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Watch artists at work, and make your own creations.


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Arts Activity: Textile Traditions from Bahrain

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Learn about Bahraini textile traditions, and create designs inspired by patterns in traditional women’s clothing. This workshop is led by artist Hala Al Khalifa and sponsored by the Embassy of Bahrain.

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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Ceramic Traditions from Afghanistan

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Drop by to watch as ceramicist Abdul Matin Malekzadah, who is visiting from the Turquoise Mountain Institute in Afghanistan, demonstrates the materials and techniques of his craft.

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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Chinese Calligraphy: Brushing Elegant Chinese Characters

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Learn how Chinese calligraphers create elegant Chinese characters using brush, ink, and rice paper, and try out the process yourself in this demonstration and hands-on activity led by artist John Wang. Hosted by Madison Chinese Dance Academy.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Creating Landscapes: Chinese Brush Painting

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Explore depictions of the “four gentlemen”—plum, orchid, bamboo, and chrysanthemum, four plants often featured in Chinese art—in this painting demonstration led by artist Bertrand Mao. Hosted by Madison Chinese Dance Academy.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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CULTURUNNERS Pop-Up Open Studio

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Join curator Stephen Stapleton and Saudi Arabian artists from CULTURUNNERS as they share their stories in a Gulf Stream RV used for road trips across the United States. Since 2014, CULTURUNNERS has invited artists on journeys to explore interconnected histories and common concerns between the United States and Middle East.

Image: Marwen Farhat

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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Hangeul and Hanji: The Korean Alphabet and Paper Arts

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Learn basic letters from the Korean alphabet (known as Hangeul) through simple art-making processes in this workshop and demonstration, led by artist Sammy Lee and hosted by the Korean Cultural Center. Make rubbings of letterforms including consonants and vowels, work with traditional mulberry paper (hanji), and try out techniques for manipulating paper to make three-dimensional artworks.

Sammy Lee is an interdisciplinary artist and a proprietor of Studio SML | k in Denver. Her work focuses on spatial, narrative, and sequential qualities in personal history, as she incorporates her diverse explorations in fine art, design, and architecture. Lee was born and raised in Seoul and moved to Southern California at the age of sixteen. She studied fine art and media design at UCLA and architecture at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work has been exhibited internationally and can be found in collections at the Getty Research Institute, Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, Spencer Museum of Art, and the Spanish National Library in Madrid.

Photo: Sammy Lee

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Janur: Indonesian Coconut Leaf Folding

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Watch a janur (coconut leaf folding) demonstration to see how these traditional Balinese decorations for celebrations are made. Then, try out the materials yourself, and make your own decoration to take home. Hosted by the Embassy of Indonesia.

Photo: Kembangrabs, Wikipedia Commons

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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Kolam: Rice Flour Drawing

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Celebrate Diwali, a five-day festival of lights held in India and around the world every autumn, in which light symbolically triumphs over darkness. Artist Shanthi Chandrasekar demonstrates kolam, the art of creating beautiful patterns from rice flour and illuminating them with light.

Image: Gaya Mohan

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Lantern Making

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Join us to light up the night and decorate the garden in the spirit of the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with a magical display of colorful paper lanterns. Watch a traditional lantern maker at work, and create your own paper lantern to take home. Hosted by Madison Chinese Dance Academy with contributions from Chinese Culture and Community Service Center ADHC Chinese Painting Club, and featuring artists Hui Chen Hsu and Monica Huang.

Photo: Tivoli Gardens by Night, Wikimedia

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Live Mural Painting by CHELOVE, MasPaz, and SUPERWAXX

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

CHELOVE (a.k.a. Cita Sadeli), MasPaz (a.k.a. Federico Frum), and SUPERWAXX (a.k.a. Mia Abu-Bakr) are multidisciplinary artists whose work bridges illustration, design, and DC’s street art scene. Working collaboratively and independently, they have created projects in DC and around the world. Drawing inspiration from American pop culture, the environment, their multicultural heritage and the creative energy of IlluminAsia, they will paint a mural that explores cultural hybridity, identity, and migration.

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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Malulee’s Kitchen Pop-Up Library and Zine Making

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Browse a library of cookbooks and illustrated zines by local Asian American creators. Make your own DIY zine to take home, featuring artist-illustrated recipes for treats like mango sticky rice and curry puffs. This event is hosted by artist Margaret Huey and Malulee’s Kitchen, a project that seeks to provide a platform for Asian American artists to talk about food and culture.

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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Shining Light on Youth Voices with AALEAD

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 4 PM

Asian American LEAD supports low-income and underserved Asian Pacific American youth with educational empowerment, identity development, and leadership opportunities. Youth participating in the middle and high school programs share their perspectives and stories through art and writing.

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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The Art of Illumination

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 11 AM – 5 PM

Learn about illumination, an aspect of traditional Islamic book arts in which artists create beautiful patterns to decorate manuscripts’ borders and cover pages. Learn about the tools, materials, and techniques needed to make these intricate paintings with artists Lubna Zahid and Sughra Hussainy.

Venue: Smithsonian Gardens
Event Location: Haupt Garden
Cost: Free

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Live Screen Printing with Soul & Ink

Sunday, October 15, 2017, 12 – 4 PM

Watch live screen printing demonstrations by local artist collective Soul & Ink. Choose one of their four exclusive festival designs and watch the printing process up close. Then, customize your poster at a stencil station and have original art to take home in minutes.

Photo: Soul & Ink

Event Location: National Mall
Cost: Free

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