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The Summit: Art for Social Impact – The Sanctuaries

May 19 @ 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm

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The arts change people, 
and people change the world.

Learn about how to use the arts for community organizing.

From 2:00pm to 5:00pm, artists in our rigorous Art for Social Impact training program will lead a series of engaging workshops for participants of all backgrounds and experience levels on how the arts can be used as tools for social change.

Celebrate how the arts are advancing justice in Washington, DC.

At 6:00pm, join us as we celebrate the graduates of our Art for Social Impact training program. The artists will share stories, lessons learned, and some of the art they created as they advocated for social and economic justice in Washington, DC.

Who attends?

  • Artists — who already, or want to, use their art for justice
  • Activists and organizers — who already, or want to, integrate the arts into their work
  • Youth — who want to meet older artists who have devoted their lives to social change
  • Community leaders — who believe that the arts can create a more vibrant and just city
  • Community members — who love the arts and care about the wellness of the people
  • Elders — who have been doing this work for decades and want to pass the torch
  • Friends and family — who have been bragging ever since their bff was accepted into this program

What are people saying from last year?

  • It was exactly what I needed after quite a few stressful months. I truly miss being creative in my everyday life, I need to figure that out!
  • The celebration was a monumental creative expression. The stories were compelling and transformative. This amazing community uses the arts to help heal what divides us.
  • We all had tears in our eyes, the evening was so beautiful.

NOTE: Space is limited. We will only have 75 tickets available for the public.


What is the schedule?

2:00pm — Workshops

5:00pm — Break

6:00pm — Ceremony

Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?

We welcome people of all ages and backgrounds.

What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?

The Festival Center is a short 10 minute walk from Columbia Heights metro station. Street parking is also available.

Is the event accessible?

All programming will take place on the first level of the building, which has ramp access, smooth floors in the lobby, and carpeting in the main room. Please contact us if sign language interpretation would be supportive.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

For questions and sponsorships, please contact us through our website: thesanctuaries.org/contact


May 19
2:00 pm - 6:00 pm
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The Festival Center
1640 Columbia Road Northwest
Washington, DC 20009
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