The Kennedy Center is leading a national conversation celebrating the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye’s iconic album in a concert featuring John Legend, Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

Be a part of this celebration by sharing your perspectives through images, poetry, video, music—wherever you find your creative voice. Your work might even appear right here on!

These Guidelines will get you started.

Your piece should:

  • Tell us What’s Going On…Now, in your life, community or the world. We are looking for stories that capture the essence of the enduring themes of Marvin’s record from your unique perspective.
  • Be something you would be proud to show in your community. It should be “community safe”—something that a wide variety of audiences can see or hear.

Your piece should NOT:

  • Contain music samples from other people’s work (so, no Beyonce-meets-Marvin remixes). You can use your own music and sounds.
  • Use images that you have not established your right to use. See the copyright discussion.
  • Have words or images that are not appropriate for community settings. To make it clear: we are limiting profanity, graphic violence, and nudity. Don’t include these elements if you want your work to make it onto the site.
  • Almost anyone can contribute to this project. (If you are 13 and under, you must work with an adult who must grant permission for your information and contribution to be shared)


Need more info? Visit our How it Works page.



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War. Peace. Pollution. Love. Marvin Gaye sang about his "then." It's your turn to tell us: What’s going on…"now" in your world.



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