Newsletter for June 26 to July 2, 2020 Newsletter for June 26 to July 2, 2020


Smithsonian Folklife Festival 2020

This year the Smithsonian Folklife Festival theme is Beyond the Mall! From Wednesday, June 24 to Sunday, July 5, join daily online events that explore the role of culture in facing today's challenges. The Smithsonian Folklife Festival programming features artisans and experts from the United Arab Emirates, northeast Brazil, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, and the Smithsonian Conservation Commons. In addition to art and culture, many of the sessions will explore how communities draw upon cultural practices to address and adapt to environmental challenges. These events are free and open to the public.



Friday, June 26
Exhibit -- Up Close: Shakespeare's First Folio

Folger Shakespeare Library

Event -- Live Chat with Grant Specialists
DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities 

Event -- Tudor Tots: Dance
Tudor Place

Saturday, June 27
Tour -- Virtual Tours
The Mansion on O Street 

Tour -- Monuments and Memorials 
Washington Photo Safari

Event -- Sounds Like Home: Mobile Music Skill Share Recording
Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum

Sunday, June 28
Exhibit -- Delita Martin: Calling Down the Spirits

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Exhibit -- The Women of NASA
National Women's History Museum

Exhibit -- Byzantine Coins
Dumbarton Oaks

Monday, June 29
Tour -- Monastery and Garden
Franciscan Monastery

Exhibit -- Bone Hall
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Event -- Reconstructing Hope: Black Religions in the Age of Black Lives Matter
Smithsonian Folklife Festival

Tuesday, June 30
Event -- Virtual Workshop: Learn About the Gettysburg Address
Ford's Theatre

Concert -- Lift Every Voice and Sing
The Kennedy Center

Event -- Virtual Family Game Night
President Lincoln's Cottage

Event -- Women's Suffrage Series: Erin D. Chapman
President Woodrow Wilson House

Wednesday, July 1
Exhibit -- Women on Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Tour -- The Dead Tell The Best Stories
Historic Congressional Cemetery

Thursday, July 2

Exhibit -- A New Moon Rises
Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Exhibit -- Stories in Miniature
U.S. Department of the Interior Museum

Concert -- A Second of July Celebation of the Women's Suffrage Centennial
The American Revolution Institute

Newsletter for June 26 to July 2, 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

The Zenith Gallery has been open since 1978, and showcases a range of artwork pieces. The gallery has connections with artists and collectors throughout America. The gallery's newest exhibit, Women Sculptors Bringing Balance with Humor, offers art that will uplift spirits. Presenting artists Jan Kirsh, Barbara Kobylinska and Cindy Winnick turn objects into something humorous. Delight in the unexpected as these three women sculpt shapes by exaggerating forms and figure.

Online Book Talk with Loubna Hassanieh

With the Embassy of Lebanon, on Friday, June 26 the Alliance Française of Washington, DC presents Dr. Loubna Hassanieh's debut novel Where Will My Heart Beat? This online event will be held via web teleconferencing platform Zoom. The event is free, but registration is required and donations are appreciated. Born and raised in Beirut, Lebanon, during the times of civil wars, Dr. Hassanieh's book is a creative look at relationships and the mystery of life.

American Roots Music with Mojo Parker

On Tuesday, June 30 at 5:30 pm, the U.S. Botanic Garden presents a free, online concert with vocalist and guitarist Daniel 'Mojo' Parker. Parker has made waves in Virginia playing blues, folk, funk and soul. He performs with the acoustic duo, Parker & Gray, winners of the 2016 Central Virginia Blues Society Challenge. Mojo's acoustic music and electric sound create a groove-based soul-rock concoction that is heartfelt and entertaining.

Musical Snapshots!: Pianist Nathan Lee

See the next generation of talented young Korean musicians with Musical Snapshots! Presented by the Korean Cultural Center in partnership with Young Concert Artists (YCA), this online program introduces rising Korean stars of classical music in videos that combine interviews and performances. Musical Snapshots engages performers and music lovers with a new artist every two weeks. On June 30 at 4:00 pm, hear talented pianist Nathan Lee, winner of the 2016 Young Concert Artists International Auditions.


Virtual Journey of the Declaration of Independence

Take a journey with the National Archives to find out how the Declaration of Independence came to be. The National Archives is the home of the original Declaration of Independence. This Thursday, July 2 at 1:00 pm, hear John Adams share his thoughts about government as Congress prepared to adopt the Declaration. The July 2 event is the third step in the virtual journey. View this event online at the National Archives Facebook page.

Picture Books of the Past: Reading An Old Master Painting

This Museum of the Bible exhibition features more than 60 Old Master paintings from the Museum & Gallery at Bob Jones University. The exhibition displays how the church used pictures to convey biblical stories and instruction. During a time when the Bible was available to only a few, visual arts were used to teach and inspire those who could not read. Paintings by artists like Tintoretto, Dolci, and Murillo are included in the show. The exhibit is on display through September 30.

July 3
The Art of Looking
National Gallery of Art


July 6
Abe's Youth: Shaping the Future President
Ford's Theatre


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