All-Day Pass to All Arts Installations

Skip the line and gain all-day access to By The People's city-wide art installations on Thursday, June 21 - Sunday, June 24. 

By pre-registering for your day of choice, you earn free entry to all art installations at any one of the five below venues for your selected date and help us plan the best experience for you. 

Dan Steinhilber

Dan Steinhilber, born in 1972 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, lives and works in Washington, D.C.  Steinhilber has presented solo exhibitions at museums including: the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C.; the Contemporary Art Museum Houston in Houston, Texas; the Baltimore Museum of Art in Baltimore, Maryland; the Mattress Factory Art Museum in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; The Cheekwo

Imran Qureshi

Imran Qureshi was born in Hyderabad, Pakistan in 1972. In 1993 he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the National College of Art (NCA) in Lahore, where he started teaching shortly after. His work is firmly rooted in the tradition of miniature painting – a subject he still teaches at the NCA – whose acme in the region was reached during the Mughal Empire.

Jenny E. Sabin

Jenny E. Sabin is an architectural designer whose work is at the forefront of a new direction for 21st century architectural practice — one that investigates the intersections of architecture and science, and applies insights and theories from biology and mathematics to the design of material structures.

Maya Freelon

Maya Freelon is an award-winning artist whose artwork was described by poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being.” Her unique tissue paper work was also praised by the International Review of African American Art as a “vibrant, beating assemblage of color.”


Bridgman|Packer Dance

Through Bridgman|Packer’s signature integration of live performance and video technology, an ordinary box truck evolves from the utilitarian into a reimagined space, a micro-world of visions and transformation. Exploring how context changes perception, the work ranges from evocative to humorous, to sensuous, to wacky.

| FREE Across all five festival hubs


BalletX, Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet, unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.

Friday 6/22 8:00PM | $45 | Union Market - Dock 5
Saturday 6/23 2:00PM | $45 | Union Market - Dock 5

The Seven Deadly Sins - A New Production by Wolf Trap Opera in Partnership with Halcyon Featuring Dancers from Hong Kong Ballet

A stunning new production from the creators of the highly successful The Fall of the House of Usher, The Seven Deadly Sins is a ballet chanté (ballet with song), premiered in 1933 during a time of tremendous political and social upheaval.

Saturday 6/23 8:00PM | $45 | Union Market - Dock 5
Sunday 6/24 2:00PM | $45 | Union Market - Dock 5


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We believe that we are more alike than different, stronger together than apart, and more connected than it may seem. We believe in the power of human creativity and compassion. By The People is a new, inclusive, international arts and innovation festival that facilitates connection and celebrates creativity.

From June 21st through 24th, we invite you to enjoy fun and free arts installations, performances, talks and programs about life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Don't miss the Smithsonian's extended evening hours on the 22nd or 23rd (more details coming soon!), and the augmented reality at each of the festival sites!

New artists, performances, and speakers will continue to be announced in the coming months. Keep checking back and don't miss an update; pre-register today and sign up for notifications to stay in the know about all things By The People.


By the People Call for Entry: Are you a digital artist interested in exhibiting your art in the 'physical world'? Want to see your art displayed throughout Washington, DC during a major international festival? In partnership with ARTECHOUSE, an innovative art space dedicated to showcasing experiential and tech driven artworks, By the People invites you to submit your digital designs to take part in an augmented reality exhibition 'art' hunt'. Through ARTECHOUSE's uniquely designed app, guests will be emboldened to discover the city searching for artworks with their smart phones on the sides of major landmarks, public spaces, and buildings.

Intrigued? View the full RFP here.