Artists & Speakers


Kristin Adair

"Cell 17"; an interactive multimedia installation that will bring viewers inside of a space that evokes the experience of confinement in a prison cell.

Chloe Bensahel

"Veste Quae Ex Dobus Texta Est, Non Indueris" is a woven installation piece made from menswear shirts, inspired by the origins of Holocaust prisoner uniforms. The title points to a verse in the old testament that forbids mixing materials, translated to "mixing colors" in the 10th century and assigned to undesirable members of society. (viewable at Union Market)


Michael Bowles

“Resurrection, 1998” is a large scale photo installation in tribute to the historic Walter Reed Hospital and its history.



Antonius Bui

Antonius Tin Bui (they/them) is a queer, gender-nonbinary, Vietnamese American artist who recently graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art (MIC/A). 

Stacy Cantrell

"By The People Yarn-Bomb". Come join us for a meet up! Knitting and crocheting together to make unique, beautiful yarn-bomb creations by the people, for the people. Click below to learn how to participate.


Nick Cave

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

At THEARC West, Nick Cave's large-scale video installation "Drive-By" features numerous suited dancers energetically moving and interacting like otherworldly creatures in a jovial ceremony. 


Rebecca Clark

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

Hoesy Corona

Hoesy Corona is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts organizer creating videos and soundscapes for his visual and performance project Alie[N]ation which investigates and dismantles alien tropes, xenophobic language and the archetype of the scapegoat.

Nekisha Durrett

"Heaven Lasts Forever" offers two sprawling installations as meditations on the ephemeral nature of time and the material world. The artist explores how we use language and spirituality to navigate the darkest of times.


Maya Freelon

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

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.

Stephen Hayes

Stephen Hayes is a mixed media sculptor and creator whose work references socio-cultural race dynamics rooted in historical references. His project seeks to change societal perceptions of Black identity and otherness through the vulnerability of sharing experiences and the catharsis of collective realizations.

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.

Holladay Brothers

Brothers Hays and Ryan Holladay create innovative music experiences that celebrate the act of discovery. With a shared background in composition and music production, their projects span a range of fields and disciplines and frequently invite user interaction, blurring the lines between performer and participant.

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?'.


Estefaní Mercedes

Through radical justice, investigating copyright law and film photography, Mercedes hopes to restore missing violent histories, turning the archive into legend. Mercedes has a research-based practice that intersects law and social justice, and all of her work is in connection to the history of the Argentine dictatorship (1976-1983).

Jefferson Pinder

'Untitled'. A performance piece commemorating U.S. Veterans.

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. 


Georgia Saxelby

"To Future Women" is an ongoing interactive project by artist Georgia Saxelby, a 20 year time capsule of letters to the next generation of women.

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.


Sheldon Scott

Sheldon Scott creates performance-based artwork which plays in the intersection of race, economics and sexuality while impugning the mythologies of Black Male Supernaturality.

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.


Liliane Tomasko

Liliane Tomasko’s “Night Series” of painted bed sheets will transform the way we think about surface.



I CAN Program

Local DC high school students in THEARC I CAN program create new interactive artwork "Shoe Graffitti". 



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.

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.

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.


Ray LaMontagne with Neko Case

Each night of By The People features a concert representing a different genre of music. The night before the festivities officially begin, Ray LaMontagne and Neko Case kick it the inaugural By The People with a folk concert presented at The Anthem. 

Jason Moran

Renowned composer and jazz pianist Jason Moran will perform a response to Nick Cave's dramatic installation at the Washington National Cathedral. Cave's piece, a newly commissioned video installation on faith, love, and loss, will be projected beneath the Cathedral's rose window.

Punk Latitudes

Punk Latitudes is a showcase of legendary bands and immersive programming from guest curator Sasha Lord, in support of the inaugural arts and dialogue festival, By The People. Punk Latitudes will feature musical performances from Sneaks, Taraka Larson (Prince Rama),The Messthetics, and Loud Boyz.

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. 

Weill's "The Seven Deadly Sins" - Wolf Trap Opera with Hong Kong Ballet featuring Terra Firma Dance

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.


Yousef Bashir

Yousef Bashir is an activist, speaker, and author of the forthcoming memoir The Words of My Father. Born in the Gaza Strip, Yousef was paralyzed from the waist down at age 15 after having been shot in the spine by an Israeli soldier. During an agonizing recovery at a hospital in Tel-Aviv, Yousef was inspired and motivated by his father’s message of peace and co-existen

Dr. Avi Mandell

Dr. Avi Mandell is an exoplanet scientist in the Planetary Systems Laboratory at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC); his research focuses on the characterization of extrasolar planets and the formation and evolution of planetary systems, with the specific goal of understanding factors that determine whether a planetary system can support life and what the characteristics of these habitable planets will be.

Dr. Robert Waldinger

Dr. Robert Waldinger is Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, and Director of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, the longest longitudinal studies of adult life ever done. His research focuses on what predicts healthy adult development.

Lucianne Walkowicz

Dr. Lucianne Walkowicz is the Baruch S. Blumberg Chair in Astrobiology at the Library of Congress, and an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. She studies the ethics of Mars exploration, stellar magnetic activity, how stars influence a planet's suitability as a host for alien life, and how to use advanced computing to discover unusual events in large astronomical data sets.

By The People Dialogues- LIFE

By The People Dialogues use a unique format of moderator-less "debate" to examine two sides of a topic and demonstrate the necessity of civil discourse. Dialogues are curated by thought-leaders on the topics of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Stay tuned as we continue to share more information on these amazing speakers and topics.

By The People Dialogues - LIBERTY

By The People Dialogues use a unique format of moderator-less "debate" to examine two sides of a topic and demonstrate the necessity of civil discourse. Dialogues are curated by thought-leaders on the topics of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Stay tuned as we continue to share more information on these amazing speakers and topics.

By The People Dialogues - PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS

By The People Dialogues use a unique format of moderator-less "debate" to examine two sides of a topic and demonstrate the necessity of civil discourse. Dialogues are curated by thought-leaders on the topics of Life, Liberty, and Pursuit of Happiness. Stay tuned as we continue to share more information on these amazing speakers and topics.

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