Where the Art World and Real World Intersect
The Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival is a performing arts festival that presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. We are interested in unique perspectives and art that connects us to the many facets of our humanity.
Check out the events from the Intersections 2019 Festival
INTERSECTIONS Schedule highlights include:
The Washington Post Intersections Launch Party: February 21 from 6:30-8:00 PM.
Kick-off the 10th Intersections Festival with us at The Washington Post launch party 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm! The cafe will be open plus we’ll have light bites and drinks from 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm. Listen to Matthew Mills, named one of the 50 fastest guitarists in the world…Then, stay to see our kick-off concert by Moveius Contemporary Ballet.
Family Fun Days: February 23 & March 2 from 9:00-12:00 PM
Free and ticketed performances for kids and their grown-up friends! Get crafty at our signature Creation Station!
Youth Summit: March 2 from 11:30-6:30 PM
Free and ticketed performances by some of the city’s most courageous and creative young adults showcasing how art can impact our community.
Creation Station: People of all ages can stop by a do a kid-friendly craft for our community art installation, led by the craft instructors at Makeshift. Part of our ARTSPACE ACTIVATION program, the Creation Station available February 23 from 10:00-12:00 PM + March 2 from 10:00-12:00 PM
FREE CAFE CONCERTS
The Washington Post Cafe Concert Series
Each day of Intersections we host free performances and showings to keep you entertained throughout your time at the festival. Enjoy these free events by accomplished artists and select community groups while you sip a cup of coffee or wine in our lobby. Presented by Founding Media Sponsor The Washington Post.
Contact Heidi Hawkins, Festival Director, with general festival questions.
The Atlas lobby will be filled with compelling art installations that will inspire you to think differently and question perceptions and understandings of elements that are a part of our everyday lives.
We are no longer accepting applications for the Intersections 2020 Festival.
Intersections 2020 Festival Dates: THURSDAY, February 20 – SUNDAY, March 1, 2020
Applications Closed at 5PM on August 20, 2019.
Artist Acceptances for the Intersections 2020 Festival will be sent on or before September 30, 2019.
All performing companies and artists are welcome to apply. Works previously produced are eligible.
While artists/companies outside of the DC metro area may apply, strong preference is given to DC metro area artists. All artists must be eligible to work in the U.S.
Works are selected based upon artistic excellence, artistic merit, relevance to festival themes, innovation, collaboration, audience engagement, potential ticket sales, and marketing and administrative capacity.
All performances selected are presented as follows:
Atlas covers the cost of the performance space, standard venue inventory, one tech rehearsal (length of rehearsal varies by space) and provides production support including a light board operator, soundboard operator, and venue manager, along with house management, box office, and marketing – which are all part of a multi-week long festival that over its history has presented hundreds of artists and hosted tens of thousands of audience members. The festival is a great way to see and be seen. If chosen, there will be a $150 Atlas Festival Fee that will be due at the signing of your contract for General Application category.
Important information: There is a $35 fee to apply. There is a $150 participation fee if accepted. Accepted artists will be determined and notified on or before September 15, 2019.
Artists and companies cover all “in the door” expenses (all performer fees and production costs) and a stage manager. Please note, all companies/artists must provide a non-performing stage manager for tech and performance(s).
All artists agree to market and promote their performance(s) as described in the application, and partner and/or collaborate with the Atlas and the INTERSECTIONS Festival community of artists.
Artists receive the proceeds from the box office less a percentage for the Atlas. The split of net box office sales is 50% Artist and 50% Atlas INTERSECTIONS Festival.
INTERSECTIONS is a performing arts festival that presents work that impacts our society, culture, and world by informing, inspiring, educating, and entertaining. INTERSECTIONS is about presenting excellent art in all its forms that inspires a connected community, engaged artists and audiences alike, and creates a vibrant neighborhood, city, and world. We are interested in your unique perspectives and how your art connects us to the many facets of our humanity. How your art intersects with the real world? – is what we want to know, and what we want to show.
Applications are accepted in three categories:
Programming in this category is presented February 22-March 1. Works can be submitted in the genres of Story (theater, theatrical improvisation, film, story-telling, puppetry, spoken word, and poetry); Movement (dance, movement theater, movement improvisation, and circus); and Sound (jazz, world music, choral, opera, pop, rock, etc.)
Family Fun Days:
Programming in this category is presented Saturdays February 22 and February 29. Works can be submitted that are highly engaging, insightful, and entertaining theatre, music, and dance programming for young audiences (ages 0-12) and families alike.
Programming in this category is presented on Saturday, February 29. We are seeking youth groups and/or performing companies (teenage to young adult) that incorporate the performing arts into their curriculum in order to create a way for youth and young adults to better understand themselves, their community, culture, and world.
Major Funding Provided By:
The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Sherry Bellamy and George Bumbray
The Capitol Hill Community Foundation
Founding Media Sponsor:
Past Festival Photos
Are you interested in becoming a festival sponsor?
Let’s see what is possible!
To become a Media Sponsor, contact Heidi Hawkins, Festival Director
To become a Corporate Sponsor, contact Pascale Nouama, Director of Development
Click here for our corporate sponsorship packages.
Your contribution demonstrates your passion for the arts and helps us present and produce great art for all. Intersections Festival celebrates artists dedicated to their craft, the entrepreneurial spirit, and their commitment to society, where the art world and the real world intersect. 98% of all Intersections Artists come from the District of Columbia and surrounding communities. Your donation directly impacts and supports local artists.