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Crossing the Street

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Crossing the Street: SW Is...

Crossing the Street: SW Is... is a workshop series and community festival that explores what Southwest DC was, is and can be. Through playwriting, poetry and visual art workshops in local schools and community centers, YPT asked residents of all ages: “What does the past, present and future of SW look like to you?” Their responses will come to life in a performance piece and community festival that celebrates the neighborhood’s rich history and exciting future!

[UPDATE: The final performance and festival will be held on Sunday, November 6, not Saturday, October 22 as previously reported. Join us on Nov 6 for a day of theater, art and community!]

SW Is... Final Performance & Community Festival

Honor the past, present and future of Southwest DC at Crossing the Street: SW Is... - a performance and community festival celebrating the past, present and future of SW! 

Sunday, November 6 [*NEW DATE*]
4th & I St. SW
Free and open to the public
Click here for tickets!


Join Southwesters of all ages for a day of theater, art and family fun honoring Southwest DC. Learn about the neighborhood's history, hear from its young people and explore its future through the arts!

The event will have three distinct sections: SW Was...SW Is... and SW Can Be....
  • SW Was... will guide visitors through the history and culture of SW. With talks by local historians, archival photos and more, it's a must for any history buff!
  • SW Is... will bring the voices of Southwest to life onstage. Professional readings of student-written monologues and poems, music and dance performances and more await on the event's main stage! 
  • SW Can Be... features interactive, artistic explorations of Southwest's future. Write your thoughts on our magnetic poetry wall, stand on a soapbox to speak your mind and share it all on social media using #CrossingtheStreetSW!

Join us on Sunday, November 6 for all this and more! Click for tickets!

SW Is... featured in The Southwester!

Crossing the Street: SW Is... is featured on the back cover of the October 2016 issue of The Southwester, Southwest DC's free community newspaper! Click here to read up on the exciting project, and pick up a copy in newsstands across Southwest! 

Thank you to The Southwester for sharing SW Is...!








Thank you to the Southwest community stakeholders helping to make
Crossing the Street: SW Is... a reality!


Dreaming Out Loud, Inc.

Friends of Randall Rec Center

King Greenleaf Rec Center - Paul Taylor

SW Business Improvement District (SWBID)

SW Library

SW Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA)

SW Residents!

Westminster Presbyterian Church





YPT's Crossing the Street launch on June 4 was documented by a film crew from Stone Soup Films,
as part of their 2016 Doc-in-a-Day Festival! Click here to watch the great video!