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Exhibit Dates and Locations:

May 1 – 30: Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (Floor 1, East)
June 1 – 30: West End Neighborhood Library
July 1 - 30: Southwest Library
August 1 – 30: Lamond-Riggs (Lillian J. Huff) Library 


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Gratitude Powers DC is a public art and community engagement project—led by the Washington, D.C. Innovation Team (i-team) and the team’s Artist in Residence (AiR) JustRo—that seeks to uncover, through shared reflection and connection around gratitude, the people, places, and things that residents in the District of Columbia value most.

The initiative aims to go beyond traditional data collection, tapping into the power of art to illuminate the everyday elements of city life that most positively impact residents. The effort also complements the i-team’s hiring project—improving District government’s recruitment and hiring—by highlighting the District government employees who help make the District an incredible and rewarding place to live and work.

Gratitude Powers DC has two components:

  • Art Installation: JustRo will develop a public art installation that will be featured at several DC Public Library branches starting in May 2024.
  • Gratitude Survey: The i-team continues to field a gratitude survey, to uncover the people, places, and things that those who live, work, and play in the District are most grateful.

"Gratitude is one of the most powerful human emotions. Once expressed, it changes attitude, brightens outlook and broadens our perspective." - Germany Kent

Art Installation

The art installation will visualize affirmations of gratitude and provide visitors an opportunity to add their reflections, sentiment and experience of community in the District. The installation will also showcase pre-recorded videos of residents sharing the people, places, and things that they are grateful for.

From May 2024 – September 2024, the art installation will be featured at the following locations:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library (May 2024)
  • West End Neighborhood Library (June 2024)
  • Southwest Neighborhood Library (July 2024)
  • Lamond-Riggs/Lillian J. Huff Library (August 2024)
  • Deanwood Recreation Center (September 2024)

Learn more about the project at the Mayor's Office of Innovation website.

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