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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

Lafayette and GW's First Commencement

Wednesday, April 1, 2015 - 12:00pm

GW Archivist (Retired) David Anderson discusses the visit of French aristocrat and military officer Marquis de Lafayette and GW's first commencement in 1824.

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

Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

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

Photo of children creating Japanese paper dolls

Japanese Paper Dolls

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

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

Photo of visitors in the galleries

Highlights from the Washingtoniana Exhibitions

Monday, April 6, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Consulting Curator for the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection Jane Levey for a gallery talk highlighting pieces from current exhibitions.

MindFluctuations Photo of Dance Company

Dance and Technology: The "MindFluctuations" Project

Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 12:00pm

Join Maida Withers, professor in GW's Department of Theater and Dance as she discusses her most recent project, "MindFluctuations."

Detail of sutra cover, The Textile Museum 51.38

Buddhist Identity: Sutra Cover and Pilgrim's Tunic

Thursday, April 9, 2015 - 12:00pm

Curator Lee Talbot will discuss two pieces on display that explore Buddhist identity.

Detail of carpet

Women's Visions: A Nomad Legacy in Islamic Art

Saturday, April 11, 2015 - 10:30am

Rug dealer, author, and expert John Wertime discusses beautiful, varied, and traditional weavings produced by the women of Eastern Northwest Persia and the Transcaucasus.

Photo of children creating Japanese paper dolls

Japanese Paper Dolls

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

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

Photo of visitors in the "Unraveling Identity" exhibition

Identity and Religion

Wednesday, April 15, 2015 - 12:00pm

Professor Paul Duff of GW's Department of Religion will address the issue of religious identity in connection with pieces in The Textile Museum collections.

Photo of museum staff mounting a carpet for display

Displaying Textiles in "Unraveling Identity"

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 12:00pm

Maria Fusco, the museum's associate conservator, will give behind-the-scenes insight into how the textiles in the "Unraveling Identity" exhibition are displayed.

Detail of Mark Newport's Batman piece

Superheroes, Rock Stars, and Scars

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm

Artist Mark Newport will discuss the development of his work exploring the relationship between pop culture icons, memory, and the body.

Detail of kalamkari

Two Great Textile Traditions of Southern India

Saturday, April 18, 2015 - 10:30am

Textile designer, educator, and entrepreneur Karthika Audinet will highlight the fine craftsmanship of hand-loomed fabrics and hand-painted textiles from southern India.

Photo of children creating Japanese paper dolls

Japanese Paper Dolls

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

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

Great Society Era in Washington

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.

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

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 children creating Japanese paper dolls

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 & Textile Appreciation Mornings

All are welcome to expand their knowledge of the textile arts and meet fellow textile admirers at our ongoing Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings, held Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

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.