City at Peace

“City at Peace gave me a purpose in life. It gave me vocabulary for things I had been feeling and gave me a way to express that is healthy, fun, and sometimes hard, but very necessary.” –program participant


City at Peace is a youth development program for teens and young adults ages 14-24, which provides a safe, collaborative and nurturing space outside of school and other environments where they can examine issues and conditions that divide them.

City at Peace is rooted in social justice and uses performing arts as a learning tool to develop skills in dance, theatre, voice and stage production, as well as skills in conflict resolution, personal storytelling, empathy, understanding and leadership.

We’re looking for story-tellers and freedom fighters to join us for our 2018-2019 season. We’ll have rehearsals and training 2 days per week in order to prepare for our concert season which includes a Youth Summit, the Intersections Festival and a final performance in May. Check out all the program details below and register for City at Peace below.


2018-2019 Program Information

City at Peace classes are held at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.

  • Session one begins September 29, 2018
  • Wednesdays 4:30-8:30 PM; Saturdays 12:00-5:00 PM
  • City at Peace will host the Youth Summit at the 2019
  • Intersections Festival, March 2, 2019
  • City at Peace Final Spring Performance May 30-June 1, 2019
  • Final day of program, June 12, 2019
  • Additional performances will be scheduled throughout the season

City at Peace is the Atlas’ out-of-school youth development program for teens and young adults ages 14
to 21. City at Peace uses theater and the performing arts as a tool to transform lives. With an intentionally
diverse group of young people, participants collaborate to engage in performing arts training,
cross-cultural examinations, social awareness and social change strategies, nonviolent conflict resolution,
and leadership training to create understanding, accountability and forgiveness. The goal of the program
is to develop a diverse group of artists and effective leaders who can authentically collaborate, act, think,
communicate, and solve challenges through nonviolence in any situation today and in the future.

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Want to support the City at Peace program?

City at Peace has been positively impacting hundreds of young people’s lives for more than 20 years and has had a home at the Atlas since 2012. To learn more about City at Peace, contact us at

Your contribution helps pay for program supplies such as props, notepads and markers, transportation, technical consultants such as choreographers and a script writer, marketing for the shows, enlisting participants, and for a dedicated leader.