Calendar

Dancers perform at the October 2011 members' reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition.
Dancers perform at the members' October 2011 reception for the museum's "Weaving Abstraction" exhibition. Photo by Kevin Allen.

Educational programs are held at the new museum, located at 701 21st Street, NW, unless otherwise indicated. Keep reading for details on our upcoming offerings. 

Upcoming Programs & Events

Arts for Families: Ramadan Suncatcher: Let Your Light Shine!

Saturday, July 11, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Embrace the tradition of Islamic textile art by creating a unique suncatcher.

Adult Workshop: Embroidery for Beginners

Sunday, July 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Rediscover the beauty of hand embroidery in this three-hour summer workshop lead by Joan Dreyer, MFA.

Textiles at Twelve: Out of the Ordinary

Thursday, July 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Rebecca A.T. Stevens, consulting curator of contemporary textiles, will discuss the uniqueness of artworks on display and the continuing importance of textiles in twenty-first-century lives.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Japanese Kimono as Windows to Identity

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 10:30am

Japanese textile scholar Ann Marie Moeller will translate how kimono can reveal social class, marriage status, age, education, religious beliefs, sense of humor, and cleverness.

Arts for Families: Ramadan Suncatcher: Let Your Light Shine!

Saturday, July 18, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Embrace the tradition of Islamic textile art by creating a unique suncatcher.

Textiles at Twelve: Film: "Threads of Time: Handmade Textiles for Weddings in Fez, Morocco"

Thursday, July 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

This video documentary explores the making and use of handmade wedding fabrics in Fez, Morocco.

Photo of Lincoln's Cottage

Trip: Tour of Lincoln’s Cottage

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 11:00am

Join us for a visit to President Lincoln's Cottage at the Soldier's Home and guided tour of the current exhibition.

Arts for Families: Ramadan Suncatcher: Let Your Light Shine!

Saturday, July 25, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Embrace the tradition of Islamic textile art by creating a unique suncatcher.

Textiles at Twelve: Film: "Nick Cave Soundsuits Performance at Denver Art Museum"

Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

This film captures the 2013 dance performance hosted by the Denver Art Museum and renowned contemporary artist Nick Cave.

Arts for Families: Imperial Roundels: Dressed to Rule

Saturday, August 1, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Design your own "roundel" badge inspired by those worn by imperial courtiers and government officials in eighteenth-century China.

Textiles at Twelve: Displaying Textiles in "Unraveling Identity"

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Esther Méthé, the museum’s chief conservator, will give behind-the-scenes insight into how the textiles in "Unraveling Identity" are displayed.

Detail of 18th-century Causcus cover

13th International Conference on Oriental Carpets

Thursday, August 6, 2015 - 12:44pm to Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 12:44pm

The 2015 conference will be held from August 6–9 on GW's Foggy Bottom Campus in celebration of The Textile Museum's reopening at GW.

Arts for Families: Imperial Roundels: Dressed to Rule

Saturday, August 8, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Design your own "roundel" badge inspired by those worn by imperial courtiers and government officials in eighteenth-century China.

Exhibition Closes: "Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories"

Sunday, August 9, 2015 - 1:00pm to 5:00pm

August 9 will be the last day to see the exhibition Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories.

Arts for Families: Imperial Roundels: Dressed to Rule

Saturday, August 15, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Design your own "roundel" badge inspired by those worn by imperial courtiers and government officials in eighteenth-century China.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Kurdish Rugs and Weavings

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 10:30am

Collector Austin Doyle will discuss the persisting issues in distinguishing Kurdish material from pieces made by other weaving groups.

Textiles at Twelve: Film: "Threads of Time: Handmade Textiles for Weddings in Fez, Morocco"

Thursday, August 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

This video documentary explores the making and use of handmade wedding fabrics in Fez, Morocco.

Arts for Families: Imperial Roundels: Dressed to Rule

Saturday, August 22, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Design your own "roundel" badge inspired by those worn by imperial courtiers and government officials in eighteenth-century China.

Textiles at Twelve: How Did They Do That? Exploration of Weave Structures

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join an informal discussion led by the museum’s docents on basic weave structures and how they are used.

Lecture: Textiles and Identity in Africa

Thursday, August 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Christine Mullen Kreamer, deputy director and chief curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, will give an overview of African textiles and their contexts of use and circulation.

Arts for Families: Imperial Roundels: Dressed to Rule

Saturday, August 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Design your own "roundel" badge inspired by those worn by imperial courtiers and government officials in eighteenth-century China.

Textiles at Twelve: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, September 3, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curatorial and conservation staff.

Arts for Families: Compass Rose: Find Your Way

Saturday, September 5, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create your own compass rose like those featured on the historic maps of Washington, D.C., on view at the museum.

Textiles at Twelve: Art Therapy Through Arpilleras

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 12:00pm

Lisa Raye Garlock, licensed art therapist, textile artist, and full-time GW faculty member , will lead a discussion of this powerful technique and its role in treatment.

Lecture: Symbols of Power: Luxury Textiles From Islamic Lands, 7th–20th Century

Thursday, September 10, 2015 - 6:00pm

Join Louise Mackie, curator of Textiles and Islamic Art at the Cleveland Museum of Art, for a discussion of her new book.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Why Do We Like the Rugs We Like?

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 10:30am

Textile Museum Trustee and collector Wendel Swan will discuss aesthetics in the rug and textile world and why preferences are so diverse.

Arts for Families: Compass Rose: Find Your Way

Saturday, September 12, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create your own compass rose like those featured on the historic maps of Washington, D.C., on view at the museum.

D.C. Mondays at the Museum: Film: "Carousel of Memories"

Monday, September 14, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Cintia Cabib at this screening of her documentary on the significance of Glen Echo Park's carousel.

Trip: "Let the Games Begin" at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

Tuesday, September 15, 2015 - 11:00am

Gerhardt Knodel will lead a special tour of his one-person exhibition "Let the Games Begin!" at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center.

Textiles at Twelve: Film: "Woven Lives: Contemporary Textiles From Ancient Oaxacan Traditions"

Thursday, September 17, 2015 - 12:00pm

This documentary by Carolyn Kallenborn examines the traditional art and cultural sustainability of Zapotec communities in Oaxaca.

Exhibition Opens: "China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872)"

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

The exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872) opens September 19.

Exhibition Program: Curator Tour for Museum Members

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 11:00am

Curator Lee Talbot will discuss works on view in the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872).

Exhibition Program: Curator Tour

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 12:00pm

Curator Lee Talbot will discuss works on view in the exhibition China: Through the Lens of John Thomson (1868–1872).

Free; no reservations required.

Arts for Families: Compass Rose: Find Your Way

Saturday, September 19, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create your own compass rose like those featured on the historic maps of Washington, D.C., on view at the museum.

D.C. Mondays at the Museum: Jewish Immigrants in Washington, D.C., During the Civil War

Monday, September 21, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Zachary Paul Levine, curator at the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington, as he talks about the contributions and legacy left by the Jewish community on early Washington, D.C.

GW Arts Initiative Program: Sketching for Architecture and Interior Design

Wednesday, September 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Stephanie Travis, director of GW’s Interior Architecture and Design Program and interim co-director of the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design, as she discusses her recently published book.

Arts for Families: Compass Rose: Find Your Way

Saturday, September 26, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create your own compass rose like those featured on the historic maps of Washington, D.C., on view at the museum.

D.C. Mondays at the Museum: Printing the Civil War

Monday, September 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

Anne Dobberteen, assistant curator of the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection, gives an overview of nineteenth-century printmaking techniques and discusses their roles in spreading news, scenes of war, and strategic information during the Civil War.

GW Arts Initiative Program: Women’s Music Movement

Wednesday, September 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Bonnie Morris, GW Adjunct Professor in the Department of Women’s Studies, to hear rare songs and stories from women's music, record companies, and feminist festivals during 1975-2000.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

Regular programs bring together textile experts and enthusiasts for a thematic show and tell of personal pieces.

Textiles at Twelve

Weekly lunchtime programs—including films, lectures, and gallery talks—explore the textile arts and global cultures.

GW Arts Initiative Programs

Brief lectures and other interactive educational programs explore topics relating to art, history, and culture, and connect GW faculty, students, and the public.

Arts for Families

This weekly drop-in series invites families to explore art, history, and culture through a hands-on activity.