The National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th Anniversary on Tuesday, June. 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The museum opens its doors in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Visitors of all ages may experience special performances and events intended to inspire them to learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through music, dance, film and art. This event is free and all day.
Schedule of Events
10:00 a.m. Doors open. Happy Birthday book on display for public to sign – Pavilion
10:30 a.m. Docent led highlight tour
11:45.a.m. Docent led highlight tour
11:30 a.m. Farafina Kan – drummers, stilt walkers – Outside museum
12:00 – 5:00 p.m. Henna painting with Henna by Hadia – Outside museum
Photo Op for those who love African fashion. Fashions for kids and their families. Get creative with clothing from our education collection. All day “Wrappers and Robes, Tunics and Toppers” – Take your photo in traditional African clothing – in Pavilion
12:00 p.m. Smithsonian Institution Secretary G. Wayne Clough visits museum
Congressman John Conyers presents Congressional Announcement to National Museum of African Art
Official 50th photos of NMAfA staff, National Museum of African Art advisory board members, directors and docents past and present, friends of the museum, diplomatic corps
Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director of the National Museum of African Art leads 50th Anniversary toast with birthday cupcakes and refreshments
1:00 p.m. Docent led highlight tour
1:00 – 3:00 p.m. Workshop – Create a basket, inspired by the weaving crafts from Sierra Leone and Liberia – workshop room, Sublevel 2
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. Farafina Kan – drummers and dancers – Pavilion level
2:30 p.m. Docent led highlight tour
3:45 – 4:00 p.m. Farafina Kan – drummers and dancers – lead public to talk – Mezzanine level
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. “Tell Your Story” – 50 Years of the National Museum of African Art – Mezzanine level
Featuring Johnnetta Betsch Cole, director the National Museum of African Art; Lydia Puccinelli and Asif Shaik of the Warren Robbins Center for Cross Cultural Communication and Bryna Freyer, curator the National Museum of African Art
Hosted by Michel Martin, host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tell Me More.
NMAfA publications showcasing the history and works of the museum will be on public display throughout the day on the Mezzanine level.
An activity direction card will be available at the museum visitor desk.