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June 2017

DanceAfrique

June 15, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 15, 2017 12–3 p.m. Photograph courtesy of Amaka IgbonezimGet in the groove—kick off summer and celebrate Black Music Month through the rhythm of dance! Join us as instructor Amaka Igbonezim leads DanceAfrique, a workshop exploring the incredible richness of African dance and music. Discover a variety of dance movements from the continent, as well as the stories and inspirations behind them. Register through Eventbrite. Free and open to the public

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I Am Africa Portrait Day

June 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 17, 2017 6:30–9:30 p.m. Photograph courtesy of Aleme TadesseJoin the National Museum of African Art for an evening of painting and Ethiopian jazz under the summer skies! Begin your evening with a guided tour of the exhibition African Mosaic, which showcases the museum’s diverse and dazzling collection of African arts. After you’ve been inspired by the beauty and variety of African art, head out the Enid A. Haupt Garden to paint your self-portrait. Use your portrait to consider questions…

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August 2017

Global Teen Heritage STEAMulus Day

August 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 5, 2017 1–5 p.m. Pre-register to guarantee your spot at 202.633.4646 Day-of registration opens at 12:30 p.m. Photograph courtesy Gathoni KamauGet inspired as you explore the intersection of art and technology! Our STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) day kicks off with an opportunity for teens to talk to experts in STEAM fields and with peers from the Caribbean, southern Africa, western Africa, and right here in Washington, D.C. Then, a live DJ spins while students from around the…

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September 2017

Haitian Youth Choir and Ensemble

September 22, 2017 @ 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, 2017 @ 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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A Celebration of Maasai Culture

October 21, 2017 @ 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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December 2017

Kwanzaa Celebration

December 9, 2017 @ 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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June 2018

Africa Beteseb (Family) Portrait Day

June 16 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Photograph courtesy Victor OdworiJune 16, 2018 6–9 p.m. Join the National Museum of African Art for an evening of painting and beautiful Malian music under the summer skies! Start by getting inspired during a guided tour of World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean. This exhibition particularly highlights the personal, including home architecture and gorgeous articles of adornment. A wide range of fun studio photography demonstrates the cross-cultural influences in Swahili cultures and the incredible diversity of…

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Solstice Saturday

June 23 @ 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 23 5:30 p.m.–midnight Celebrate the 2018 summer solstice at this special after-hours event, with museums open until midnight across the Smithsonian. As the stars align above the National Museum of African Art, experience the art and cultures of Africa through outdoor performances, art activities, unique tours, and late-night access to our exhibitions. Take one of our pop-up tours (20 min.) and discover how artists from Africa look to the skies for a galaxy of inspiration! DJ KWERK will be…

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July 2018

Mosaic Medley
Performance by Gran’Mah

July 17 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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July 17, 2018 1–2:30 p.m. Photograph courtesy Gran’MahLike a colorful mosaic made from a thousand pieces of brilliant glass, African Mosaic takes its shape from a dazzling spectrum of art that reflects the diversity and outstanding quality of Africa’s arts in all media. This exhibition of the museum’s permanent collection includes a wide array of incredible art, from paintings to sculptures, flashy jewelry demonstrates Inspired by African Mosaic, get your groove on and join us for a performance from Mozambique’s…

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