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October 2016

Voguing Masquerade Ball

October 15, 2016
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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March 2017

Spelman Glee Club

March 17 @ 12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Photograph courtesy Spelman College Glee Club March 17 12 p.m. National Museum of American History Flag Hall 14th St and Constitution Ave, NW Washington, D.C. 20001 Metro: Federal Triangle/Smithsonian Raise your voice and sing! Join the National Museum of African Art to celebrate Women’s History Month with the renowned Spelman College Glee Club. Gather in the National Museum of American History’s beautiful Flag Hall for an inspiring performance from this internationally recognized choral group. Co-sponsored with the Smithsonian National Museum…

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The Woman Who Would Be King
A Celebration of Women’s History Month

March 25 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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March 25, 2017 1 - 3 p.m. Play begins at 2 Lecture hall Photograph courtesy of Damon Hall BoothIn honor of Women’s History Month, the National Museum of African Art will celebrate one of history’s most incredible women and rulers of ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut—and strong women everywhere! Award-winning actor, writer, director, producer, and designer Esosa E. will perform her one-women show “The Woman Who Would Be King” (produced by Esosa E., Mansa Colabs, and Roselynn Lewis). Then, create hieroglyphic-inspired jewelry…

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April 2017

STEAM Tech Remix

April 8 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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April 8, 2017 1—3:30 p.m. RE-mix! Put the Art into STEM at the National Museum of African Art through poetry and jazz. After the successful launch of the museum’s new Connecting the Gems mobile app with STEAM Tech Night, we’re doing it again! April is National Poetry Month and Jazz Appreciation Month, and the museum is celebrating with performances from the Pepe Gonzalez Afro-Cuban/Latin Jazz Ensemble and D.C.-area teen poets sharing spoken word in our galleries. And don’t miss the…

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May 2017

House of Gems
A Living Art Salon

May 13 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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 @ 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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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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