I have some exciting news to share with Washington Informer readers. In previous columns, you read about me joining the museum as the new director, our new mission and vision, and our newly refreshed spaces (both indoors and outside). Now, I ampleased to announce a new program series, Twilight Tuesday, designed to welcome you to enjoy the museum during extended hours every Tuesday evening until 8 p.m. starting on Jan. 7.
In order to truly be a community focused museum, we have to look at everything from our program offerings to our open hours. Our current hours of 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. are not convenient for everyone to take advantage of the wonderful programs and exhibits we offer during the week. I want to make sure the people who live and work near the museum have the opportunity to enjoy a cultural gem right in their backyard.
Extended hours will allow you, our guests, to view our current exhibit, A Right to the City, and to participate in special programs each Tuesday evening starting at 6:30 p.m. Future programs will provide a sneak peek into museum collections, a fun and friendly challenge on community game night, and an opportunity to access to your inner creative through a guided art activity. Programs will run between 30 and 60 minutes and will be offered free to the public. We’ll kick things off in January with the programs below. Visit our website at anacostia.si.edu for additional information on upcoming programs.
January 7 – Healthy Eats. Amanda Stephenson, founder of Fresh Food Factory, provides a food demo/tasting using ingredients from her Anacostia Arts Center store.
Jan 14 – Bust a Move. Hip Hop Dance demo and audience participation from Culture Shock, a D.C.-based dance organization.
Jan 21 – Highlight on the Collection. Champion boxer and Boxing Hall of Fame inductee Mark “Too Sharp” Johnson discusses his career and shows his boxing gear.
Jan 28 – The Art of Slam. What do you know about slam poetry? Jonathan Tucker from Poetry Teaching Artists introduces the art of slam for beginners based around themes of gentrification, displacement, and personal identity.
Can’t wait until January? Then bring the entire family on Friday, Dec. 27 for the museum’s annual Kwanzaa celebration, taking place at the Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus (THEARC) located at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE. Enjoy an energetic and interactive introduction to Kwanzaa with Melvin Deal African Heritage Dancers & Drummers. Kids can also make mixed-media, Kwanzaa-inspired arts and crafts through art workshops led by artist educators Brian Barber and Alma Robinson. Enjoy free admission and fun for the entire family!
As you move into a New Year, do be sure to plan a visit to the Anacostia Community Museum. We are working hard to develop and implement programs and exhibits that resonate with the community and allow us to work collaboratively with wonderful partners across the D.C. region. We seek to live our mission “to illuminate and amplify our collective power.”
Also, future columns will look just a little different as they will be authored by various members of the museum staff to offer you an insider’s look at what we do.
I, my staff and the advisory board of the Anacostia Community Museum wish everyone a wonderful holiday season and joyous New Year!