Courtesy of the Smithsonian American Art Museum; photo of Bruce Guthrie
The Smithsonian American Art Museum is collaborating for the ninth consecutive year with the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a series of in-person and virtual cherry blossom-themed public programs. The museum’s cherry blossom family activities and celebrations are part of its popular online Family Zone series, designed to stimulate learning, creativity and appreciation of the arts.
The museum’s popular Cherry Blossom Celebration for children and families will be performed in person outside at the museum’s F Street plaza on Saturday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. taiko the performance of the Nen Daiko Drum Group kicks off the celebration. Other performances include a koto performance by Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, and an all-vinyl set of Japanese soul, funk, boogie, pop and disco music by Les the DJ. A detailed performance schedule is available on the museum’s website at AmericanArt.si.edu/family. Step-by-step cherry blossom craft kits will be available for visitors to take home. A scavenger hunt inspired by spring-themed artwork in the museum’s collection will also be available. This program is free; registration is mandatory.
A virtual cherry blossom-themed workshop, part of the museum’s popular “Beyond the Studio” series, is scheduled for Sunday, March 27 at 1 p.m. ET. Lea Craigie-Marshall, the Official Artist of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival, will demonstrate the basics of working with oil pastels and share tips and tricks for creating beautiful works of art. Tickets ($15) include a kit of materials that will be mailed to attendees prior to the program. Participants must register by 7 p.m. ET on March 11.
Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop, a virtual art-making workshop designed for children ages 3-8 and their caregivers, will take place Saturday, April 9 at 10 a.m. ET. Families will discover how Cherry tree, or cherry blossoms, have been depicted in landscapes, figure paintings and prints for centuries and how Smithsonian conservators preserve these beautiful but fragile works of art. Next, participants will be guided on how to create their own cherry blossom-inspired creations. This program is part of a year-long series co-organized by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. This program is free; registration is mandatory.
These programs are presented as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.
Additional family activities are available on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Family Zone webpage, including seasonal crafts, coloring pages inspired by artwork from the museum’s permanent collection, videos, and more .
COVID-19 Guidelines for Family In-Person Cherry Blossom Celebration
Starting Friday, March 11, the Smithsonian will no longer require visitors to wear a mask to visit its museums and the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask when visiting or participating in a program or event. Social distancing continues to be encouraged and we ask people who are not feeling well to stay home. Updated information on COVID-19 safety guidelines and measures is available online at si.edu/visit.
The Smithsonian reserves the right to change hours of operation, capacity and visitor guidelines as circumstances require.
About the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Smithsonian American Art Museum houses one of the largest and most inclusive collections of American art in the world. His works of art reveal the rich artistic and cultural history of America from the colonial period to today. The main museum building is located at Eighth and G Streets NW and is open on a modified schedule due to the COVID-19 pandemic; check americanart.si.edu/visit for current hours and admission information. Free entry. Follow the museum on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Museum information (recorded): (202) 633-7970. Website: americanart.si.edu.
About the National Cherry Blossom Festival
The National Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the world’s great spring celebrations. Held from March 20 to April 17, the 2022 Festival will feature four weeks of events featuring diverse and creative programming that promotes traditional and contemporary arts and culture, natural beauty and community spirit.
Visit nationalcherryblossomfestival.org or call (877) 44-BLOOM for more information, or check Facebook (CherryBlossomFestival), Twitter (@CherryBlossFest) and Instagram (@CherryBlossFest).