From May 4 -6, 2017, DC Ideas Fest will take over the historic Carnegie Library – the future home of DC’s next Apple Store. For four days, the building will be filled with influencers, activists, creators and innovators, all seeking solutions to the challenges all 21st century cities face now but with a specific focus on DC. How do we create an inclusive economy? How do we use arts and culture as a force for innovation? How do we prepare a new generation for the enormous challenges of sustainable energy, climate change, education, increasing globalization and urbanization? In other words, how do we truly create community in a 140-character world?

  • Inclusive city

    Who is Making a Difference & Leading the Way?

  • Arts & Innovation

    Can Art & Innovation Help Close our Opportunity Gap?

  • Education & Youth

    What is the future for the Class of 2020?

  • Performance

    Be Inspired by DC's Best Poets, Writers and Filmmakers!

“Cities have the capability of providing something for everybody, only because, and only when, they are created by everybody.” Jane Jacobs


With experience in public media, art and culture events and innovation, our award-winning team is dedicated to bringing the very best ideas to the people of DC.
Sue Goodwin
Sue Goodwin has over 30 years experience as a media and event producer in DC. An accomplished executive-level radio producer and live events producer with a focus on news and public affairs, she was Executive Producer of NPR’s Talk of the Nation. Sue also has extensive experience curating live “idea” events for the general public, including as the director of The Washington School at the Institute for Policy Studies.
Jacquie Jones
Jacquie is a Peabody Award-winning producer and director of public interest documentaries, a public culture critic and was formerly the executive director of the NBPC/Black Public Media.
Eric Easter
Chief Curator
Eric Easter is the the CEO of BLQBOX, a producer of non-fiction series and programs for streaming and broadcast, and chairman of the National Black Programming Consortium, which funds, produces and develops multiplatform content for PBS and other public media. He is a co-founder of Urban News Service, a not for profit investigative news service that delivers content to more than 250 newspapers and magazines. This fall, he will serve as Chief Curator of the new DCIdeasFest, an event focused on arts and innovation designed to shape and improve issues in America’s urban centers.
VeTalle Fusilier
Event Producer
VeTalle is an event production executive who uses his 25 years experience to shape ideas and integrate client priorities into engaging experiences. He keeps his finger on the pulse of the industry, identifying technology, process, and management innovation, and applies them along with acknowledged best practices to deliver remarkable experiences that satisfy both audiences and internal stakeholders.

Provocative keynotes, sought-after performance, participatory panel discussions, workshops, documentaries – DC Ideas Fest is a platform for District residents to create their own events and conversations. Success comes when you walk away with a clearer vision of who your neighbors are, what resources and social capital you have and concrete ways that you can be a part of DC’s next chapter, whether that be by mentoring a public school student or creating the next billion-dollar start-up here.

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