Teens Investigate D.C.’s Cultural Contributions

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Award-winning Investigating Where We Live exhibition opens August 5

Investigating Where We Live photo by staff
Photo by Museum staff.

Thirty local teens, in collaboration with Museum professionals, photographers, artists, and other cultural producers, used photography, writing, artwork, and interviews to examine how arts and culture impact the city.

Participants in the Investigating Where We Live program visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian American Art Museum, National Museum of American Indian, the Carter G. Woodson Home, as well as the galleries of the National Building Museum. They also met with copyist David Ilbata from the National Gallery of Art, singer Pinky Killacorn at the Lincoln Theater, as well as restauranteur Justin Logan, to learn more about ways that culture can be shared within a community.

As the culmination, the participants planned, designed, and fabricated an exhibition to communicate their experiences and viewpoints. The exhibition is expected to be seen by tens of thousands of visitors to the National Building Museum during its run.

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Exhibition opens on Saturday, August 5 and runs through January 15, 2018. A reception with participants will be held from 1–3 pm.

Created in 1996, the National Building Museum’s Investigating Where We Live is a five-week summer program in which students interpret Washington, D.C. neighborhoods through photography, creative writing, and original artwork. Each summer, approximately 30 students spend their Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays exploring neighborhoods and developing an exhibition to be on view at the Museum. In 2013 Investigating Where We Live was a recipient of the National Arts & Humanities Youth Program Award, given by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.

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