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Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Resident Associate Program Discover how visual art can spark creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session focuses on dialogue.</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252677?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Decorative Letters in Watercolor

Resident Associate Program Get an introduction to stylized lettering, including altered block letters, botanical borders, and illuminated initials with vines and flourishes. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252497?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Cultural Expressions. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_YaXN-uJITOW12i7OiGPvTg. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Color Stories Journal (In Person)

Resident Associate Program Explore your relationship to individual colors and how they connect to many facets of your life. Practice simple and playful acrylic painting techniques incorporating all the colors of the spectrum, plus black and white. Then, begin to record personal stories in a journal to use every day. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252496?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM.

Painting Water… with Watercolor

Resident Associate Program Learn simple and easy techniques to create land and seascape paintings. Special emphasis is given to various watercolor techniques such as wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, and masking. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252501?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain

Resident Associate Program Popular theory on right side brain activity holds that the right brain is primarily responsible for the intuitive understanding of visual and spatial relationships. Designed to improve the way people see and record objects on paper, this class provides a set of visual exercises to help build the ability to draw. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252498?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Intermediate Tapestry Weaving

Resident Associate Program Gain increased confidence in your weaving skills and take your tapestry to the next level. Knowledge of basic tapestry weaving is required. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252499?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Introduction to Photography (In Person)

Resident Associate Program Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252500?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Jerusalem’s Buried History

Resident Associate Program The story of Jerusalem is the tale of how science, politics, and religion meet in its shadowy subterranean spaces. Journalist Andrew Lawler traces that buried history as he discusses the early explorers who navigated sewage-filled passages; follows the European, American, and Israeli archaeologists who made stunning discoveries beneath the city; and explores how these finds became essential elements in the battle to control the Holy City. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252707?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Restoring The Balance: Nature's Role in Future Climate

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center Virtual Earth Optimism lectures are back for the new year at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC)! The 2022 series will remain all online, with recordings available for those unable to watch live. The monthly lectures kick off Tuesday, Jan. 18 at 7pm Eastern, with SERC climate scientist and biogeochemist Dr. Pat Megonigal. Since the Industrial Revolution, humans have driven a transformation of Earth’s climate, outpacing many of Earth’s natural cycles. But natural forces are still at work. In our first Earth Optimism lecture of the year, Dr. Megonigal will illustrate some of the unseen forces driving climate change. Join us for a myth-busting journey from the massive ice sheets of Antarctica to microbes in the soil, as he explores the natural phenomena both accelerating climate change and keeping it in check. Dr. Megonigal will also reveal ways people are already using nature to fight climate change, through natural climate solutions. This webinar will be recorded! By signing up on Zoom,… Sponsor: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Venue: Smithsonian Environmental Research Center. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/2616385584059/WN_CTe97c_HSpOsPMb3xVdjaw. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/2616385584059/WN_CTe97c_HSpOsPMb3xVdjaw. Categories: After Five. Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Tuesday, January 18, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Art Cart

Ongoing Tours & Activities Until we can gather again for Storytime, we are rolling out the Art Cart! Starting December 1, stop by with your young artists to pick up your own self-guided materials. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an art making activity to do at the Museum, and suggested  projects to extend the fun at home! The Art Cart is free, and no registration is required. Stroller Parking is available on the Lower Level. Every Wednesday, 10 am–12 pm until Storytime resumes. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Co-sponsor: Hirshhorn Education. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Variable locations throughout the museum. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/events/category/art-cart/. Categories: Kids & Families. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

Abstract Watercolor for Beginners

Resident Associate Program Learn to embrace and celebrate the unpredictability, versatility, and beauty of watercolor. Class discussions cover supplies; color theory, palettes and pigment control; and various exercises and experiments to achieve different effects. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252502?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Introduction to Photography

Resident Associate Program Whether you want to work in digital or film, this course offers a solid foundation for new photographers ready to learn the basics. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252505?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Today’s Quilts by Hand

Resident Associate Program Learn the basics of hand-stitched quilt-making—including piecing, applique, and finishing techniques—as you work on a small-scale piece that can be used as a doll quilt or a wall hanging. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252508?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Young Portrait Explorers: Martin Luther King Jr.

One-Time Events Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history and more! This thirty-minute program incorporates close looking at portraiture as well as movement and art-making. Free—Registration required. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online Via Zoom. Cost: Free—Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Castle Stories

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents  and learn about the history of the Smithsonian, its first Secretary, Joseph Henry and discover why this great American Institution is named after a British aristocrat. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Automatic Zoom captions will be turned on for this event. … Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories

One-Time Events Big Objects, Big Stories is a docent led program where visitors hear incredibly big stories about one of our largest signature objects acquired by the museum.  Explore how America’s cultural diversity comes forth in a salvaged mural from the Resurrection City—a 1968 anti-poverty protest camp.  Hear stories about how the National Mall has become a site for the public to express concerns about American society.  Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience: A Changing America 1968 and Beyond, Plywood panel mural from Resurrection City. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iLp7tL12S027PVhVPwdo0g. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_iLp7tL12S027PVhVPwdo0g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Altered Books

Resident Associate Program Create your own story as you learn to upcycle book pages as surfaces for drawing, painting, and collage using gelatin plate prints, textures, photo transfers, drawing, painting, and text redaction. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252503?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM.

CANCELLED - Drop in on Design at Home | Design + Storytelling: Redesigning Objects for the Future

Cooper Hewitt Museum How might we reimagine the objects around us for a future world? Could a piece of clothing help you see into the future, or could a kaleidoscope help you communicate with hidden worlds? In this hands-on workshop for ages 5-12, participants will storyboard, prototype, and think creatively as they redesign objects in Cooper Hewitt’s collection and beyond! This workshop is inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition, Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects, which explores the power of speculative thinking, storytelling, and the different lives that objects can have. Participants are welcome to identify one or two objects from their home and have them ready for the program. AUDIENCE This intergenerational program is designed for children ages 5-12, but all are welcome to join.  Participate as a family or kids can join on their own to learn more about the basic principles and elements of design. This is a beginner workshop facilitated by a museum educator. No prior experience in design is required to participate. … Sponsor: Cooper Hewitt Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApfu-tqTkoE9Q3ZZkVnRIz4ZDWdAZ-Vd6f%20. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Related Exhibition: Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit www.cooperhewitt.org.

Drop in on Design at Home | Design + Storytelling: Redesigning Objects for the Future

Cooper Hewitt Museum How might we reimagine the objects around us for a future world? Could a piece of clothing help you see into the future, or could a kaleidoscope help you communicate with hidden worlds? In this hands-on workshop for ages 5-12, participants will storyboard, prototype, and think creatively as they redesign objects in Cooper Hewitt’s collection and beyond! This workshop is inspired by Cooper Hewitt’s exhibition, Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects, which explores the power of speculative thinking, storytelling, and the different lives that objects can have. Participants are welcome to identify one or two objects from their home and have them ready for the program. AUDIENCE This intergenerational program is designed for children ages 5-12, but all are welcome to join.  Participate as a family or kids can join on their own to learn more about the basic principles and elements of design. This is a beginner workshop facilitated by a museum educator. No prior experience in design is required to participate. … Sponsor: Cooper Hewitt Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApfu-tqTkoE9Q3ZZkVnRIz4ZDWdAZ-Vd6f. Online Link: https://www.cooperhewitt.org/event/drop-in-on-design-at-home-design-and-storytelling-reimagining-objects-for-the-future-01-19-2022/. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Related Exhibition: Jon Gray of Ghetto Gastro Selects. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit www.cooperhewitt.org.

Collage and Mixed-Media

Resident Associate Program Students are introduced to the materials, tools, and technologies used in collage and assemblage. They find inspiration in artists who worked in collage including Joseph Cornell, Romare Bearden, and Gertrude Green. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252504?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Introduction to Photography II

Resident Associate Program Whether you work digitally or on film, this course is ideal for students who are familiar with their cameras but are interested in expanding their understanding of photography fundamentals. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252506?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Photographic Creativity, Design, and Composition

Resident Associate Program This intermediate-level photography course offers a better understanding of compositional elements and practices—such as simplicity, balance, and natural lighting—that promote taking better and more unique photographs. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252507?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

A Whole Lotta (Crazy) Love: The Led Zeppelin Story

Resident Associate Program Biographer Bob Spitz tells the story of how Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and John Bonham came together to form the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin—one of the most successful (and certainly one of the most notorious) bands of all time. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252708?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 19, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:00 PM.

Exploring Abstraction

Resident Associate Program Explore the basis of abstraction by studying color, line, and shape as they relate to composition. Learn to create exciting and innovative works of art, using a series of drawing and painting exercises designed to examine non-traditional ways of handling traditional materials and subject matter. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252510?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

More Stories from the American Songbook

Resident Associate Program Using a medley of filmed performances, documentary filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite love songs from the American songbook came to be in a 3-session winter series and how re-imaginings by different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something more. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session focuses on “My Funny Valentine” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252712?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Let's Talk Gardens, An Engineer's Approach to Houseplant Care

Smithsonian Gardens If you follow traditional houseplant advice, you'll be left with disappointment because your plant is no longer "perfect". Darryl's approach breaks down the barriers to true, long-lasting enjoyment of houseplants - when you understand how plants work, you can gain a deeper appreciation for their character and more acceptance of how they'll grow. It's a healthy dose of practical science and realistic expectations! Sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens. Venue: Smithsonian Gardens. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H-A96BXiQVaTeXQo9CaJfw. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_H-A96BXiQVaTeXQo9CaJfw. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Theme:  Visual Arts from the Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_F8yLxHRoQfqWXZpsoJLijg. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

100 Women in Science at the Smithsonian

Smithsonian Libraries and Archives Remembering stories of women in science is more important than ever. Women are still underrepresented in many scientific fields, and they sometimes face discrimination at the Smithsonian and at other scientific institutions. By ensuring that women's stories are identified and shared, we remember that women have always played a foundational role in the sciences. We've identified 100 women who helped make the Smithsonian a renowned national scientific institution. Join us on January 20 at 1 p.m. ET for a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to help increase the representation of women in science online. We'll be creating and improving Wikipedia profiles for 100 women discovered through research at the Smithsonian Institution Archives.  Wikipedia serves as a starting point for many individuals looking to learn about art, history, and science. However, only around 19% of published biographies on Wikipedia are about women, which means there are large parts of history still missing on Wikipedia. During this event, attendees wi… Sponsor: Smithsonian Libraries and Archives. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/100-women-in-science-at-the-smithsonian-tickets-237168045007. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Lectures & Discussions. Demonstrations. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Cultivating Learning: Deconstructing Text with Critical Reading

Smithsonian Sponsored Events Join Ashleigh Coren, the Women’s History Content and Interpretation Curator at the National Portrait Gallery and the Acting Head of Education at the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative, to learn techniques to help students build skills to navigate complex issues, construct their own answers, and more with primary source documents. In this interactive session, we will model transferrable techniques to closely analyze and annotate documents and discuss strategies for adaptation into different learning environments. Participants will leave with ready-to-use activities and digital museum resources to use with learners. Sponsor: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE. Online Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43oSkWDeTWA. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Tell Me More: Living with Robots!

Smithsonian Sponsored Events “We`re seeing the arrival of conversational robots that can walk in our world. It`s a golden age of invention.” – David Hanson, Robotics Designer   Every day, we continuously adapt to use technology to try to better our lives. Whether it’s helping to diagnose your pet, manage your tedious house chores or order lunch on the go, software automating, machine-learning and the ever-changing advancements in technology have the potential to enhance our overall standards of living.  Can you imagine a future world where robots increase our human abilities by walking and living among us? Some of us may have seen this future depicted in fictional films as a world where robots slowly begin to wreak havoc by taking over our jobs, homes, and possibly even our physical safety. A team of developers in Mexico however, are imagining a world where machines and humans live and thrive together while building an innovative, sustainable and efficient future that we all want. In this future world, we will live with RoomieBot! Roo… Sponsor: Arts and Industries Building. Venue: Arts and Industries Building. Event Location: Arts and Industries Building. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://aib.si.edu/event/tell-me-more-living-with-robots/. Online Link: https://aib.si.edu/event/tell-me-more-living-with-robots/. Categories: After Five. Demonstrations. Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Wheelchair accessible. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit aib.si.edu.

Anatomical Drawing

Resident Associate Program Learn the fundamentals of drawing the human body through an exploration of the skeleton, planes of motion, gesture, musculature, and other key elements. Virtual anatomy software, a digital figure drawing site, and a variety of props allow students to discover how to convey motion. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252509?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Figures in Watercolor

Resident Associate Program Take the fear out of painting figures as you learn to see the important relationships between shape and color that help to make painting figures a breeze. All levels are welcome. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252816?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Mastering Exposure

Resident Associate Program Take your skills beyond auto mode as you explore a myriad of your digital camera’s exposure options and features in this course designed for intermediate photographers. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252511?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Best Destinations for 2022

Resident Associate Program The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the face of the travel industry and the criteria that guides travelers in planning their trips. Television host, writer, and producer Darley Newman shares insider’s tips and recommendations on where to travel in 2022—places that combine culture, cuisine, history, and a healthy dose of wellness and nature. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252723?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Native Knowledge 360° Teacher Workshop Series - Session 1 Indigenous Women: Artists and Activists

One-Time Events During this three-part online workshop series, teachers will be introduced to the intersection of Indigenous women artists and activism. Using the museum’s Essential Understandings framework and artworks by contemporary Indigenous women artists, teachers will deepen their knowledge of Indigenous women’s roles and contributions and examine ways students might use art to learn about difficult historical events and contemporary issues. Classroom materials from the museum’s Native Knowledge 360° education initiative will be provided. This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative. Session 1, Thursday, Jan. 20. Register here. Participants will hear from Cherokee Nation citizen, publishing editor of First American Art Magazine, and visual artist, America Meredith. Meredith’s painting of Mary Golda Ross, the Cherokee Aerospace Engineer, is featured in NMAI’s contemporary art collection. Teachers will be introduced to the book Classified, the Secret Career of Mary Golda Ross… Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Via Zoom. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/4316349192053/WN_XvjueVfeQZKEENgKLADV4A. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Thursday, January 20, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:15 PM.

Podcast Release: Luce Listening Party with Hometown Sounds and Sol Power All-Stars

One-Time Events Luce Unplugged has gone digital! SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center has teamed up with Paul Vodra and Anthony Porecco of local music podcast Hometown Sounds to feature music and conversations from DC artists. The Sol Power All-Stars, Marc Meistro and DJ Stylus, have been sharing their love for the sounds of the African diaspora since 2009. Their exhilarating sets connect Cuban barrio beats to the beaches of Rio, the discos of Lagos, and the warehouses of Detroit and Chicago. Listen to this episode and subscribe to the Hometown Sounds podcast now! SAAM is celebrating ten years of Luce Unplugged and our local music community! Check out our anniversary page and enjoy performance recordings, interviews, and special content highlighting the amazing local musicians who have performed in the museum’s Luce Foundation Center as part of this popular concert series. Photo by Hermon Farahi. Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Co-sponsor: Hometown Sounds. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Online Only. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://hometownsoundsdc.com/. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Performances. Accessibility: Audio description. Friday, January 21, 2022. For more info visit hometownsoundsdc.com.

Along the Tiber River

Resident Associate Program The Tiber River flows around the famous hills of Rome with some of the city's greatest monuments found along its banks including the Temples of Vesta and Fortuna Virilis, the Bocca della Verità (Mouth of Truth), and the Ara Pacis. It also has been immortalized throughout history in many great works of art. Join art historian Elaine Ruffolo on an art-historical adventure along the Tiber River. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252724?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, January 21, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Friday, January 21, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

South African Wines: A Delicious Diversity

Resident Associate Program Expand your knowledge of the world of wine as you sip along with sommelier Erik Segelbaum in an exploration of South African wines. Part of a 3-session winter series, this immersive program includes a curated personal tasting kit to enhance the experience. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252943?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Friday, January 21, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

The Philosophy of Human Nature

Resident Associate Program Humans are obviously part of the animal kingdom in many important ways, and yet they exhibit features and activities that set them apart from other species. Philosophy professor Michael Gorman leads a fascinating exploration into the nature of what makes us uniquely human, touching on topics including consciousness, free will, morality, and the duality of body and soul. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252725?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera

Resident Associate Program Get the most out of your digital mirrorless or SLR camera by taking part in this workshop, which provides a solid introduction to these cameras’ features and potential. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252516?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 9:30 AM – 1:00 PM.

Teacher Workshops Online — Big Art, Big Systems (Civics)

One-Time Events Let’s examine some of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s largest artworks during this virtual workshop. Using these works as a jumping-off point, discuss how careful analysis of end products might help us uncover the “rules” that govern them, a key move in empowering student citizens to shape their future. This online workshop covers themes relating to civics and is designed for educators of all grade levels and disciplines. Please note that this online workshop was originally listed as an in-person event. It will now be presented exclusively online. Image Credit: Sara E. Hill, The Open Box, ca. 1876–1900, cotton, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Raymond Vlasin and family, with deepest appreciation for the many friends with whom Claire Vlasin quilted, 2017.24.6. Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free | Registration required via Eventbrite. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-person-teacher-workshop-big-art-big-systems-civics-tickets-159531275339. Categories: Workshops. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop: Cold Treatment

Kids and Family Brrr! Don’t give your artwork the cold shoulder. Join the Smithsonian’s team of art conservators for a virtual workshop to learn about how temperature affects artworks. From stone sculptures to photographs, discover how Smithsonian conservators preserve and protect these artworks from the elements. Then create your own sculpture and see what happens to it when it freezes.          This hands-on, art-making preservation workshop is designed for children ages three to eight and their caretakers. The program is cohosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.      Register now! One registration per family. A Zoom link and a list of suggested materials will be sent to registered participants 24–48 hours in advance of the workshop.       Registration link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zu2Pc5aFR5yqXSdoVTpksQ  Image Credit: Art & Me online family workshop. Image courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, photo by Gloria Kenyon. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zu2Pc5aFR5yqXSdoVTpksQ. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM.

Introduction to iPhone Photography

Resident Associate Program Put away your point-and-shoot camera. Learn to make the most of your iPhone’s camera, starting with essential photography basics and moving on to some of the best apps, camera accessories, and low-cost tools for editing and image management. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252514?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM.

Sketchbook Habit: The Art of Everyday Life

Resident Associate Program Create a personal and powerful record of experiences by drawing and painting moments from your life that you include in your sketchbook. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252515?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

The Kolam Quilt: Design Your Day

Resident Associate Program The kolam is a daily artistic practice from southern India in which lines and dots are arranged in symmetrical patterns. Study and practice these designs and then create your very own quilted wallhanging. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252817?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM.

Collage Fundamentals

Resident Associate Program Collage is an amazingly versatile art form with no limit when it comes to techniques and materials. In this beginner-level course, learn about tools, adhesives, materials, and appropriate bases for supporting a collage. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252512?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 1:00 PM – 3:30 PM.

Introduction to Calligraphy: The Foundational Hand (In Person)

Resident Associate Program The elegance of hand-lettered calligraphy is unmatched by machine. This class gives students a chance to learn the basics of this graceful and stylish art in a relaxed and supportive setting. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252513?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Saturday, January 22, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:30 PM.

Introduction to Afghan Manuscript Illumination

Resident Associate Program The beautiful decorations of religious and secular manuscripts are centuries-old Islamic traditions. Guided by a graduate of the Turquoise Mountain Institute, explore the elements of gold-leaf manuscript illumination in the Afghan tradition. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252818?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Sunday, January 23, 2022, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Continued Watercolor

Resident Associate Program A continued study of watercolor techniques provides the opportunity for greater individual experimentation and expression. Go beyond the basics of paint application, constructing strong, vibrant, personality-filled paintings. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252517?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Sunday, January 23, 2022, 10:15 AM – 12:45 PM.

Iranian Horror Movies

Films Live event! Pre-register here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022    Join Fordham University film scholar Hadi Gharabaghi for an introduction to the emerging Iranian horror movie genre. Learn about its formal and stylistic features as well as its thematic elements within the context of the sociopolitical and cultural transformation of Iranian society after the revolution. Gharabaghi will also trace the genealogy of the horror genre in Iranian cinema through clips of films made before the revolution. Image from The Skin (2020), courtesy of Iranian Independents. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Sunday, January 23, 2022, 2:00 PM.

Creating Collections: Digital Museum Resources and the Smithsonian Learning Lab

Smithsonian Sponsored Events Learn how to create and personalize collections of digital museum resources on the Smithsonian Learning Lab to support your teaching. We’ll demonstrate how to start your first collection, add interactivity to engage learners, and upload resources from external websites and your computer to supplement what you’ve found from the Smithsonian. This session is designed for educators and others who are already familiar with the basics of the Learning Lab. In the second half, we’ll answer any burning questions you have for the Learning Lab team! Need help finding a resource or using one of the Lab’s tools and features? Want feedback on your Learning Lab collection? Just want to say "hello"? Take a minute to tune in to our live Q&A! Sponsor: Smithsonian Center for Learning and Digital Access. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE. Online Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev6G-xk1AP4. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 5:00 AM – 6:00 AM.

Composition

Resident Associate Program This course examines fundamental concepts of composition and their practical application in studio-art practice, offering participants tools to enrich their own work as well to analyze and appreciate visual art in general. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252521?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Introduction to Bobbin Lace

Resident Associate Program Learn the basics of weaving handmade bobbin lace, from winding the bobbins to making four small lace projects. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252522?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM.

Artful Mind, Tranquil Mind

Resident Associate Program In an artist-led series designed to provide a tranquil mid-day break, create small but satisfying works of art as a way to hit “pause” and incorporate a bit of creativity into your at-home routines. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252518?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Monday, January 24, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Complete Colored Pencils

Resident Associate Program Colored pencil, an often-over-looked dry medium, is coming into its own. Whether used in fine art or illustration, they can enliven work with rich, vibrant color and a dizzying range of effects. Learn basic to intermediate methods and strategies with colored pencils. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252520?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

History Alive! Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: The Last Five Years

One-Time Events Honor the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with living history interpreter John W. McCaskill as he chronicles the last five years of King’s life and shares other stories of the individuals who fought to end racial segregation and discrimination in the United States. Additional Information:  John W. McCaskill brings dynamic public speaking presentations in Washington, DC and across the country.  To authenticate his living history presentations, he adorns period attire for colonial, WWII/Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airmen, and Civil War U.S. Colored Troops, World War I, Reconstruction, Buffalo Soldier, and the 1960’s Civil Rights period. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE, No tickets or registration required. Online Link: https://video.ibm.com/channel/zCPF4U3hFPc. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit video.ibm.com.

Beginning Drawing

Resident Associate Program This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252519?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Photo 101: Night Photography and Tripods

Resident Associate Program You don’t necessarily need great light to make a great photo. Understand the essentials of night photography and tripods as you learn to manage longer exposure times and exposure modes and compensation, choose the right tripod, work with remote shutter-release triggers, use your camera’s self-timer, and more. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252523?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Operation Dynamo: The Miracle at Dunkirk

Resident Associate Program The popular 2017 film Dunkirk presented a vivid look at the famous evacuation of British forces from France in the spring of 1940. But as he examines the planning and execution of the desperate boatlift and analyzes its overall strategic impact on the continuing war effort, Kevin J. Weddle, a professor of military theory and strategy at the U.S. Army War College, reveals why there’s much more to Dunkirk, and why its lead-up and aftermath are just as exciting as the evacuation itself. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252726?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 24, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Resident Associate Program Discover how visual art can spark creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session focuses on story.</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252678?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversation with museum docents. American slavery and American freedom is a shared history. Through powerful objects and first-person accounts, visitors connect to the past and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women demanding freedom and transforming our nation.   Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office, or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Slavery and Freedom. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. . Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_tY9YmHqoSguyPUnM5sixZA. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Castle Stories

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents as they share with you the story of James Smithson and the beginning of the Smithsonian Institution. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Automatic Zoom captions will be turned on for this event. , 'Castle Stories' are 30-minute presentations on Zoom , Visitors… Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

José María Mora, Napoleon Sarony and the Migrant Surround in American Portrait Photography

One-Time Events Presented by Erin Pauwels, assistant professor of art history at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. Leslie Ureña, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate the Q & A. This presentation considers how the spaces of photographic portrait studios were constructed to facilitate the performance of diverse American identities during the late nineteenth century. José María Mora, a Cuban-born U.S. photographer, and his mentor Napoleon Sarony, a native French speaker born in Quebec, rose to prominence during the Gilded Age for staging lush portrait tableaus that deployed hand-painted backdrops and richly theatrical studio effects. Conventionally, the vivid artifice of their work has been connected to the commercial excesses of the period. Deeper consideration both photographers’ immigrant status, however, helps illuminate how publicly circulated portraiture participated in the renegotiation of a national types at an historical moment when more than 12 million ne… Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online via Zoom. Cost: Free--Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AmjvPe9SRzuXiXZv5yaW8w. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Join us weekly for a virtual creative writing hour. We’ve set up an online space where writers can create, connect and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s collection. This virtual, creative writing hour is for adult learners. Register here.  The Zoom link for the writing hour will be emailed to registered participants 24- 48 hours in advance of the program. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Zoom. Cost: Free. Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-writing-hour-with-the-national-portrait-gallery-tickets-99411309904. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. After Five. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Contemporary Mosaic: Abstraction

Resident Associate Program Discover how to “see” abstraction in everyday objects and scenes—and then interpret it in a mosaic in classes that highlight classical mosaic technique and include work-in-progress discussion, lecture, demonstration, and in-class projects. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252524?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

Drawing Birds in Graphite

Resident Associate Program In this class, students focus on the fundamentals of drawing birds: physical makeup (face, body, wings, and feet) and nuanced differences that distinguish one species from another. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252525?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, January 25, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Art Cart

Ongoing Tours & Activities Until we can gather again for Storytime, we are rolling out the Art Cart! Starting December 1, stop by with your young artists to pick up your own self-guided materials. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an art making activity to do at the Museum, and suggested  projects to extend the fun at home! The Art Cart is free, and no registration is required. Stroller Parking is available on the Lower Level. Every Wednesday, 10 am–12 pm until Storytime resumes. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Co-sponsor: Hirshhorn Education. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Variable locations throughout the museum. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/events/category/art-cart/. Categories: Kids & Families. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

In-Person Edmonia Lewis Commemorative Forever® Stamp Sale

One-Time Events Edmonia Lewis, the first African American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition, is featured on the United States Postal Service’s 45th stamp in its Black Heritage Forever® Stamp series. Join us in-person in the Kogod Courtyard and be one of the first to purchase this commemorative stamp. Celebrate this great American sculptor and the museum’s commitment to stewarding the largest collection in the world of her work.   The stamp artwork is a casein portrait by Alex Bostic based on a photograph of Lewis by Augustus Marshall made in Boston between 1864 and 1871. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp. The Edmonia Lewis stamp will be issued in panes of twenty.   The First Day of Issue Dedication Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ET is held in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. This ceremony is open to the public. Registration is required at usps.com/edmonialewis. Space is limited on a first-come, first-served basis.  This event is organized by the United… Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Kogod Courtyard. Cost: Free. Categories: Celebrations. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM.

Edmonia Lewis Stamp First Day of Issue Ceremony

One-Time Events Edmonia Lewis, the first African American and Native American sculptor to achieve international recognition, is featured on the United States Postal Service’s 45th Black Heritage Forever® Stamp series. Be one of the first to purchase this commemorative stamp in-person at SAAM. Celebrate this great American sculptor and the museum’s commitment to stewarding the largest collection in the world of her work.   The stamp artwork is a casein portrait by Alex Bostic based on a photograph of Lewis by Augustus Marshall made in Boston between 1864 and 1871. The Edmonia Lewis stamp will be issued in panes of twenty.     The First Day of Issue Dedication Ceremony at 12:30 p.m. ET is held in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. This ceremony is open to the public. Registration is required at usps.com/edmonialewis. Space is limited on a first come, first served basis.        This event is organized by the United States Postal Service. Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Luce Center. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://uspsonlinesolutions.wufoo.com/forms/moy3jpi1cxcwzm/. Categories: Celebrations. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM. For more info visit uspsonlinesolutions.wufoo.com.

Incorporating Fruit into Floral Arrangements

Resident Associate Program Although flowers can be hard to come by in the wintertime, citrus and pomegranates are plentiful and can add color to nature's otherwise muted palette. Learn how to incorporate various fruits into your arrangements and tips on using them as part of a table-scape. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252819?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

DEI in Aerospace: Sustainability & Innovation

One-Time Events John-Paul (J-P) Clarke is the Chief Innovation Officer of Universal Hydrogen and a professor of Aerospace Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at The University of Texas at Austin, where he holds the Ernest Cockrell Jr. Memorial Chair in Engineering. Prior to joining the faculty at UT Austin, he was a faculty member at Georgia Tech, and previously a professor at MIT. He was vice president of strategic technologies at UTC during an 18-month leave from Georgia Tech, an engineer at Boeing and NASA JPL, and co-founder of multiple startups. Prof. Clarke received his S.B. S.M. and Sc.D. degrees from MIT. Dr. Roger Connor is a curator in the National Air and Space Museum’s aeronautics department. He received his BA from Virginia Tech and holds an MA in Museum Studies from The George Washington University, an MA in American History from George Mason University, and a PhD in American History from George Mason University. Join us for a virtual conversation on innovation and sustainability in aerospace, as well as… Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free, invitation only. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

How Artist Bethany Taylor Strings Together Nature's Relationships

One-Time Events Bethany Taylor’s artwork shows the intricate connections between life on Earth. She creates digitally woven tapestries of natural settings, accompanied by fiber-based drawings of animals, humans, and plants from the ecosystem represented in each tapestry. Taylor’s drawings are made of string, implying each must be connected to something else. Her installations, some of which are now on view at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, strategically unravel in certain places to emphasize the message that flux and change are constant, and all living things are connected.   Taylor will discuss the concepts behind her artwork featured in Unsettled Nature with the co-curator of the exhibition, Joanna Marsh.  This program is part of a series of conversations with artists featured in Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. Learn more about the series and the exhibition here.   This program will be presented as a Zoom video webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants.  Image Credit:… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. After Five. Related Exhibition: Unsettled Nature: Artists Reflect on the Age of Humans. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

WIYRSP: Art and Technology Powering Community

Smithsonian Sponsored Events We Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Panel (WIYRSP) is an audience-guided panel experience. Audience members will be invited to collectively decide our panel’s discussion content in real-time. We’ll bring the experts, you bring the talking points! Learn how technology and art are being channeled by artists to share different ideas and perspectives. Join me + you artist and architect Suchi Reddy, curator and New Museum Deputy Director Isolde Brielmaier and other creative visionaries to look closer at ways art, science, AI and augmented reality can forge deeply human connections for a more inclusive world. At the Arts + Industries building, our panel discussions are directed by the people that influence our futures the most, YOU. This program is made possible by the generous support of AWS. With: Suchi Reedy brings extensive experience in large-scale cultural, educational, healthcare, retail, commercial, and residential projects to the award-winning practice. She founded Reddymade in 2002 with a… Sponsor: Arts and Industries Building. Venue: Arts and Industries Building. Event Location: Arts and Industries Building. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://aib.si.edu/event/wiyrsp-art-and-technology-powering-community/. Online Link: https://aib.si.edu/event/wiyrsp-art-and-technology-powering-community/. Categories: After Five. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Wheelchair accessible. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM. For more info visit aib.si.edu.

Beginning Drawing

Resident Associate Program This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252526?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, January 26, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:30 PM.

The Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series presents: the Claiming Space Symposium

One-Time Events The communities and individuals who build Afrofuturism up, as well as those that draw from it, work together to claim and reclaim space—in the stories we tell of the past and in the visions we imagine of the future. This Claiming Space Symposium examines the ever-expanding reach of Afrofuturist thought across oceans, into land reclamations, up to the stars, through cyberspace, and inward as Black visionaries look to the infinite space within. The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. After Five. Webcasts & Online. Performances. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, January 27, 2022 – Saturday, January 29, 2022.

Accessing Archaeology: A Conversation on Equity and Ethics

One-Time Events Archaeology lets us explore what it means to be human, but the field is shaped by who gets to participate in it, which has historically been the space of a non-disabled demographic. In this 90-minute panel discussion, six disabled archaeologists discuss working in the field, labs, and in museums. These experts will share their experiences and the challenges in navigating spaces that aren’t designed for them. How does inaccessibility create a biased interpretation of our past? What needs to be done to incorporate more diverse perspectives that accurately reflects not only the current world we live in, but the world of the past? How can we amplify voices that were previously silent? This panel will discuss how archaeologists can create a more supportive environment and transform the field of archaeology to become more inclusive.  This program will be presented as a Zoom video webinar. A link will be emailed to all registrants.  This program is supported by the Smithsonian’s Disability Employee Resource… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Venue: Natural History Museum. Event Location: Online; Internet connection required. Cost: Free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. ASL-interpreted program. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Introduction to Watercolor

Resident Associate Program Beginning students as well as experienced painters explore watercolor techniques and learn new approaches to painting through demonstration, discussion, and experimentation. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252528?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Let's Talk Gardens, Virtual Tour of the Smithsonian Gardens' Orchid Collection

Smithsonian Gardens Since it was established in 1974, the Smithsonian Gardens Orchid Collection (SGOC) started with a bequest from Marjorie Merriweather Post, and in conjunction with support from Mary Livingston Ripley, this collection became well-established and has grown to over 4,000 specimens from all over the world. Collections like SGOC are a vital conservation resource offering protection to species from a variety of threats including habitat change and over collecting. SGOC is maintained within the Smithsonian Gardens Greenhouse Facility in Suitland, Maryland by staff, interns, contractors and volunteers. This virtual tour, led by Justin Kondrat, SGOC Lead Horticulturist, will give you a rare look into how large-scale collections are managed and persevered for generations of inspiration. Sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens. Venue: Smithsonian Gardens. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zVSJiLq7Treldjadfi1fEw. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_zVSJiLq7Treldjadfi1fEw. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Castle Stories

Smithsonian Castle One-Time Did you know that the Castle is the Smithsonian’s first and oldest building? It first opened its doors in 1855 and has born witness to countless moments in history for the Smithsonian, the United States, and the world. Join one of our volunteer Castle Docents as they explain the importance of the phrase “the increase and diffusion of knowledge” and how it went from being six words in an English scientist’s will to shaping the destiny of the Smithsonian we know today. Come learn about the founding and early history of the Smithsonian; its original benefactor, James Smithson; and the incredible history and architecture of the Castle. Here is your opportunity to discover some of the treasured stories that are part of the Castle’s rich history. Note: 'Castle Stories' are subject to docent availability; last minute cancellations may occur , Registrants will receive a confirmation email with the Zoom link for the 'Castle Stories' event they signed-up for , We welcome all visitors to our programs! Auto-Captions… Sponsor: Smithsonian Visitor Center. Venue: Smithsonian Castle. Event Location: Online/Zoom. Cost: free. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Kids & Families. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Big Objects, Big Stories

One-Time Events Big Objects, Big Stories is a docent led program where visitors hear incredibly big stories about one of our largest signature objects acquired by the museum.  Explore how America’s cultural diversity comes forth in a salvaged mural from the Resurrection City—a 1968 anti-poverty protest camp.  Hear stories about how the National Mall has become a site for the public to express concerns about American society.  Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience: A Changing America 1968 and Beyond, Plywood panel mural from Resurrection City. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__rUWCt3rQRW3Ls_LX-NZvQ. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__rUWCt3rQRW3Ls_LX-NZvQ. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

101 Ways to Make a Mark

Resident Associate Program At a very young age we began making marks on paper, but then forgot how satisfying scribbling actually can be. Beginning with some basic exploration, this class reminds students of fun techniques they haven’t thought of for a long time and provides food for future thought about what students can mark up next. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252820?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Christopher Kimball: Spotlight on Vegetables

Resident Associate Program Veggies are usually the supporting culinary players in a meal, but the new Milk Street: Vegetables moves them center of the plate. Christopher Kimball shares tips on how to roast, braise, steam, and stir-fry everyday vegetables into simple but appealing dishes, and demonstrates a recipe or two from the book’s globally influenced collection. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252787?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Culinary Arts. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM.

Color Theory and Practice

Resident Associate Program Explore the basics of color theory including temperature, value, and harmony-creating color schemes. In three hands-on projects, learn to use a color wheel with tinting and toning, color charts, and color harmony studies. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252527?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

The Imagination of Charles Dickens

Resident Associate Program There’s no writer quite like Charles Dickens. Author and humanities scholar Clay Jenkinson uses three of his beloved novels as the basis for the serious but playful look at Dickens you’ve always wanted—an exploration of the fabulous and fantastic creativity of a timeless author who could write English prose as if it were iambic pentameter poetry. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252733?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Afrofuturism in Literature: A Conversation with Director Kevin Young and Dr. Eve L. Ewing

One-Time Events The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, January 27, 2022, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

POSTPONED: Special Documentary Presentation—In Our Hands: Chinese Conservators in US Museums

Films This screening has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. Whether carefully reinforcing the cracks in an ancient handscroll or remounting the portrait of an imperial ancestor, traditional Chinese painting restorers have cared for Chinese artworks in United States museums for over thirty years. Now focused on passing along their knowledge and skills, these dedicated artisans are training the next generation of art conservators to take on these responsibilities. Through in-depth interviews and behind-the-scenes footage of conservation studios in US museums, In Our Hands captures the generational, cultural, and educational shift taking place in the field of Chinese painting conservation. Produced by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art under the direction of Eros Zhao for Templux Films, this unprecedented documentary reveals the personal stories of nine conservators dedicated to preserving their traditional craft while advancing the field, an undertaking that is vital to the future of… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://watch.eventive.org/inourhands. Categories: Films. Friday, January 28, 2022 – Sunday, February 13, 2022.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Claiming Space Symposium: Atlantic Space Panel

One-Time Events Atlantic Space: Reimaginations of the Middle Passage - Criss-crossed and re-inscribed by the brutality of the trade in captured and enslaved Africans, as Greg Tate notes, the Atlantic Ocean has also been imagined as a “realm of possibility.” This panel will explore this realm of resilience across disciplines and media. Moderated by Dr. Alexis Pauline Gumbs Panelists include: Yuko Miki Ayana V. Jackson Njelle Hamilton Morgan P. Vickers The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Friday, January 28, 2022, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM.

Claiming Space Symposium: Terrestrial Space Panel

One-Time Events Terrestrial Space: Reclaiming Landscapes - Perhaps most frequently associated with the great expanses of oceans and sky, Afrofuturist movements have also given rise to the speculative cities, reclaimed monuments, and transformed landscapes and communities that will be the focus on this panel. Panelists include: Lisa Yaszek Julian Chambliss Synatra Smith and Tauheedah Shukriyyah Asad Eto Otitigbe The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. African Art Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Friday, January 28, 2022, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM.

Musical Futures: A Conversation with Vernon Reid on Music, Pop Culture, and Afrofuturism

One-Time Events Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. African Art Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. African Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: After Five. Lectures & Discussions. Performances. Accessibility: Captioning. Friday, January 28, 2022, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

The History of France: Four Turning Points

Resident Associate Program Historian Alexander Mikaberidze examines four historical moments crucial in the emergence of France, a country with a uniquely lengthy, dramatic, and varied history. Accept his virtual invitation to the coronation of the greatest of medieval European rulers, to fight alongside King Philippe Auguste as he confronted an English-led coalition of monarchs, to look behind the intrigues at the French royal court, and to follow Parisians as they stormed the parapets of the Bastille. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252734?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 29, 2022, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Claiming Space Symposium: Cyber Space Panel

One-Time Events Cyber Space: Political Activism and Afrofuturism in the Digital Age - The Black Lives Matter movement began as a hashtag and through the further utilization of digital technologies has grown into a global network of activists, using technology to organize, protest, and shape the public discourse about race and the societal institutions and structures that support racism. This panel will explore political and social activism in the digital age, and the Afrofuturist platform of technology being repurposed as a tool for community building and liberation. Moderated by Ytasha Womack Panelists include: Claudia Alick Reynaldo Anderson Zoraida Lopez-Diago and Lesly Deschler Canossi Trisha Barton The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Saturday, January 29, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM.

Claiming Space Symposium: Personal Space Panel

One-Time Events Personal Space: Afrofuturist Bodies and Beyond - Technology has come to shape how we live and communicate, to the point where our biological and social lives are now intertwined with the technologies we take for granted. These technologies have political assumptions built into them, but can also be inscribed with new politics by users. This panel explores the use of cyborgs, superheroes, and other Afrofuturist figures in shaping the technopolitics of body and soul. Moderated by Ingrid LaFleur Panelists include: Elizabeth Chin John Jennings Lauren Bernard The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. African Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Saturday, January 29, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Embroidered Patch Workshop

Resident Associate Program Use basic stitches to create an embroidered rainbow-watermelon patch to embellish a favorite jacket or pair of jeans. Learn how to prepare fabric with a simple design, then ready a hoop and begin stitching. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252529?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, January 29, 2022, 12:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Claiming Space Symposium: Outer Space Panel

One-Time Events Outer Space: Projecting Histories and Futures onto the Stars - Space is a canvas onto which we project ideas about the future, but space is also literally a place in which post-colonial power structures are defined. This panel will explore the afrofuturist interventions attempting to reimagine space and questioning the standard assumptions behind imagined futures in space. Moderated by andré m. carrington Panelists include: Timiebi Aganaba Elizabeth Hamilton Chanda Prescod-Weinstein Danielle Wood The Claiming Space Symposium is part of the Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration between the National Air and Space Museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the National Museum of African Art. . Sponsor: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: Air and Space Museum. African Art Museum. African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Saturday, January 29, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM.

Virtual Story Time with the National Postal Museum

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join educators from the National Postal Museum for live, interactive story time. Designed for children ages 3-6, but all are welcome! Mondays at 11:00 (EDT) National Postal Museum educators will read stories aloud and lead related activities in a Zoom meeting for children and their caregivers. Explore a range of postal-related topics and more! Sessions will be interactive and last approximately 45 minutes. Caregivers are expected to be present with children for the duration of the program. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Online Only. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-the-national-postal-museum-registration-141338917507. Online Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-the-national-postal-museum-registration-141338917507. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 31, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Monday, January 31, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Lunar New Year's Eve Reunion Dinner: Holiday-Inspired Cooking Demos

Talks and Lectures Register here Join us for a special food-filled celebration that pays homage to the traditional "reunion dinner," a time for families to gather together on Lunar New Year's Eve. In this special program hosted by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art, local Asian American chefs will reflect on family traditions and present a trio of dynamic virtual cooking demonstrations. In just one hour, learn to make three different dishes that represent the fondest collective memories of these award-winning DC-area culinary forces and tastemakers. Featured chefs include: Kevin Tien (Moon Rabbit, Hot Lola's, Chefs Stopping AAPI Hate) , Rosie Nguyen (Rose Ave Bakery) , Yuan Tang (Rooster & Owl), Featured scholar: Hyunjung "Crystal" Rie (District of Cuisines)  This virtual Lunar New Year’s Eve reunion dinner and celebration will delve into the history, significance, and symbolism of the food eaten by people from across the Asian diaspora during the festivities, most often at celebratory family get-togethers.… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Co-sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_O4AyXw_aRIqzvFExUdMRAQ. Categories: Culinary Arts. Demonstrations. Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Curating a Life: Art as Memoir

Resident Associate Program Keep a visual-thinking journal and learn to see like an artist and create personally meaningful works of art in terms of form, theme, and context. Use text, images, and newly developed visual thinking skills to create a “memoir museum”—a handmade map that traces where you’ve been in your life and where you have yet to explore. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252821?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM.

The Joy of Photography

Resident Associate Program Designed for beginners who want to learn how to use their digital or mirrorless camera as a creative tool, students will gain skill in technical aspects of photography so that they can concentrate on composing beautiful images. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252530?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Art + History: Albert Bierstadt’s American West

Resident Associate Program Great art is timeless, and speaks to us across time, culture, and space. Yet great works come from real people living real lives. Paul Glenshaw examines Albert Bierstadt’s 1868 work Among the Sierra Nevada, California—a majestic depiction of the natural beauty of the American West that also served as part of a brazen self-marketing scheme, a lure to immigrants and settlers, and a reflection of the complex legacy of Manifest Destiny. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252735?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, January 31, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Wampanoag Celebration

One-Time Events Join members of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) as they share their culture and history in a virtual celebration of food, art, traditional stories, and film. The event features a talk by Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais of the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) on the history of the Wampanoag; finger weaving with Marlene Lopez; Muhsh8n boat building with Darius Coombs; storytelling by Tobias Vanderhoop; traditional copper work by artisan Jonathan Perry; and contemporary jewelry making by Berta Welch. Enjoy a cooking demonstration with renowned chef Sherry Pocknett, a film screening of King Philip’s Belt – A Story of Wampum (20 min.), and a conversation about a new community wampum belt with Paula Peters and Linda Coombs. Support for this program provided by the Henry Luce Foundation. Photo courtesy of DKR Films. Sponsor: American Indian Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Celebrations. Culinary Arts. Demonstrations. Kids & Families. Performances. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Tuesday, February 1, 2022 – Monday, February 28, 2022.

Creative Sculptural Relief (In Person)

Resident Associate Program This class introduces students to the principles of relief sculpture, which is a bridge between two-dimensional and three-dimensional art forms. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252532?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art

Resident Associate Program Discover how visual art can spark creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for five online workshops that explore essential elements of writing and styles through close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative response to prompts. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session focuses on first person.</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252679?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Painting is for Everyone

Resident Associate Program If you’ve ever wanted to paint, here’s a class that offers the perfect introduction to the art—and will have you ready to pick up your brush with confidence. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252822?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Beginning Drawing (In Person)

Resident Associate Program This introductory course teaches the basic skills needed for drawing. Working with a variety of materials and techniques, including charcoal and pencils, students explore the rendering of geometric forms, volume, and perspective, with an emphasis on personal gesture marks. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252531?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM.

Smithsonian Teacher Training: How to Be a Scientist with Nancy Knowlton

One-Time Events Are you looking for ways to make the effects of climate change on the oceans meaningful, relevant, and accessible to your students? In this webinar for 4th–8th grade educators, you'll speak with Smithsonian marine biologist Dr. Nancy Knowlton about her career studying changes in the oceans. You'll also get a hands-on walkthrough of a suite of teaching and learning materials featuring Knowlton's work (http://s.si.edu/secretsofthesea); an online 3D interactive that recreates a reef food web, classroom activities around corals, climate change, and sea life, and more. Dr. Nancy Knowlton is the Sant Chair for Marine Science at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and a scientific leader of the Census of Marine Life. She wrote the book, Citizens of the Sea, to celebrate the ten years of the Census. She founded the Center for Marine Biodiversity and Conservation at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography of the University of California, San Diego. In 2017, she founded the Earth Optimism movement i… Sponsor: Natural History Museum. Special Smithsonian Event. Event Location: Virtual. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_S5w2dfzVRo-qeCFvgfp1EA. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Workshops. Related Events: Smithsonian Teacher Training: How to Be a Scientist with Rachel Page - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yRHg3ckSSq2TB84eK8D3aQ Smithsonian Teacher Training: How to Be a Scientist with Kimberly Arcand - https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BFad2YpYS4S_bLSKBaALkQ. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Captioning. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit us02web.zoom.us.

Virtual Writing Hour with the National Portrait Gallery

Ongoing Activities Join us weekly for a virtual creative writing hour. We’ve set up an online space where writers can create, connect and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s collection. This virtual, creative writing hour is for adult learners. Register here.  The Zoom link for the writing hour will be emailed to registered participants 24- 48 hours in advance of the program. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Zoom. Cost: Free. Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-writing-hour-with-the-national-portrait-gallery-tickets-99411309904. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. After Five. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Video Release: Duke Ellington’s “Cotton Tail”: A Performance by the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet

One-Time Events This Duke Ellington composition “Cotton Tail” was originally recorded on May 4, 1940, for his orchestra which historians also referred as the period of the “Blanton-Webster Band” from 1940-1942. The original recording showcases saxophonist Ben Webster’s iconic solo that is still recognized today for his brilliance as a soloist. The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Quintet pays tribute to Ellington and Webster with this spirited rendition of “Cotton Tail.”  This video will be available on our Youtube channel. Please subscribe to get notified of our new releases: https://www.youtube.com/c/nationalmuseumofamericanhistory. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZxSSLX6InCSeFSK4YJDwa8i9vzAmBnN7. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Kids & Families. Performances. Related Exhibition: To hear the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra’s recording of “Cotton Tail”: https://folkways.si.edu/the-smithsonian-jazz-masterworks-orchestra/cotton-tail/historical-song-jazz-ragtime/music/track/smithsonian  Learn more about the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and Smithsonian Jazz: https://americanhistory.si.edu/smithsonian-jazz  Access the Duke Ellington Collection at the museum’s archive center: https://sova.si.edu/record/NMAH.AC.0301. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. For more info visit www.youtube.com.

Introduction to Studio Portraiture (In Person)

Resident Associate Program This photography course is designed for those who want to learn how to create portraits using the special lighting controls of the studio. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252533?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

The Origins of Western Art: From the Paleolithic Through the Aegean Bronze Age

Resident Associate Program Our modern world echoes and even replicates the creative vestiges of the past—and the key to understanding our surroundings is through an overview of ancient material culture. Focusing on the Mediterranean region, art historian Renee Gondek offers a survey of the earliest traces of artistic production from the Paleolithic period through the late Bronze Age. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252744?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Reality+: From the Metaverse to The Matrix

Resident Associate Program Virtual reality technology is advancing fast. Many predict that a "Metaverse" of virtual worlds will be the next stage of the Internet. Drawing on his new book Reality+, philosopher David Chalmers examines this technology, the nature of reality, and our place within it. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252881?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 1, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Art Cart

Ongoing Tours & Activities Until we can gather again for Storytime, we are rolling out the Art Cart! Starting December 1, stop by with your young artists to pick up your own self-guided materials. Each week’s Art Cart offers a fresh and fun theme featuring an artwork on view, an art making activity to do at the Museum, and suggested  projects to extend the fun at home! The Art Cart is free, and no registration is required. Stroller Parking is available on the Lower Level. Every Wednesday, 10 am–12 pm until Storytime resumes. Sponsor: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Co-sponsor: Hirshhorn Education. Venue: Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. Event Location: Variable locations throughout the museum. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://hirshhorn.si.edu/events/category/art-cart/. Categories: Kids & Families. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit hirshhorn.si.edu.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Visual Arts. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_l_3j8LIeSJSRtKPZY65opw. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Techniques in Modernist Painting

Resident Associate Program Experiment with a variety of painting styles such as cubism, suprematism, and abstract expressionism to learn practical applications of the concepts and techniques of modernism. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252534?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Watercolor Workshop: Carmel-by-the-Sea

Resident Associate Program Paint the sun-drenched beach of your wintertime dreams. Working with watercolors, capture the color and light of the village of Carmel-by-the-Sea—with its cypress trees, Old World architecture, and flowers and vines reaching up toward the sky. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252823?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Why Shakespeare Matters Today: Rethinking Hamlet, Othello, and King Lear

Resident Associate Program Why are William Shakespeare’s plays still considered essential reading? How can lessons from his Elizabethan theatrical universe help us to better understand social and political conflicts we confront today? Explore three of the Bard’s great tragedies to discover why Shakespeare remains vital and relevant with Joseph Luzzi, professor of comparative literature at Bard College. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252745?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Seven Games and Why We Love Them

Resident Associate Program Checkers, backgammon, Go, and chess. Poker, Scrabble, and bridge. These seven games, ancient and modern, fascinate millions of people worldwide. Join journalist and author Oliver Roeder as he charts their origins and historical importance, the delightful arcana of their rules, and the ways their design makes them pleasurable. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252884?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 2, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Drawn to Figures LIVE: Shading your Portraits

Ongoing Activities Discover your inner artist in this live virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, each session includes guided instruction on the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. Participants will be offered the chance to share their work at the end of the session. Each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. Open to all skill levels, ages 18 and up. Suggested materials will be listed on the Eventbrite program page. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online via Zoom. Cost: Free-- registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525. Categories: Workshops. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Long May She Reign: Britain’s Ruling Queens

Resident Associate Program For centuries, the English monarchy was male, but several notable women shattered that royal glass ceiling. Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd-Stanger leads an assumption-challenging survey of female reigns, from the first crowned queen of England to the record-breaking longevity of Elizabeth II, examining how each redefined the role of the ruler and nature of the monarchy. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252746?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

More Stories from the American Songbook

Resident Associate Program Using a medley of filmed performances, documentary filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how some of our favorite love songs from the American songbook came to be in a 3-session winter series and how re-imaginings by different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something more. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session focuses on "Autumn Leaves, " "Send in the Clowns, " and "This Nearly Was Mine."</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252713?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Let's Talk Gardens, Let’s Talk Spiders: From Fear to Fascination

Smithsonian Gardens Spiders and other arachnids are often overlooked and misunderstood, but these ancient, diverse, and wonderfully weird animals have a lot to teach us. Join spider scientist Dr. Sebastian Echeverri as he introduces you to the incredible superpowers, dramatic lives--and even unexpected beauty--of the many amazing spiders in our gardens and across the world. In this hour-long event, you will also learn how spiders fit into our ecosystem, and how to observe and interact with these animals at whatever level you are comfortable at. There will be a Q&A session as well, so bring any and all questions you have about spiders, arachnids, and other arthropods! Sponsor: Smithsonian Gardens. Venue: Smithsonian Gardens. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s2Ua1NA3QFSMdpDpUQnV5w. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s2Ua1NA3QFSMdpDpUQnV5w. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversation with museum docents. American slavery and American freedom is a shared history. Through powerful objects and first-person accounts, visitors connect to the past and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women demanding freedom and transforming our nation.   Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office, or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Slavery and Freedom. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. . Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_yHo-4tQSQJqnURsEd9KrBA. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

The Punitive Expedition in Mexico: How New Technology Readied the US for WWI

Resident Associate Program General Black Jack Pershing’s 1916 “Punitive Expedition” into Mexico was intended to capture Pancho Villa in retribution for an attack on a small New Mexico town carried out by his revolutionary forces. Although it failed in its objective, historian Dakota Springston examines how the expedition changed American warfare and why the United States’ first truly mechanized conflict served as a testing ground for the country’s entry into WWI. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252249?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM.

POSTPONED: Live Q&A: Meet the Team behind In Our Hands

Films This event has been postponed and will be rescheduled at a later date. In Our Hands: Chinese Painting Conservators in US Museums is a new documentary produced by the National Museum of Asian Art that profiles two generations of Chinese painting conservators working in American museums. Join the film’s director, Eros Zhao, along with NMAA conservators Xiangmei Gu, Andrew Hare, and Grace Jan for a discussion of the film and of the world of Chinese painting conservation. This program is part of Lunar New Year DC, organized by the Smithsonian's National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The film streams from January 28 to February 13 here: watch.eventive.org/inourhands. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 3, 2022, 7:30 PM.

Balora

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 In this short documentary, director Abdolghader Khaledi tracks down a handful of remaining practitioners of the Kurdish balora singing tradition, which employs a unique technique of tapping the throat with the fingers to create vibrato. The often partly improvised songs depict themes ranging from love to satire, and they were also used to communicate between remote villages in the mountainous Kurdish region of Iran. (Dir.: Abdolghader Khaledi, Iran, 2021, 30 min. Kurdish with English subtitles) Image courtesy of 7th Art. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Children of the Night

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 A child soldier, craving heroin and holding a Kalashnikov, has been involved in more than fifty ISIS wars and conflicts. Balanche is among the first child soldiers to tell his story in full detail, along with four other companions living in a Turkish refugee camp in Behrouz Nouranipour’s chilling documentary. Indoctrinated into a life of violence at a religious school in Pakistan, Balanche and his companions now face an uncertain future, having grown into their early teens knowing nothing but war and hatred. Warning: This film contains scenes that may be disturbing to some viewers. (Dir.: Behrouz Nouranipour, Iran, 2020, 87 min. Kurish and Arabic with English subtitles) Image courtesy of Eli Image. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Last Breath

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 As a part of Iran’s execution policy, a soldier working in a jail is ordered to hang a prisoner by pushing the stool out from under his feet. Guilty and afraid of killing someone, he makes some risky decisions in order to avoid following orders. (Dir.: Farshid Ayoobinejad, Iran, 2020, 9 min. Persian with English subtitles) Image courtesy of Ariana Films Distribution. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Snailman

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 for up to 300 views Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IsSvujbLcZE In this semi-fictionalized self-portrait, director Mazdak Mirabedini performs as his alter ego Mohammad, a food delivery driver in Portland, Oregon, who is making plans to move back to Tehran after nearly two decades in the United States. Culled from apparently countless hours of footage shot over his lifetime and narrated by the child he never had, Mirabedini’s film reflects on his many failed relationships, his restless desire to move from one place to another, and why driving is the only job that satisfies him. (Dir.: Mazdak Mirabedini, Iran, 2021, 93 min. Persian with English subtitles) Image courtesy of Persia Film Distribution. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

The Crown Jewels of Iran

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 for up to 200 views Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 When the Shah-era Ministry of Culture asked Ebrahim Golestan (Brick and Mirror) for a documentary on Iran’s crown jewels, they didn’t expect an acidic indictment of the regime’s politics. Previously released only in a diluted version, this vanguard masterpiece can now be seen for the first time in its unexpurgated original version. Description courtesy of the International Film Festival Rotterdam. (Dir.: Ebrahim Golestan, Iran, 1965, 15 min. Persian with English subtitles) Image courtesy of Cineteca di Bologna. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

The Green Absence

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 Khatereh, who is emigrating from Iran with her husband Ehsan, does not have the strength and courage to say goodbye to her parents. Ehsan, meanwhile, has decided to make a farewell film. They go to Khatereh's parents' home, but they are taken aback by Khatereh's eighty-year-old father’s response in this experimental, semi-autobiographical short film. (Dir: Ehsan Goodarzi, Iran, 2020, 14 min. Persian with English subtitles) Image courtesy of Ariana Films Distribution. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

The White Whale

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 In this award-winning animated short, a soldier returns to the river where he lost his companions some thirty years ago in the Iran-Iraq War. A mysterious white whale appears to lead him to the souls of his lost friends. (Dir.: Amir-Hossein Mehran, Iran, 2020, 10 min. no dialogue) Image courtesy of Ariana Films Distribution. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Zaghchi

Films Available in DC, Maryland, and Virginia from February 4–20 Stream it here: watch.eventive.org/ffi2022 An astutely observed story about the cycle of poverty and violence in contemporary Iran, Zaghchi tells the story of a teenager who turns to illegal mixed martial arts fighting to help pay for his mother’s medical bills. (Dir.: Soroush Husain Jani, Iran, 2021, 21 min. Persian with English subtitles) Image courtesy of Ariana Films Distribution. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Films. Friday, February 4, 2022 – Sunday, February 20, 2022.

Joyful Fridays: The Black Panthers

Ongoing Tours & Activities Joyful Fridays: The Black Panthers  Designed for children ages 4 and up Kick off Black History Month with your little ones during this lesson on how the Black Panther Party contributed to the health and wellness of their communities. Then, paint a panther inspired by objects in the NMAAHC collection! All Black History Month Joyful Fridays programs are held via Zoom webinar and led by NMAAHC Kids educators. ASL Interpretation will be provided.   More Information: Registered guests will receive an email with Zoom information, a list of supplies needed and recommended resources on the Monday before the program. Live Stream & Recordings: Join the livestream or watch the recorded program on the NMAAHC UStream page. PDFs with a list of supplies, project steps and recommended resources are available here. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE. Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/6969275/joyful-fridaysthe-black-panthers--washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Friday, February 4, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

The Book of Hours: The Art of Medieval Manuscript Illumination

Resident Associate Program From the late Middle Ages to the early Renaissance, the Book of Hours, filled with groups of prayers designed for use by lay people, was more in demand than the Bible itself. Roger S. Wieck, Melvin R. Seiden curator and department head of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts at the Morgan Library and Museum, explores the textual and pictorial riches to be found within the pages of these fascinating books. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252747?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, February 4, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Friday, February 4, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

UnZOOsual Careers

Special Zoo Events Continuing on the Wild Side of STEAM series from last year, UnZOOsual Careers explores the lesser-known jobs in science, technology, engineering, arts and math at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. Join us on the first Friday of every month as we meet the faces behind saving species and explore the variety of careers in conservation. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/j/87115852417?pwd=VjBvQTlVUjFWVHgzMEYzRDlUTVpkQT09. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. ASL-interpreted program. Friday, February 4, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit nationalzoo.si.edu.

A Seat at the Table: The Triumphs and Challenges of Black Education

One-Time Events Two-hour program, 7 pm ET/ 6 pm CT/ 4 pm PT Access to higher education and formal schooling were new opportunities for African Americans during the Reconstruction era. Education advocates helped foster the founding of several HBCUs, which educated generations of educators, lawyers, medical professionals, and some of the greatest minds of the 20th century. However, the rise of Jim Crow forcibly segregated schools, leaving many black institutions underfunded and overburdened --- a complicated legacy that reverberates to the present. Dr. Julianne Malveaux will moderate a conversation with Taiisha Swinton-Buck, Jitu Brown, and Harry L. Williams to examine why these issues are still present among black-majority schools and the efforts made to change these outcomes. A Seat at the Table is an interactive virtual program for participants to consider challenging questions about race, identity, and economic justice over a meal delivered to you by the museum. Upon registering for the program, you will make your meal… Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: $45. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/8416954/a-seat-at-the-tableblack-education-general-admmision-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-public-programs. Categories: After Five. Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Friday, February 4, 2022, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM.

A Day with the Pre-Raphaelites

Resident Associate Program The English painters, poets, and critics who gave birth to the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in 1848 wanted to reform art by rejecting what they called the melodramatic style of High Renaissance artists like Raphael. Art historian Bonita Billman traces this fascinating movement from its origins to flowering conclusion. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252756?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, February 5, 2022, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM.

Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration

One-Time Events Let’s ring in the Year of the Tiger! Celebrate Lunar New Year online with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the United States of America. We are excited to present this beloved annual celebration online this year. Enjoy streamed video performances of dances, acrobatics, and yo-yo tricks by the Madison Chinese Dance Academy. Then watch demonstrations of traditional Chinese crafting and Lunar New Year traditions including the classic lion dance. There is fun for the whole family during this special celebration!  Explore more activities on SAAM’s Lunar New Year Family Zone including coloring pages, crafts, and videos about this celebration. This program is presented in partnership with the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the United States of America and part of Lunar New Year DC, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.   Image: Chinese New Year 2020; photo credit Jeremy Norwood,… Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free| Registration required via Eventbrite. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-lunar-new-year-celebration-tickets-229044116117?aff=LNYTrumba. Categories: Kids & Families. Performances. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 AM.

Mother and Child Painting in Oil (In Person)

Resident Associate Program Artists such as Mary Cassatt, Gary Melcher, Auguste Renoir, and Berthe Morisot are known for capturing the emotional bonds between mothers and children in their paintings. Students put into practice some of these artists’ oil painting techniques, creating their own mother-child-themed works. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252824?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Musical Crossroads. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Ia5Th1XETWy2uzUpwXkfPg. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Saturday, February 5, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Surrealism: Hands-on Photography History

Resident Associate Program Art historian and photographer Patricia Howard introduces the world of the photo surrealists and explores how they pushed the boundaries of photographic imagery in the 1920s to 1940s. Create your very own surrealist collage as part of the experience. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252535?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, February 5, 2022, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Introduction to Afghan Geometric Design

Resident Associate Program For centuries, religious and secular Islamic manuscripts have contained beautiful geometric decorations. Explore the history and construction of these traditional designs with Sughra Hussainy, a graduate of Turquoise Mountain Institute in Kabul, Afghanistan. Then, create designs with graph paper and a compass. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252825?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Sunday, February 6, 2022, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Visual Arts. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UeaZ5ch-RFy6hflW7sb0JA. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 7, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Monday, February 7, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

History Alive! Coming Home: African Americans Returning from World War II

One-Time Events After victory in World War II, Black veterans continued the fight for freedom at home. History Alive! Coming Home explores stories and artifacts that reflect the economy, health care, education, housing, and political process for military veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Our living history interpreter tells the story of how those engaged in the military made their service useful not only for the good of their country, but to benefit both their personal lives and their community. Additional Information:  John W. McCaskill brings dynamic public speaking presentations in Washington, DC and across the country.  To authenticate his living history presentations, he adorns period attire for colonial, WWII/Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airmen, and Civil War U.S. Colored Troops, World War I, Reconstruction, Buffalo Soldier, and the 1960’s Civil Rights period. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE, No tickets or registration required. Online Link: https://video.ibm.com/channel/zCPF4U3hFPc. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 7, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit video.ibm.com.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversation with museum docents. American slavery and American freedom is a shared history. Through powerful objects and first-person accounts, visitors connect to the past and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women demanding freedom and transforming our nation.   Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office, or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Slavery and Freedom. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. . Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_npivz8CtSMmsvlikz-7ezg. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 7, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Video Release: HistoryTime | Elizabeth Keckley

One-Time Events HistoryTime is an object-based learning video series for children ages 5-8. Each month a new video helps children learn about topics from history through objects in the museum's collection.  This month: Who is Elizabeth Keckley and what can her story teach us about how we learn about different cultures?   This video will be available on our Youtube channel. Please subscribe to get notified of our new releases: https://www.youtube.com/c/nationalmuseumofamericanhistory. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cQt3ZGPfjJE&list=PLZxSSLX6InCTybd8lEZjRCTVXkgJdCKka&index=16. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Monday, February 7, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. For more info visit www.youtube.com.

Focus and Depth of Field

Resident Associate Program Sharpen your knowledge of focus and depth of field through in-class discussion and homework assignments. Gain a better understanding of focus modes, area modes, and hyperfocal distance/focusing. DSLR, mirrorless, and film cameras are welcome. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252536?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 7, 2022, 6:30 PM – 9:30 PM.

Freedom Writers: Black Leaders on the Idea of America

Resident Associate Program Though the guarantee of equality, liberty, and justice for all is enshrined in the Constitution, Black Americans have long confronted the gap between that promise and the realities of their lives. Join author Farah Jasmine Griffin as she examines how thinkers and leaders such as Frederick Douglass, Malcolm X, and Barack Obama vividly reflect in their works how these Americans have grappled with the founding ideals of the United States. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252887?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 7, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

NMAAHC Kids: Classroom Connections

Ongoing Tours & Activities Classroom Connections, Designed for: Students K-2nd Grade About this Program: Classroom Connections experiences are live virtual school programs designed for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students and teachers. Led by a NMAAHC educator, each 45 minute session includes engaging conversations about history and objects from the Museum collection, an interactive story time and an art project.  Classroom Connections offers 4 program themes teachers can choose from:  Diversity + Unity: Learn how our differences can make us stronger with adventurous museum stories!  Community + Celebration: Meet historic communities and celebrate your own.  Voices + Change: Discover the power words have to change the world with museum stories about activism!    Family + Culture: Learn about and celebrate different kinds of families and cultures.  For a quality and engaging educational experience for students, we only allow one class to register per time slot. Classes may join the program via individual devices from home… Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Registration Required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1021253/classroom-connections-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Qianlong: Imperial Collector and Connoisseur

Talks and Lectures Register here The Qianlong emperor (1711–1799; reigned 1735–1796) ruled the world’s largest and most prosperous empire in the eighteenth century. He was also a passionate collector of art. In this talk, Keith Wilson, Jan Stuart, and Stephen Allee, curators of Chinese art at the National Museum of Asian Art, highlight select antiquities, ceramics, and paintings in the museum that were part of his imperial collection. The three curators briefly discuss aspects of the formation of Qianlong’s collection; its meticulous documentation, which is reflected in imperial catalogues; and its strategic use. The talk sheds light on his habits of inscribing collected art objects and how intrusive his ownership marks can seem to modern audiences. This talk is part of the monthly lunchtime series Sneak Peek: New Research from the National Museum of Asian Art, where staff members present brief, personal perspectives and ongoing research, followed by discussion. In 2022, the series will focus on collecting practices and the c… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Q5RMdgzDT-GJUsgWUzFwqQ. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Cultural Expressions. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_o01zPAOrSXaiRhT8sZ47Uw. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

NMAAHC Kids: Classroom Connections

Ongoing Tours & Activities Classroom Connections, Designed for: Students K-2nd Grade About this Program: Classroom Connections experiences are live virtual school programs designed for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students and teachers. Led by a NMAAHC educator, each 45 minute session includes engaging conversations about history and objects from the Museum collection, an interactive story time and an art project.  Classroom Connections offers 4 program themes teachers can choose from:  Diversity + Unity: Learn how our differences can make us stronger with adventurous museum stories!  Community + Celebration: Meet historic communities and celebrate your own.  Voices + Change: Discover the power words have to change the world with museum stories about activism!    Family + Culture: Learn about and celebrate different kinds of families and cultures.  For a quality and engaging educational experience for students, we only allow one class to register per time slot. Classes may join the program via individual devices from home… Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Registration Required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1021253/classroom-connections-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

Edmonia Lewis and Wendell Phillips: Kate Clarke Lemay in Conversation with Kirsten Pai Buick and Hélène Quainquin

One-Time Events Kate Clarke Lemay, interim director of PORTAL and acting senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate a conversation between Hélène Quanquin, professor of American Studies, University of Lille (France) and Kirsten Pai Buick, professor of art history; associate dean of equity and excellence for the College of Fine Arts; and inaugural chair of Africana studies, University of New Mexico. Join us for a conversation about the anti-slavery movement centered on the biographies and portraits of Wendell Phillips and Edmonia Lewis. Known for her medallion busts, sculptor Edmonia Lewis often portrayed abolitionists, African Americans and Native Americans, in addition to biblical and mythological figures. Early in her career, Lewis created a medallion bust of Wendell Phillips, an abolitionist who also advocated for temperance, women’s rights, Native Americans’ rights and labor rights. Through his conversational speaking style, Phillips became a key orator for the abolitionist movement. The… Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online via Zoom. Cost: Free--Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_BTh-Wi-zT9O71VLiNAGUZQ. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. After Five. Accessibility: Captioning. Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

One-Time Events The National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about love, second chances, and the power of a great torch song. Join us as we analyze a portrait of Ella Fitzgerald and discuss the related book “Seven Days in June” by Tia Williams. Participants will be encouraged to share their favorite romance novels and love songs during the event. DCPL Cardholders can access “Seven Days in June” here. Free—Registration required. The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. For questions, or to request accommodations such as an ASL interpreter or captioning, please email NPGAccess@si.edu. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online via Zoom. Cost: Free--Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/art-afterwords-a-book-dicussion-tickets-220137135097?aff=odeimcmailchimp&mc_cid=7311f03ef3&mc_eid=UNIQID. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Tuesday, February 8, 2022, 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM.

Young Portrait Explorers: Michelle Obama

One-Time Events Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history and more! This thirty-minute program incorporates close looking at portraiture as well as movement and art-making. Free—Registration required. Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online Via Zoom. Cost: Free—Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

“And Now, a Word From Our Sponsor”: The Early Days of TV Advertising

Resident Associate Program Brian Rose, a professor emeritus at Fordham University, examines how advertising evolved during television’s first two decades and the important role it played in convincing viewers that the key to happiness quite literally lay in buying their way into the American dream. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252757?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Assembly-style Program: Detective Dentition

Special Zoo Events Detective Dentition, Put your detective skills to the test and uncover the identity of several African animals by examining their skulls and using clues about consumer groups. Grades: 3-5, Assembly-style Programs Assembly-style programs take place on the second* Wednesday of every month at 1 p.m. ET from October to May. These programs are designed for multiple groups of students to join and learn together, and welcomes a variety of formats, from small groups and individual home-schooling families to large groups or schools. Programs take place on Zoom in webinar format. Individual participant’s audio and video will be disabled, but students can actively participate using polls, Q&A and chat to hosts. Webinar programs are live captioned and ASL interpreted. *There may be some exceptions. Sponsor: National Zoo. Venue: National Zoo. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free, but registration is required. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Captioning. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM.

Innovative Lives: Nathaniel Mathis

One-Time Events Innovative Lives 2022 programs will focus on the Washington, DC region as a place of invention. Famous for lawmaking, lobbying, taxation, and regulation, the nation’s capital is usually seen as the antithesis of innovative. Yet, as the telegraph, the binder clip, and Go-Go music document, areas ranging from communications to office management to music have all benefitted from inventive residents of the national capital region. Join us as we meet today’s inventors who are shaping the future. FEBRUARY 9: Nathaniel Mathis—The 2022 series kicks off with Nathaniel “The Bush Doctor” Mathis, an inventor, barber-stylist, and winner of international hairstyling competitions. Maryland-based Mathis popularized Afros and Cornrows, hairstyles that are synonymous with Black identity and empowerment. He also patented several useful tools for barbers, including a specialized apron and utility shelf.  This lively discussion during Black History Month will be moderated by Fath Davis Ruffins, NMAH Curator in the Division of… Sponsor: Lemelson Center. American History Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovative-lives-2022-tickets-204454126797. Online Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/innovative-lives-2022-tickets-204454126797. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM. For more info visit www.eventbrite.com.

Video Release: History Film Forum | Muhammad Ali: Documenting a Legend

One-Time Events The History Film Forum is a monthly online series from the Smithsonian that explores history on the screen and the evolution of film as public history. The new documentary Muhammad Ali brings to life one of the most indelible figures of the 20th century, a three-time heavyweight boxing champion who captivated millions of fans across the world with his mesmerizing combination of speed, grace, and power in the ring and charm and playful boasting outside of it. Written, directed, and produced by Ken Burns and Sarah Burns, the film reveals the compelling and complicated character of this American legend and why his story still resonates today. Watch Fath Davis Ruffins, a curator at the National Museum of American History, lead an intriguing conversation with the filmmakers about the making of the documentary. This video will be available on our YouTube channel. Please subscribe to get notified of our new releases: https://www.youtube.com/c/nationalmuseumofamericanhistory. Sponsor: American History Museum. Venue: American History Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Online Link: https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZxSSLX6InCRmlPrctSgjGfZgsab4GzbS. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Lectures & Discussions. Accessibility: Captioning. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM. For more info visit youtube.com.

Pump: A Natural History of the Heart

Resident Associate Program Vertebrate zoologist and author Bill Schutt traces the evolution of hearts and circulatory systems in the animal kingdom, as well as our understanding of the anatomy, physiology and symbolic significance of human hearts throughout history. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252893?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Say Their Names: How Black Lives Came to Matter in America

Resident Associate Program Nick Charles, NPR’s new chief culture editor, leads a panel discussion that examines how inequality has been propagated throughout history, the many attempts to counteract these inequalities, and necessary next steps to move forward. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252896?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Wednesday, February 9, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Artists in Depth at the Barnes Foundation: Cézanne

Resident Associate Program The Barnes Foundation holds the world’s largest collection of works by Paul Cézanne, some 69 pieces including his masterworks The Large Bathers and The Card Players. Barnes educator Penny Hansen uses high-definition Deep Zoom technology to explore Cézanne’s career, his reclusive life, his style, his characteristic brushstrokes, and his deep influence on 20th-century art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252758?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

Big Objects, Big Stories

One-Time Events Big Objects, Big Stories is a docent led program where visitors hear incredibly big stories about one of our largest signature objects acquired by the museum.  Explore how America’s cultural diversity comes forth in a salvaged mural from the Resurrection City—a 1968 anti-poverty protest camp.  Hear stories about how the National Mall has become a site for the public to express concerns about American society.  Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience: A Changing America 1968 and Beyond, Plywood panel mural from Resurrection City. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_hVfmuHkZT-yKyhnXvIJ8Lw. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Gallery Talks & Tours. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

NMAAHC Kids: Classroom Connections

Ongoing Tours & Activities Classroom Connections, Designed for: Students K-2nd Grade About this Program: Classroom Connections experiences are live virtual school programs designed for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students and teachers. Led by a NMAAHC educator, each 45 minute session includes engaging conversations about history and objects from the Museum collection, an interactive story time and an art project.  Classroom Connections offers 4 program themes teachers can choose from:  Diversity + Unity: Learn how our differences can make us stronger with adventurous museum stories!  Community + Celebration: Meet historic communities and celebrate your own.  Voices + Change: Discover the power words have to change the world with museum stories about activism!    Family + Culture: Learn about and celebrate different kinds of families and cultures.  For a quality and engaging educational experience for students, we only allow one class to register per time slot. Classes may join the program via individual devices from home… Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Registration Required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1021253/classroom-connections-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Join the Curator: Artist Talk with Anawana Haloba

Talks and Lectures Register here: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FV7RoEjpROCDB0H01mfQYg Join curators Karen Milbourne and Carol Huh and artist Anawana Haloba in a discussion about “AfricAsian” intersections in three of Haloba’s recent projects. Melding visual art and material culture with poetry and sound, Haloba probes the fraught dynamics of colonialism, globalization, power, and resistance. As a 2013 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow, Haloba examined the role of women in African and Caribbean liberation movements. Her ongoing practice is invested in post-independence sociopolitical realities in their evolving complexity, including, notably, the role of China in the Zambian economy and nation building, which she explored in her 2016 installation A Dragon King at Sleepy Pride Rock. This program is offered as part of The Studio, the National Museum of Asian Art’s contemporary art virtual space.  Anawana Haloba (b. 1978, Livingstone, Zambia) lives and works in Oslo, Norway, and Livingstone, Zambia. She is a… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Creative Griots

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversational journey with a museum docent.  You’ll discover how identity, politics, and creativity are articulated through African American performance, music, cultural expressions, and the visual arts. We will explore the ways African Americans have harnessed these elements to fuel social change while creating a vibrant culture that extends to the African Diaspora. Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Visual Arts. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_X6FqGOf6RJuhpNdNVh4Vdg. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

NMAAHC Kids: Classroom Connections

Ongoing Tours & Activities Classroom Connections, Designed for: Students K-2nd Grade About this Program: Classroom Connections experiences are live virtual school programs designed for Kindergarten, First and Second Grade students and teachers. Led by a NMAAHC educator, each 45 minute session includes engaging conversations about history and objects from the Museum collection, an interactive story time and an art project.  Classroom Connections offers 4 program themes teachers can choose from:  Diversity + Unity: Learn how our differences can make us stronger with adventurous museum stories!  Community + Celebration: Meet historic communities and celebrate your own.  Voices + Change: Discover the power words have to change the world with museum stories about activism!    Family + Culture: Learn about and celebrate different kinds of families and cultures.  For a quality and engaging educational experience for students, we only allow one class to register per time slot. Classes may join the program via individual devices from home… Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Registration Required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/e/1021253/classroom-connections-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM.

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

One-Time Events Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues. How does artwork build empathy and open the possibilities for connecting people near and far? Together with our co-hosts from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, we will explore this key question in relationship to a 1992 print called Untitled (for Jeff) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and a 2013 painting called The Botanist by Hung Liu. Free—Registration required. The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants via Eventbrite 12-24 hours in advance of the program. Each participant must register separately. We will only allow participants into the meeting if their names (and email addresses) are on the registration list. The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are… Sponsor: Portrait Gallery. Venue: Portrait Gallery. Event Location: Online via Zoom. Cost: Free-- registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/in-dialogue-smithsonian-objects-and-social-justice-tickets-192423532967?aff=ebdsoporgprofile. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM.

A Whirlwind History of the English Language

Resident Associate Program Why and how do living languages change? The answer, in a word, is fascinating. Linguist and English language historian Anne Curzan leads a lively tour across the language’s shifting landscape, from Beowulf to blogging. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252768?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

Thomas Eakins: Working from Life

Resident Associate Program Thomas Eakins spent a lifetime on a quest to create the most accurate portrayal of the human figure. Art critic and author Judy Pomeranz examines the life of this exceptional American painter and his impact on the course of art history. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit). Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252759?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM.

Valentine's Day Bouquets: A Floral Workshop with Sarah von Pollaro (In Person)

Resident Associate Program Celebrate Valentine’s Day and learn the fundamentals of floral design with designer Sarah von Pollaro. Modern-day romantics create a one-of-a-kind arrangement to gift to a loved one (or keep for themselves) as they enjoy champagne, strawberries, and chocolates. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Venue: S. Dillon Ripley Center. Event Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center 1100 Jefferson Dr SW. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252902?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Workshops. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM.

Genomic Politics: Scientific Breakthroughs, Polarizing Controversies

Resident Associate Program The emergence of genomic science in the last quarter century has revolutionized medicine, the justice system, and our understanding of who we are. Harvard University professor Jennifer Hochschild examines its politically charged and hotly contested issues. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252899?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 6:45 PM – 8:15 PM.

Virtual Handi-hour

One-Time Events Have you ever ripped the knee of your favorite jeans or torn the sleeve of a beloved jacket? Instead of throwing away these prized items, learn how to make your own unique appliqué patch to fix and personalize your favorite outfit! Register now for this virtual Handi-hour and enjoy step-by-step instruction from SAAM’s at home crafting expert Gloria Kenyon. Learn how to create your own appliqué patch with scraps of fabric, fusible interfacing, and embroidery thread. No sewing machine is required. A full supply list will be provided upon registration.  Image credit: G. Kenyon. Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free | Registration required via Eventbrite. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/virtual-handi-hour-tickets-227082488837?aff=FebHandihourTrumba. Categories: After Five. Demonstrations. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: Captioning. Thursday, February 10, 2022, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM.

Joyful Fridays: Maya Angelou

Ongoing Tours & Activities Joyful Fridays: Maya Angelou, Designed for children ages 4 and up Maya Angelou showed us that kindness and expressing gratitude are important parts of our everyday wellness! Learn more about this inspiring poet and create a rainbow collage craft as a reminder to “be a rainbow in someone else’s cloud” during this special Black History Month children’s program. All Black History Month Joyful Fridays programs are held via Zoom webinar and led by NMAAHC Kids educators. ASL Interpretation will be provided.   More Information: Registered guests will receive an email with Zoom information, a list of supplies needed and recommended resources on the Monday before the program. Live Stream & Recordings: Join the livestream or watch the recorded program on the NMAAHC UStream page. PDFs with a list of supplies, project steps and recommended resources are available here. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE. Registration required. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.etix.com/ticket/p/4447272/joyful-fridaysmaya-angelou-washington-national-museum-of-african-american-history-culture-early-childhood-education. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Accessibility: ASL-interpreted program. Friday, February 11, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

Creative Instagram Content: Habits for Success

Resident Associate Program Discover how to make a content calendar full of ideas that reflect your business mission; create on-brand templates for Instagram posts, carousels, stories, and reels covers using Canva; make and edit video content including reels, GIFs, and animations using Canva; and create stop-motion videos using the Lifelapse app. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252826?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, February 11, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Fridays at Noon with Eric Hintz

Resident Associate Program In this members-only series led by veteran arts educator Roberta Gasbarre and to mark National Inventors’ Day, historian Eric Hintz of the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation surveys the unique challenges faced by individual inventors in today’s world of corporations and teams of market-driven creators. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/253066?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Friday, February 11, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Friday, February 11, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

Community + Conversation with a Docent, Freedom Struggles

Ongoing Tours & Activities Virtual visitors have an opportunity to engage in a conversation with museum docents. American slavery and American freedom is a shared history. Through powerful objects and first-person accounts, visitors connect to the past and hear about the actions of ordinary men and women demanding freedom and transforming our nation.   Our virtual guided programs are a wonderful way for adults and college students to enjoy the museum from home, in the office, or at school and to participate in a fun and interactive learning environment. Using the online meeting platform Zoom, participants can examine and respond to objects in the museum. To participate in this program, you must have access to a device with Zoom capabilities (including a microphone, speaker, and camera) and a reliable internet connection. Exhibition Experience:  Slavery and Freedom. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: This program is free for participants. Registration is required as space is limited to 50 guests. . Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ABuzBXopT3mKwfGUCJWjzA. Categories: Gallery Talks & Tours. Webcasts & Online. Friday, February 11, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit smithsonian.zoom.us.

Palestinian Embroidery, Storytelling, and Resilience

Resident Associate Program Palestinian embroidery, or tatreez, is centuries-old textile art traditionally passed from mother to daughter over a cup of tea. Explore the history and evolution of traditional costuming, the transformation of the art form, and the preservation and study of Palestinian embroidery today. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252827?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Friday, February 11, 2022, 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM.

Luce Unplugged 10th Anniversary Virtual Concert with Oh He Dead

One-Time Events The Smithsonian American Art Museum is celebrating ten years of Luce Unplugged, the concert series beloved by local musicians across the DMV! Join us for a special virtual anniversary concert featuring a performance by DC-based indie soul-sensation Oh He Dead. Led by Cynthia “C. J.” Johnson and Andy Valenti, Oh He Dead embodies the innovation and independent spirit that we love from DC's vibrant music scene. Jam out as the band combines classic R & B influences with poignant lyrics and celebrate a decade of music at SAAM. Check out our Luce Unplugged anniversary page and enjoy performance recordings, interviews, and special content highlighting the amazing local musicians who have performed in SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center as part of this popular concert series. Photo by Oscar Merrida IV. Sponsor: Smithsonian American Art Museum. Co-sponsor: Hometown Sounds. Venue: American Art Museum. Event Location: Online Only. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/luce-unplugged-10th-anniversary-virtual-concert-with-oh-he-dead-tickets-228470660897?aff=LU10ConcertTrumba. Categories: After Five. Webcasts & Online. Performances. Accessibility: Audio description. Friday, February 11, 2022, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM.

Shanghai Quartet: Tan Dun’s Feng–Ya–Song (Ballad –Hymn –Song), introduced by composer Tan Dun

Performances Registration link coming soon! Hear the first string quartet by Tan Dun, who won an Academy Award for his soundtrack to Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, newly revised for the Shanghai Quartet and performed online, with an introduction by the composer in honor of Lunar New Year. Tan Dun wrote the quartet in 1982, shortly after Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution but at a time when the government still shunned any art not officially sanctioned by the Communist Party. Labeled “spiritual pollution” during the regime’s crackdown on the arts, the piece nevertheless launched Tan Dun’s storied international career. It led to his Oscar in 2001 and to the 2006 premiere of his opera The First Emperor at New York’s Metropolitan Opera House, featuring Placido Domingo in the starring role and staged by film director Zhang Yimou. Now the composer has updated his early piece, titled Feng–Ya–Song (Ballad–Hymn–Ode), reminding audiences that music can serve as a bridge between two cultures, as he originally intended. This program… Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Categories: Performances. Webcasts & Online. Friday, February 11, 2022, 7:00 PM.

Oaxaca: Crossroads of a Continent

Resident Associate Program The state of Oaxaca in Mexico, and its eponymous Spanish colonial capital city, have been important cultural crossroads from pre-Columbian times to the present day. Learn about its rich cultural history, from the domestication of maize corn more than 10, 000 years ago to Oaxaca’s emergence as a contemporary international cultural center. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252769?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, February 12, 2022, 9:30 AM – 12:15 PM.

Handmade Cards: All Occasions

Resident Associate Program Create simply elegant greeting cards while learning tips and techniques of card making. The workshop focuses on card construction,  sentiments, foreground, background, and embellishments—all components of unique personalized cards. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252828?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Saturday, February 12, 2022, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Fruit of the Earth: Using Deed Records to Uncover Your Ancestors with Robyn Smith

One-Time Events Deed records are one of the best collections for researching family history, but their legal language can intimidate even seasoned researchers. In this session genealogist Robyn Smith describes how deed records can identify multiple generations of a family and reveal the social history of a community. This program will also include a discussion with Ebonie Alexander, Director of the Black Family Land Trust. Robyn has been researching her family and others for over 25 years. An engineer by day, Robyn specializes in Maryland, Court Records, and Slavery research and has lectured widely at regional and national conferences. She writes extensively and for more than ten years has authored a popular genealogy teaching blog called Reclaiming Kin. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Virtual. Cost: Free, Registration Recommended. Get Tickets or Register: https://eventactions.com/eareg.aspx?ea=Rsvp&invite=g27xhs1v59d3ufekh13w5xc0gx8z9zmep9dd2g1789bz2xmdmgf8. Categories: Lectures & Discussions. Webcasts & Online. Saturday, February 12, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM. For more info visit video.ibm.com.

Botanical Gardens World Tour: Betty Ford Alpine Gardens and Western Australia Botanic Garden

Resident Associate Program Indulge in a colorful midwinter escape as horticultural experts lead a series of virtual visits that highlight the beauty of notable botanical gardens. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This program spotlights the Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in the Colorado Rockies and Western Australia Botanic Garden.</span>. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252954?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Sunday, February 13, 2022, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM.

Virtual Story Time with the National Postal Museum

Ongoing Tours & Activities Join educators from the National Postal Museum for live, interactive story time. Designed for children ages 3-6, but all are welcome! Mondays at 11:00 (EDT) National Postal Museum educators will read stories aloud and lead related activities in a Zoom meeting for children and their caregivers. Explore a range of postal-related topics and more! Sessions will be interactive and last approximately 45 minutes. Caregivers are expected to be present with children for the duration of the program. Sponsor: Postal Museum. Venue: Postal Museum. Event Location: Online Only. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-the-national-postal-museum-registration-141338917507. Online Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-time-with-the-national-postal-museum-registration-141338917507. Categories: Kids & Families. Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 14, 2022, 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM.

Lunchtime with a Curator: Decorative Arts Design Series

Resident Associate Program Join curator Elizabeth Lay and her expert guests for an image-rich lunchtime lecture series focusing on fascinating decorative arts and design topics. <span style="color: #e74c3c;">This session spotlights 17th and 18th century embroidered textiles in England and the American colonies.</span> Part of a 3-session Decorative Arts winter series. Sponsor: Smithsonian Associates. Event Location: This program is part of our Smithsonian Associates Streaming series. Cost: Click here to view prices. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/252959?utm_source=SI-Trumba-Calendar&utm_medium=SIWeb&utm_campaign=2021FY-Trumba-SA-ev&utm_content=SA-Trumba-event&tmssource=254086. Categories: Workshops. Monday, February 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Workshops Register and join the sessions here Meditation helps us build a relationship to a place of inner quietude. Whether you’re a beginner or a skilled practitioner, join us for free, 30-minute online meditation sessions three times each week led by DC-based meditation teachers. The practice of meditation is rooted in a variety of Asian spiritual traditions. Each month, we will use a different theme as a lens through which to explore these traditions. Friday sessions include inspiration from art in the museum collections as well as appearances by special guest teachers and artists. All are welcome! No previous experience is required. Meet our meditation teachers: Aparna Sadananda and Philip Bender. Image: Landscape: autumn and winter, Hishikawa Sōri, Japan, Edo period, late 18th–early 19th century, color, ink and gold on paper, Gift of Charles Lang Freer, Freer Gallery of Art, F1906.234. Sponsor: Asian Art Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: Free. Get Tickets or Register: https://smithsonian.zoom.us/meeting/register/u5YscuGprjIjQbviGSRDT8R4YRes8_sN6g. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Workshops. Monday, February 14, 2022, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM.

History Alive! Coming Home: African Americans Returning from World War II

One-Time Events After victory in World War II, Black veterans continued the fight for freedom at home. History Alive! Coming Home explores stories and artifacts that reflect the economy, health care, education, housing, and political process for military veterans in the aftermath of WWII. Our living history interpreter tells the story of how those engaged in the military made their service useful not only for the good of their country, but to benefit both their personal lives and their community. Additional Information:  John W. McCaskill brings dynamic public speaking presentations in Washington, DC and across the country.  To authenticate his living history presentations, he adorns period attire for colonial, WWII/Army Air Corps Tuskegee Airmen, and Civil War U.S. Colored Troops, World War I, Reconstruction, Buffalo Soldier, and the 1960’s Civil Rights period. Sponsor: African American History and Culture Museum. Venue: African American History and Culture Museum. Event Location: Online. Cost: FREE, No tickets or registration required. Online Link: https://video.ibm.com/channel/zCPF4U3hFPc. Categories: Webcasts & Online. Monday, February 14, 2022, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM. For more info visit video.ibm.com.