Kate Goodall, CEO of Georgetown artist and entrepreneur incubator Halcyon, knew there was one non-negotiable when considering what an arts festival would look like in D.C.: “We needed to figure out a way to make this accessible. Aspen [Ideas Festival] is a good $3,000 to attend, and that’s not including travel and lodging. South By [Southwest Conference and Festivals]’s smallest ticket, unless you’ve got a hookup, is $1,600. These gatherings are largely completely out of reach for people. We wanted to bring together a high quality, international, destination festival—over time of course—that is completely free and accessible.”
Halcyon currently supports eight fellows, six national or international and two local, through their Arts Lab program. The nine-month fellowship starts in September and culminates with By the People Festival, which serves as a capstone project for the fellows. Now in its second year, By the People will host programming in conjunction with community arts centers in all eight wards and has expanded its run from four days to nine.
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