By The People 2019
What started in 2018 with one weekend grew in 2019 to a nine-day festival welcoming over 38,000 visitors in all four quadrants of Washington, DC.
Visitors experienced an all-local art fair, an installation on a barge traveling up and down the Anacostia and Potomac Rivers, emerging and established artists presented side by side in a Smithsonian museum, and so much more.
Perhaps most importantly, over two dozen satellite partners all over the city, from large museums to locally owned shops, galleries, and nonprofits, took By The People into all eight DC wards, Maryland, and Virginia. More than ever, the festival included something for everyone.
"What's wonderful about the By The People festival is that it really in its title suggests that we are responsible for the quality of our civic discourse and the quality of fun we can have in shaping it."
This floating installation not only created a visual intervention along our city's waterways, but also served to push the boundaries of where, how, and through what vehicle art can be presented in D.C. These art-driven interruptions in our daily lives are a gift which sparks hope for a more equitable future."
The building was filled with music and art and a vibrant mix of people exploring important questions about our present and our future on the National Mall - a great overlap between our mission and that of the festival."
Khalil Joseph's work being shown during By The People marks a shift towards D.C. being a destination where internationally recognized artists are interested in showing their work. BLKNWS, the same work being shown at the 58th Venice Biennale, was also shown here, free and accessible to anyone who visited By The People."
By The Numbers
Installation Artists, Performers, & Locations
Smithsonian’s Arts + Industries Building
Floating barge installation
Satellite Partners & Special Locations
Anacostia Arts Center
Capitol View Neighborhood Library
Congress Heights Arts and Culture Center
Corcoran School of the Arts & Design at GW
Culture House DC
DC Arts Center
Greater Reston Art Center
Hedonist Buddhist at Washington Project for the Arts
IA&A at Hillyer
Inter-American Development Bank
The Kreeger Museum
Petworth Arts Collaborative
The Phillips Collection
Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center
SPAIN Arts and Culture Center
Washington Studio School
Zenith Community Arts Foundation at H-Space
Installation Artists & Performers
Big Ugly Truck
Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington
Culture Shock DC
Hank Willis Thomas
Kelli Rae Adams*
Konshens the MC
Les the DJ
Martha Jackson Jarvis
Nicoletta Darita De La Brown
Tariq Darrell O’Meally*
*Denotes a Halcyon Arts Lab Fellow
Art Fair Artists
Anna Fine Foer
Art Fair Artists (Continued)
Sarah Black Sadler