National Museum of African Art (Smithsonian)

The mission of National Museum of African Art is To inspire conversations about the beauty, power, and diversity of African arts and cultures worldwide. The primary mission of the Education Department of the National Museum of African Art is to strengthen global arts and humanities appreciation by helping to increase understanding of our world’s cultural and artistic traditions through the lens of African and its diasporas.

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Spring Lottery

Stories Can Take Us Places!
Presented by: National Museum of African Art

"A dynamic, interactive storytelling event with tales from a diversity of regions of the African continent.  Bring your students to engage with Diane Macklin,  Storyteller and Performance Artist who will ignite the imagination and take your class on an exciting journey. 
 A program designed especially for Head Start and PreK through 2nd grade is available upon request.
Date: 5/7, 5/9, 5/16, 5/21, 5/23
Time: 10:30 am - 11:30 am 
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington DC 20013
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Dance, Music/ Music Production, Theatre, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), Foreign Langugage, History/Geography
Grades: PreK, K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th
Ticket capacity: up to 40 per date 

for "Stories Can Take Us Places!"
 

The Looking Lab: Learning the 7 Elements of Art through Close Looking
Presented by: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

All artists use visual tools to communicate.  Visit the museum and discover how to decode and find meaning in a work of art.  Students will learn the 7 elements of art in the exhibition, Visionary: Viewpoints of Africa's Artists through guided close looking with a variety of age appropriate activities.  Docents use imaginative strategies to help students practice focused looking and description.  All tours can be tailored to your classroom needs: themes, grade and age level.  Touchable objects available upon request.
Date: 5/7, 5/21, 6/5, 6/12
Time:10:30 AM and 11:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art,950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20013
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), History/Geography, Art
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th
Ticket capacity 40 per date, divided into groups of 25 students.

 for "The Looking Lab: Learning the 7 Elements of Art through Close Looking"

Jambo School Tour: An Introduction to African Art
Presented by: Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Discover the National Museum of African Art and its collections with us!  Bring students to tour one of our exciting exhibitions and learn about the museum's unique architecture - we're 96% underground!  Students will examine objects and ideas through a variety of age-appropriate activities. Our guides use imaginative strategies to help students learn how to look closely and make connections to African Art. Tours can be tailored to classroom curriculum.
Date:  4/10, 4/11, 4/17, 4/24, 4/25, 
Time: 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM
Length of Event:  1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave., SW, Washington D.C. 20013
Discipline: Humanities: Literary Arts, Humanities: Civics/ Social Studies, Visual Arts/ Photography/ Film
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning (continued), History/Geography
Grades: 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th
Ticket capacity 40 per date, divided into groups of 25 students.

 for "Jambo School Tour: An Introduction to African Art"

Previous Lotteries

Stories Can Take You Places
Presented by: Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art

Building community through rich tales, storyteller Diane Macklin animates tales from different regions of the African continent. This dynamic, interactive storytelling experience is seasoned with rhythm, sounds, and movement to ignite the imagination and take the listeners on an exciting journey. A program designed especially for Head Start and Pre-K through 2nd grade.
Date: 10/4; 10/18; 11/1; 11/15
Time: 10:20 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Discipline: Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, Foreign Langugage, History/Geography
Grades: PreK - 2nd Grade
Ticket capacity: 40 per dae.

Cover Stories: Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe
Presented by:  Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art

Immerse your students in the literature that they are studying and take their understanding and enjoyment to a whole new level with a visit at the National Museum of African Art. Tour a special exhibition that celebrates one of the best known literary works from Africa, Things Fall Apart, by Chinua Achebe. View Igbo art work on display and see visual stories related to the book come to life.
Dates & Times: 
10/2; 10/12; 10/16; 10/19; 10/30 @ 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM
11/7; 11/28; 12/6; 12/20 @ 11:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Discipline: Humanities
Curriculum Connections: English/ Language Arts, Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning
Grades: 9th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 40 per date 

Supplementary Materials: AHFES School Field Trips brochure

Jambo School Tour: An Introduction to African Art
Presented by: Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art

Discover the National Museum of African Art with us! Bring your students to tour one of our exciting exhibitions and learn about the museum’s unique architecture—the museum is 96% underground! Examine objects and ideas through a variety of age-appropriate activities. Our guides use imaginative strategies to help students learn focused looking and make connections to African Art. Tours can be tailored to meet the needs of your school.
Date: 10/1; 10/4; 10/8; 10/9; 10/10; 10/15; 10/18; 10/22; 10/23; 10/24; 10/26; 10/29; 11/1; 11/2; 11/5; 11/8; 11/9; 11/12; 11/13; 11/15; 11/16; 11/19; 11/20; 11/21; 11/26; 11/29; 11/30; 12/3; 12/4; 12/5; 12/7; 12/10; 12/12; 12/13; 12/14; 12/17; 12/18; 12/19; 12/21
Time: 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Discipline: Humanities
Curriculum Connections: Diversity, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd - 8th Grade
Ticket capacity: 40 per date 

Supplementary Materials: AHFES School Field Trips brochure

The Looking Lab: Learning the 7 Elements of Art
Presented by: Smithsonian, National Museum of African Art

All artists use visual tools to communicate—visit the museum and discover how to decode and understand any work of art! Students will learn the 7 elements of art, the essential units needed to become art experts, through closely examining objects and ideas with a variety of age-appropriate activities. Docents use imaginative strategies to help students learn focused-looking, and will tailor all tours to your needs in terms of themes and grade- and age-level. Touchable objects available upon request.
Date: 10/3; 10/11; 10/17; 10/25; 10/31; 11/6; 11/14; 11/27; 12/11
Time: 10:30 AM and 11:45 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Ave SW, Washington, DC 20560
Discipline: Humanities
Curriculum Connections: Philosophy, DCPS Framework for Arts Learning, History/Geography
Grades: 3rd - 5th Grade
Ticket capacity: 40 per date

Supplementary Materials: AHFES School Field Trips brochure

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