Three D.C. non-profit organizations – The Kennedy Center, National Geographic Society and the National Gallery of Art – have partnered to start The Human Journey, a year-long collaborative project.
Running from October
2018 to July 2019, the audiences are invited to examine the experiences and
questions of migration, exploration, identity, and resilience through
performing arts, science, and visual art.
The Human Journey will draw from many disciplines, making use
of the resources and strengths of each collaborating organization.
Three projects by Kennedy Center Artistic Director for Jazz,
Jason Moran, which reflect on race, war, and personal narrative, will be
showcased. Also, a photo exhibition from National Geographic Photo Camp showing
works of young refugees will be exhibited in the Kennedy Center spaces from
April to June 2019.
“The Human Journey is inspired by the powerful stories that each of our organizations
“Each partner brings a unique perspective, and by joining together, we have an opportunity to promote
Several panel discussions across the three organizations and other
events are also included in The Human Journey events.
Tracy Wolstencroft, the chairman and CEO of the National Geographic Society, said The Human Journey is primarily a story of migration, by choice or force.
“This movement of people has historically brought together cultures from around the globe, shrinking our planet and bringing the cultural identities that define us into sharper focus,” said Wolstencroft.
“At National Geographic, we believe that understanding ourselves and what makes us human is a critical step in achieving a more equitable and sustainable future, and the story of human migration is central to that.”