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Fridays @ FUTURES: Sports FUTURES

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

Start your weekend off right every Friday with a generous helping of fun and surprising brain snacks. ‘FUTURES’ is open late, plus bonus drop-in tours and special guests. Join us for a guided tour to explore and consider what the futures of sports, competition, and athletics might look like in the FUTURES. Will augmented athletes […]

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FUTURES Field Day

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

“We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing.” - George Bernard Shaw  What if the future of sports could be an equal playing field? What would a sports world look like where everyone has the opportunity to join in? Come outside and play at AIB for FUTURES Field […]

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FUTURES Field Day Movie on the Mall: The Longshots

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

At FUTURES Field Day, we invite ALL play enthusiasts to join us for a Saturday of fun activities that will get your body moving while exploring an inclusive, uplifting and intentional future of sports.   Grab a blanket and cool down with this free outdoor movie screening on the National Mall, a story of overcoming long […]

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Fridays@FUTURES: Hall of Descendants

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

Start your weekend off right every Friday with a generous helping of fun and surprising brain snacks. ‘FUTURES’ is open late, plus bonus drop-in tours and special guests.   Join the Stanford d.school Hall of Descendents program, a radical invitation to shape our collective futures. One-part learning experience and one-part a collective art installation, imagine your […]

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FUTURES Play Lab: FUTURES x Oracle: Future of Water

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

Only 2% of the world’s water is available as fresh water—with a growing population, what sustainable actions can we take to preserve the future of water? Together, FUTURES and Oracle have designed an immersive VR experience that follows the water journey. From storm drains to ocean evaporation, visitors will follow the water cycle and take […]

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FUTURES Cypher: Pride 2050

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

"We should indeed keep calm in the face of difference, and live our lives in a state of inclusion and wonder at the diversity of humanity."—George Takei   What will the future of PRIDE look like in the year 2050? As a society, we’re constantly evolving and still striving for equal rights for everyone, and the […]

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FUTURES Tour: Democracy

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

Celebrate Civic Season with an exploration of democratic FUTURES. Join us for a guided tour highlighting visions of community and inclusivity. We all have a part to play. What if kids had the right to vote? What if everyone had equal and affordable access to the internet and life saving medicine? How can we build […]

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Fridays@FUTURES: Juneteenth Liberation Dialogue

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

Start your weekend off right every Friday with a generous helping of fun and surprising brain snacks. ‘FUTURES’ is open late, plus bonus drop-in tours and special guests.   What is the future of black liberation through the lens of commemoration and dialogue? How can people of color celebrate national holidays like Juneteenth, and claim space […]

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Living Longer Festival: Health + Wellness 2050

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

What would it look like for us to live longer, better, healthier lives? How could we get there – and what do we need to make it happen? Technology like telemedicine can play a role, and so will our neighbors, our food, our habits, and especially the systems of caregiving and healthcare that surround us.   […]

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Programs

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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.

FUTURES Cypher

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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

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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

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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.

WIYRSP

Past Events

2017/2018

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

2018/2019

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