Aspen Around Town is a special offering of the Aspen Institute. It is an event series that takes place in and around Washington DC in partnership with outstanding Washington-based cultural institutions. Launched in December 2012, the series showcases America's very best thinking on a broad range of topics, ranging from race to theology, art to public service, and features nationally recognized leaders in politics and culture. Aspen Around Town provokes intellectually stimulating, nonpartisan conversations– a hallmark of the Aspen Institute –for the wider Washington community in the nation's capital.
Aspen Around Town is one of two programs directed by Eric Motley under the banner of National Programs. The other is Aspen Across America, an event series with a parallel mission to advance leadership and dialogue that takes place in cities and town across the United States.