My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I in Washington
Jan
1
to Nov 29

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I in Washington

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I was created by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in collaboration with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.

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Maker-in-Residence Program
Jan
1
to Jan 3

Maker-in-Residence Program

Application deadline:  November 10, 2017

Residency Term: January 2018 - 2019

The Maker-in-Residence (MIR) program will give makers, designers, and artists a chance to work with us in the Labs at DC Public Library to explore, create, document and share innovative projects, using our tools and resources. The Labs at DC Public Library are comprised of the Fab Lab, Studio Lab, and Memory Lab. More information about the Labs, including a list of available equipment, is included in the call.  

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No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man
Mar
30
to Sep 16

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum: Renwick Gallery (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man brings the large-scale, participatory work from this desert gathering to the nation’s capital for the first time. The exhibition takes over the entire Renwick Gallery building and surrounding neighborhood, bringing alive the maker culture and creative spirit of this cultural movement.

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Music Open Mic Tuesdays at Church & State
Apr
10
to Dec 4

Music Open Mic Tuesdays at Church & State

Calling all singers, songwriters, and musicians. This is your time to shine! 
Come join our new Music Open Mic every Tuesday at Church & State bar.
Sets are limited to 3 minutes - you may perform one 3 minute piece or 3 one minute pieces.
All performers receive 30% off bar tab!
Just show up, sign-up, and perform! 
All genre's of music and types of instruments are welcome. 
No cursing or explicit language allowed.

For questions, email kjordan@gratentbranding.com

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Mural Mondays
Apr
16
to Feb 25

Mural Mondays

  • 2622 Georgia Avenue Northwest Washington, DC, 20001 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

"Mural Mondays" A weekly Art Event at Listen Vision, DC's Largest and Oldest Recording Studio located at Howard U's entrance. From 12-10pm View and Purchase from Local Artists, Painters, Photographers, Graphic Designers, Potters, Glass Blowers, Illustrators, Muralists plus Crafts and DJ's Spinning ALL DAY Displaying Paintings, Murals, Prints, Graffiti, Sculptures, Pictures and more LIVE On-Air and On-Camera via WLVS Radio. 
Listen Vision: 2622 Georgia Ave NW WDC 20001 Call 202.332.8494 for info."

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Downtown DC Live 2018
Jun
7
to Jul 26

Downtown DC Live 2018

Check out the third annual installment of DowntownDC Live, a free, lunchtime live entertainment series in Franklin Park brought to you by the DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID). Head to Franklin Park (13th & I streets NW) every Thursday from June 7 to July 26 from 12:30-1:30pm to enjoy live music and performing arts. Bring your lunch or grab food from a nearby restaurant or food truck. DowntownDC Live will feature music from various genres including soul, pop, jazz and more! Attendees will have front row seats to exceptional performances by local and international groups.

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Awesome Foundation DC Live Pitch Contest
Jun
25
7:00 PM19:00

Awesome Foundation DC Live Pitch Contest

Join the Awesome Foundation DC chapter at our first ever live pitch event. 5 select applicants will share their crazy, wild, amazing ideas to make DC more awesome while competing in a shark-tank-style live pitch. The winner will walk away with $1000 to help implement their amazing idea. This event is at the Ivy City Smokehouse and is free to attend! Bring your friends to cheer them on. 
 

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June Co-Working Day
Jun
26
10:00 AM10:00

June Co-Working Day

  • 200 I Street Southwest Washington, DC, 20024 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 Each month, the 202Creates team invites the District's creatives and entrepreneurs to work out of OCTFME's offices, meet fellow creatives & folks in our brand-new Residency Program, attend skill building sessions, tinker in our Podcast and Photography Studios, get drop-in support for specific business or legal questions, participate in feedback sessions, share thoughts and experiences during round tables, and more! See below for the full line-up of workshops & speakers we have planned throughout the day. Scroll all the way down for location info.

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
Jun
27
to Jul 8

Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival, established in 1967, honors contemporary living cultural traditions and celebrates those who practice and sustain them. Produced annually by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the Festival has featured participants from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Our free Festival takes place for two weeks every summer, overlapping the Fourth of July holiday. It is an educational, research-based presentation that features master artisans and other tradition bearers. We invite visitors to sing and dance along, try craft and game workshops, learn traditional recipes, ask questions, and take part in this unique cultural exchange.

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Jul
10
to Jul 19

Lesbians and the Men Who Love Them

  • Christ United Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Move over María from West Side Story. Meet María, spiritual daughter of Ché who is leading the lesbian feminist revolution on campus when she falls for the enemy. This is the story of how she came in. Lesbians has a multicultural cast, director and crew that reflects the diversity of Latinx community. We are especially excited to have Pedro Biaggi in the role of Mr. Alberto Alvarez as part of our cast

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Build a Dream Entrepreneurial Workshop Participant Pitch Practice
Jul
11
to Aug 15

Build a Dream Entrepreneurial Workshop Participant Pitch Practice

  • Department of Small and Local Business Development (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The DSLBD Innovation & Equitable Development (IED) Office is partnering with the Mayor's Office of Veterans Affairs (MOVA) to lead a 10-week entrepreneurial training and technical assistance series for DC small businesses summer 2018. This series will cover the basic Build a Dream curriculum and Small Business Group Technical Assistance topics as outlined below:

  1. June 6: Introduction to Lean Canvas
  2. June 13: Customer Discovery
  3. June 20: Basic Business Financials
  4. June 27: Pitching in All Its Forms*
  5. July 11: PARTICIPANT Pitch Practice
  6. July 18: Business Plans and Pitch Decks
  7. July 25:Landscape on Access to Capital
  8. August 1: Grants, Tech Transfer, and Government Funding for Your Business
  9. August 8: Social Media and Marketing
  10. August 15: DC’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem
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GO-GO Returns to U Street
Jun
24
7:00 PM19:00

GO-GO Returns to U Street

Go-go is the unmistakable sound of Washington, D.C. The homegrown genre, known for its relentless rhythm, used to be a mainstay in the city, particularly throughout the bustling U Street corridor. While go-go's presence in the nation's capital has waned in recent years, we're committed to making it feel like home again on U Street with our Go-Go Returns to U Street series.

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Step Afrika Presents: The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence
Jun
8
to Jun 17

Step Afrika Presents: The Migration: Reflections of Jacob Lawrence

  • Hartke Theatre Catholic University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Harnessing the success of a sold-out, three-week, Off-Broadway run in New York City, Step Afrika! brings its incredible 2017-2018 season to a close with nine performances of The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence in Washington, D.C. from June 8 to June 17 at the Hartke Theatre!

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DC Jazz Festival
Jun
8
to Jun 17

DC Jazz Festival

Since 2005, the DC Jazz Festival® (DCJF) organization has provided enriching and entertaining jazz performances and programs that introduce students and adults from all walks of life to jazz, our nation’s singular original art form. DCJF presents a selection of the jazz genre’s most acclaimed artists as well as emerging artists, and provides enhanced exposure for the rich treasure trove of musicians from the Washington, DC area. Throughout the year, the DCJF nourishes the community with free music educational programs that extend our reach into underserved communities and enhance the quality of life for DC public and charter school students.

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Elements of Us: Capital Pride 2018
Jun
7
to Jun 10

Elements of Us: Capital Pride 2018

“Elements of Us.” Every person’s life is composed of a kaleidoscope of extraordinary parts, including identity, race, sexuality, gender, spirituality, experience, beliefs, goals, and so much more. These elements influence who we are and help sustain and balance us in what can be an otherwise perplexing and difficult world. Who we are also links us to each other and to our exceptional LGBTQ+ community.

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Focus on the Story
Jun
7
to Jun 10

Focus on the Story

  • Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join us June 7 – 10 in the nation’s capital as we celebrate the art of photography and the stories behind the images. For four days, Focus on the Story will convene some of the top names in photography. We want to bring together a community of photography lovers for a series of outstanding keynote presentations, panel discussions, workshops, exhibits, portfolio reviews, photowalks and community events.

Whether you are a professional, amateur, enthusiast or curious, here is your chance to spend four days celebrating, learning, seeing, living and breathing photography. What could be better, right?

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EuroAsia Short Film Festival
Jun
4
to Jun 8

EuroAsia Short Film Festival

EuroAsia Shorts proudly presents an annual week of short films from Europe, Asia, and the United States, screened at embassies and cultural centers throughout Washington, D.C. Every night includes a cultural Q&A and discussion with experts, and several nights include special reception events! Join an international cinematic dialogue that is uniquely Washingtonian.

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INMA World Congress of News Media
May
31
to Jun 5

INMA World Congress of News Media

  • Mead Center for American Theatre (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The 88th Annual INMA World Congress of News Media takes us to the most talked-about city on Earth. Where the fake flirts with the fearless. Where the social has been anti-social of late. And where quantity has tried (and failed) to thwart quality. News media is renewing with re-discovered relevance worldwide … yet nowhere more so than Washington, D.C. Join the indispensable conference for strategists, catalysts, audience-builders, and revenue executives from the leading news media companies.

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Intro Floral Arrangement Workshop
May
27
1:00 PM13:00

Intro Floral Arrangement Workshop

Join Michelle Samson, owner of MISA Floral for an afternoon of floral making and good vibes!

WHAT YOU'LL LEARN: Learn the ins and outs of creating floral arrangements just like the pros, and go home with your very own creation, perfect for decorating your home or giving as as gift.

WHAT YOU'LL MAKE: With the instruction of master florist, Michelle Samson, owner of MISA Floral, you'll learn basic cut flower care, go home with a beautiful summertime arrangement, and a new (or improved) craft that you can continue to develop at home.

WHAT'S PROVIDED: All materials including flowers, vessels, and tools are included in this 2 hour workshop.

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WomenEmpower Expo
May
26
10:00 AM10:00

WomenEmpower Expo

  • Walter E Washington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

WEX IS AN EVENT FOR FEMALE ENTREPRENEURS, BUSINESS LEADERS, GAME CHANGERS, INNOVATORS, & THE WOMEN READY TO TAKE THEIR BUSINESS & LIFE TO THE NEXT LEVEL. At WEX you’ll be able to learn from industry experts and female leaders, network with entrepreneurs and change-makers, discover tools and strategies to take your business to the next level, and feel empowered to create a positive change. Whether you are passionate about wellness, interested in learning about digital marketing, ready to get funding for your business; you’ll be able to choose your own sessions and explore our unique activations customizing the WEX Experience to your passions, business, and interests.

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ChangeMakers: Community Impact Showcase
May
24
4:00 PM16:00

ChangeMakers: Community Impact Showcase

  • University of the District of Columbia - Student Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Techbridge Girls participants from across Washington, DC will present their Community Impact Projects. Middle school girls in our ChangeMakers program have been working hard for all school year to apply STEM concepts and design a unique project to improve their communities. Come and be amazed at what they have to show! Enjoy food, music and STEM fun for the whole family.

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District Karaoke Does Drag Brunch at Bar Roubaix
May
20
12:00 PM12:00

District Karaoke Does Drag Brunch at Bar Roubaix

The ladies of the house shake it up at our Sassy Drag Brunch on the 3rd Sunday of every month. Our lovely host and Latin diva Sylvanna Duvel brings sassy sisters Laronica Vegas, Paula and special guests the floor. Special guests and brunch specialty cocktails will be announced at the beginning of each month! Tickets can be purchased at the door or in advance through Eventbrite. Online tickets are $21 and include show ticket and one entree, with 18% gratuity and an amazing time! Tickets are available at the door on a first-come, first-served basis and are $6 with purchase of food or $10 if no food is purchased. The show goes on at 12:30pm and seating begins at Noon, but feel free to come earlier.

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Pun DMV
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Pun DMV

Come out and wordplay! You're invited to watch or compete in Pun DMV, our pun contest! The night features two events, based on the O. Henry Pun-Off World Championship. In the Freestyle, contestants register in advance and prepare short pun-filled speeches. In the Tournament, people sign up the night of the show for an on-the-spot pun battle. Win either contest and you can go home with some prizes.

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Helen Hayes Awards
May
14
5:30 PM17:30

Helen Hayes Awards

This is DC Theater’s Big Night Out. The Helen Hayes Awards is among the country's most prestigious cultural honors, recognizing and celebrating excellence in professional theater throughout the Washington metropolitan area. This year’s awards represent 65 eligible theatres and 47 categories for artistic excellence, plus the 2018 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Admission to the Dance Party at the Anthem following the ceremony is included with your ticket to the Helen Hayes Awards. The Helen Hayes Awards are an event of theatreWashington.

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Sewing 101
May
13
1:00 PM13:00

Sewing 101

Join us for sewing basics! Students will learn the principal parts of a sewing machine and how to cut and mark a pattern, and everyone will leave with a completed project (perhaps a skirt or a pillow)!

The class is designed as an introduction to sewing and is great for people with little to no prior experience who are interested in learning more. The class will also include basic information on sewing supplies, pressing tools and selecting fabric and a pattern.

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Tee-Con
May
12
9:00 AM09:00

Tee-Con

  • Walter E Washington Convention Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tee-Con is a Convention that celebrates T-Shirts, Urban Wear, Comics, Skateboarding, Sneakers, The Arts and more.


T-Shirts are universal! We pride ourselves in cultivating an urban, artistic atmosphere. It is comprised of an interactive Market Place that will feature dozens of: T-Shirt Brands, Exclusive Sneakers, Guest Speakers, Educational Seminars, Fashion Shows, Cosplay and More.

All ages are welcome! So, make sure to bring your family and friends. Dress in your BEST Cosplay and have a great time.

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CinEinsomnia: The Rocky Horror Picture Show
May
11
to May 12

CinEinsomnia: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

  • Landmark E Street Cinema (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

The longest-running midnight movie of all time stars Tim Curry as the kinky yet endearing “transsexual from Transylvania” Dr. Frank N. Furter, Susan Sarandon and Barry Bostwick as his hapless guests Brad and Janet, Meat Loaf as motorcycle-riding rough trade and author Richard O’Brien as the hunchbacked butler Riff Raff. It’s harmless musical fun—a delightful spoof of Hollywood horror movies and Old Dark House melodramas. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was the first—and is still the best—interactive movie experience!

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Opening Of Exposed DC Photography Show
May
11
6:00 PM18:00

Opening Of Exposed DC Photography Show

12th Annual Exposed DC Photography Exhibit, featuring 40 photos of the Washington, D.C. area by the people who live, love and work here

Opening reception for the 12th annual Exposed DC Photography Show

  • Photos will be projected throughout the space as well as displayed in print
  • Photo printing by Dodge-Chrome, Inc.
  • Music provided by The Beat & Path
  • Best in Show Awards chosen by a panel of distinguished local photographers
  • Exhibition program available for purchase
  • Cash bar provided by Dupont Underground for patrons over 21.
  • Advance tickets: Adults $15 (children 10 and under free)
  • Door tickets: Adults $20 (children 10 and under free)
  • No ticket fees of any kind!
  • Please note that use of one flight of stairs is required to access Dupont Underground. Assistance using the stairs can be provided, if necessary.
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Wake Up!
May
5
to May 6

Wake Up!

An evening-length dance theater work, Wake Up! takes inspiration from the music, dance and themes of Spike Lee’s 1988 film School Daze. Conceived and co-directed by MK Abadoo and Vaughn Midder, this update uses jazz, contemporary, funk, step, tap and West African dance to immerse the audience in a poignant social justice discussion.

Wake Up! reimagines Lee’s 1980s examination of collegiate youthful Black culture at an Historically Black College (HBCU) with the contemporary realities of African American students attending an Historically White College. Abadoo invites audiences as VIP guests at a fictitious campus’s homecoming house party, step competition, fashion show and open mic poetry slam. Wake Up! interweaves dance and dialogue, allowing for a poignant display of social dance as a way to underpin candid dialogue of contemporary social justice issues.

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POW! WOW! DC
May
5
to May 14

POW! WOW! DC

For ten days in May, a curated group of artists from around the globe will travel to Washington, DC to paint larger-than-life murals at our annual celebration of art and creativity, the international mural festival called POW! WOW! DC.

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Around the World Embassy Tour
May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Around the World Embassy Tour

Embassies will open their doors to DC visitors and residents Saturday, May 5, 2018. Participants can travel the world as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, and music of different countries. In the past, visitors have been treated to karate demonstrations, dance performances, sari wrapping lessons, and henna demonstrations. 

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Senior Dance BFA Linda Ryan's Honor's Thesis called Go!
May
4
7:00 PM19:00

Senior Dance BFA Linda Ryan's Honor's Thesis called Go!

Go! is a multimedia dance piece that incorporates GoPro action cameras into the choreography. Audience members can watch the performance in-person or they can tune in to the live video feed from a camera strapped to one of the dancers bodies-- or even a combination of the two. The two simultaneous performances-- one physical, one virtual-- confront the viewer with questions about perception, reality, and the veracity of the online world. What happens when a physical artform like dance is forced into a virtual environment? What does it mean to put moving bodies into digital world where having a body is irrelevant? In many ways, dancing with the camera is more intimate than dancing with another person is. The piece grapples with the possibility that watching the livestream is more "real" than watching the dance in "real life".

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Graffiti Party: Art Jamz
May
4
6:30 PM18:30

Graffiti Party: Art Jamz

Party like Banksy at our $15 Graffiti Night and get 1 Hour of studio time to paint the wall plus 1 complimentary wine or beer. The lounge will be open for liquid inspiration and we'll be playing jamming tunes. Afterwards, purchase additional studio time and canvas and let your vision come to life off the wall. 

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Flower Mart
May
4
10:00 AM10:00

Flower Mart

An irresistible array of festival foods, children’s rides, artisanal and boutique gifts and, of course, herbs and flowers, once again fills the nave and grounds of the Cathedral at this year’s Flower Mart. Drawing locals and tourists alike since 1939, this festival of flowers and fun celebrates All Hallows’ Guild’s antique carousel—a fixture at Flower Mart for decades.

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Curated! A Symposium on Collecting
May
4
9:00 AM09:00

Curated! A Symposium on Collecting

The DAR Museum in Washington, DC, invites you to our annual symposium on Friday, May 4, 2018. This year’s theme will explore the act of collecting in a decorative arts context, to complement the museum’s upcoming exhibit, Lately Arrived: Recent Additions to the Collections. 

Through this symposium, the museum hopes to foster professional and academic dialogue about the decorative arts, collecting, and why we do what we do. In particular we will be examining various aspects of collecting. What do we collect? Why? How do we determine what to save, and what to discard? Who decides what is valuable enough to save? What kinds of “value” do we place on objects? 

This all-day symposium includes lunch and access to the DAR Museum's exhibits, including 31 period rooms.

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Exploring Genius
May
3
7:30 PM19:30

Exploring Genius

It’s hard enough to identify genius. How on earth do you photograph it? To photographer Paolo Woods, the best place to start was his hometown of Florence, where Michelangelo and da Vinci created their masterpieces, and where Galileo reshaped our understanding of the cosmos. In Mexico City, he sat with a modern savant who could draw the entire cityscape in exact detail after just a glance, and in Japan, he saw modern scientists bringing last century’s genius to life as they proved a theory Einstein made more than 50 years ago. He even explored the possibility that future genius could come from an unlikely source: artificial intelligence. Join Paolo, best-selling author Claudia Kalb, and National Gallery of Art Senior Curator Harry Cooper for a fascinating look at the project, and insights into the passion, intensity, and science of genius.

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TRIBEFEST DC
May
3
to May 6

TRIBEFEST DC

  • Hissing Black Cat Theater (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

TRIBEFESTDC (May 3-6, 2018) is a multi-day arts convening where creatives, decision-making government agencies, and community leaders converge for social change. At the 1st annual TRIBEFESTDC, creatives—artists, advocates, activists, entrepreneurs—will receive the training, tools, skills, and access to increase their literacy around securing government funding for projects, and bridge the gap between funding agencies, local government and creative placemakers. 

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