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Fridays @ FUTURES: Hila the Killa

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

Start your weekend off right with a generous helping of fun and surprising brain snacks. ‘FUTURES’ is open late, plus enjoy bonus drop-in tours and special guests.  This week: Join us for a pop-up performance by environmental educator and entertainer Hila the Killa, our eco-rapping Futurist-In-Residence for May. Combining hip-hop, stand-up comedy, acrobatics, and elaborate […]

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FUTURES Forward: Closing Celebration

Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building 900 Jefferson Dr SW, Washington, DC

On July 6, we’ll open the doors to FUTURES one last time for an epic bash worthy of the next millennia. We’d love it if you joined us to celebrate the endless possibilities of tomorrow. FUTURES may be closing. But this is not the end, this is the beginning—of the rest of YOUR futures, of […]

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Futures Cypher is an interactive discussion and performance art exchange challenging big thinkers and creators to collaboratively reimagine our shared futures.



Tell Me More invites you to explore the creation and function of groundbreaking inventions through live demonstrations. We’re pulling back the curtains to help you discover how innovative objects aid our futures.

Tell Me More


Whether it’s the bathtub in a guest bedroom, or a secret craft lab in a basement, Meet Us in the Futures highlights the ideas of those striving to achieve a better tomorrow from spaces that provoke their futuristic thinking.

Meet us in the FUTURES


We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Panel is an audience-guided panel experience where Future Agents are invited to collectively decide our panel’s discussion content in real-time. We’ll bring the experts, you bring the talking points.


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The Long Conversation is an epic creative marathon between artists, scientists and other big thinkers that’s guaranteed to leave you feeling better about the future. Once a year, NASA astronauts, Grammy-winning musicians, tech CEOs, poets, inventors and more converge in AIB for a lively 8-hour relay race of surprising conversations. No moderators. No slides. All chemistry.

The Long Conversation


AIB was the first headquarters for the By The People festival, an international arts and dialogue festival launched by social incubator Halcyon in 2017. This week-long arts takeover features performances by DC-based and international dancers and musicians, original installations, and important talks on issues that matter.

By The People