FUTURES Forward: Closing Celebration

FUTURES Forward: Closing Celebration

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Smithsonian Arts + Industries Building

900 Jefferson Drive Southwest

Washington, DC 20560

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On July 6, we’ll open the doors to FUTURES one last time for an epic bash worthy of the next millennia.

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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 building the world you want to live in, and sharing it with those around you. A closing celebration all about community, we’ll come together and inspire each other through joy, art, dance, science, performances, and more in a round-the-clock day of constant surprises and inclusive, collaborative experiences. Our FUTURES family invites you and yours to embrace your FUTURES FORWARD optimism (and neon day-glo outfits) and “pass it forward” to others.

Highlights include daytime hands-on activities and giveaways for families, creative curated “happy hour” performances from local favorites and an epic late night dance party with DJ mOma and choreographed robot dancing.

FUTURES Forward is free, and future agents of all ages are invited! Don’t forget to don your most vibrant neon—the future’s so bright, you gotta wear shades.

Daytime fun: 10 AM to 5 PM

The day begins with a full slate of family activities and exciting giveaways. Bring your littlest FUTURES fans for future-inspired arts- and craft-making, themed tours, our science Book Nook, and more. Everyone is invited to experience the new digital companion Your Future Guide, add their message to our monumental FUTURES intentions installation and explore the exhibition for one last time.

FUTURES Happy Hour: 5 to 7 PM

As we transition into the evening, the entire building will come alive with special performances from Washington, D.C.-based artists set within unique spaces throughout exhibition. From illusionists to spoken word poets to brass bands, these performers push the limits of creative expression and welcome visitors to experience FUTURES one last time in a new, immersive way.

The Future of Dance Party: 7 to 11 PM

The grand finale, an indoor/outdoor neon-soaked dance party, begins at 7 p.m. Guests are encouraged to wear their most vibrant neon-best outfits inspired by FUTURES and dance the Wednesday away with DJ mOma. Special guests include ballerina, TED fellow, and award-winning robotics engineer Catie Cuan, June’s Futurist-in-Residence, and her dancing robots, debuting a new choreographed performance to inspire audiences to move their bodies in new and transformative ways. The entire exhibition will be open late—one final chance to test, try, delight, debate the innovations and ideas on view. An out-of-this-world the balloon drop ends the night to send everyone off into the world renewed and ready for what’s next. Future-inspired cocktails and beverages will be available thanks to the expert mixologists.

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