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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Margaret Mee and the Amazon: Guided Tour and Ecosystem Workshop
Presented by: Dumbarton Oaks

Students will visit the exhibition "Margaret Mee: Portraits of Plants" featuring twenty botanical watercolors of Brazilian flora in the Dumbarton Oaks collection by Margaret Mee, a pioneering artist, explorer, and advocate for the Amazon. The exhibition situates Mee within a long tradition of women botanical artists, and contemporary works by local photographer Amy Lamb, Smithsonian scientific illustrator Alice Tangerini, and Indian botanical artist Nirupa Rao. After the guided tour, students will participate in a hands-on workshop to explore an Amazon ecosystem, discuss the impact of deforestation and climate change, and consider how to help protect the rainforest as youth activists.
Dates: 4/2/20, 4/10/20, 4/22/20, 4/23/20, 4/29/20, 4/30/20, 5/1/20, 5/7/20, 5/13/20, 5/14/20, 5/15/20
Time: 10:00 AM 
Length of Event: 2 hours
Content Area: Science, Arts, Visual Arts, Hands-On Lab
Grades: 6th-12th
Ticket capacity: 30

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Beyond the Grave: Unearthing Medieval Egyptian Fashion
Presented by: Dumbarton Oaks

In ""Beyond the Grave: Unearthing Medieval Egyptian Fashion,"" students will uncover the fascinating history of the ornate, colorful, and sophisticated textiles that clothed the people of medieval Egypt from the 4th to the 14th century. Worn in life and often buried with the dead, the Egyptian fashion objects on display at Dumbarton Oaks reveal 1,000 years of history across a broad swath of society: from childhood to adulthood, polytheism to Christianity to Islam, the everyday to the elite.  In guided discussion and activities in the galleries, the program will ask students to consider clothing and jewelry, familiar features of our everyday lives and personal and community identities, through an art historical lens (looking at color, symbols, material, production, and historical context) and from a lost world: medieval Egypt, a part of the multicultural Byzantine Empire. Through hands-on activities, students will be introduced to textile designing and making and will reflect on what clothing, both historically and currently, tells us about how people see themselves and want to be seen, what they believe and value, and who they are, in life and death.
Dates: 12/5/19, 12/10/19, 12/12/19, 12/17/19, 12/19/19
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 75 minutes
Content Area: Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts
Grades: 6th-9th
Ticket capacity: 30

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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.