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August 2017

Africa in Reel Time
Maami

August 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 19, 2017 2 p.m. Image courtesy Mainframe Film and TelevisionAs a part of the Africa in Reel Time series, join the National Museum of African Art for a screening of Maami (dir. Tunde Kelani, 2011, Nigeria, 93 min., Yoruba with English subtitles). Based on the Nigerian novel of the same name, Maami unfolds over two days leading up to the 2010 World Cup as professional soccer player Kashimawo (Wole Ojo) thinks back on his painful childhood. In particular, he…

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September 2017
Workshop Wednesday

Workshop Wednesdays
Bead Making

September 6 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 20 1:30–3:30 p.m. Throughout Africa, people have long utilized colorful, distinct beads to adorn their bodies and to express identity and status. Create your own version of the paper beads crafted in many African villages. Then, string them together to create a unique piece of jewelry! This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from trained teachers. Stay for as little…

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Workshop Wednesdays
The Big Draw

September 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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1:30-3:30 p.m. Space is limited; register by calling 202.633.4632 Join us at the National Museum of African Art to beat the heat and engage with art! Receive a brief introduction on African art and drawing fundamentals from the museum’s curator of education Deborah Stokes. Then, be guided through our African Mosaic exhibition to get inspired by original works of art and sketch your own masterpiece. Meet at the museum’s information desk at 1:30 p.m. to get started. All materials will…

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Haitian Youth Choir and Ensemble

September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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September 22, 2017 1–2 p.m. Enid A. Haupt Garden Photograph courtesy St. Philip’s Church, Charleston, South CarolinaJoin us for an outdoor concert from the Haitian Youth Choir of Port-au-Prince! This children’s vocal choir, accompanied by a seven-piece string ensemble, will perform Haitian folk and sacred music in the Smithsonian’s historic Enid A. Haupt Garden. Enjoy Haiti’s rich musical traditions while drawing awareness to the country’s ongoing rebuilding effort and need for assistance. Free and open to the public

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October 2017

African Art Open House

October 14 @ 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 14, 2017 11 a.m.–10 p.m. The Freer|Sackler Galleries are reopening, and we’re celebrating! As a part of IlluminAsia, the National Museum of African Art will host a full day—and night!—of programming exploring the connections between Africa and Asia. Freer|Sackler will reopen beginning at 6 p.m., but come by African Art next door early for storytelling, a henna station, a fun workshop just for kids, and docent-led tours throughout the day. Then, stick around for an incredible evening of art,…

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Workshop Wednesdays
Abstract Script Compositions with Uli Designs

October 18 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 18, 2017 1:30–3:30 p.m. Get inspired by art, old and new! Participants will first learn about uli, a traditional Igbo art form was created by women to decorate their bodies and the outside walls of their houses, and about the Nsukka Group, an artists’ movement that looked to uli and its fluid lines and symbols to inspire their contemporary practice. Then, paint your own masterpiece onto fabric. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop…

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A Celebration of Maasai Culture

October 21 @ 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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October 21, 2017 2–5 p.m. Photograph by Walter CrookJoin the National Museum of African Art for an incredible immersive afternoon of Maasai dancing, storytelling, and music! Visiting Maasai herdsman, warriors, and crafters will perform their famous “jumping dance” and multipart harmonies. They will also share stories new and old through traditional storytelling and a documentary on the contemporary life of their community. Maasai artisans will guide a special workshop on bead-making, giving you a chance to get in on the…

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November 2017

Community Day

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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November 4, 2017 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Fun for adults, teens, and children Games • Book Signing • Tours • Storytelling • Music • Face Painting • Stilt Walkers • Henna Designs • Surprises Visionary: Viewpoints on Africa’s Arts Featuring over 300 works of art, Visionary offers broad thematic connections between African artworks from across the range of time, place, and media held in the museum’s collection. 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. Tours of the newly installed permanent collection. Join…

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Workshop Wednesdays
Looking for Contours

November 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Lynette Yiadom-Boakyeb. 1977, EnglandWomanology 122014Oil on canvas180.3 × 160 cm (71 × 63 in.)Museum purchase, 2015-5-1Photograph by Franko KhouryNovember 15, 2017 1:30–3:30 p.m. Get focused! Use provided viewfinders to zero in on an object in the museum and learn how to look out for contour lines. Participants will record the contours of a selected piece to take back to the studio and use as inspiration for a one-of-kind work of art! This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s…

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December 2017

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 9 @ 10:30 am - 4:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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December 9, 2017 10:20 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Photograph by Zama Cook, 2016Celebrate Kwanzaa, harvest time, and new beginnings at African Art! Discover the festival’s history and themes through art and workshops. A beautiful altar will honor the holiday, the children’s division of the KanKouran West African Dance Company will perform, and museum docents will lead special family tours of the collection. Young visitors will also get the chance to learn their own dance from KanKouran instructors! 10:20 a.m., 12 p.m. Family…

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