This Juneteenth celebration is designed for middle and high schoolers to participate in MWFTA's 3-part Master Class Series & Showcase led by DC-based artist instructor Chinedu Felix Osuchukwu.
Youth will create and showcase freedom-inspired artwork, with a focus on career aspirations, among the historic works of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM).
SAAM is home to one of the most significant collections of works by African American artists in the world. The artists included in SAAM’s collection powerfully evoke themes both universal and specific to the African American experience. Many reflect the tremendous social and political change that occurred from the early Republic to the Civil War, through the rise of industry, the Jazz Age and the Harlem Renaissance, the post-war years, the Civil Rights movement to present day questions of personal identity and racism. Do not miss this opportunity to involve your youth in this important educational and cultural event.
MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS VISUAL ARTS WORKSHOP - 10 am to 4 pm
This 6-hour, fun-filled art-making workshop will include:
A brief History Lesson on the meaning of Juneteenth.
Museum tours of SAAM's EXPERIENCE AMERICA Exhibition led by SAAM docents.
Delicious, healthy breakfast and lunch options served in SAAM's beautiful Kogod Courtyard.
Environment-friendly workshop supplies and materials.
A final award and photo opportunity with program sponsors.
*From 10 am to 11 am, Parents and Adult guests who join for the day will have a special Art Exhibition Tour. From 11 am to 4 pm, you can also relax in a reserved section in SAAM's Public Courtyard that is adjacent to the CAFE where a selection of food, beverages and wine can be purchased.
STUDENT PRESENTATIONS & SHOWCASE RECEPTION - 4 pm to 6 pm
At 4 pm, the Student Presentations & Showcase Reception begin, where students will present their finished paintings to all Showcase parents & guests! In addition, we'll raise a celebratory Juneteenth "Freedom Day" Toast while serving an array of refreshing mocktails and nibbles!
VISIT SAAM'S GIFT SHOP, THE KOGOD COURTYARD & ART GALLERIES - 6 pm to 7 pm
Guests can visit SAAM's lovely gift shop, The Kogod Courtyard, and tour the museum's three floors of art galleries during the final hour that SAAM is open from 6 pm-7 pm.
A view of SAAM's Kogod Courtyard
The Monumental Women for the Arts Chapter of the Society, Incorporated would like to thank you in advance for attending our community-wide Juneteenth Visual Arts Program @ SAAM! We hope you will enroll a few students from your extended village to join our cultural event!