The Mars Urban Arts Initiative (MUAI) is a creative platform for Washington Performing Arts and the D.C. community to celebrate and empower local artists through performances, unique educational programs, and interdisciplinary grassroots collaborations that showcase the diversity and vitality of our city. D.C. has always been an incubator for powerful artistic voices with worldwide resonance, from Duke Ellington and Todd Duncan to Shirley Horn and Chuck Brown. Reflective of our founder Patrick Hayes’ motto, “Everybody in, nobody out,” the Mars Urban Arts Initiative amplifies the role of local artists throughout Washington Performing Arts’ productions, educational opportunities, and special events. MUAI also curates educational workshops, master classes, and student performances that connect local students with distinguished performers, in conjunction with our signature education programs, such as the Capital Arts Partnership, Embassy Adoption Program, and Gospel Choirs. The Mars Urban Arts Initiative is anchored by residencies for leading artists and ensembles, curated performances across all eight wards, and artistic happenings that reflect what it means to call D.C. home.

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Summer Concerts on the Lawn • Thursdays at 7pm • Library of Congress (North Lawn, Jefferson Building)
Jul 19 • BataláDC
Jul 26 • Chelsey Green
Aug 2 • Cheick Hamala Diabate
Aug 9 • Trifilio Tango Trio
Aug 16 • Sarah Marie Hughes & Coy Fish
Aug 23 • DuPont Brass and VeVe & Tha Rebels
The Summer Concerts On the Lawn series is co-presented by Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative and the Library of Congress.

Washington Performing Arts’ Mars Urban Arts Initiative is generously supported by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.