Join expert guest curators from every corner of the city as they create one-of-a-kind events exploring DC stories, traditions and cultures with the goal of sparking conversations. The Culture Series is a free roaming monthly gathering that takes place at social hubs around the city and investigates topics like little-known bicycle racing in alleyways, LGBTQIA+ oral histories, and the tales of the African American Washingtonians who helped build the Smithsonian’s more remarkable exhibits. Come experience the public humanities in person as we delve into our city’s past, question our present and imagine the future.
SPRING + SUMMER CULTURE SERIES LINEUP
April – Transgender Oral Histories of DC
In the next HumanitiesDC Culture Series event, Darby Hickey will explore how the changes in DC over the past several decades have been experienced and influenced by transgender individuals and communities.
June – Go-Go Photography and Portraiture
Have you ever wondered what the Go-Go scene has looked like from the perspective of those looking through the camera lens? How about who designs the dramatic backdrop for the absolutely essential Polaroid keepsakes? Join us for music and good conversation as a panel of photographers and artists explore the visual side of Go-Go.
July – Porchtales Listening Party
Join us as veteran public radio producer and broadcaster Katie Davis walks through the last fifty years of life on Lanier Place and listen to the stories of a segregated block. Join for an exclusive preview of Porchtales’ second season before it premieres on streaming platforms this summer.
August – Hip Hop 50: A DC Hip-Hop Love Story
A Hip Hop Love Story from the Women’s perspective, including some of DC Hip Hop’s First Ladies, pioneers, curators, creators, preservers, emcees, producers, and DJs. Come celebrate Hip-Hop’s 50th birthday, guest curated by Dior Ashley Brown, Washington DC-based award-winning artist, and Founder of the DC Music Summit.
Do you have an idea of how to bring untold DC stories to life? Have you conducted research on a humanities topic or been working on a project that you would love the opportunity to present to the public? The Culture Series is looking for guest curators to help us co-create our next gatherings. We are looking for topics with strong connections to a humanities discipline, that are thoughtful, engaging and incorporate unique forms of presentation. Chosen curators receive compensation for their participation. For more information, reach out to our Public Programs team at email@example.com or complete the submission form below.