Gallery Openings and Events

February Events at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.


Sunday 7, 11, 14 11:00 am & 2pm
Twelve Years Tours to Treasure
Families enjoy a docent-led tour of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington (1963-1975). Afterwards kids can go on a self-guided treasure hunt with an exhibition family guide to test their knowledge. They’ll receive a free gift for completing the hunt. Each Tours to Treasure program lasts approximately 60 minutes; recommended for families and children (6 years and up). Tours are offered at 11am and 2pm.

Saturday 13, 10:00 am
Artist Studio Tour
Ride the museum shuttle and visit local artists in their homes and studios. Artists include Akili Ron Anderson (sculptor, mixed media, painter) and Joanna Banks (collector). $10 transportation fee.

Thursday 18, 10:30 am
Community and Collection Talk: The Spiral Collective
ACM Collections Manager, Josh Gorman gives an overview of the museum’s Spiral Collective exhibition then leads a tour and Q&A in the permanent collection gallery. See actual works from artists who were part of this collective including Romare Bearden, Hale Woodruff, Charles Alston, Norman Lewis, Alvin Hollingsworth and others.

Saturday 20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Annual Mardi Gras Family Festival
Enjoy live entertainment, face painting, mask making, storytelling, a second-line parade, and art activities for the kids at this popular annual museum event. Attendees also can participate in the popular Art of Adornment workshop with artist and entrepreneur Januwa Moja-Nelson. Get a complimentary picture of yourself dressed in Januwa’s individual designs. Those interested in the Adornment workshop should sign up on a first-come, first-served basis upon arrival.

Sunday 21, 2:00 pm
Artist Talk with Barbara Frank and Cynthia Bickley-Green
Join influential artists Barbara Frank and Cynthia Bickley-Green as they talk about their careers as artists as well as their reflections on the 1972 Conference of Women in the Arts which was held at the Corcoran Gallery. The conference proved to be a watershed moment for women artists, and was a rallying cry in support of the growing women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This program will be held in the main exhibition gallery.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.