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National Museum of African Art

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950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
202.633.4600 africa.si.edu
National Museum of African Art
National Museum of African Art

April 2019

Mimouna: A Festival of Good Neighbors

April 28 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Clockwise from top left: Uri Manor, courtesy Sephardic Heritage International DC; John Murchison; Jake Shauli, courtesy Sephardic Heritage International DC; Uri Manor, courtesy Sephardic Heritage International DC)April 28, 2019 1:30–3:30 p.m. Come celebrate good neighbors with African Art. Mimouna is a festival based on Moroccan narratives of unity, commemoration, goodwill, and friendship. Enjoy Gnawa music—a mix of classical Islamic beats and traditional African rhythms—performed by Ismail Bouzidoune and the Ensemble Fanaa. The Gnawa were brought to Morocco from sub-Saharan Africa…

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May 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Looking for Contours

May 1 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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May 1 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Look through a viewfinder to focus in on a particular part of an artwork on exhibit. The contour lines observed through the viewfinder will be recorded and used as inspiration for a painting. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from…

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A Sense of Sañse

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Model wearing ensemble by fashion designer Oumou Sy commissioned by the National Museum of African ArtMacoumba N’Diaye (Mak Informatique)May 3, 2019 7–9 p.m. Come share your style as we celebrate the Senegalese concept of sañse—the practice of dressing up, or looking and feeling good. Tour the exhibition Good as Gold before six fashion designers from the DC Fashion Foundation showcase their creations. Designers Mertine Moore Brown Shantae Flowers Nikki Hendricks Shari Henry Khrys Kelly Almira Wilson Presented in conjunction with…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Creating with African Textile

May 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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May 15 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Discover the incredible diversity and richness of Africa’s textiles and symbols. Then, select a symbol to create a pattern for your one-of-a-kind design. You can even add a favorite keepsake to our creation. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from…

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June 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – The Eyes Have It

June 5 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 5 
@ 1:30-3:30 p.m. 
Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult 
First come, first served Learn about the art of the kingdom of Benin and how its artists used a stylized African eye motif throughout their sculpture. Then, breakdown the shapes of this traditional design element to create your own contemporary abstract work of art. Emphasis will be placed on the elements of art—line, shape, color, and texture—and the principles of balance, rhythm, emphasis, and harmony. This…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Card Design with Adinkra Symbols

June 19 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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June 19 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Adinkra symbols, visual representations of concepts and proverbs developed by the Akan peoples of Ghana, were originally used on funerary cloths by royalty and wealthy individuals to pay tribute to the legacy of the deceased. Today, they are used extensively as decorative elements in textiles and design. Join graphic artist and designer Sharmila Karamchandani to learn about adinkra symbols before incorporating them…

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July 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Elegant Amulets

July 3 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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July 3 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Throughout Africa, amulets, decorated pouches, and charms are worn to bring good fortune or protect their owners. Learn more about this ancient tradition and create your own to ensure well-being. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from trained teachers. Stay…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Egyptian Culinary Arts

July 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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July 17 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Egypt is not only famous for pyramids and ancient history but also for the amazing food influenced by the convergence of several civilizations in the region. Join gourmet chef Aida Mady as she shares her love and indigenous knowledge of Egypt’s culinary arts. Learn about the use and health benefits of traditional spices before making a special dessert. This workshop is presented…

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August 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Metal Maskettes

August 7 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 7 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served African maskettes—smaller yet similar to larger masks made in a specific region—often decorated household and utilitarian items such as vessels, doors, walls, house posts, shields, knives, drums, headrests, chairs, staffs, and jewelry. Participants select their favorite mask and create a maskette using thin metal, and repoussé and embossing techniques. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays.…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Lotions ’n Soaps with African Butters

August 21 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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August 21 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Create a unique, specially scented lotion or soap using pure African shea and cocoa butters along with other plants native to Africa as you learn about their beneficial nutrients. This workshop is presented as part of the museum’s series of Workshop Wednesdays. Every first and third Wednesday of the month, stop by the museum for drop-in classes from trained teachers. Stay for…

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September 2019

Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Pendants that Please

September 4 @ 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 4 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Throughout Africa, pendants of varying intricacy, material, symbolism, and meaning reflect individual cultures and regions. Pendants and charms are not only a way of “dressing up” and feeling elegant, but also indicate one’s status, bring good fortune, and protect their owners. Examine the complex designs of the various jewelry and metal objects on exhibit before creating a piece of your own. This…

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Workshop Wednesdays 2019 – Card Design with Adinkra Symbols

September 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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September 18 @ 1:30-3:30 p.m. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult First come, first served Adinkra symbols, visual representations of concepts and proverbs developed by the Akan peoples of Ghana, were originally used on funerary cloths by royalty and wealthy individuals to pay tribute to the legacy of the deceased. Today, they are used extensively as decorative elements in textiles and design. Join graphic artist and designer Sharmila Karamchandani to learn about adinkra symbols before incorporating them…

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