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One of the many venues in and around Washington gearing up for the Presidential Inauguration is a place called M Central or the Millennial Base Camp.

It is inside a nondescript warehouse at 7th and H Streets in Northeast D.C. It is headquarters for a weekend's worth of inaugural events for the Gen Y crowd: 18 to 35 year olds.

"M Central is a place for forward-looking people who are in D.C. for inauguration weekend to come together, get inspired and celebrate this inauguration's official theme of Faith in America's Future," says organizer Patrick Dowd.

They will be hosting a young person's ball Saturday night, following a forum of young thinkers during the day Saturday.

"So often with (presidential) inaugurations, we have balls, we have parties, we have celebrations," says Meg Kelly, helping to run M Central. "But we don't really have any substantive discussion about where we're at or where we're going or how we can really move forward, and what that really looks like, and who are the next leaders, and who are the next pioneers of our generation."

Graffiti artist Bryan Conner is one of a handful of local artists invited to express themselves in paint in the open space. Aniekan Udofia is displaying some of his paintings and says this inaugural weekend is about new beginnings.

"It's not just about the President," Udofia says. "It's about us also. It means a second term for everyone. It represents a success to everyone."


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