March Events at Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

By Editorial Team on March 2, 2016
Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.
Photo courtesy of Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum.

Saturday 5, 11:00 am
Quilting Art Workshop
Do you have a drawer or chest full of t-shirts, some from the 60s and 70s that you will never wear again but can’t seem to throw away? Find 6 or 8 of these treasured mementos and bring them to a workshop where you will learn how to make a template. Learn basic cutting and basting techniques and design a quilt to completion. Bring photos connected to the shirts to share. No sewing experience required. This workshop, led by artisan Dianne Dale is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975.

Sunday 6, 11:00 am and 12:00 pm
Tour and Performance: Remembering Marion Barry
In recognition of Marion Barry’s birthday, and in conjunction with the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington, 1963-1975, the museum is offering two, special docent-led tours of the exhibition at 11am and noon. Barry was a guiding force in the District who came to national prominence when he was elected mayor of Washington, DC–the first prominent civil rights activist to become chief executive of a major American city.

There will also be a special musical performance by Cuban Hip Hop artists Obsesione (pictured) at 1pm in the program room. This dynamic duo of Magia Lopez and Alexy Rodriguez have been writing and playing music since 1996 and are considered to be one of the most notable hip hop artists in Cuba. Magia and Alexy (aka El tipo este) live and work in Regia, an industrial suburban neighborhood east of Havana.

Note: When registering, specify which tour you want, 11am or noon

Saturday 12, 10:00 am
Artist Studio Tour
Ride the museum shuttle and visit local artists in their homes and studios. Artists include Viola Leak (mixed media, painter), Bernie Brooks (painter) and Gwen Aqui (quilter). $10 transportation fee.

Saturday 12, 11:00 am
Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day Live!
Celebrate Smithsonian Museum Day! Using different color chalk sticks, families can decorate the sidewalks leading to the entrance of the museum with their own original portraits of inspirational women or color in history. All materials will be provided. The activity will be led by artist and educator Jay Coleman. Participants will be assisted with their drawings by volunteer 8th grade students interested in museum careers from Excel Academy. Excel Academy is Washington’s first public charter school for girls.

Sunday 15, 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.

Sunday 20, 2:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Voices United! Women’s Rights Movment 1960s and 1970s
Join in on this engaging discussion moderated by curator Marjorie Lightman and featuring panelists who were active participants in the growing women’s rights movement of the 1960s and 1970s. This program is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington: 1963-1975, and in recognition of March Women’s History Month. Program will be located in the main exhibition gallery.

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