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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

Film: "Salsa in Japan"

Thursday, May 28, 2015 - 12:00pm

This remarkable documentary on multiculturalism explores the growing subculture of salsa dancing in Japan, where salsa dancing and clubs serve as a source of interaction and cultural mingling betwe

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.

Lecture: Abaca: The Thread That Intertwines the Indigenous Groups of the Philippines

Friday, May 29, 2015 - 4:00pm

Fashion designer Leonora Cabili will discuss the fiber that is endemic to the Philippines, and the role it plays in keeping the traditions of the indigenous peoples alive.

Arts for Families: Felt Masks: Change Your Identity

Saturday, May 30, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

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

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: From Buta to Paisley: European and Kashmiri Shawls in the Nineteenth Century

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 10:30am

Cecilia Gunzburger Anderson, adjunct faculty in George Mason University's Department of Art History, will discuss the sumptuous Kashmiri shawls that became all the rage in European fashion at the turn of the nineteenth century.

Arts for Families: Hats and Accessories: Decorate Yourself

Saturday, June 6, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore the many reasons hats are made and the unique variety of styles worn around the world. Find inspiration in the galleries, then make your own hat. 

Textiles at Twelve: Exploring Textiles From the Museum's Education Collection

Thursday, June 11, 2015 - 12:00pm

The museum will open its archive of educational textiles to the public to handle and examine.

Lecture: Piña: The Textile Tradition of Kalibo, Aklan, Philippines

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00pm

Fashion icon and designer Patis Tesoro will explain the intricacies of this most celebrated Philippine textile made purely from pineapple leaves.

Arts for Families: Hats and Accessories: Decorate Yourself

Saturday, June 13, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore the many reasons hats are made and the unique variety of styles worn around the world. Find inspiration in the galleries, then make your own hat. 

A visitor learns how to weave on a loom at a past Celebration of Textiles festival

36th Annual Celebration of Textiles

Sunday, June 14, 2015 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

Join us at the museum and GW's University Yard for a free family festival celebrating the international art of textiles.

Washington History: Walking the Spirit of Black Foggy Bottom

Monday, June 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

A two-hour walking tour will explore the significant role African Americans played in developing the nation’s capital.

Textiles at Twelve: Shifting Identities: Islamic Textiles in the Christian World

Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 12:00pm

Senior Curator Sumru Belger Krody will discuss textiles on display that were produced in Islamic lands, but have found second lives in Europe as prized possessions.

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.

Arts for Families: Hats and Accessories: Decorate Yourself

Saturday, June 20, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore the many reasons hats are made and the unique variety of styles worn around the world. Find inspiration in the galleries, then make your own hat. 

Film: "Yinka Shonibare MBE, In Conservation"

Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 12:00pm

In this short film, internationally renowned textile artist Yinka Shonibare MBE, discusses his work, influences, and the themes of identity in a conversation with Yorkshire Sculpture Park's Directo

Arts for Families: Hats and Accessories: Decorate Yourself

Saturday, June 27, 2015 - 1:00pm to 4:00pm

Explore the many reasons hats are made and the unique variety of styles worn around the world. Find inspiration in the galleries, then make your own hat. 

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.

Civil War Tours

On Saturdays this summer, a free shuttle will take visitors to three Civil War exhibitions across Washington, D.C.

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.