Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building

Activity

Be Your Own Superhero

The Smithsonian's very own comic artist, Evan Keeling, has developed zine-style mini-comics tackling difficult and complex subjects ranging from the Japanese American incarceration during World War 2 to the conservation efforts of Smithsonian scientists. 

Saturday 6/23 1:00PM
Sunday 6/24 1:00PM

Common Ground

In a world overrun by conversations about the things that divide us, we are all in search of a little connection. Join the Arts & Industries Building team as we engage with our neighbors to talk about the things that unite us. You will be randomly paired with a fellow visitor for a 10-minute unscripted conversation around a shared question.

Thursday 6/21 2:00PM
Friday 6/22 2:00PM
Saturday 6/23 2:00PM
Saturday 6/23 6:00PM
Sunday 6/24 2:00PM

Meditate for Happiness

The Freer|Sackler will host free drop-in meditation workshops at 11:00am each day of the festival. Take a moment out of your day, calm the breath, relax deeply, and awaken to effortless attention. Sessions last 45 minutes and are appropriate for all levels; no experience required. 

Thursday 6/21 11:00AM
Friday 6/22 11:00AM
Saturday 6/23 11:00AM
Sunday 6/24 11:00AM

Smithsonian "Solstice Saturday" festivities and extended hours

In association with By The People, the Smithsonian will celebrate the first Saturday of summer–“Solstice Saturday”–with free parties, programs and performances on June 23. In addition to programs for adults and children running throughout the day, most Smithsonian museums will be open until midnight.

Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE

Installation

Hoesy Corona

Hoesy Corona is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts organizer creating videos and soundscapes for his visual and performance project Alie[N]ation which investigates and dismantles alien tropes, xenophobic language and the archetype of the scapegoat.

Saturday 6/23 7:00PM | FREE

Maya Freelon

'Reciprocity Respite & Repass'. Experience happiness in this immersive tissue paper sculpture installation at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building. Join us for collaborative art making workshops where you can add on to these colorful sculptures.

Thursday 6/21 10:00AM | FREE
Friday 6/22 10:00AM | FREE
Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE
Sunday 6/24 10:00AM | FREE

Linda Hesh

"Put the 'I' Into C_vic ". You complete the art work. In this season of constant political questioning, local artist Linda Hesh, presents us with a way to voice our opinions.

Thursday 6/21 10:00AM | FREE
Friday 6/22 10:00AM | FREE
Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE
Sunday 6/24 10:00AM | FREE

Jenny E. Sabin

LUX is a knitted light installation, immersing visitors in a responsive glow of photo-luminescence. 

 

Thursday 6/21 10:00AM | FREE
Friday 6/22 10:00AM | FREE
Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE
Sunday 6/24 10:00AM | FREE

Georgia Saxelby

"To Future Women" is a 20 year time capsule of letters written to the next generation of women. An ongoing interactive artwork by Halcyon Arts Lab artist Georgia Saxelby, "To Future Women" memorializes the anniversary of the Women's March through the platform of art.

 

Thursday 6/21 10:00AM | FREE
Friday 6/22 10:00AM | FREE
Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE
Sunday 6/24 10:00AM | FREE

Rachel Schmidt

'Monument for Picnics' seeks to recreate an outdoor picnic scene from the early twenty-first century by using recycled materials to create an immersive future landscape. Visitors are encouraged to sit on picnic blankets in the faux-grass field, watch video projections of sunsets gleaming onto the faux-cumulus clouds, and experience a synthetic picnic of the future.

 

Thursday 6/21 10:00AM | FREE
Friday 6/22 10:00AM | FREE
Saturday 6/23 10:00AM | FREE
Sunday 6/24 10:00AM | FREE