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Updated July 17 - Because of the weather, tonight's performance of Just Arts has been moved indoors to the Mainstage Theatre. The performance will begin as scheduled at 7:00 pm. All patrons are required to wear a mask when not eating or drinking.

Following the online success of Just Arts last year, OTC continues to stand in the fight for Social Justice. So we're bringing back Just Arts, curated by Kevin McAllister, for both a two-night live performance on the Root Family Stage and another virtual performance online. 

Who we are and where we come from is the very lens through which all of mankind exists.   

Just Arts: Heritage is about tearing down the walls of race and gender and beginning to understand the power of legacy and connection. It is our hope that by sharing the artistic legacy of these artists, we too can change the world in some small way.  And it doesn't hurt that it's a free outdoor event. Brass Bands, Indian Dance, Tap Dancing, Negro Spirituals, Opera, Spoken Word, Acoustic Guitar Bands, Break Dancing and more. This will be an epic event. Who knows? We may even find a way to celebrate those in attendance as well. 

Friday, July 16 at 7:00 pm on the Root Family Stage

Featuring: Baakari Wilder, Temidayo Amay, Jon Jon Johnson, Perro Sombra, Frank Britton, Alex Palting, Kamyar Arsani, Natyabhoomi Indian Dance

Saturday, July 17 at 7:00 pm on the Root Family Stage

Featuring: Catrece Ann Tipon, Dane Edidi, Explicit Dance Works, Kelvin Dukes, Da'Von Moody, Rootz of Resistance, Be Steadwell, Jonathan Atkinson

Saturday only, come ready to paint!

Local muralist and activist Lusmerlin Lantigua will be facilitating a community art piece during Just Arts: A Celebration of Art and Activism on July 17.  After a year of social distancing and quarantine, Just Arts attendees will be able to gather in person to contribute to building and painting a community art piece on the theme of coming together. Everyone is invited to write, doodle, splash, or make their own interpretation of what "coming together through the arts" means to them, on the wood panels.

Sunday, July 18 at 7:00 pm Online 
(RSVP for a Reminder)

With the theme of Heritage to guide them, artists from all over the world, discuss their legacy and their hope for the future. From Cameroon, China, Puerto Rico, NYC, Seattle, and various other cities around the world, artists were asked to create an artistic response to tell the world their story. "Who am I? Who do I hope to be? Who do I hope we can become?" Dance, Spoken word, narration, Song. There is something for all lovers and creators of the arts. This amazing virtual experience is a rare glimpse into culture and identity that will not only show us our differences but celebrate why at our core we are all the same.


Friday, July 16 at 7:00 pm on the Root Family Stage
Part I: My Heritage, My History
Special Host: Councilmember Gabe Alborñoz

Saturday, July 17 at 7:00 pm on the Mainstage (indoors)
Part II: My Heritage, My Future
Special Host: Delegate Pam Queen (District 14)

Sunday, July 18 at 7:00 pm Online
Just Arts: Virtual

2021-2022 Season
Part of the 2021-2022 Season

Part I: My Heritage, My History

Frank Britton
The Creative Process by James Baldwin

Rootz of Resistance
Street, Funk, Club

Christopher Michael Richardson
Dido's Lament & Untitled

Baakari Wilder
A Baakari Wilder and Joseph Webb Collaboration

Tẹmídayọ Amay
In the Beginning

Perro Sombra
Acoustic Guitar Suite

Da'Von Moody
Tu Amor Me Hice Bien

Natyabhoomi Indian Dance 
Stories of Nature & Faith through the Hindu Pantheon

Jon Jon Johnson
Monologue I'm Your Ancestor Now

Alex Palting
Original Vocal Selection The Garden

Kamyar Arsani
Daf Drum/Song

Kanysha Williams
Civil Rights Memory


  • Tẹmídayọ Amay

  • Frank Britton

  • Jon Jon Johnson

  • Natyabhoomi School of Dance

  • Alexandra Palting

  • Christopher Michael Richardson

  • Baakari Wilder

Part II: My Heritage, My Future

Ayesis Clay
Legacies of My Youth

Explicit Dance Works

Jonathan Atkinson
En Mi País

Kelvin Dukes
Singing - Black Parade/What's Going On?

Catrece Ann Tipton

Dane Figueroa Edidi
Mary Jones

Yesenia Iglesias
Y Tu Abuela/Hija Isleña

Antonio Chase Jr.
Songs of Worship

Jacob Yeh
Spoken Word

Be Steadwell
Worthy and Netflix


Make it a picnic with Cava Mezze

Olney Theatre Center has partnered with Cava to bring contactless delivery to your theatre seat. Simply place your order 72 hours in advance of your performance date and your food will be delivered to the theatre. Orders must be received by noon on the day of your performance in order to be delivered on time. Visit Cava Mezze’s website to view their menu or place an order.

Health and Safety

We are excited to welcome you back to live, in-person performances. Please visit our Health and Safety page to learn more about the procedures OTC has in place to make your experience as comfortable and safe as possible.


Gana Dunlop

Andrew A. Isen

Cliff L. Johnson & Margaret T. Roper

Margaret Ross

Stephen Simpson & Lois Taylor

Just Arts 2021

July 16 - July 17 2021

Box Office: 301.924.3400

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM

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