Presenters
  • Steve Moore has just joined the team at the Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and is responsible for the leasing, branding and event planning for The Wharf on Washington, DC’s southwest waterfront which […]

    Steve Moore, Host

    Steve Moore has just joined the team at the Hoffman-Madison Waterfront and is responsible for the leasing, branding and event planning for The Wharf on Washington, DC’s southwest waterfront which […]

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  • Fred Joiner is a poet/artist/curator living in Washington DC. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black […]

    Fred Joiner

    Fred Joiner is a poet/artist/curator living in Washington DC. His writing has appeared or is forthcoming in Callaloo, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, Fingernails Across the Chalkboard: Poetry and Prose on HIV/AIDS from the Black […]

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  • Anna Smith, Director, Cultural Exchange Programs Anna Smith began working at International Arts & Artists in 2004 and became manager of IA&A’s USArts International Training Program later that year. As […]

    Anna Smith

    Anna Smith, Director, Cultural Exchange Programs Anna Smith began working at International Arts & Artists in 2004 and became manager of IA&A’s USArts International Training Program later that year. As […]

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  • Philippa Hughes and David Bonck Join DC cultural catalyst Philippa Hughes and talent development analyst David Bonck in the search to unlock answers and shift the entire way we think […]

    Philippa Hughes and David Bonck

    Philippa Hughes and David Bonck Join DC cultural catalyst Philippa Hughes and talent development analyst David Bonck in the search to unlock answers and shift the entire way we think […]

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  • Linda Donavan Harper is the Executive Director of Cultural Tourism DC, a non-profit coalition of more than 230 cultural, heritage, and community-based organizations. Cultural Tourism DC and its members help […]

    Linda Donavan Harper

    Linda Donavan Harper is the Executive Director of Cultural Tourism DC, a non-profit coalition of more than 230 cultural, heritage, and community-based organizations. Cultural Tourism DC and its members help […]

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  • Soyini George is committed to expanding and cultivating the relationship between artists and art institutions.  As the former Outreach Specialist for the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Soyini played an integral role in […]

    Soyini George

    Soyini George is committed to expanding and cultivating the relationship between artists and art institutions.  As the former Outreach Specialist for the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum, Soyini played an integral role in […]

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  • Melani N. Douglass is an artist and an educator.  In her 10 years of experience in the classroom, Melani and her students used art as a tool to learn, heal, […]

    Melani N. Douglass

    Melani N. Douglass is an artist and an educator.  In her 10 years of experience in the classroom, Melani and her students used art as a tool to learn, heal, […]

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  • Laura Possessky is a founding member of the firm of Gura & Possessky, PLLC. For over 15 years, she has advised creative professionals, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial businesses in media, entertainment […]

    Laura Possessky

    Laura Possessky is a founding member of the firm of Gura & Possessky, PLLC. For over 15 years, she has advised creative professionals, nonprofits, and entrepreneurial businesses in media, entertainment […]

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  • Christine Brooks Cropper: Prior to her fashion journey, Christine served as the Victim Of Crime (VOCA) and Violence Against Women (VAWA) Administrator for Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, DC 2002-2005 […]

    Christine Brooks Cropper

    Christine Brooks Cropper: Prior to her fashion journey, Christine served as the Victim Of Crime (VOCA) and Violence Against Women (VAWA) Administrator for Mayor Anthony Williams of Washington, DC 2002-2005 […]

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  • Kristina Bilonick is an artist and entrepreneur, and founder of Pleasant Plains Workshop- a shared studio space, gallery space, and storefront near Howard University in DC. (http://pleasantplainsworkshop.com). Bilonick has over […]

    Kristina Bilonick

    Kristina Bilonick is an artist and entrepreneur, and founder of Pleasant Plains Workshop- a shared studio space, gallery space, and storefront near Howard University in DC. (http://pleasantplainsworkshop.com). Bilonick has over […]

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  • Gwydion Suilebhan is a DC-based playwright, theater blogger, and digital communications strategist.  His plays have been commissioned, produced, workshopped, and read by theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, DC, […]

    Gwydion Suilebhan

    Gwydion Suilebhan is a DC-based playwright, theater blogger, and digital communications strategist.  His plays have been commissioned, produced, workshopped, and read by theaters in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, DC, […]

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  • Jeff Lee is a landscape architect, planner, and visionary, dedicated to the healing powers of landscape and the vitality of sustainable design practices. His firm, Lee and Associates (Lai) has […]

    Jeff Lee

    Jeff Lee is a landscape architect, planner, and visionary, dedicated to the healing powers of landscape and the vitality of sustainable design practices. His firm, Lee and Associates (Lai) has […]

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  • Mazi Mutafa, an alumnus of the University of Maryland, is the founder and executive director of Words Beats & Life, Inc. (WBL), a hip-hop non-profit committed to transforming individual lives […]

    Mazi Mutafa

    Mazi Mutafa, an alumnus of the University of Maryland, is the founder and executive director of Words Beats & Life, Inc. (WBL), a hip-hop non-profit committed to transforming individual lives […]

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  • Tim Tate is co-founder of the Washington Glass School located in Mt. Ranier MD. He has shown nationally and beyond since the 1990’s, including the Museum of  Arts and Design […]

    Tim Tate

    Tim Tate is co-founder of the Washington Glass School located in Mt. Ranier MD. He has shown nationally and beyond since the 1990’s, including the Museum of  Arts and Design […]

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  • Kokayi (Carl Walker) is a Grammy-nominated emcee, producer and educator. His music can be heard in the new Kevin Hart feature film “Laugh At My Pain” (which released nationwide on […]

    Kokayi (Carl Walker)

    Kokayi (Carl Walker) is a Grammy-nominated emcee, producer and educator. His music can be heard in the new Kevin Hart feature film “Laugh At My Pain” (which released nationwide on […]

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  • Stan Squirewell is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has a MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied […]

    Stanley Squirewell

    Stan Squirewell is a native Washingtonian and a graduate of the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. He has a MFA from the Hoffberger School of Painting where he studied […]

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  • Maria-Rosario Jackson, Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Director of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program. “New research on arts and culture […]

    Maria-Rosario Jackson

    Maria-Rosario Jackson, Senior Research Associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center and Director of the Urban Institute’s Culture, Creativity, and Communities Program. “New research on arts and culture […]

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  • Pranav Vora @hughandcrye Pranav was born and raised in the Midwest and misses it every now and then. He is the Founder and CEO of Hugh & Crye (www.hughandcrye.com), an […]

    Pranav Vora

    Pranav Vora @hughandcrye Pranav was born and raised in the Midwest and misses it every now and then. He is the Founder and CEO of Hugh & Crye (www.hughandcrye.com), an […]

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  • Harriet Tregoning is the Director of the Washington DC Office of Planning, where she works to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and sustainable city.  Prior to […]

    Harriet Tregoning

    Harriet Tregoning is the Director of the Washington DC Office of Planning, where she works to make DC a walkable, bikeable, eminently livable, globally competitive and sustainable city.  Prior to […]

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  • Peter LaMotte is President of GeniusRocket a creative agency based in Washington DC. Peter is responsible for changing GeniusRocket’s business model from a crowdsourcing company running video and design contests, to a […]

    Peter LaMotte

    Peter LaMotte is President of GeniusRocket a creative agency based in Washington DC. Peter is responsible for changing GeniusRocket’s business model from a crowdsourcing company running video and design contests, to a […]

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  • Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance (dcfilm.org), a non-profit group supporting Washington, DC’s film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival […]

    Jon Gann

    Jon Gann is the founder of the DC Film Alliance (dcfilm.org), a non-profit group supporting Washington, DC’s film and video community, and the creator of the DC Shorts Film Festival […]

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  • Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington DC with his family in 1966. He is the founder of Busboys […]

    Anas “Andy” Shallal

    Anas “Andy” Shallal is an artist and social entrepreneur.  He was born in Iraq and moved to Washington DC with his family in 1966. He is the founder of Busboys […]

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  • Dr. Paul So is a physics professor at George Mason University and the co-director of the Center for Neural Dynamics at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. So’s recent research interests […]

    Dr. Paul So

    Dr. Paul So is a physics professor at George Mason University and the co-director of the Center for Neural Dynamics at the Krasnow Institute for Advanced Study. So’s recent research interests […]

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  • Laurenellen McCann is a devoted advocate of the public commons. By day, she fights for greater access to government information as an Organizer with the Sunlight Foundation.  By night, she explores […]

    Laurenellen McCann

    Laurenellen McCann is a devoted advocate of the public commons. By day, she fights for greater access to government information as an Organizer with the Sunlight Foundation.  By night, she explores […]

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  • Duane Gautier is the founder and CEO of the ARCH Family of Corporations, a group of not-for-profit organizations located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington DC. The ARCH believes arts […]

    Duane Gautier

    Duane Gautier is the founder and CEO of the ARCH Family of Corporations, a group of not-for-profit organizations located in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington DC. The ARCH believes arts […]

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