Gallery Openings and Events

December Events at Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum

The Anacostia Community Museum. Image by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Kwanzaa Celebration with All-Day Arts & Crafts
Thursday, December 28 from 10:30am – 2:30pm
Celebrate Kwanzaa with all-day arts and crafts at the museum.

Register online or call 202.633.4844.

Film and Discussion: The Guestworker (2006; 45 min)
In Spanish with English subtitles
Friday, December 15 from 11am – 12pm
This engaging documentary chronicles the life of Candelario, a seasonal farm worker who has been going between Mexico and the United States for 40 years harvesting crops and trying to provide for his family. Without benefits, without retirement, he battles against the elements, his own age, and the backbreaking work.

Ciro Parascandola and Lauren Berstein from the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service (USCIS) will facilitate the post-film discussion and explain how the federal government’s H2-A Visa and guest worker program operates.

Watch the film trailer here.

Register online or call 202.633.4844.

Kwanzaa Celebration with Nana Malaya Rucker, “The Dancing Diplomat & Nubian”
Tuesday, December 26 from 11am – 1pm
This exciting family program combines the masterful skills of dance, music, storytelling and more by Nana Malaya Rucker, “The Dancing Diplomat” with plenty of audience participation and African percussive instruments. The program includes introducing the audience to the history of Kwanzaa, its seven guiding principles and associated symbols, songs, dances and customs.

Since the age of 16, Rucker has brought African-centered folklore to life through spoken word and dance. Her craft for telling stories in this manner has taken her around the world. This program is FREE and open to everyone! See Nana Malaya Rucker performing Funga Alafia at the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC here.

This program will take place at the Fort Stanton Recreation Center, located one block from the museum at 1812 Erie St SE.

Register online or call 202.633.4844.

Kwanzaa Celebration with Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers
Wednesday, December 27 from 11am – 12:30pm
Celebrate Kwanzaa with a lively performance by Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Drummers and Dancers (pictured). Melvin Deal is the Founding Executive Artistic Director of the African Heritage Dancers and Drummers and has worked tirelessly in addressing issues of violence, delinquency and dysfunctional lifestyles and abuse in African-American communities. A graduate of Howard University, Deal is an accomplished dancer, musician, choreographer, researcher, and arts educator.

Watch a performance of Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers and Drummers in rehearsal here.

This program will take place at the Fort Stanton Recreation Center, located one block from the museum at 1812 Erie St SE.

Register online or call 202.633.4844.