Thursday, October 7, 2021

Get Out! And Watch Mo Willems Connect the Dots in a FREE Public Art Project at the Kennedy Center, Oct 9, 10:45am-4pm

Image courtesy of Kennedy Center
by Peggy Robin

It’s not often that you get a chance to watch an artist create a work of public art – but that’s what is happening at the Kennedy Center on Saturday, Oct 9, as artist-in-residence and beloved children’s author Mo Willems creates a public work of art before your eyes. The piece is called “We Are All Connected” – and you can learn more about it and register to attend at this link:

Here’s the invitation and schedule of events from The Kennedy Center Artist-in-Residence program:

We Are All Connected  Art Opening Festival

REACH PLAZA at the Kennedy Center

Saturday from 10:45am-4:00pm, Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems will work with invited community members to create We Are All Connected, a large-scale public art playscape on the REACH Plaza. All are invited to come watch their festival day of creation!

Sat. Oct. 9, 10:45 a.m. - 4 p.m.


We Are All Connected

A Large-Scale Public Art 2-Dimensional Playscape on the REACH Plaza

Created live by Mo Willems and 240 Members of the Local Community

As part of the Kennedy Center’s 50th Anniversary season celebration, Education Artist-in-Residence Mo Willems will work with local community members to create a giant mural on the bluestone floor of the REACH Plaza! This exciting public art piece is inspired by Mo’s abstract works of dots and lines. A huge graphic representation of how we’re all connected in unexpected ways, the playscape will be created throughout the day on Saturday, October 9 and remain installed until the winter.

Hosted by Mo and Helen Hayes Award-winner Erika Rose, the day of art making will be created by your neighbors who are passionate about and engaged with ART, FOOD, JUSTICE, LEARNING, MEDICINE, and WELLNESS. The REACH grounds will be filled with art making, live music, family-friendly activities like chalk drawing, the return of the giant inflatable Pigeon, and more! Drop by for any portion of this FREE day of events to connect with and cheer on your local community, or stay for the entire creative process and be one of the first to dance and move on the completed artwork!

Ongoing activities, music, and creation occur between 10:45 a.m. and 4 p.m. There will be food trucks available on the REACH grounds, in addition to the Victura Park Wine Garden and Café.

Schedule of events (subject to change):

10:45 am – Kickoff Performance by Duke Ellington School of the Arts Show Choir

11:00 am – Co-Hosts Mo Willems and Erika Rose Welcome Participants and Spectators

11:10 am – Three Selected Community Groups Place Dots with Mo Willems and Erika Rose

12:00 pm – New Education Artist-in-Residence Jacqueline Woodson Onstage!

12:25 pm – Three Selected Community Groups Place Dots with Mo Willems and Erika Rose

1:15 pm – Mo Willems “Connects the Dots” Accompanied by Onstage Jazz Trio (Amy Bormet, piano; Dana Hawkins, percussion, and Tarus Mateen, electric bass)

2:30 pm – Final Community Moment – All 240 Participants Stand on Their Dots for Photos and Celebration

2:45 pm – Musical Finale: No BS! Brass

3:00 pm – Dot Dance Party!  Participants and Spectators are Invited on the Artwork, Accompanied by No BS! Brass!

4:00 pm – Final Wrap Up

A more detailed schedule of artists and activities will be released closer to the event date.

This is a free festival for people of all ages – kids and former kids. While pre-reservation is not required, it is highly recommended, and allows you to receive updates and other notifications prior to the festival date. 


[Rain date: Saturday, October 16, 2021]

Mo Quote

“That we are connected is a fact.
How we are connected is a choice.”

Mo Willems

Much More Mo!

Discover all the great activities and video content created during Mo Willems’s tenure as Education Artist-in-Residence. From Lunch Doodles and The Small Works Project to The Yo-Yo Mo Show, there are hours of online entertainment and educational fun!

Give Me More Mo!


The “Get Out!” event of the week is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Thursdays.

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