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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. 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.
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If you are joining us this weekend for one of our Saturday seminars (The Inca and Machu Picchu or War of the Roses: Cous...
02/28/2020

If you are joining us this weekend for one of our Saturday seminars (The Inca and Machu Picchu or War of the Roses: Cousins, Conflicts, and the Crown) or a studio arts class (Off the Wall Assemblage, Fabric Printing with Natural Materials, Palestinian Embroidery 101 or Celebrating Bob Ross's Joy of Painting), make sure to take a moment to check out this Smithsonian Gardens exhibit at the Ripley Center!

Smithsonian Gardens Habitat exhibit is not only outside in our gardens, but also extends inside the museums. Down in the Ripley Center you can find our Habitat exhibit "Biomes: Life in the Balance," all about Earth's distinct ecological regions.

The aquatic biome is the largest biome on the planet, covering nearly 75% of the earth’s surface. Plants and animals in an aquatic biome have, in general, adapted to survive in either freshwater or saltwater based on their tolerance to varying salt levels.

Smooth cordgrass, found in the Chesapeake Bay’s saltwater marshes, provides a home for many creatures, including marsh periwinkle snails. These tiny creatures climb the tall grass to escape high tide and predators such as crabs and fish.

Crabs help keep the population of Marsh Periwinkles in check. When the Blue Crab is overfished, the number of snails explodes. The snails, in turn, overfeed on the marsh grasses, disrupting the delicate ecological balance of the ecosystem.

#SmithsonianGardens #SGHabitat

Come early on Sunday, March 29 to view the new exhibition "Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, an...
02/27/2020
Before There Was Beyoncé, There Was Humboldt

Come early on Sunday, March 29 to view the new exhibition "Alexander von Humboldt and the United States: Art, Nature, and Culture" and then join us at 3 p.m. for a talk with Eleanor Jones Harvey, senior curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery, who organized the exhibition.

Tickets are selling quickly for this program, get yours here: https://s.si.edu/Humboldt

Meet Alexander von Humboldt, the singular superstar of the 1800s

Our Smithsonian World Art History Certificate Program examines the major creators, movements, and historical periods tha...
02/26/2020

Our Smithsonian World Art History Certificate Program examines the major creators, movements, and historical periods that shaped art across civilizations and centuries.

These artworks from the Smithsonian's collections are now part of #SmithsonianOpenAccess and yours to explore, download, and remix. Learn more: https://www.si.edu/openaccess

Join our Certificate Program here: https://s.si.edu/CertificateProgram

Artworks:
Ferdinand Victor Eugene Delacroix, The Smoker. Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
John Singleton Copley Self-Portrait. National Portrait Gallery
Winslow Homer, Boys in a Dory. Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Auguste Rodin, Woman with Crab. Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

To our World Art History Certificate Program enrollees and all of you who love art history and the Smithsonian, #Smithso...
02/26/2020
Smithsonian Open Access

To our World Art History Certificate Program enrollees and all of you who love art history and the Smithsonian, #SmithsonianOpenAccess is a game changer!

This week, 2.8 million Smithsonian digital collections were added to the public domain. You can download, share, and even remix these images—including 6,000 portraits and 40,500 design objects—according to your own parameters!

Jump in and explore this tool that invites you to learn, research, explore, and create in ways you couldn’t before.

Learn more about Smithsonian Open Access

02/25/2020
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Big news here at the Smithsonian today! Download, share, and reuse millions of the Smithsonian’s images—right now, without asking.

The #SmithsonianOpenAccess launch includes about 2.8 million of digital collection images and nearly two centuries of data, with content across disciplines—from portraits of historic American figures to 3D scans of dinosaur skeletons.

The Smithsonian's treasures belong to you. Now you can download, transform and share the Smithsonian’s Open Access content for any purpose, for free, without further permission from the Smithsonian.

We can't wait to see how you get creative with about 2.8 million Smithsonian collection images, 3D models, data and research.

Tune in to our #SmithsonianOpenAccess event tonight at 7:15 p.m. ET at si.edu/OpenAccess.

We have such talented students! Here is some of their work from today's Animal Portraits Studio Arts Workshop. They have...
02/24/2020

We have such talented students! Here is some of their work from today's Animal Portraits Studio Arts Workshop. They have the cutest pets!

Have a look at what’s coming up next week Feb 23-29!Get your tickets here: https://s.si.edu/ThisWeekMONDAY, February 24V...
02/23/2020
Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining. Informative. Eclectic. Insightful.

Have a look at what’s coming up next week Feb 23-29!

Get your tickets here: https://s.si.edu/ThisWeek

MONDAY, February 24
Volcanoes of the Western Aleutians
Evening Program
6:45 p.m.

TUESDAY, February 25
The Black Death's Legacy: Wealthy Orphans of Renaissance Florence
Evening Program
6:45 p.m.

THURSDAY, February 27
Neighborhoods of Milan: Discovering Hidden Gems
Evening Program
6:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, February 29
Off-the-Wall Assemblage
4-Session Weekend Course
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Palestinian Embroidery 101: Birds of Palestine on Aida Cloth
Studio Arts Workshop
12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

What a fantastic evening with Danny Meyer last night! He covered everything from how the food scene has transitioned in ...
02/21/2020

What a fantastic evening with Danny Meyer last night! He covered everything from how the food scene has transitioned in DC, “This town has changed from, eat your steak and be home by 8:30 to… one of the most dynamic food destinations anywhere” to equitable pay for servers and back of the house staff, “I think it’s the right thing to do in order to professionalize our industry and it is not easy… but I would also say that sometimes you have to do what you think is right and try to prove to yourself that what you think is right is also good business.”

Thanks to Maialino Mare for the delicious granola!

Continents are found on no other planet known to us. Yet their origins remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of ear...
02/20/2020
Volcanoes of the Western Aleutians

Continents are found on no other planet known to us. Yet their origins remain one of the great unsolved mysteries of earth and planetary science. Today, one location on the planet has been called a “continental nursery”—the line of active volcanoes in the Western Aleutians.

On Monday, Feb. 24, join research geologist and curator Liz Cottrell of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History as she recounts her 2015 journey to the middle of the Bering Sea to explore active volcanic features in Western Aleutians previously unknown to science.

Get your tickets: https://s.si.edu/Volcanoes

Join research geologist and curator Liz Cottrell of the Natural History Museum as she recounts her 2015 journey to the middle of the Bering Sea to explore active volcanic features previously unknown to science.

Yesterday members were treated to a docent led tour of the Chiura Obata: American Modern at the Smithsonian American Art...
02/20/2020

Yesterday members were treated to a docent led tour of the Chiura Obata: American Modern at the Smithsonian American Art Museum. The exhibition presents the most comprehensive survey of Japanese-born artist Chiura Obata’s work from bold California landscape paintings to intimate drawings of his experiences of the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans during World War II. The exhibit is on view through May 25, 2020.

Smithsonian Associates members get access to two, Exclusive Free Member Tours throughout the year among other perks. Learn more: https://s.si.edu/MemberTours

It's National #LoveYourPetDay! This pet portrait was created by Lori VanKirk Schue, who will lead our Animal Portraits w...
02/20/2020

It's National #LoveYourPetDay! This pet portrait was created by Lori VanKirk Schue, who will lead our Animal Portraits workshop next Monday. We can’t wait to share the delightful portraits our students create!

We want to see your pets too! Share a photo in the comments below.

Want to learn more about our Studio Arts classes? View our Spring 2020 e-guide: https://s.si.edu/ArtClasses

Plantagenets and Tudors and Windsors, oh my! Britain boasts one of the eight longest-reigning monarchies in the world, a...
02/19/2020
A History of the British Royal Family

Plantagenets and Tudors and Windsors, oh my! Britain boasts one of the eight longest-reigning monarchies in the world, and certainly the most famous. Beginning March 26, Tudor scholar Carol Ann Lloyd leads a daytime course exploring early legends to modern monarchs.

Learn more: https://s.si.edu/Royal-Family

Exciting news—Sam Gilliam will take over the second floor of the Hirshhorn in spring 2022!In 2009, Gilliam created "Muse...
02/18/2020
A Major Sam Gilliam Retrospective Is Coming to the Hirshhorn | Washingtonian (DC)

Exciting news—Sam Gilliam will take over the second floor of the Hirshhorn in spring 2022!

In 2009, Gilliam created "Museum Moment" for our Smithsonian Art Collectors Program program as a celebration of art inspired by the first commission he created for the Smithsonian in 1987. Combined shapes create an explosive power with lush color and a heavily textured overlay. It is a tense balance of intellectual structure and paint. Gilliam, along with Master printer Lou Stovall of Workshop Inc. produced the edition.

For more information visit: https://s.si.edu/SamGilliam

The DC artist is having a big moment

Happy President's Day!George Washington once wrote to James Madison: “Liberty when it begins to take root, is a plant of...
02/17/2020
American History Programs

Happy President's Day!

George Washington once wrote to James Madison: “Liberty when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth.”

Join us in exploring the fascinating history of our nation: https://s.si.edu/AmericanHistory

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

Check out what's coming up this week! Feb 17-23:Grab your tickets now: https://s.si.edu/WeeklyRoundUpFEBTUESDAY, Februar...
02/16/2020
Smithsonian Associates

Check out what's coming up this week! Feb 17-23:

Grab your tickets now: https://s.si.edu/WeeklyRoundUpFEB

TUESDAY, February 18
The Creative Curve: Unplugging the Myth of the "Lightbulb Moment"
Evening Program with Book Signing
6:45 p.m.

WEDNESDAY, February 19
Seeing History Through Artists' Eyes
4-Session Evening Course
6:45 p.m.

THURSDAY, February 20
Composition
4-Session Daytime Course
2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Restaurateur Danny Meyer: Bringing Manhattan Style to DC Dining
Evening Program
6:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, February 22
Henri Matisse: Master of Color and Line
All-Day Program
9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

SUNDAY, February 23
What Makes It Great? with Rob Kapilow 2019-2020 Series
Co-presented with The Washington Chorus
Weekend Program with Performance
6:30 p.m.

Products that tout the powers of CBD are popping up all over the marketplace. Next week we're hosting Steven Grant, a ne...
02/14/2020
The Science of CBD: Anecdotes and Evidence

Products that tout the powers of CBD are popping up all over the marketplace. Next week we're hosting Steven Grant, a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, for a discussion on what research has or has not discovered about this chemical's potential benefits and risks. Join us Feb. 20 at 6:45 p.m.

Get your tickets here: https://s.si.edu/CBD

Listen to Steven Grant's interview on the Not Old - Better podcast: https://notold-better.com/427-the-science-of-cbd-anecdotes-and-evidence-dr-steven-grant/

Products that tout the powers of CBD are popping up all over the marketplace. Join Steven Grant, a neuroscientist at the National Institutes of Health, for an examination of what research has—and more importantly, has not—discovered about this elusive chemical's potential benefits and ri...

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️
02/14/2020
Smithsonian

Happy Valentine's Day! ❤️

Happy Valentine's Day! Explore these vintage valentines and other cute collections from across the Smithsonian.

Attendees at our Valentine's Day Bouquets program this week had a great time learning to make beautiful bouquets! Come a...
02/13/2020

Attendees at our Valentine's Day Bouquets program this week had a great time learning to make beautiful bouquets! Come and join us tomorrow for an alternative #ValentinesDay date: learning about some of Mother Nature’s greatest examples of relationships.

In a special evening program, Smithsonian scientist lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno and entomologist Natasha Mehdiabadi will explain why some couples in nature are more complex than a pair of love birds: they reflect symbiotic associations.

Tickets for You+Me=Symbiosis: https://s.si.edu/ValentinesDay-Symbiosis

Danny Meyer will be speaking at the Smithsonian in one week! Join us for a conversation with Meyer and the Washington Po...
02/13/2020
Restaurant guru Danny Meyer’s tips for restoring the soul at the dinner table

Danny Meyer will be speaking at the Smithsonian in one week! Join us for a conversation with Meyer and the Washington Post's Tim Carman on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Tickets: https://s.si.edu/RestaurateurDannyMeyer

Mary Beth Albright has lunch with restaurateur Danny Meyer in this episode of Mary Beth Won’t Dine Alone. They discuss the importance of people with opposing viewpoints eating together, including Democrats and Republicans.

That’s quite a mouthwatering picture, isn’t it? Is there anything better than a perfect schmear? On Sunday, March 29, hi...
02/12/2020
Bagel and Lox: An Edible Icon

That’s quite a mouthwatering picture, isn’t it? Is there anything better than a perfect schmear?

On Sunday, March 29, historian Ted Merwin bites into the cultural history of the beloved breakfast sandwich examining why it's a Jewish tradition, where and how it originates, and what makes some bagels superior to others. (Is it really the New York water?)

Also hear from local purveyors about their approach to making bagels and smoking fish. Before leaving, enjoy a classic combo with ingredients from Call Your Mother Deli and Blue Circle Foods.

Get your tickets now: https://s.si.edu/BagelAndLox

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

Happy National Inventors' Day! Next week we are hosting a program all about innovation! Technology entrepreneur Allen Ga...
02/11/2020
The Creative Curve: Unplugging the Myth of the "Lightbulb Moment"

Happy National Inventors' Day! Next week we are hosting a program all about innovation! Technology entrepreneur Allen Gannett will explain how recent psychological research indicates a predictable science behind success in creative endeavors—he calls it “the Creative Curve." Creative ideas are not just the province of so-called geniuses, but within the reach of everyone.

Next Tuesday, Feb. 18 Gannett will examine the stories of innovators such as the Broadway team that developed Dear Evan Hansen, the chief operating officer of Netflix, and Michelin-starred chefs among others to identify the common patterns behind their achievements.

Tickets: https://s.si.edu/CreativeCurve

Looking for that elusive spark of inspiration to write a hit screenplay or book, design an effective marketing campaign, or start a successful company? Learn why technology entrepreneur Allen Gannett says to stop waiting and discover that creative ideas are not just the province of so-called geniuse...

What's Coming Up this week Feb 11-15!You still have time to get your tickets: https://s.si.edu/WeeklyRound-UpTUESDAY, Fe...
02/11/2020
Smithsonian Associates

What's Coming Up this week Feb 11-15!
You still have time to get your tickets: https://s.si.edu/WeeklyRound-Up

TUESDAY, February 11
Economics + Dystopian Literature
Evening Program
6:45 p.m.

THURSDAY, February 13
Louis Armstrong: American Icon
Evening Program
6:45 p.m

FRIDAY, February 14
Paper Frenzy
2-Session Daytime Workshop
10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

You + Me = Symbiosis
Evening Program
6:45 p.m.

SATURDAY, February 15
Masterworks of Five Centuries
Saturday Concert Series
6:30 p.m.

If your favorite moment of the Academy Awards last night was watching Hildur Gudnadottir win Best Original Score, you wo...
02/10/2020
Classical Sounds of the Cinema: Magnificent Movie Music

If your favorite moment of the Academy Awards last night was watching Hildur Gudnadottir win Best Original Score, you won't want to miss our new series on the classical sounds of the cinema.

With fascinating clips, witty commentary, and piano demonstrations, concert pianist and movie fanatic Rachel Franklin delves into the magic of some of the greatest film music ever composed (even when it was unintentional). Link below for tickets!

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

This Sunday spend a day with us exploring the life and works of Nobel prize winner, writer, and educator Toni Morrison. ...
02/07/2020
Toni Morrison’s Profound and Unrelenting Vision

This Sunday spend a day with us exploring the life and works of Nobel prize winner, writer, and educator Toni Morrison. Michele L. Simms-Burton, founding board member of The Toni Morrison Society, goes through Morrison’s career following the steps that lead her to become an acclaimed literary figure. #BecauseofHerStory

Tickets: https://s.si.edu/ToniMorrison

“The Bluest Eye,” which was published fifty years ago, cut a new path through the American literary landscape by placing black girls at the center of the story.

A big thanks to Darley Newman for sharing insider tips on Qatar, which she curated while filming Travels with Darley. On...
02/06/2020

A big thanks to Darley Newman for sharing insider tips on Qatar, which she curated while filming Travels with Darley. One thing we learned from her presentation last week is that Qatar is home to "singing" sand dunes. There are only about 30 in the world!

After the event, attendees enjoyed a delicious taste of Qatari traditional appetizers. We’re all adding Qatar to our next destination list!

TOMORROW! Washington City Paper's Noah Gittell joins us for an evening all about the #Oscars!From Academy Awards history...
02/05/2020
How To Watch the Oscars

TOMORROW! Washington City Paper's Noah Gittell joins us for an evening all about the #Oscars!

From Academy Awards history and trivia to discussions of this year’s nominations and behind-the-scenes stories, he'll sort through all the story lines, rumors, and gossip. Join us!

TICKETS: https://s.si.edu/HowToWatchtheOscars

Looking for an alternative #ValentinesDay date? We have the perfect plan for you! Join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day...
02/05/2020

Looking for an alternative #ValentinesDay date? We have the perfect plan for you! Join us in celebrating Valentine’s Day by looking at some of Mother Nature’s greatest examples of relationships. In a special evening program, Smithsonian scientists lichenologist Manuela Dal Forno and entomologist Natasha Mehdiabadi will explain why some couples in nature are more complex than a pair of love birds: They reflect symbiotic associations.

Get your tickets now: https://s.si.edu/ValentinesDay-Symbiosis

📷: Manuela Dal Forno collects a lichen specimen in the Itatiaia National Park, Brazil. By Marcelo P. Marcelli.

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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.
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.
I have 1 ticket for the sold out "Make the Most of Your Memory: The Science and Strategies You Need To Remember" all-day program on October 14 from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. available at cost if anyone is interested.
I purchased a subscription for a friend, a year ago. Now you are wasting postage, writing me monthly, to renew. My friend received ONE ISSUE! Not what I call a years' subscription. I am paid up until 2019. Save me grief, and him, too. Save paper and postage. Please - STOP WRITING, and begging. Done, and Done. - JWood. NM
Why I will not become an Associate (71441294, yes, under my deceased husband's name): p19, "Analyzing President Trump's First Year" lead participant of the "experts" you have: Julian Zelizer of CNN (CNN, really, SI?); p12 "Journalists on Jounalism" "above the fold" reporters, Leslie Stahl, the head of Axios, NPR and PBS "journalists" (rather limited scope for those who provide "nuanced insights"?), p49 "American Women in Politics" with its focus on numbers (of women holding office) rather than the focus on addressing needs and using a photo of the recent "Women's March" (which had more to do with disappointment than with political meaning, inviting incredible violence)? You pander to a certain class of Washingtonians out of touch with the rest of the country, all with federal funds. And I will have no part of it, thank you.