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Investigating Where We Live


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Investigating Where We Live brings together teens, ages 13-18, from across the D.C. metropolitan area to share their views of Washington, D.C.

You will use photography and exhibition design as a means of understanding D.C. and describing how the city is changing. As the culmination of the program, you plan, design, and install a museum exhibition that features your insights and work. Your exhibition will be on display in the Museum for up to eleven months.

The 2015 exhibition, Investigating Where We Live: New Monuments Revealed, explores the District through the lens of its monuments, memorials, and commemorative spaces. It will be on display until June 6, 2016. 

In the program, you will:  

  • Design and install a one-of-a-kind exhibition that over 25,000 people will visit
  • Explore D.C. and meet the people who live here
  • Learn how to take great photographs and develop a portfolio of your work
  • Work with photographers, designers, and museum staff
  • Keep your camera at the end of the program
  • Fulfill up to 70 hours of community service requirements for school
  • Receive a Family Membership to the National Building Museum

When is it? 

Investigating Where We Live meets for 15 sessions over five weeks in the summer from 9 am to 2:30 pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. Up to 35 participants are selected each summer. 

2016 Program dates:

  • July: 5–7, 12–14, 19–21, 26–28
  • August: 2–4
  • Exhibition Opening: Friday, August 5, 6:30–8:30 pm

How do I apply?

The application period for Investigating Where We Live is now closed. Contact if you have questions, or subscribe to the Teen Programs mailing list here.

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Investigating Where We Live is generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; DAVIS Construction; Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance; and two anonymous donors. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for Teen Programs at the National Building Museum.