Nick Cave

Nick Cave debuts an 'Untitled' video projection work on love and faith at the Washington National Cathedral.

Rebecca Clark

Rebecca Clark makes drawings of the natural world, transient moments of grace and beauty in an age of disappearance.

Maya Freelon

'Reciprocity Respite & Repass'. Experience happiness in this immersive tissue paper sculture installation at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. Join us for collaborative art making workshops where you can add on to these colorful sculptures.


Linda Hesh

"Put the 'I' Into C_vic ". You complete the art work. In this season of constant political questioning, local artist Linda Hesh, presents us with a way to voice our opinions.

I CAN featuring Nick Cave

Artist Nick Cave teams up with local high school students in THEARC I CAN program to create a new work "Shoe Graffitti". 

Avish Khebrezadeh

"Where Do We Go From Here?" (Video Installation). Projected onto sea salt, this poetic artwork explores the absence of humans and asks the questions 'Where are we going?' and 'Where are we coming from?'.


Mind the Heart!

This global street-art project invites you to take part in its mission of mindfulness and become exhibiting artists while you're at it.


Imran Qureshi

'Untitled'. Enjoy this large scale painting on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.


Jenny E. Sabin

LUX is a knitted light installation, immersing visitors in a responsive glow of photo-luminescence. 


Rachel Schmidt

'Monument for Picnics' seeks to recreate an outdoor picnic scene from the early twenty-first century by using recycled materials to create an immersive future landscape. Visitors are encouraged to sit on picnic blankets in the faux-grass field, watch video projections of sunsets gleaming onto the faux-cumulus clouds, and experience a synthetic picnic of the future.


Dan Steinhilber

'Untitled Interface SIte'. Inflated large-scale art installation. All parts are connected sharing the benefit, vulnerability, and responsitivity of the whole as pressure fluctuates with portal use. Immerse yourself in the work of art, the restlessness, and watch the experiential/social making unfold.



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 re-imagined space, a micro-world of magical visions and transformation.

| FREE | Across Multiple 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

Washington Performing Arts Men, Women and Children of the Gospel Choir

Celebrating 25 years of excellence in gospel music, Washington Performing Arts Men, Women, and Children of the Gospel Choir honors the traditions, vibrancy, and significance of this uniquely American art form through dynamic performances, community engagement, and education programs for youth and life-long learners. 

| FREE Pop Up Performance | Across Multiple Festival Hubs

Dupont Brass

Enjoy the soulful sounds of DC's own Dupont Brass as they perform popular tunes that will bring us all together in song and dance.


| FREE Pop Up Performance | Multiple Locations


Speakers to be announced soon!

Stay tuned as we announce our lineup of inspirational speakers demonstrating civil civic discourse on a variety of issues! Sign up below to receive By The People updates as new artists, pop-ups, and speakers are announced in the coming weeks!

| FREE Various Locations

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 21 - 24, 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 June 23, and the augmented reality art 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 strives to make the festival experience accessible to all attendees. For additional information or if you have questions, need assistance, or accommodations, please contact the By The People team at bythepeople@halcyonhouse.org or 202-796-4240.