Politics & Art

June 14, 2018 @ 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
John A. Wilson Building
1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20004

Now in its fourth year, Politics & Art is an annual event presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and Councilmember David Grosso. The event’s theme this year is District Vox, a celebration of the human voice. Politics & Art: District Vox spotlights D.C.-based artists who use the power of their voices to inspire, entertain, and empower in showcase performances on three stages. The evening provides a snapshot of the vibrant artistry that exists throughout the entire District.

The presenters of this event are Washington Performing Arts and Councilmember David Grosso. 

What:    Politics & Art: District Vox

When:  Thursday, June 14, 2018, 5:30pm-8pm

Where: The John A. Wilson Building, 1350 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Washington, DC 20004

Tickets: Free and open to the public, reservations required: https://politicsandart.eventbrite.com

Politics & Art is made possible in part by the generous support of Washington Gas. Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

This year’s lineup features performances by more than 25 acts, including a wide range of singers, songwriters, spoken word artists, actors, vocal ensembles, and bands. The artists come from all eight wards of the District, reflecting the important role of the performing arts throughout the community. Audiences can enjoy music ranging from go-go and R&B to opera and folk. Visual art works by students from DC Public Schools, including third graders from the Takoma Educational Campus and students from Ludlow-Taylor Elementary School, will be on display in the performance spaces.

“In a city where voices rise in song and speech it was exciting to establish a platform—through the Mars Urban Arts Initiative—for creative artists from all 8 wards who will perform, in words and music, at the seat of our local government: The Wilson Building,” said Jenny Bilfield, President & CEO of Washington Performing Arts. “Washington Performing Arts is grateful to Councilmember Grosso and community partner Washington Gas for celebrating the contributions of our local artists and arts organizations through Politics and Art: District Vox.”

“The symbiotic relationship between art and politics is inescapable, especially in the District of Columbia. I’m proud to host Politics and Art at the Wilson Building again to showcase the vibrant arts community that makes D.C. a world-class city and provides local artists and elected officials the opportunity to meet and discuss the bright future of arts in Washington,” remarked Councilmember Grosso. “This year is especially momentous as we celebrate dedicated funding for the arts, humanities, and creative economy which will provide strong, stable investments to grow our thriving artistic and creative sectors.”

Lineup of performers:

ACHORD (Members of the Washington Performing Arts Men & Women of the Gospel Choir)


Anne Thomas

Ayanna Lee & Philippe the Haitian of Devine Nature

The BlakGold Ensemble

The Capital Hearings

Cody Valentine of Allthebestkids

Copper Rose & Bone

The Darrell Johnson Group


Flo Anito & Seth Kibel

Fly By Light Performance Troupe

Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways

Heather Frank and Jeff Hamlin

iMusical: The Improvised Musical

Melanie Edwards

Natalie E. Illum

The Philosopher

Phoenix Amor

Purify Love


Songs for a City

Split This Rock

Stories by Carlos Rosario School Students

Students from KIPP DC

Victoria I. Williams


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