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By the People Festival June 21-24, 2018

By the People Festival 2018

Thurs., June 21–Sun., June 24, 10 a.m.–6 p.m. (until midnight on Sat., June 23)

Picnic Talks on the National Mall: 12 noon–1 p.m.

By The People is Washington’s largest international arts and dialogue festival featuring performances, original art installations, important conversations, and an augmented reality art hunt—all supporting the founding principles of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. The festival will take place in every quadrant of the city; the Smithsonian’s landmark Arts and Industries Building will serve as the festival’s headquarters and central hub.

Smithsonian Associates will curate a series of short lunchtime “Picnic Talks” in the Arts and Industries Building. Each day, from 12 noon to 1 p.m., speakers will give short talks that explore the festival’s themes, covering topics in art, science, history, culture, and food, as well as local life in Washington, D.C. These talks are free to the public.

Picnic Talks Schedule

Thurs., June 21: Life

  • 12 p.m. Margaret Weitekamp, curator, National Air and Space Museum
  • 12:15 p.m. Paul Glenshaw, writer, Smithsonian Air & Space magazine; drawing instructor, Smithsonian Associates
  • 12:30 p.m. John Whyte, internal medicine physician and former medical expert at Discovery Channel

Fri., June 22: Liberty

  • 12 p.m. Rick Bell, historian, University of Maryland
  • 12:15 p.m. Taina Caragol, curator, National Portrait Gallery
  • 12:30 p.m. Stephanie Mercedes, artist, "The Ring of Freedom"
  • 12:45 p.m. Garrett Peck, author, historian, and tour guide

Sat., June 23: The Pursuit of Happiness

  • 12 p.m. Rebecca Roberts, author and program coordinator, Smithsonian Associates
  • 12:15 p.m. Lee Glazer, curator, Freer Sackler
  • 12:30 p.m. Jerome Grant, executive chef, Sweet Home Cafe at the National Museum of African American History and Culture
  • 12:45 p.m. Cori Wegener, director, Smithsonian Cultural Rescue Initiative
  • 1 p.m. Stacy Cantrell, artist

Sun., June 24: Civic Engagement

  • 12 p.m. Linda Hesh, artist, "Put the ‘I’ into C_vic"
  • 12:15 p.m. Huib Schippers, director and curator, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
  • 12:30 p.m. Amy Bower, public engagement manager, Hirshhorn Museum
  • 12:45 p.m. Lisa Kathleen Graddy, curator, National Museum of American History
  • 1:00 p.m. Georgia Saxelby, artist, "To Future Women"

Featured individuals are subject to change.

General information about the By The People Festival