Culture Communique: January 1 to January 8 Culture Communique: January 1 to January 8


Medical Care at the Battle of Stone River

Join National Museum of Civil War Medicine on New Year's Day at 5:00 PM on their Facebook page for a pre-recorded virtual program hosted by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Hear Director of Interpretation Jake Wynn discuss the medical care administered during the chaotic battle that took place the New Year's Day holiday in December 1862/January 1863 known as the Battle of Stones River or the Battle of Murfreesboro. The battle saw Union and Confederate forces suffer casualties in excess of 24,000. Learn how Civil War surgeons battled both bullets and the brutally cold weather.


Friday, January 1
Online Concert -- Christmas with the Folger Consort
Folger Shakespeare Library

Virtual Tour -- Virtual Tour of the National Mall
DC by Foot

Saturday, January 2
Event -- Date Night Shopping
The Mansion on O Street

Online Exhibit -- The Washington Collection
Tudor Place

Online Exhibit -- Virtual Tour
U.S. Botanic Garden

Sunday, January 3
Online Event -- Insect Adaptations and Insect Zoo Tour with Chris Mooney
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Online Exhibit -- Transcendent Text: Exploring Universal Values Through Islamic Text with Sabah Arbilli
Qatar America Institute for Culture

Online Event -- DowntownDC Momentum Awards 2020 Virtual Event

Monday, January 4
Online Exhibit -- Julie Chen: True to Life

National Museum of Women in the Arts

Online Tour -- Historic House
The Octagon Museum

Online Event -- National Museum of Asian Art
Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Museum

Tuesday, January 5
Online Exhibit -- Lunar New Year Postage Stamps
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Online Event -- Conflict and Compromise I
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Wednesday, January 6
Online Tour -- The Period Rooms: Privacy in the Early American Home
DAR Museum

Online Event -- Introducing...
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Thursday, January 7

Online Event -- People of the Bible: The Philistines
Museum of the Bible

Online Event -- Beethoven in America
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Online Exhibit --  Ha Ha! Ho Ho!
Zenith Gallery


Newsletter for January 1 to January 7, 2021. 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 MusicianShip is a nonprofit with a mission is to change lives by facilitating music lessons, experiences, and opportunities. This youth development organization offers a range of music education programs, geared towards enriching the lives of students, families, and communities. Their After-school, Summer, Master Class, and Ensemble Programs, such as the Washington Youth Choir, serve youth ranging from 5 years old to the age of 24. Based in Washington, DC, MusicianShip reach students as far as South Africa, France, and Sint Maarten. Their projects include online learning offerings, The Wammie Awards, and the DC Funk Parade.

Guided Virtual Tour of Ford's Theatre

Ford's Education takes you on a virtual tour of Ford's Theatre and Civil War Washington. Learn about what the city of Washington, DC, was like for President Lincoln and some of the people he knew here. Explore President Lincoln's assassination at Ford's Theatre, and consider his legacy. In this interactive program, participants will see historical and contemporary images including maps, photographs and illustrations. Learn more about America's 16th president and the period he served in the White House. This session is 40-minutes plus time for Q&A.

Crafted Treasures

The term 'National Treasure' has been used in Japan to denote cultural properties. The crafts items in the list adhere to the current definition and have been designated National Treasures according to the Law for the Protection of Cultural Properties that came into effect in 1951. Learn about artists including Tamura Koichi who used novel approaches in their design of pottery and ceramics. Artists who are masters of traditional artistic expression are designated 'Living National Treasures.' See six works from the Embassy of Japan in the USA's collection, created by Living National Treasures.

A Mexican Portrait

Women carrying flowers, traditional dresses and happenstance from everyday life. This free, online exhibit hosted by the Mexican Cultural Institute is Martha Driessen's Mexican Portrait. The collection of black and white images is composed in the style of street photography. The exhibit explores Mexican people through candid moments. Born and raised in Mexico City, Driessen has lived in the United States half of her life. See how  Driessen explores idiosyncrasies of her fellow Mexicans on both sides of the border.

Ancestral Female Wisdom

View a variety of colors, shapes, icons shown in an exhibit that evokes the diversity of the past and present. See a display that shows contemporary Peru, full of dense and varied symbiosis of geographies, customs, and paradigms. Artist Roxana Rivero's feminist ideals are represented with themes of pre-columbian Peru, using new technologies and a variety of materials. This virtual exhibit is hosted by the Embassy of Peru. Rivero is an artist with training in plastic arts who is active in supporting women's rights.

January 13
Michele Fowlin & Theodore Thorpe III

Choral Arts


January 13
Clouded Leopard Virtual Tour with Juan Rodriguez

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

January 17
David Shifrin, clarinet

Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

January 21
Live: Drawn to Figures: First Ladies

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery


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