National Museum of African Art Opens Its Doors for 50th Anniversary Day Celebration June 3
Music, Performances and Dance Will Mark the Occasion
The Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art celebrates its 50th anniversary Tuesday, June 3, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Visitors of all ages can experience special performances and events intended to inspire them to learn more about the people and cultures of Africa and its diaspora through music, dance, film and art. The event is free.
12:30 – 2:00p.m. Eme and Heteru, Roots Band!
The original Capitol Hill museum was founded June 3, 1964, by Warren Robbins in a townhouse that was originally the home of abolitionist Frederick Douglass from 1871 to 1877. The anniversary year will honor Robbins’ vision of “cross-cultural communication through education in the arts of Africa.
“I want all ages to experience this special 50th-anniversary celebration at the National Museum of African Art,” said Maya Angelou, the honorary chair of the museum’s national campaign. “You can sing the songs, dance the dances, see the sculptures and hear the melodies. Not only do you belong to the museum, it belongs to you. Congratulations for the happy anniversary.”
50th Anniversary Schedule.
11:30a.m. Farafina Kan - drummers, stilt walkers – Outside museum
12 – 5p.m. Henna painting with Henna by Hadia - Outside museum All day “Wrappers and Robes, Tunics and Toppers” – Take your photo in traditional African clothing – in PavilionDRESS UP Photo Op for those who love African fashion. Fashions for kids and their families. Get creative with clothing from our education collection.
Hosted by Michel Martin, host of National Public Radio’s (NPR) Tell Me More.
PIC: MHS Press
Atlas Intersections Arts Festival's
third week peaks with a late night tribute to Roots music. At 10 p.m.
March 7th, Eme & Heteru take the stage with a
high-energy, one hour show that presents short, dramatic interpretations
of the evolution of popular African rhythms.
This particular production relives the significance of the 70s Afro Roots generation.The band's selection of upbeat dance tunes, chosen from an era of conflict of cultures and of struggles for artistic freedom of expression, celebrates pioneers such as Fela Kuti, Manu Dibango, Miriam Makeba and Ebo Taylor. These Originals inspired artists such as Alpha Blondy, Gigi, and of course the producers of the show- DC's own Eme and Heteru.
The show is on Mar. 7th, 2014, at 10:00 P.M. The venue is Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, N.E. Washington D.C. 20002
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