards a more equitable future for all.…
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