CulturalDC and its partners will transform and occupy the Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater complex - one of Washington DC's most iconic sites – into a hub of cultural exchange and artistic expression to host an Arts and Urban Innovation Summit. The high profile public initiative will feature conversations, workshops, speak now sessions, interactive artist experiences, and performances from multiple genres.

Working in partnership with DC's planning and development leaders, an array of local and internationally acclaimed luminaries whose work shapes the arts and cultural forces that define our cities will share visionary outlooks on the future of cities and the impact creative economies and creative place-making has on communities.

This collaborative civic and creative enterprise will be guided by an Advisory Council and Host Committee comprised of artists and arts organizations, community, business, civic and education leaders, policy and planning experts and media icons. 

VISIONDC will also feature the city's first "ART TANK" Artist Challenge where artists will be awarded projects in real time at the summit by commercial developers and philanthropists.