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Smithsonian Associates Programming that brings the Smithsonian's world to life! http://SmithsonianAssociates.org The largest museum-based educational program in the world, Smithsonian Associates annually offers more than 750 seminars, performances, lectures, studio art classes, and local and regional study tours.
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Performances at Discovery Theater and more than 80 educationally focused summer camps are among the programs that foster the joys of learning for young people and their families.

Performances at Discovery Theater and more than 80 educationally focused summer camps are among the programs that foster the joys of learning for young people and their families.

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
01/18/2021

Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture

Join us today for The People’s Holiday, our annual celebration to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

This virtual celebration features activities for families and a performance by Grammy award-winning bassist Christian McBride: s.si.edu/38FG5B5.

Weekly Roundup for Jan. 17 – Jan. 23! Sunday, Jan. 17: Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music | Sears H...
01/16/2021

Weekly Roundup for Jan. 17 – Jan. 23!

Sunday, Jan. 17: Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music | Sears Houses of Arlington


Tuesday, Jan. 19: Write Into Art: Creative Writing Inspired by Visual Art | Techniques in Modernist Painting | Linoleum-Block Printmaking Without a Press | Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain | Tapestry Weaving | The Joy of Photography | Mr. President: An Evening with Martin Sheen


Wednesday, Jan. 20: Botanicals in Watercolor | Botanicals in Watercolor II | Exhibiting and Selling Your Photographs | Beginning Drawing


Thursday, Jan. 21: Artists in Depth at the Barnes Foundation: Modigliani and Soutine, Mozart: The Reign of Love | Exploring Abstraction | Introduction to Beading | Photo 101: Night Photography and Tripods | How To Succeed in 2021 | A Lab of One's Own: Overcoming Sexism in Science

Friday, Jan. 22: Siena: A Gothic Dream | Handmade Storybooks


Saturday, Jan. 23: Understanding Your Digital Mirrorless or SLR Camera | Gyotaku: The Japanese Art of Printing with Fish | Russell Gammon's Africa: Take a Virtual Walk on the Wild Side | Today’s Quilts by Hand, Painting and Collage


View the full calendar: https://smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/streaming/

Sidedoor, the Smithsonian’s flagship podcast that dives into lesser-known stories from beyond the public view, just laun...
01/15/2021
Ep. 1 | How Wonder Woman Got Her Groove Back

Sidedoor, the Smithsonian’s flagship podcast that dives into lesser-known stories from beyond the public view, just launched its sixth season this week with an episode exploring the history of Wonder Woman!

Learn how it took a feminist magazine cover (now in the National Museum of American History's collection) to catapult Wonder Woman from comic book character to the icon she remains today.

Learn more about Ep. 1 | How Wonder Woman Got Her Groove Back

Eclipses, meteor showers and dazzling views of planets, oh my! Check out these celestial events in 2021 from Smithsonian...
01/13/2021
Ten Celestial Events to Look Forward to in 2021

Eclipses, meteor showers and dazzling views of planets, oh my! Check out these celestial events in 2021 from Smithsonian Magazine.

Eclipses, meteor showers and dazzling views of planets will excite amateur and professional astronomers alike in North America

Experience a year of art at the Smithsonian through our World Art History Certificate program! Now offered online, the p...
01/12/2021
Earn a Smithsonian World Art History Certificate in 2021

Experience a year of art at the Smithsonian through our World Art History Certificate program! Now offered online, the program forgoes exams and papers and focuses instead on a flexible, personalized approach to expanding your knowledge and appreciation of art.

Experience a year of art at the Smithsonian.

Now on sale! On Feb. 10 we're hosting Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey for a sure-to-be-memorable interview with ...
01/06/2021
An Evening with Matthew McConaughey

Now on sale! On Feb. 10 we're hosting Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey for a sure-to-be-memorable interview with Gayle King as he shares unvarnished stories from his memoir Greenlights and explains how they instilled in him the importance of values, the power of new experiences, and, as he puts it, “either changing your reality or changing how you see it.”

Register: http://s.si.edu/MatthewMcConaughey

Join Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey for a sure-to-be-memorable interview with Gayle King as he shares unvarnished stories from his memoir Greenlights and explains how they instilled in him the importance of values, the power of new experiences, and, as he puts it, “either changing you...

A new year is a chance to begin again. We all make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or learn a new skill. What'...
01/05/2021

A new year is a chance to begin again. We all make resolutions to eat better, exercise more, or learn a new skill. What's going to be different for you in 2021—other than everything?

Karen Mangia, TEDx presenter and author of “Success with Less” and the new “Working from Home: Making the New Normal Work for You,” joins us this month to offer strategies to set you on a path to redefining success on your own terms in a new year in which old rules no longer apply.

Register: http://s.si.edu/Succeedin2021

Looking to add some extracurricular enjoyment to your child’s non-classroom days? Zoom into Smithsonian Virtual Winter A...
01/04/2021
Winter Adventures - Smithsonian Virtual Adventures by Smithsonian Associates

Looking to add some extracurricular enjoyment to your child’s non-classroom days? Zoom into Smithsonian Virtual Winter Adventures! Live, expert-led interactive learning experiences make the Smithsonian the ideal destination for kindergarteners through 11th graders.

Virtual museum visits, hands-on projects, games, collaborative challenges, and conversations with experts are all part of the weekday adventure. Sessions are offered February 22 through March 24, and registration begins tomorrow!

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/WinterAdventures

Smithsonian Associates has been educating and entertaining audiences for more than 50 Years.

Happy New Year! It's 2021, and our January program guide is here—with 168 individual programs, multi-part courses, studi...
01/01/2021

Happy New Year! It's 2021, and our January program guide is here—with 168 individual programs, multi-part courses, studio arts classes, and virtual study tours available for streaming from the comfort of your home!

See what’s new: http://s.si.edu/Jan2021

This holiday season we send you our heartfelt thanks for your support and wish you joyful holidays and a happy new year.
12/23/2020

This holiday season we send you our heartfelt thanks for your support and wish you joyful holidays and a happy new year.

If you love watching old holiday movies, check out this post by Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery ...
12/21/2020
Top Ten Favorite Holiday Movies as Seen in American Art

If you love watching old holiday movies, check out this post by Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery connecting films to artworks in their collection.

What is cozier than watching old holiday movies on a chilly winter’s night? Pairing them up with favorite artworks from SAAM's collection, that’s what.

Tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET join us for a free public program as OnRae Watkins, senior manager of the Hirshhorn Museum and Scu...
12/19/2020
Youth Leadership and Activism

Tomorrow at 4 p.m. ET join us for a free public program as OnRae Watkins, senior manager of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's teen programs, moderates a conversation with prominent youth leaders who co-founded organizations and movements that explicitly connect racism and inequality with their advocacy for policy change.

Climate-justice activists Zanagee Artis and Vic Barrett join Nialah Edari and Chelsea Miller, co-founders of Freedom March NYC, to discuss their motivations, community-organizing efforts and plans to build a more inclusive and socially conscious future.

In a free public program, OnRaé Watkins, senior manager of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s teen programs, moderates a conversation with prominent youth leaders who co-founded organizations and movements that explicitly connect racism and inequality with their advocacy for po...

Caravaggio was a genius, a scoundrel, an outlaw, and a murderer. But above all, he was the greatest artist of his age, a...
12/17/2020

Caravaggio was a genius, a scoundrel, an outlaw, and a murderer. But above all, he was the greatest artist of his age, and remains one of the most influential and absorbing of all Italian painters. Tomorrow at noon ET art historian Elaine Ruffolo highlights his legacy.

Register: https://s.si.edu/Caravaggio

Smithsonian Associates gift certificates are the easiest way to wrap up the Smithsonian for the people you care about. T...
12/16/2020
Gift Certificate

Smithsonian Associates gift certificates are the easiest way to wrap up the Smithsonian for the people you care about. The certificate can be used toward any of the wide-ranging programs and studio arts classes offered year-round, as well as be applied to the purchase of a Smithsonian Associates membership (a great gift idea in itself): https://s.si.edu/AssociatesGiftCertificate

Smithsonian Associates has been educating and entertaining audiences for more than 50 Years.

The fledgling aviators who followed in the steps of the Wright brothers were daring, dashing, and about to launch themse...
12/16/2020

The fledgling aviators who followed in the steps of the Wright brothers were daring, dashing, and about to launch themselves into a whole new world of entertainment—the air show.

The risks were high, the air was filled with romance, thrills, and a lot of money to be made. Join us this Thursday as aviation writer and filmmaker Paul Glenshaw leads a rollicking trip around the country at the dawn of the last century and the age of flight.

Register: https://s.si.edu/TakesFlight

Looking to add some extracurricular enjoyment to your child’s non-classroom days? Smithsonian Virtual Winter Adventures ...
12/15/2020

Looking to add some extracurricular enjoyment to your child’s non-classroom days?

Smithsonian Virtual Winter Adventures offer live, expert-led interactive learning experiences on Zoom that make the Smithsonian the perfect destination for kindergarteners through 11th graders in sessions offered February 22 through March 27.

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/WinterAdventures

When, where, and how to view the geminid meteor shower? 🔭 With George Mason University Observatory at 6:45 p.m. ET tonig...
12/14/2020

When, where, and how to view the geminid meteor shower? 🔭 With George Mason University Observatory at 6:45 p.m. ET tonight! Join us for a Smithsonian Associates Streaming program that will be illuminated by meteors and meteorites.

Register: https://s.si.edu/GeminidsLive

Weekly Roundup: Dec. 13 - Dec. 19!  Join us for our last week of events until January. - Sunday, Dec. 13: Holidays at th...
12/12/2020

Weekly Roundup: Dec. 13 - Dec. 19! Join us for our last week of events until January.

- Sunday, Dec. 13: Holidays at the White House | First Ladies' Crafting Traditions

- Monday, Dec. 14: How the Mona Lisa Conquered America | The Tuscan Wine Revolution | Meteors and Meteorites: Geminids Live

- Tuesday, Dec. 15: Winter Wisdom: A Creative Writing Workshop | Four Films That Changed America | Physicist Sean Carroll on Understanding Quantum Worlds

- Wednesday, Dec. 16: The Nativity in Art | Photo 101 | The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild

- Thursday, Dec. 17: Artists in Depth at the Barnes Foundation: Renoir | Operation Husky | The Aeroplane Takes Flight

- Friday, Dec. 18: Caravaggio: Rebel with a Paintbrush

Register: https://s.si.edu/Dec13

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12/11/2020
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Happy Hanukkah! Learn more about this piece in our National Museum of American History's collection.

Join us for a free public program on Sunday, Dec. 20, as OnRae Watkins, senior manager of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculp...
12/11/2020
Youth Leadership and Activism

Join us for a free public program on Sunday, Dec. 20, as OnRae Watkins, senior manager of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s teen programs, moderates a conversation with prominent youth leaders who co-founded organizations and movements that explicitly connect racism and inequality with their advocacy for policy change.

Climate-justice activists Zanagee Artis and Vic Barrett join Nialah Edari and Chelsea Miller, co-founders of Freedom March NYC, to discuss their motivations, community-organizing efforts and plans to build a more inclusive and socially conscious future.

In a free public program, OnRaé Watkins, senior manager of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden’s teen programs, moderates a conversation with prominent youth leaders who co-founded organizations and movements that explicitly connect racism and inequality with their advocacy for po...

What can one day tell us? Tomorrow ten Smithsonian museums are taking a snapshot of this moment in history, offering a m...
12/10/2020
24 Hours in a Time of Change Asks You to Add Your Voice to the Smithsonian's Record

What can one day tell us? Tomorrow ten Smithsonian museums are taking a snapshot of this moment in history, offering a moment for reflection, and sharing perspectives. Join the effort to document a day in the life of our nation—a chance to consider, together, where we’ve been and where we’re going. Learn more at 24hours.si.edu. #Smithsonian24Hours

What can one day tell us? This Friday, December 11, 2020, ten Smithsonian museums and cultural centers are taking a snapshot of this extraordinary year, offering a moment for reflection and sharing perspectives. Join us in this effort to document a day in the life of our nation and the world—a cha...

"Whether a book served as an antidote to doomscrolling, a path to enlightenment, or a way to surface lost histories or b...
12/09/2020
Smithsonian Scholars Pick Their Favorite Books of 2020

"Whether a book served as an antidote to doomscrolling, a path to enlightenment, or a way to surface lost histories or biographies... the books Smithsonian experts recommend this year are, in a word, relevant." - Smithsonian Magazine

This wide-ranging list offers much-needed context for the issues at the forefront of the national conversation

How can Americans come together to examine some of the most vital issues that connect—and often separate us—as a nation ...
12/08/2020
Women, Wellness, and the Arts

How can Americans come together to examine some of the most vital issues that connect—and often separate us—as a nation today? Tune in to this free panel focusing on women, wellness, and the arts tomorrow.

The arts can provide spaces of healing, but are also important sites of public representation. A conversation among three noted women of color centers on the connection between social justice, the arts, and our collective well-being. Participants are Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States, Ma...

On Sunday, Dec. 13, we're exploring holiday traditions at the White House. Join us and learn how first ladies have left ...
12/07/2020
White House Gingerbread: Holiday Traditions

On Sunday, Dec. 13, we're exploring holiday traditions at the White House. Join us and learn how first ladies have left their mark on White House Christmas celebrations.

Before the event, check out The White House Historical Association collection of traditions through the years such as the sweetest one of all: the White House Gingerbread! 🎄

Register for Holidays at the White House: https://s.si.edu/WhiteHouseHolidays

The holiday season at the White House is celebrated with an array of annual traditions, glittering holiday décor, fresh pine, and sugary treats for all to enjoy. One of t...

Just announced! We're hosting "Mr. President: An Evening with Martin Sheen" on Jan. 19. In a conversation with U.S. News...
12/06/2020
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Just announced! We're hosting "Mr. President: An Evening with Martin Sheen" on Jan. 19. In a conversation with U.S. News and World Report's Ken Walsh, Sheen will discuss his iconic role in The West Wing, as well its impact on television’s depiction of government and how we view our real-life national leaders.

Register: https://s.si.edu/MartinSheen

Smithsonian Associates has been educating and entertaining audiences for more than 50 Years.

Weekly Roundup! Events this week: Dec. 6 - Dec. 12- Sunday, Dec. 6: Natural Milkweed Floss Ornament | Orchids for the Ho...
12/05/2020

Weekly Roundup! Events this week: Dec. 6 - Dec. 12

- Sunday, Dec. 6: Natural Milkweed Floss Ornament | Orchids for the Holidays | Moroccan and Sephardic Cuisine

- Monday, Dec. 7: All the World's a Stage | Duke Ellington: Genius Beyond Category | The Irish and the American Revolution

- Tuesday, Dec. 8: Winter Wisdom: A Creative Writing Workshops | Palestinian Embroidery 101 | The Bhagavad Gita | Alex Guarnaschelli | Machu Picchu

- Wednesday, Dec. 9: The Etruscans | Photo 101 | The 2-Day Getaway: Shenandoah Valley | James Joyce's: Ulysses | Women, Wellness, and the Arts

- Friday, Dec. 11: Mozart: The Reign of Love | Leonardo da Vinci's Last Supper | The California Gold Rush and Development of the West

- Saturday, Dec. 12: The Most Serene Republic: The Splendors of Venice

Register: https://s.si.edu/WeeklyDec6

How can Americans come together to examine some of the most vital issues that connect—and often separate us—as a nation ...
12/03/2020
Women, Wellness, and the Arts

How can Americans come together to examine some of the most vital issues that connect—and often separate us—as a nation today? The Smithsonian’s new initiative Race, Community and Our Shared Future, supported by Bank of America, will explore how we currently understand, experience, and confront race; its impact on communities; and how that impact is shaping the nation’s future.

Two free online panels serve as a prelude to the initiative’s official launch in 2021. The first on Wednesday, Dec. 9 focuses on women, wellness, and the arts, and features Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States, Dr. Marta Moreno Vega, founder of Creative Justice Initiative, co-founder of Corredor Afro, and founder and former president and CEO of the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute, and Lisa Sasaki, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.

The arts can provide spaces of healing, but are also important sites of public representation. A conversation among three noted women of color centers on the connection between social justice, the arts, and our collective well-being. Participants are Joy Harjo, poet laureate of the United States, Ma...

Join us on Dec. 16 as ecologist Enric Sala, National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence and director of its Pristine Sea...
12/03/2020

Join us on Dec. 16 as ecologist Enric Sala, National Geographic’s explorer-in-residence and director of its Pristine Seas project, presents "The Nature of Nature: Why We Need the Wild."

Sala asserts that once we appreciate how nature works, we will understand how conservation is economically wise and why it is essential to our survival.

Register: https://s.si.edu/TheNatureOfNature

This year of unprecedented challenge and change allowed us to create something we never could have imagined at the start...
12/01/2020

This year of unprecedented challenge and change allowed us to create something we never could have imagined at the start of 2020: Smithsonian Associates Streaming. People across the country are connecting with us and telling us how much they appreciate the high quality and the convenience of experiencing our educational programs right from their homes.

And you’re likely not aware that unlike the Smithsonian museums, Smithsonian Associates receives no federal funding. That’s why on #GivingTuesday, we’re asking you to consider a tax-deductible year-end gift so that we can continue to bring you outstanding programs no matter where you are in life—or where you live.

Thanks to you, together we have much to look forward to. s.si.edu/SupportSA

Don't miss our Wednesday program with music historian Kenneth Womack. He'll lead an interactive, multimedia talk that tr...
12/01/2020
What Happened on John Lennon's Last Day

Don't miss our Wednesday program with music historian Kenneth Womack. He'll lead an interactive, multimedia talk that traces the story behind Double Fantasy, John Lennon’s remarkable 1980 comeback album.

Read an excerpt from Womack's new book "John Lennon, 1980: The Last Days in the Life" on Smithsonian Magazine.

Register: https://s.si.edu/JohnLennon

The former Beatle had a packed schedule as he finalized a new song and posed for some final photographs that would become iconic

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We just watched The Complicated Controversial Lives of British Royal Consorts and found it fascinating. The presenter did an excellent job and we enjoyed every minute.
Hi, would sincerely like to register for a program but the website is NOT recognizing my member number. Additionally, I have called twice and emailed regarding the probelm. Anyone there working beyond selling stuff to fix a problem? 😥
I would love to take the Indian Textile Printing course from January to March but I have a whole bunch of conflicts. Will it be offered again??
Thanks🙂
Wonderful day at Breakfast at the Zoo on 14 September. Thanks to Vesna and her team.
Great fun and terrific pizza (especially the truffle mushroom) at Pizza University today. Got my degree (seriously) and ready to bake at home now! Looking forward to more interesting and fun TSA programs. Next week is Chef Kwame Onwuachi - see y’all there!
Does S.I. still have a noon buffet for purchase by Associates?
Montgomery Meigs day tour March 2019
I'm a contributor, but the website won't allow me to sign up for summer camps. Phone disconnects or is busy. HELP!!
July is the gourmet dinner and music. O, wow!
Is your web site broken? I cannot get on to buy tickets
No geek shaming, it's been a minute since I've been to a lecture of any kind it's time.