The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Since opening in 1971, the Kennedy Center has continued its efforts to fulfill President Kennedy's vision—presenting the greatest performers and performances from across America and around the world, nurturing new works and young artists, and serving the nation as a leader in arts education. Performances for the 2010 International VSAFestival will take place in multiple stages and locations around the Kennedy Center, including the Concert Hall, the Family Theater, the Terrace Theater, and the Millennium Stage, which is located in the Grand Foyer. Visual arts exhibitions and installations will be showcased in The Hall of States, The Hall of Nations, and The Terrace Gallery. Visual arts exhibitions and installations will be showcased throughout the Center.
- 2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566
Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, with its elegant glass canopy, which is a signature element of the renovated National Historic Landmark building that houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. The enclosed courtyard provides a distinctive, contemporary accent to the museums' Greek Revival building. The light-filled Kogod Courtyard is a welcoming space downtown in the nation's capital as well as a public venue for the museums' performances, lectures and special events.
- 8th and F Streets NW, Washington, D.C. 20004
Smithsonian Institution's International Gallery
The International Gallery, which is situated between the National Museum of African Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, presents exhibitions that deal with significant topics from various disciplines or cultural perspectives. Visitors enter the museum through the S. Dillon Ripley Center on Jefferson Drive between the "Castle" and the Freer Gallery of Art. Named for the eighth Secretary of the Smithsonian, this copper-topped round building seems small from the outside.
- 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024
Smithsonian Institution's Discovery Theater
Discovery Theater—the Smithsonian's Live Theater for Young People has provided high-quality, professionally-performed educational and artistic programming to young people of all backgrounds for over 30 years; serving from 1964 to 1979 as the Smithsonian Puppet Theater. Discovery Theater performances provide a gateway experience to Smithsonian collections and exhibitions, complement students' classroom-based learning, foster a love of live performance and the traditional arts, increase understanding and exploration of heritage and world cultures and provide entertaining, educational experiences of all kinds to young audiences.
- 1100 Jefferson Drive SW, Washington, DC 20024
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Since its founding in 1985, the Shakespeare Theatre Company has endeavored to be the nation's leading force in the presentation and preservation of classic theater. The core mission is to present classic theater in an accessible, skillful, imaginative, American style that honors playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their plays through a 21st-century lens. With the formation of the Harman Center for the Arts—which includes the new Sidney Harman Hall and the existing Lansburgh Theatre—the Shakespeare Theatre Company is a national destination theater offering a broad range of works to audiences in the greater-Washington area and across the nation.
- Sidney Harman Hall, 610 F Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
- Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street NW, Washington, DC 20004
AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center
The AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center is the flagship exhibition space of the American Film Institute and is one of the Washington area’s proudest cultural landmarks. Located in Silver Spring, Maryland, AFI Silver offers a year-round program of the best in American and international cinema, featuring a dynamic mix of first-run movies, festivals, premieres, retrospectives, special events, tributes, on-stage guest appearances and education and community programs. Anchored by the stunning interior of the 1938 Silver Theatre, the 49,000 square-foot one-of-a-kind AFI Silver combines the latest in broadcast technology and state-of-the-art film and video exhibition in its three theatres, office and meeting spaces, production and broadcast facilities, and reception and exhibition areas.
- 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910
Atlas Performing Arts Center
Located in a historic movie theater on H Street in northeast D.C., this 60,000-square-foot complex includes four theaters, three dance studios, offices, dressing rooms, lobbies, cafe, production, and rehearsal space. The Atlas is home to a diverse group of outstanding resident arts organizations including theater and dance companies, symphony orchestras, choral groups, and arts education programs.
- 1333 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20002
Busboys and Poets
Busboys and Poets is a restaurant, bookstore, fair trade market, and gathering place where people can discuss issues of social justice and peace. Each Busboys and Poets location should enhance the community—allowing us to bring together a diverse clientele reflective of the surrounding neighborhoods. Busboys and Poets creates an environment where shared conversations over food and drink allow the progressive, artistic, and literary communities to dialogue, educate, and interact.
- 5th & K, 1025 5th Street NW, Washington, DC 20002
The nation's number-one venue for stand-up comedy features national touring headliners, local celebrities, a comedy school, two showrooms, plus a full restaurant and bar. The DC Improv first launched in 1992 showcasing newcomers Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle, and Brian Regan.
- 1140 Connecticut Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20036
H Street Playhouse
The H Street Playhouse was opened in 2002 as a 100-seat flexible seating black-box theater. For a number of years, a group of artists and other professionals has initiated a new interest in the development of the H Street commercial corridor in northeast Washington, D.C. Along with city officials, small business owners, and a few other theaters, and the H Street Playhouse have been at the forefront of a movement that has been gaining steam to revitalize this area of the nation's capital.
- 1365 H Street NE, Washington, DC 20003
The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium
Part of George Washington University’s campus in D.C.'s Foggy Bottom neighborhood, Lisner Auditorium is home to a wide range of unparalleled international, national, and local performing arts events and lectures. Built in 1935, this 1,490-seat theater is the venue of choice for a number of university and area arts groups. Lisner also produces world music concerts, literature events, dance performances, and much more. Audio and video previews of upcoming shows are always available at www.lisner.org.
- 730 21st Street NW, Washington, DC 20052
When Union Station opened in 1907, it covered more ground than any building in the United States. Designed in the Beaux-Arts style, Union Station is still noted as one of the finest examples of this kind of architecture. A grand renovation in the 1980s confirmed the building's status as the gateway to Washington, D.C. Currently the station welcomes over 32 million visitors annually, making it the most visited site in the city.
- 50 Massachusetts Avenue NE, Washington, DC 20002
U.S. Department of Education
Named in honor of the 36th president of the United States, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Education Building houses the offices of the U.S. Department of Education. The Department is the federal-level conduit for funding various education programs around the country, and promotes student achievement and fosters educational excellence by spreading the word about effective practices happening in classrooms and schools nationwide. For the past six years, the Department’s Student Art Exhibit Program has done much to support the artistic efforts of students across the country by showcasing their work at LBJ Education headquarters in the nation’s capital. The exhibition program will display the Arte Postale exhibit during of the 2010 International VSA Festival. The exhibit is open to the public by reservation.