Events Calendar

Explore our city’s upcoming humanities events from performances and lectures to celebrations and multi-media experiences. These public events are created and hosted by either HumanitiesDC, our grantees or local partners. To submit an event for consideration, please complete this form.

Culture Series: DC Poetry Scene in the 90s

Busboys and Poets Monroe 625 Monroe St NE, Washington, DC, United States

This event will consist of a reading of poems by Kenny Carroll, Quique Aviles, Patrick Washington and Sami Miranda. Following the reading we will show clips from oral histories that were done as part of a humanities grants project, where people involved in the 90s poetry as open mic host, writing programs managers shared their […]


Atlas Presents: Keng Siong Sim – Peace for Ukraine

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC, United States

Why are we not able to name any Ukrainian composers despite the existence of high-quality music? Pianist Keng Siong Sim tells stories and plays works of Mykola Lysenko, Sergei Bortkiewicz, Vasyl Barvinsky, and more. A celebration of solo piano music by Ukrainian composers! The artist is donating his portion of the proceeds to UNICEF Children […]


DC Oral History Collaborative 101+ Workshop

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library 901 G Street NW, Washington, DC, United States

This course, led by oral historian Anna Kaplan, Ph.D, will introduce Washingtonians interested in becoming oral historians to the best practices of doing oral history, to empower them with the basic tools for developing their style and approach to preserving DC’s rich past through oral history interviews. This course is structured to follow the full […]


Fresh Beginnings: January Reading

Sonny's Pizza 3120 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC, United States

Start 2024 off on the right foot with a local literary reading featuring the amazing E.A. Aymar along with nine other local fiction, nonfiction & poetry writers. Grab a slice of Sonny's famous pizza and settle in for a night of incredible writing from the DC literary community. We can't wait to see you there […]


Effervescence Collective

Dance Place 3225 8th St NE, Washington, DC, United States

For our debut show, we explore our namesake in 3 one-act works, led by three different DC-based choreographers, featuring dancers from within our company: the Effervescence Collective. The goal is to capture the concept of collective effervescence in 3 vastly different ways, by featuring 3 works that explore community and connection in 3 different capacities […]

$10 – $30

Culture Series: Creative AI – Threat or Opportunity

Busboys and Poets 2021 14th St NW, Washington, DC, DC, United States

As artificial intelligence continues to change every aspect of how we work, the creative fields are seeing a seismic shift in the former ways of doing business. From avatar influencers with real world modeling contracts to AI powered rappers, AI is changing how humans do business. Latoya Peterson, cofounder and CXO at Glow Up Games, […]


What is Oral History and Why is it Important?

Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library 3160 16th St NW, Washington, DC, United States

This introductory workshop will help participants define oral history in relationship to the history of the practice and other forms of interviewing and storytelling. Participants will learn what motivates oral historians to do their work and what might motivate them to initiate projects of their own. Participants will also learn how to discover archival oral […]


The Inner Loop February Reading

This February, we're transforming the top floor of Shaw's Tavern into a storytelling sanctuary! This month's reading will feature the incredible novelist, Nadeem Zaman, and nine local writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Mark your calendar, grab your friends, and head to Shaw's Tavern on February 20 at 7:30pm. Whether you're a bookworm, an inspiring […]


HumanitiesDC Community Showcase

Anacostia Arts Center 1231 Marion Barry Ave SE, Washington, DC, MD, United States

Get ready to immerse yourselves in an unforgettable celebration of bold ideas, big questions, and unique experiences! On February 22, 2024, at 6 PM, join us at the Anacostia Arts Center to honor and applaud the exceptional work of our 2023 grantees and independent practitioner fellows. Come together with fellow curious minds to witness the […]


Silk Road DC presents: Nowruz! Navruz! Nevruz! Dancing into Spring

Atlas Performing Arts Center 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC, United States

Inspired by ancient Spring rituals and traditions of the Silk Road, this concert celebrates Nature's awakening with exuberant, colorful dances of Turkic and Persianate cultures. Although somewhat new to many Americans, the holiday of Nowruz – also Navruz and Nevruz – marks one of humanity's oldest celebrations, long a part of Central Asian and Persian […]


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