Newsletter for August 21 to August 27, 2020 Newsletter for August 21 to August 27, 2020


Women's Suffrage with Susan B. Anthony, Alice Paul and Sojourner Truth

Mark the centennial of the 19th Amendment by viewing a conversation with suffragists Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, and Alice Paul online at the National Archives Wednesday, August 26, from 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm. The three women will talk about their lives and the fight for equality and justice in the 20th century. The event complements the exhibit Rightfully Hers: American Women and the Vote, which explores the story behind the struggle to gain full voting rights for women and includes more than 90 records, artifacts, photographs, a collection of political campaign button and more. The exhibit runs through January 3, 2020.


There is one thing that we would like you to do—get counted. Every week, this Culture Communiqué, our online events calendar, and activities calendar provide dozens of things to do. Before you go though, take a moment to make sure that you're counted. It's a big deal. Click here to complete the 2020 U.S. Census. Not always, but many times when the Federal government divvies up dollars to provide funds to states and other jurisdictions, it bases the distribution on the percentage on population. Obtaining the correct share of federal dollars can potentially make more money available for the support of arts and cultural programs. Your participation is a small thing to do but it has big implications. Thanks for getting counted!  


Friday, August 21
Exhibit -- Visit the DAC Galleries

Event -- Cinematery: West Side Story
Historic Congressional Cemetery 

Event -- Open Studio
Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Saturday, August 22
Exhibit -- 2020 Regional Juried Art Exhibit
Hill Center

Exhibit -- Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia
DAR Museum

Tour -- Monuments and Memorials: Travel Photography
Washington Photo Safari

Sunday, August 23
Exhibit -- Documenting Crossroads: The New Normal

National Building Museum

Theater -- Orpheus Project
Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts

Exhibit -- Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants
Dumbarton Oaks

Monday, August 24
Exhibit -- People and Places of the Pacific
Smithsonian National Postal Museum

Event -- Dying Soldier Poems and Public History in a Pandemic
National Museum of Civil War History

Film -- Unstoppable
Korean Cultural Center

Tuesday, August 25
Event -- Secret Door Tour
Mansion on O Street

Exhibit -- Artists Doing the Right Thing
Zenith Gallery

Wednesday, August 26
Event -- Workshop Wednesdays: Who Am I? Identify Your African Heroes Online
Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Event -- Shakespeare Lightning Round: Barry Edelstein
Folger Shakespeare Library

Exhibit -- Congress Investigates
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursday, August 27

Tour -- Ford's Theatre and Civil War Washington
Ford's Theatre

Event -- Spies and Spymasters Virtual Happy Hour with Winston Churchill
International Spy Museum

Exhibit -- Doorways: Artist Reflections of Place

Newsletter for August 21 to August 27, 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 Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America is a complex at 14th and Quincy Streets in the Brookland neighborhood of northeast Washington, DC. It is a house of worship and an architectural marvel with an expanse of gardens. If you cannot visit the Monastery, enjoy their virtual tour. The Monastery will not hold public tours of the church or catacombs through August 31. However, the gardens are open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and social distancing is expected. This free attraction has one of the best natural views in the area.


Natyabhoomi School of Dance at Wolf Trap

Tune in for a Park Pop-Up on Saturday, August 22 with a streaming performance of Indian classical and folk dance. Two Indian dance performance artists will have you moving and dancing along to the music! Natyabhoomi School of Dance was founded in 1994 by Director Deepti Mukund Navile. Park Pop-Up performances feature local area artists, and are recorded live at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. A part of Wolf Trap Sessions, these events bring summer fun to your home.

Homegrown Concerts: Eva Salina and Peter Stan

This Wednesday, August 26 at noon, join musicians Eva Salina and Peter Stan in an online concert hosted by the Library of Congress. American Eva Salina is a renowned singer, interpreter, and teacher of traditional and traditionally-based Balkan music. Peter 'PericaStan is a Serbian/Romanian Roma accordionist known for his playful innovation and soulful improvisations. View this free event on the Library's YouTube site.

Meditation and Mindfulness

Meditation helps train attention and awareness. To contribute to your sense of calm, visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Asian Art's website for free 30-minute online meditations. Held each week by DC-based meditation teachers, the sessions are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 12:15 pm to 12:45 pm. The classes are appropriate for all levels of practitioners. Per the museum's website, these classes strive to help participants build a relationship to a place of inner quietude.

Women Vote, Women Win

On Wednesday, August 26, the National Women's History Museum will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment with a voter engagement program. It is a day full of events, starting at 11:00 am with programming that includes two talks addressing different topics related to the women's suffrage campaign. Additional programs include the screenings of three short films and a 9:00 pm concert and rally to increase voter registration. These free events are open to the public.

Return to Nature

This exhibition presents 20 photographs by 11 artists from the collection of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA). In the museum's gallery, prints of landscapes mingle with flower studies. Other photographs show figures traversing deserts, rainforests, and coastlines. Return to Nature is a showcase of modern and contemporary photographs by women. Obtain a timed ticket reservation and see this exhibit through January 3.

August 29
Growing Gardeners
Dumbarton House


August 29
Yoga from the Garden
U.S. Botanic Garden


September 1
Hagia Sophia: The History of the Building and the Building in History
Dumbarton Oaks


September 13
Adams Morgan Day
Adams Morgan BID 


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