By The People is presented by Halcyon, a D.C.-based nonprofit that lifts up emerging creators and innovators, giving them the space, community, and access to realize bold visions to confront and solve 21st century problems.
We were founded as an independent nonprofit in 2017, but the Halcyon Incubator, a residential fellowship for social entrepreneurs, dates back to 2014. Since its founding, the Incubator has supported over a hundred world-changing entrepreneurs whose ventures have gone on to raise over $90 million, create hundreds of jobs, and impact almost a million lives – more every day.
Inspired by the Incubator’s impact, Halcyon launched a second incubator, Halcyon Arts Lab, in fall 2017. Halcyon Arts Lab supports civic-minded artists, giving them many of the same tools as the original Halcyon Incubator and helping them achieve sustainability and impact in the art world and beyond.
In 2018, Halcyon presented the first By The People festival, a four-day arts and dialogue festival that reached tens of thousands of people across Washington, D.C. We also took the Halcyon Incubator in a new, global direction, bringing cohorts of visiting entrepreneurs from abroad to Washington for tailored Incubator Intensive experiences.
Our programs are always evolving to reach new audiences and refine their approach to maximize impact, but the core idea remains the same: 21st century challenges will be solved by outside-the-box thinkers, and Halcyon is committed to building bridges, fostering community, and creating space that brings those thinkers to the forefront and nourishes their creativity.
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