Investigating Where We Live 2016

AUGUST 5, 2016–JUNE 18, 2017

Second Floor: 5th Street Side

How has D.C. transformed in the past 10 years? In this year’s Investigating Where We Live, local teens used photography, writing, and interviews to trace how neighborhoods along the Anacostia River have changed. They researched the city’s past at the Historical Society of Washington, D.C., and talked to residents, developers, and government officials to better understand who influences a city’s evolution.

About the Program

Photo by Dawud Liggans for Investigating Where We Live, Connecting with Anacostia.
Photo by Dawud Liggans for Connecting with Anacostia.

Investigating Where We Live, awarded the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award in 2013, is a five week summer program at the Museum for teens from the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Participants use digital cameras, creative writing, interviews, and their own observations to explore, document, and interpret the built environment in D.C. neighborhoods. They use their findings to design and install an exhibition that runs for almost a year.

Teens interested in applying or for more information can email

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Past Exhibitions and Neighborhoods

Investigating Where We Live: New Monuments Revealed (July 25, 2015–June 6, 2016)
D.C. is well known for its monuments and memorials, and participants examined what the city chooses to remember as well as made suggestions for new monuments.

Investigating Where We Live: D.C. Now & Next (August 2, 2014–June 7, 2015)
Participants looked at the city as a whole, identifying themes and photos they felt portrayed the area’s diversity.

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy (July 26, 2013–June 8, 2014)

Investigating Where We Live: Connecting with Anacostia (July 28, 2012–June 9, 2013)

Investigating Where We Live: Capturing Colorful Communities (July 30, 2011–June 10, 2012)
Mount Pleasant, H Street NE, and Bloomingdale

Investigating Where We Live (July 30, 2010–May 15, 2011)

Photo by Diamonte Jackson.
Photo by Diamonte Jackson.

Investigating Where We Live (August 7, 2009–April 23, 2010)
Columbia Heights, Shaw, U Street

Investigating Where We Live: A New Angle on Northeast (July 30, 2008–January 19, 2009)
Brookland, Deanword, Stanton Park

Investigating Where We Live (August 19, 2006–November 29, 2006)
Congress Heights, Hillsdale, Uniontown

Investigating Where We Live (August 13, 2005–February 19, 2006)
Anacostia, Navy Yard, New York Avenue corridor

Investigating Where We Live (August 1, 2000–September 1, 2000)

Investigating Where We Live (August 1, 1999–September 1, 1999)


Teen programs at the National Building Museum are generously supported by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts; DAVIS Construction; Sunrise Foundation; Capital One Bank; The William Randolph Hearst Foundation; The Butz Foundation; Aon/Huntington T. Block Insurance; Kelly Family Cuidiu Foundation; and two anonymous donors. Geppetto Catering, Inc. is the official meal provider for Teen Programs at the National Building Museum.