Smithsonian Anacostia Museum



Accessible for people with disabilities

Current Programs

All programs, unless noted otherwise, are free of charge and open to the public, and held at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Accessible to people with physical disabilities.


 

      
October 2012

 

10 Wednesday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Outreach
Thelonious Monk

Thelonious S. Monk Jr., a long-time Washington, D.C., community performer, will discuss his father's legacy and the impact of Thelonious Monk on jazz. Monk Jr. recounts anecdotes about the rich and famous that came through the Monk home from the perspective of sitting at the feet of a genius. The first middle school that calls will have this educational program at their school. All ages. For reservations, call 202-633-4844.

 

10 Wednesday, 7:00 p.m.
Exhibition Related
A Watershed Study

Tony Thomas, an ACM educator, will introduce you to the concept of a watershed. Using maps and compass you will focus on basic physical geography and hydrology skills. The watershed in which you live will come alive with your newly developed skills. This workshop is ideally suited for anyone working with school age children and for those interested in environmental issues. Space is limited. For more information, call 202-633-4844.

 

13 Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Special Program
How the World Was Created & What Happened Next!

Griot and master storyteller Baba-C will captivate you with creative tales about how the world came into being and what happened afterwards. Learn about “flutter-byes” and the first people. Let your imagination unfurl and fly as you join in the process of creating a new and exciting world. This presentation will also include creation tales and traditional stories from the African American experience.   Don’t forget to bring your imagination. Project supported by Smithsonian Institution funds from the Consortium for Understanding the American Experience and the Consortium for World Cultures. This program will be podcasted and shown at a later date. Families are welcome. For reservations, call 202-633-4844.

 

October 16, December 11, and January 15, Tuesdays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Outreach
Slickfish

Explore the links between urban waterways as they connect us to the world. Students will discuss water conservation and green living and interact with a live marine organism. Educator Jay Coleman uses saltwater fish tanks, project-based learning, and art to educate general education students and children with autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s syndrome. This workshop demonstrates the connections local children have with the rest of the world through water. Recommended for grades 3 through 12. Program limited to 20 participants. This program is funded in part by The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc. To schedule this program for your class, be the first to call 202-633-4844.

 

16 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
Community Forum
Green Lessons

A community discussion that offers practical advice, including lessons learned from landscape architects, and gardeners in the Anacostia watershed (Wards, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8). Space is limited. For more information, call 202-633-4844.

 

17 Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  
Outreach
About Rock-and-Roll

Derek McKeith will engage students in the history of rock-and-roll as it was created in the late 1940s from African American blues, country, jazz, and gospel music styles. Join in the audience participation and learn about the origins of this genre. Recommended for middle-school and above. To schedule this program for your class or center, be the first to call 202-633-4844. 

 

18 Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Mission Related
Career Day at the Anacostia Community Museum

Bring your students to the Anacostia Community Museum to learn about exciting and rewarding careers in museums. They will not only tour the exhibition Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement, but also learn about the various jobs required to create a museum exhibition. Students will receive a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum and meet the staff to learn about their career paths that led them to work at the Smithsonian.

The afternoon session of Career Day will include a field trip to the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) in Anacostia Park. Free lunch, bus transportation, and educational resources will be provided to the middle or high school group that reserves this tour. Reservations are required by October 5, 2012; call (202) 633-4844.

 

20 Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Special Program—Bus Tour
On Freedom's Trail, Part 1


A unique historical experience tracing the path from fetters to freedom in the nation's capital. Join historian C.R. Gibbs in an energetic bus tour of sites of past and present significance in the majestic trek from slavery to emancipation in the District of Columbia. You will see or visit places where slaves were sold, freedom seekers escaped, soldiers trained, and laws were written that culminated in and secured what Frederick Douglass called that "priceless and unspeakable blessing" and "the first great step towards that righteousness which exalts a nation," the abolition of slavery in Washington, D.C. The bus will depart from and return to the Anacostia Community Museum. Recommended for ages 16 to adult.  This program is funded in part by a grant from The Humanities Council of Washington DC. For reservations, call 202-633-4844.

 

21 Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Special Program
The History of Rock-and-Roll

Derek McKeith will educate and entertain you as you learn the history of rock-and-roll. Beginning in the late 1940s this musical genre was formed from a combination of expressions and community influences. This is an enjoyable afternoon program for the whole family. Space is limited. For more information, call 202-633-4844.

28 Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Exhibition Related
Water Bottle Art

Many forms of plastic bottles find their way into our rivers and pollute our waters. Join artist Jay Coleman and help save the environment by bringing in drink bottles to create a work of art. Markers, paint, colored papers, and other art materials will be supplied. For reservations, call 202-633-4844.

 

To reserve a tour of the Reclaiming the Edge: Urban Waterways and Civic Engagement exhibition,call (202) 663-4844.

 

Most programs are FREE, open to the public, and held at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020.
For more info, please contact 202.633.4844 unless otherwise noted.

NOVEMBER

3  Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
      SPECIAL PROGRAM
    Imagine—A Wonderful World


Artist Camilla Younger leads an exciting workshop where you can construct a unique and personal world. Listen to stories about African American cosmic thought; then, with found objects and recyclable materials, design your own world and beyond. What can you add that is different from what you’ve seen or experienced? Create new forms of life, natural formations, and ways of living, or consider other possibilities. Remember to bring some items—buttons, cardboard, plastic, etc—with which to create.  Families are welcome. Project supported by Smithsonian Institution funds from the Consortium for Understanding the American Experience and the Consortium for World Cultures.
For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

4  Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Rhythm Café
   Jazz Poetry Bash


Accomplished flutist Galen Abdur-Razzaq will captivate you through presentation and performance as he weaves poetry and jazz. An afternoon of great music and insight awaits all who attend. Space is limited.
For more information, call 202.633.4844.

7  Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
     OUTREACH
    Dance Education


Martha Peterson is a Kennedy Center certified dance instructor who engages students through presentation and participation. The program will captivate all types of learners as they study and are inspired by water gods and water-based rituals. The first middle school that calls will have this educational program at its school.
For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

10 Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
       TEACHER TRAINING
     Explore Art & Nature


Discover how to help children express their knowledge and interpret the natural world in a variety of  meaningful ways. Learn to encourage multi-faceted arts experiences that support children’s individual interests and needs, especially for children with sensory integration challenges. The projects explored during this workshop are inspired by nature and serve as another way to help children make deeper connections.
For reservations, call 202.633.4844

10  Saturday, 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
        SPECIAL PROGRAM
     Old School House Party


Looking for a memorable evening? Bring your best “Five No Trump” and wear the best shoes for hand dancing! Join DJ Lady Z and the ACM museum staff for an evening of elegant entertainment and a trip down memory lane. $25.00 per person. Space is limited.
For reservations, call 202.633.4866.

13 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
        COMMUNITY FORUM
     Boating and Recreation on the Anacostia River


This program will feature a discussion on the use of the Anacostia River by boaters and other recreational users of the river—past, present and future. Space is limited.
For more information, call 202.633.4844.

17 Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
       COMMUNITY ARTS SERIES
     Young Artists Create


Take Shuttle Anacostia and visit the working spaces of mixed-media painter Sheila Crider,
photographer Tommie Adams, and painter Luis Peralta. This art experience will provide you with a close-up look at how these artists plan and create their work. Artists, art followers, students, and collectors are welcome. All participants must travel on the museum’s shuttle bus, which leaves the museum at 10:30 a.m. Recommended for ages 13 to adult. This program is funded in part by a grant from The Humanities Council of Washington, DC. Recommended for ages 16 to adult. For reservations, call 202.633.4844 by November 13.

18 Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m
Rhythm Café       Thelonious Monk


    
Thelonious S. Monk Jr., a long-time Washington, D.C., community musician will discuss and perform his father's legacy and the impact of Thelonious Monk on music in general and on jazz in particular. Watching and learning, literally at the feet of a genius is the perspective of his presentation. Space is limited. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

18 Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m
       SPECIAL PROGRAM—Bus Tour
    On Freedom's Trail, Part 2


This bus tour will examine the lives and times of free African Americans in the nation's capital and Alexandria and the ways in which they opposed the restrictions on their existence forced on them by a hostile government. Join C.R. Gibbs and visit the sites of their homes and businesses and see the places they worshipped and educated themselves as they prepared for the onslaught of the Civil War and the advent of a brighter future. The bus will depart from and return to the museum. Recommended for ages 16 to adult. This program is funded, in part, by a grant from The Humanities Council of Washington DC.  For eservations, call 202.633.4844.

 

20   Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.    
           EXHIBITION RELATED
           Video
        Our Nation's River: A System on the Edge (2012)


The museum’s guest for this program is Alexandra Cousteau, a National Geographic "Emerging Explorer," filmmaker, and globally recognized advocate on water issues. Cousteau continues the work of her renowned grandfather Jacques-Yves Cousteau and her father Philippe Cousteau Sr. by advocating the importance of conservation and sustainable management of water in order to preserve a healthy planet. After the film Our Nation’s River: A System on the Edge, which is about the Potomac River, Cousteau will speak about who we are and the work we do with local water keepers. This program is funded in part by The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

 

28  Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
     OUTREACH
    Dance Education


Martha Peterson is a Kennedy Center certified dance instructor who engages students through presentation and participation. The program will captivate all types of learners as they study and are inspired by water gods and water-based rituals. The first middle school that calls will have this educational program at its school. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

29 Thursday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
       COMMUNITY ARTS SERIES
     Holiday Aprons


Join in creative efforts with designer and businesswoman Velma Crawford to make a special apron for your favorite holiday or occasion. Learn how to fashion your apron using a variety of construction techniques. Bring a portable sewing machine if you have one and bring some material for embellishments. Experience in using a sewing machine is preferred. A materials fee of $15.00 is due by November 20. Recommended for ages 16 to adult. Send check payable to Anacostia Community Museum, 1910 Fort Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020; Attn: Education Department. For more information, call 202.633.4844.

Most programs are FREE, open to the public, and held at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020.
For more info, please contact 202.633.4844 unless otherwise noted.

December

1  Saturday, 11:00 a.m.
     COMMUNITY HISTORY SERIES
     Discussion and Book Signing
   Historic Congressional Cemetery


Historic Congressional Cemetery dates from the days when Washington, D.C., was a new city on the edge of a malarial swamp. The stones—sandstone tablets with colonial calligraphy, ornate Victorian statues, 20th-century art nouveau carvings, and contemporary markers in shapes as strange as picnic tables and upended cubes—are a timeline of the city. The men and women buried in the cemetery led lives of beauty, courage, struggle, cunning, leadership, and humor; theirs are the stories of American history. Authors Rebecca Boggs Roberts and Sandra K. Schmidt will discuss and sign their book. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

6  Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
      EXHIBITION RELATED
      Video
    Carbon for Water (USA, 2011, 22 min.)


Mike Bolinder, Anacostia RiverKeeper, leads a discussion on the film Carbon for Water. The video begins with the hardships of the people of Kenya’s Western Province, where safe drinking water is scarce and the wood fuel used to boil water for purification is expensive. These two factors conspire to make waterborne illness a daily, and life-threatening reality, among the already poor population. Women and girls are especially vulnerable; they often miss school or work when fetching wood, and some even fall victim to sexual violence in the process. An innovative company has financed the distribution and maintenance of 900,000 water filters in Western Province, funded entirely by carbon credits. These credits are awarded for actual reductions in use of wood fuel as well as the anticipated reduction in future fuel use. The filters help to slow deforestation, as household demand for wood drops.
For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

8  Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
      COMMUNITY ARTS SERIES
    Quilting the Holidays


Quilter Maria Goodwin guides you through basic quilting steps for hand and fusible appliqué, from drawing-board design to finished piece. Goodwin will also provide quilting supply lists and discuss a variety of tools, websites, and books to help you assemble your own quilter’s BSK (Basic Sewing Kit). No experience needed. A $15.00 materials fee is due by November 23. Recommended for ages 15 to adult. Space is limited. Send check payable to Anacostia Community Museum, 1910 Fort Place, SE, Washington, DC 20020; Attn: Education Department. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

11 Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
     OUTREACH
     Slickfish


Explore the links between urban waterways as they connect us to the world. Students will discuss water conservation and green living and interact with a live marine organism. Educator Jay Coleman uses saltwater fish tanks, project-based learning, and art to educate general education students and children with autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s syndrome. This workshop demonstrates the connections local children have with the rest of the world through water. Recommended for grades 3 through 12. Program limited to 20 participants. This program is funded in part by The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc.
To schedule this program for your class, be the first to call 202.633.4844.

15 Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
        SPECIAL PROGRAM—Bus Tour
     On Freedom's Trail, Part 3


What was it like for black Americans living in the area in December 1862? War had come, but no city south of the Mason-Dixon Line except Washington, D.C., enjoyed both the blessings of the yuletide season and the spirit of freedom for all of its citizens. Join historian C.R. Gibbs and examine examples of black enterprise, organization, and community spirit in the District, Alexandria, and Prince Georges County, Maryland. The bus will depart from and return to the museum. Recommended for ages 16 to adult. This program is funded in part by a grant from The Humanities Council of Washington, DC. For reservations, call 02.633.4844.

15 Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m
        COMMUNITY ARTS SERIES
     Holiday Arts & Crafts Workshop


Participate in this exciting workshop as you design and create your own gift. Artists Deidra Bell and Tamara Thomas will assist you in developing your very special creation. All materials will be provided. Space is limited. Families are welcome. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

27 Thursday, 11:00 a.m.
      KWANZAA PROGRAM
     Grandma's Kwanzaa


“Grandma’s Kwanzaa” is a holiday program celebrating the African American family, community, and culture. This program features Black Women Playwrights’ Group member Debra Mims, who presents the concept of Kwanzaa as an interactive and unique way to appreciate African and African American culture and traditions, especially those of the rural South. The stories that Grandma Sally Kathryn Mims tells correspond to the seven days of Kwanzaa and reinforce the importance of education, family, and culture. “Grandma’s Kwanzaa” stresses that the principles of the celebration can be applied to create and maintain healthy communities throughout the year. Families are welcome. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

28 Friday, 10:00 a.m.
     KWANZAA PROGRAM
     Kwanzaa: A Musical Celebration


Join Melvin Deal and the African Heritage Drummers & Dancers as they celebrate the spirit of Kwanzaa with music, dance, and ceremony. Learn about the importance of the Kwanzaa principles (Nguzo Saba) and apply them to your family and community. Credited with performing the first Kwanzaa ceremony and celebration in the Metropolitan Washington area in 1968, Melvin Deal is known as the father of African culture in the area. Families are welcome. This program is off-site at the Panorama Room, Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 1600 Morris Road SE, Washington DC 20020. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

29 Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
     KWANZAA PROGRAM
     Kwanzaa Arts, Family Fun


You will be surprised at the variety of Zawadi (gifts) and greeting cards you can make with traditional art materials, such as colored paper, glitter, rubber stamps, and discardable materials. Join artists Tamara Thomas and Deidra Bell for this exciting event. Families are welcome. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

Most programs are FREE, open to the public, and held at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020.
For more info, please contact 202.633.4844 unless otherwise noted.

January, 2013

5 Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    COMMUNITY ARTS SERIES
   Story Time


Story Time is designed especially for early childhood through primary grade children and their guardians/parents. A celebrity will read a story and lead a short discussion then the children will create a craft take-away based on the story. This program takes place at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE, Washington DC 20020.  Space is limited.
For more information, call 202.633.4844.

10 Thursday, 7:00 p.m.
       EXHIBITION RELATED
      Video
    Troubled Waters: A Mississippi River Story (USA, 2010, 57 min.)


Mike Bolinder, Anacostia Riverkeeper, leads a discussion on the film Troubled Waters: A Mississippi Story. The development of America’s bountiful heartland and its effect on the legendary Mississippi River are traced in this film. Knitting together federal energy and farm and environment policies against the backdrop of the Mississippi River watershed, the film unifies seemingly discrete entities into a coherent whole, helping viewers to grasp what is a profound truth—that a single drop of water in Minnesota is connected to the “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico. Through beautiful photography and inspiring narrative, it offers solutions to the river’s troubles, from upstream to the gulf, and the difficulties it faces, providing fresh ideas and concrete solutions.
For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

12 Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m
        SPECIAL PROGRAM—Bus Tour
     On Freedom's Trail, Part 4


As we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the focus of the tour will be on the "momentous epoch" as this period of time was called by Reverend Henry McNeal Turner. Join C.R. Gibbs and visit Civil War-era fortifications in the District and Virginia, review the role of African American Union soldiers, and stop by former contraband encampments “where the tradition of ‘watch night’ was given new, imperishable significance by the African American cultural experience." The bus will depart from and return to the museum. Recommended for ages 16 to adult. This program is funded in part by a grant from The Humanities Council of Washington, DC. For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

 

13 Sunday, 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
   Rhythm Café
     Jazz Greats


Acclaimed vocalist Barbara King will present musical selections from Sarah Vaughn and other jazz greats. Enjoy this afternoon of great jazz music with a talented vocalist. Space is limited.   For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

 

15 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
     OUTREACH
     Slickfish


Explore the links between urban waterways as they connect us to the world. Students will discuss water conservation and green living and interact with a live marine organism. Educator Jay Coleman uses saltwater fish tanks, project-based learning, and art to educate general education students and children with autism, ADHD, and Asperger’s syndrome. This workshop demonstrates the connections local children have with the rest of the world through water. Recommended for grades 3 through 12. Program limited to 20 participants. This program is funded in part by The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation Inc.
To schedule this program for your class, be the first to call 202.633.4844.

15 Tuesday, 7:00 p.m.
       COMMUNITY FORUM
     Interagency Responsibilities for the Anacostia River


Various organizations discuss the intricacies in accomplishing the plan to making the river swimmable by 2032. Space is limited.
For reservations, call 202.633.4844.

Most programs are FREE, open to the public, and held at the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SE, Washington, DC 20020.
For more info, please contact 202.633.4844 unless otherwise noted.

 

 

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