Newsletter for May 29 to June 4, 2020 Newsletter for May 29 to June 4, 2020


No-Place Like the Future

The Austrian Embassy, the Austrian Cultural Forum in Washington DC and their sister organizations created the "No-Place Like the Future" project to bring together Austrian and American artists. Join the artists as they engage in a conversation about art and the current world. Based on dialogue, over 30 artists and educators including the California performance ensemble Musica Angelica and the Austrian orchestra Wiener Akadmie will embark on an artistic journey to create joint artwork. These video dialogues, accessible online, offer an opportunity to observe how the artists approach their work. See and discover how new art is created together.

Cultural Tourism DC, an independent, nonprofit organization, began celebrating DC.

WalkingTown DC is our longest-running program, thanks to the generosity of professional tour guides and people who are passionate about their neighborhoods. It spawned the 17 DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails, Art on Call, the transformation of abandoned fire and police call boxes to art installations, and the African American Heritage Trail with its 15 short tours. Over the years, Art4All DC, Passport DC, Embassy Chef Challenge, and Around the World Embassy Tour emerged from the imaginations of the board and staff. PorchFest is a neighborhood collaboration.

While some programs have come and gone, we remain solid supporters of DC's neighborhoods—great places to visit, work, and live. Take a walk. Make a discovery. Get ready to enjoy the District as it emerges from COVID-19.

Friday, May 29
Exhibit: A Piece of Her Mind
DAR Museum

Event: African American Surgeons in the Civil War
National Museum of Civil War Medicine

Event: Club de Lecture: Charlotte de David Foenkinos
Alliance Française

Event: Preserving Your Personal Archive - A Memory Lab Workshop
DC Public Library

Saturday, May 30
Film: The Case of Hana & Alice
Japan Information and Culture Center (JICC) 

Event: A Conversation with Uli Sigg and Michael Schindhelm
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art

Tour: Gardens and Building
Franciscan Monastery

Sunday, May 31
Film: Swing Kids

Korean Cultural Center

Exhibit: American Art on Postage Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Exhibit: American Origins
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Event: APA Film Festival: Award Winners Chat with Dewey Tron, Director of Programming
Fiesta Asia

Monday, June 1
Play: Mabeth
Folger Theatre

Exhibit: Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Event: Virtual Garden Adventure
Tudor Place

Tuesday, June 2
Tour: Remembering Lincoln
Ford's Theatre

Exhibit: Graciela Iturbide's Mexico
National Museum of Women in the Arts

Wednesday, June 3
Tours: Cemetery Stroll
Congressional Cemetery

Exhibit: Left Out in the Patterning
IA&A at Hillyer

Event: Virtual Story Time
DC Public Library

Thursday, June 4
Event: Curator's Corner: WWII Escape and Evasion with Phil Froom
International Spy Museum

Event: Online Cooking Demonstration
U.S. Botanic Garden

Event: Talk of the Hill with Bill Press and David Ignatius
Hill Center



Newsletter for May 29 to June 4, 2020. Find more events on our calendar, which presents the latest information on the District's most exciting cultural activities. It's all at your fingertips. To view our full calendar, visit our website

Artomatic is a multi-week, multimedia arts event held in the Washington, DC area. Founded by artist and arts activist George Koch, and it has been held since 1999 in temporary spaces where local artists and performers present their talents. This summer from July to August, Artomatic will celebrate 20 years with the production of Artomatic 2.0: A Virtual Experience. Artomatic 2.0 features its network of artists and partners who will teach as well as showcase their own works. Sign up for updates at

DC JazzFest From Home

The DC JazzFest (DCJF) From Home Series is a free video series occurring every Saturday at 7:00 pm on the DCJF YouTube channel. See footage of performances from years past as well as live-streamed shows from DCJF artists' albums. This Saturday, May 30, hear vocalist Rochelle Rice, whose sound leans heavily on jazz-influenced harmony, and soaring vocals. Her debut EP Wonder established her as a singer's singer with beautiful original songs, a sizzling quartet, and lush strings. The DCJF series continues through June 6.


Directors Talk at Dumbarton House

In the wake of covid-19, what's the future of historic house museums? Find out on May 29 at 2:00 pm, when Karen Daly, executive director of Dumbarton House, Mark Hudson, executive director of Tudor Place, and Erin Carlson Mast, CEO and executive director of President Lincoln's Cottage, host a webinar on the topic. Hear about advocacy, funding, museum visitation, programming, staffing and value for historic house museums. Panelists will speak for approximately 45 minutes and open the discussion for questions. Registration for this webinar is free.

The Wright Brothers and the Invention of the Aerial Age

Wilbur and Orville Wright not only sent a flying machine into the air, but they also developed flight technology. They evaluated data gathered by testing an aircraft in flight, and then refined the machine's design. Learn how two small town businessmen invented a technology that would help define the 20th century. This online exhibit with the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum includes historic photographs including the 1903 Wright Flyer.

In addition to the poster-sized signs of the 17 DC Neighborhood Heritage Trails around the city, there are also smaller historic signs that tell the story of a person, building or moment of significance in DC's history. Cultural Tourism DC developed seven of these signs as the Dupont Circle Conservancy Sign Project. The signs are attached to or near mansions that now house private clubs, an embassy or other modern-day use. The African American Heritage Trail also commemorates seven sites in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. The two clusters offer 14 engaging, informative signs that enhance Dupont Circle's status as an historic and culturally diverse DC neighborhood!

Dupont Circle Conservancy Sign Project

Of the many mansions built in and around Dupont Circle, seven are part of the Dupont Circle Conservancy Sign Project. Descriptive signs are posted on or near these seven historic mansions. The buildings include the Townsend House (the Cosmos Club), Patterson House, The Cairo, and the James G. Blaine Mansion. The Sulgrave Club is in the Wadsworth House. The International Order of the Eastern Star Temple manages the Perry Belmont Mansion. Tycoon Thomas Walsh's mansion on Massachusetts Avenue is now the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia.



African American Heritage Trail

Dupont Circle includes destinations on the African American Heritage Trail. Legal strategist Charles Hamilton Houston and poet Georgia Douglas Johnson called this area home. The Metropolitan AME Church was attended by Frederick Douglass. Duke Ellington's birthplace and the former residence of author and poet Langston Hughes are nearby. The Charles Sumner School, one of the earliest schools for African Americans in DC, now holds the historical collection of the DC Public Schools. See the Mansion on O Street, where civil rights icon Rosa Parks was a frequent guest.


June 6
Book Talk: Resilience - Connecting with Nature in a Time of Crisis
U.S. Botanic Garden


June 13 and 20
Rhode Island Avenue Main Street


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