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May 2017

House of Gems
A Living Art Salon

May 13, 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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Photograph courtesy of Mia, 2016May 13, 2017 12–3 p.m. Witness our galleries come to life before your eyes! Inspired by the beauty and intricacy of objects from the exhibition African Mosaic, Mia will adorn live models with her signature facecreations. Then the models will join their muses in the gallery, creating a one-of-a-kind tableu. Watch as artworks transform into real-time creations, and get in on the action with calligraphy and henna stations. Snap a selfie in a 3-D photobooth from…

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July 2017

The Art of the Masquerade: An Artist-in-Residence Miniseries

July 13, 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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July 13 and 14, 2017 12–3 p.m. Discover firsthand the art of the masquerade! In diverse regions across Africa and the world, masquerade plays a vital role for communities, often marking cultural or spiritual milestones. Join us for live demonstrations of these incredible art forms! The Liberia-founded and Maryland-based Dehkontee Artists Theatre, Inc., will perform masquerades inspired by Mande- and Kwa-speaking groups from Côte d’Ivoire, Guinea, Liberia, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone. This is an opportunity you won’t want to miss!…

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August 2017

World Elephant Day

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 12, 2017 Kongo artist, Loango coast, CongoTuskc. 1860Ivory72.4 x 14.6 x 6 cm (28 1/2 x 5 3/4 x 2 3/8 in.)Museum purchase, 96-28-1Celebrate the extraordinary elephant at the National Museum of African Art! World Elephant Day is a global movement to support the conservation of these incredible creatures. Elephants and their ivories have inspired stories and art in many African cultures, and the museum wants to do its part to raise awareness about the largest land animal on…

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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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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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May 2018

Africa Day Celebration

May 30 @ 6:00 pm - 9:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 30, 2018 6–9:30 p.m. Observed in Africa and around the world, Africa Day commemorates the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963. Today, the OAU is known as the African Union (AU), and their Pan African Diaspora Women Association (AU|PADWA) is partnering with the National Museum of African Art for an incredible evening to celebrate Africa Day. Yinka Shonibare MBEb. 1962, EnglandBlack Gold I2006Acrylic paint on Dutch wax-printed cotton canvas330 x 673 cm (129…

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June 2018

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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August 2018

Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art Opens Its Doors for Community Day on Aug. 18

August 18 @ 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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The National Museum of African Art’s annual Community Day is Saturday, August 18, from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. This year’s community day is in celebration of the World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean exhibition currently on display. Visitors of all ages may experience special performances and events intended to inspire. Learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through fashion, crafts, song, dance, comedy, art, exhibition tours, and more. This event…

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