Dumbarton Oaks

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection supports research and learning internationally in Byzantine, Garden and Landscape, and Pre-Columbian studies through fellowships and internships, meetings, and exhibitions. Located in residential Georgetown, Dumbarton Oaks welcomes researchers at all career stages who come to study its books, objects, images, and documents. It opens its doors to the public to visit its historic garden, designed by Beatrix Farrand; its museum, with world-class collections of art; and its Music Room, for lectures and concerts. The institute disseminates knowledge through its own publications and online resources. Innovative programming has introduced students of all ages to the museum, gardens, and collections. View more information on their Member Feature Page. 

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Spring Lottery 

Events taking place between April and June will be available in the Spring Lottery opening on March 4th.

Cracking an Ancient American Code
Presented by: Dumbarton Oaks
What if textiles ruled the world instead of texts? For millennia, the people of South America encoded economic, political, and possibly narrative information in complex textile devices made up of knots and colors known as khipu. At Dumbarton Oaks, home to a world-class collection of indigenous American objects and a groundbreaking exhibition on khipu, students will study these extraordinary devices variously described as an early form of binary code, a communication technology, and a medium for storytelling and poetry. Through guided study of khipu in the Dumbarton Oaks galleries and hands-on activities (including making khipu), students will exercise skills such as source-analysis and critical thinking to trace the 1300-year trajectory of this enigmatic South American information technology and challenge the colonial European narratives we often encounter about the cultures and people indigenous to the Americas. 
Date: 4/8, 4/11, 5/1, 5/6, 5/15, 5/16, 5/22, 5/23, 5/29, 5/30
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am 
Length of Event: 1 hour and 30 minutes
Location: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection,
1703 32nd Street NW, Washington D.C., 20007
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), History/Geography
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity:  up to 30 per date, divided into 2 groups of 15

Supplementary Materials: Organization will visit the class prior to the AHFES experience to assist in preparing the students and unpacking the preparatory materials.

for Cracking an Ancient American Code 

Previous Lotteries

Juggling the Middle Ages 
Presented by: Dumbarton Oaks

The program will engage students with an exhibition on medieval tale of “The Juggler of Notre Dame,” which tells the story of a juggler-turned-monk with no gift to offer a statue of the Virgin Mary except his juggling. The exhibition explores the various ways the story has been told, in painting, sculpture, film, and more, from the thirteenth century to the present. The program introduces students to elements of medieval culture (from stained glass to the architecture of cathedrals) and explores how these medieval traditions inform modernity through, for example, the Gothic revival that marks many buildings in Washington, D.C.
Date: 01/08/19 , 01/24/19, 01/31/19, 02/01/19, 02/06/19, 02/07/19, 02/15/19, 02/26/19, 02/28/19
Time: 10AM
Length of Event: 1 hour and 20 minutes
Location: 1703 32nd Street NW, Washington D.C., 20007
Discipline: Humanities, Literary Arts
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), History/Geography
Grades: 9th-12th
Ticket capacity 30 per date. (Please limit request to approximately 50 students per school, if possible so we can reach as many schools as possible. Smaller groups are easiest to accommodate in our transportation budget.)

Supplementary Materials: Lesson Plan

Juggling the Middle Ages
Presented by: Dumbarton Oaks

“Juggling the Middle Ages” is an exhibition on the medieval tale of the Juggler of Notre Dame which tells the story of a juggler turned monk who has no gift to offer a statue of the Virgin except his juggling. Since its rediscovery in the 1870s, the story has been revived, revisited, and reworked into books, movies, plays, and music.
Date: 10/23/18, 10/24/18, 10/30/18, 10/31/18, 11/7/18, 11/14/18, 11/21/18
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 1.5 hours
Location:  Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St NW, Washington, DC 20007
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Visual Arts/ Photography/Film
Curriculum Connections: Philosophy, Architecture/ Urban Studies, History/Geography
Grades: 9th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 30 per date

Supplementary Materials: Lesson Plan

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The DC Collaborative is a FY19 Service Organization grant recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

The DC Collaborative is proud to receive a grant for its Collective Impact work supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.