Humanities Arts & Technology Festival Recap!


This summer’s Humanities, Arts and Technology Festival (HATFest) at St. Elizabeth’s East was hosted by the Humanities Council of Washington, DC, in partnership with THEARC! Made possible through a grant awarded by the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, the FREE festival series on August 2nd & August 3rd, 2014 took place in the center of, St. Elizabeths East, in the 1100 block of Alabama Avenue SE.

The East Campus is the home of a new Gateway Pavilion that opened in September 2013. The Pavilion serves as a gateway to the St. Elizabeths East Innovation Hub and will usher in a new chapter of visitors to the campus, including local residents and the 3,700 U.S. Coast Guard employees.

Photo: Batala Washington – the all women’s Afro-Brazilian percussion group - opened day one of the HATFest by greeting festivalgoers with grand afro-Brazilian/samba reggae rhythm! Credit: Patricia Little

Performances on the main stage included Cecily Bumbray, Aaron Abernathy, Wes and Tobias Felton, Reesa Renee, Father’s Children, Egheosa Band, Tre Thomas, Robert E. Person, Kim Jordan, Clifton Ross III of BET’s Sunday’s Best, and Y’anna Crawley also of Sunday’s Best – each performance leaving guests more excited than the last.

Each day of the festival included fascinating, interactive displays of the city's creative economy. Both Saturday and Sunday featured an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, vendors, fresh farmers market produce, and food demonstrations! The weekend also included technology programming in the newly debuted R.I.S.E Center.



Stay tuned for Part II of the Humanities, Arts and Technology Festival series coming October 4th & 5th at Gateway DC! Subscribe to THEARC’s newsletter or follow us on Twitter to learn more!



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