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Humanities, Arts, and Technology Festival

Made possible through a grant awarded by the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, the FREE festival series will be held over two, amazing weekends in August and October of 2014. The first date is August 2-3, 2014.

The heart of the festival is located in the center of one of the District’s most prized historic campuses, St. Elizabeths East, in the 1100 block of Alabama Avenue SE.  The East Campus is the home of a new Gateway Pavilion currently which opened in September 2013. The Pavilion serves as a gateway to the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub  and will usher in a new chapter of visitors to the campus, including local residents and the 3,700 U.S. Coast Guard employees. The Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival is the perfect platform to embrace the changes to the historic campus, while celebrating the District’s and Ward 8 community’s rich heritage, culture and creativity.

Festival events will kick-off on Saturday, August 2 at 1 p.m. The theme of this summer’s festival is “Humanities, Arts & Technology at Work,” and each day will include a fascinating, interactive display of the city’s creative economy. Each date will feature an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops, tech and food demonstrations, kid programming and other exciting activities that will be fun for the entire family.

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St. Elizabeths East Way-Finding Public Art Project

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development are pleased to announce that Ward 8 artist Shelia Crider has been selected for the St. Elizabeths East Way-Finding Public Art Project for her proposals Here to Here and Wishing on Stars.  Ms. Crider’s work was selected by an art selection panel consisting of public art specialists, DMPED and DDOT representatives and Ward 8 community stakeholders.  This summer the sculptures will be installed along the St. Elizabeths East Campus on Martin Luther King Jr. and Alabama Avenues, SE.

The welcoming installations were designed to lead the community and visitors to the St. Elizabeths East Campus and Gateway Pavilion during the redevelopment process.  The project is the first of many public art activations that will take place on the campus over the next several years.

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The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s East was a free festival showcasing the history, culture and community of Ward 8 in Washington, DC. Heldin the summer of 2013, the festival featured an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops that will be fun for the entire family.