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

Washington History: Entrepreneurs, Administrators, and Citizens: Staking D.C., Claims in the Johnson and Nixon Years

Monday, April 20, 2015 - 12:00pm

Professional lecturer in GW's Department of History Bell Julian Clement is will discuss the Great Society era in Washington, D.C.

GW Arts Initiative Program: Reaching Neglected Communities Through Design

Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Nadia Volchansky, assistant professor for GW's Interior Architecture and Design Program as she discusses how designers provide solutions to various challenges in the community.

Photo of "Unraveling Identity" exhibition

Textiles at Twelve: Political Identity

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 12:00pm

Ingrid Creppell, associate professor at GW’s Department of Political Science and the Elliott School of International Affairs will lead an informal talk and discussion on the history of political identity and its expression and transmission.

Photo of beaded sculpture by Joyce Scott

Voices of American Design Lecture: "Up to My Old Tricks Again": Visual and Performance Art

Thursday, April 23, 2015 - 6:00pm

Joyce J. Scott is an internationally recognized sculptor, jeweler, printmaker, and installation and performance artist.

Photo of children creating Japanese paper dolls

Arts for Families: Japanese Paper Dolls

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

Dress a paper doll in your own exhibition-inspired outfit using traditional origami papers and Japanese textile patterns.

GW Arts Initiative Program: Documentary as "Truthiness"

Wednesday, April 29, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Nina Seavy, research professor of history and media and public affairs and director of GW's Documentary Center, for a lecture and presentation of film clips that explore documentary truth as art and the confusion of fact and fiction.

Film: "Between Two Worlds: Japanese Pilgrimage"

Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 12:00pm

This illuminating documentary explores the meaning and persistence of "pilgrimage" in contemporary industrial Japan.

Arts for Families: Felt Masks: Change Your Identity

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create a felt mask and transform yourself into a superhero, animal, or whatever you imagine to be.

Washington History: Staged Reading: National Civil War Project

Monday, May 4, 2015 - 12:00pm

Students from GW's Department of Theatre and Dance will perform a staged reading of a play from the National Civil War Project.

Exhibition Program: Korean Rank Indicators

Wednesday, May 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Curator Lee Talbot will discuss a Korean court apron on view in the exhibition Unraveling Identity: Our Textiles, Our Stories and outline its role within an elabora

Curator Lee Talbot looks at a piece brought in for an Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator session.

Textiles at Twelve: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, May 7, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Flash Gordon and the Language of Batik

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 10:30am

Museum Research Associate Mattiebelle Gittinger discusses how Western themes are interpreted in the imagery and symbolism of Indonesian batiks.

Arts for Families: Felt Masks: Change Your Identity

Saturday, May 9, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Create a felt mask and transform yourself into a superhero, animal, or whatever you imagine to be.

Adult Workshop: Felt Primer: Wet and Needle Felting

Sunday, May 10, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Join international teacher and fiber expert Renate Maile-Moskowitz to learn the centuries-old art of felting.

Exhibition Program: Staged Reading: Morning Star

Thursday, May 14, 2015 - 4:30pm

Students from GW's Department of Theater and Dance will perform a staged reading of a play written in 1932.

Kioymi Iwata with her work. Photo by David Hunter Hale.

Trip: Textile Treasures of Richmond, Virginia

Saturday, May 16, 2015 - 8:30am to 9:30pm

Join the museum for a day trip to Richmond to enjoy the diverse—old and new—textile treasures of the city.

Photo of a ceramic artwork by Wayne Higby

Voices of American Design Lecture: Light Falling on Grass

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 6:00pm

Ceramic artist Wayne Higby has earned international acclaim for his innovative vessels, sculptures, and architectural installations inspired by the American landscape.

Exhibition Program: Married in the Kitchen: A Brief History of Wedding Gowns

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 6:00pm

Though all in attendance at a wedding admire the bride’s gown, few ask what concepts guide its appearance, where its essential elements come from, or what they signify.

Adult Workshop: Weaving for Beginners

Sunday, June 28, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Discover the secrets of woven cloth through this hands-on weaving workshop taught by textile designer and educator, Karthika Audinet.

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.