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

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Art Quilts Today

Saturday, July 23, 2016 - 10:30am

Local members of the Studio Art Quilt Associates will discuss their organization's history followed by "lightening" presentations by three quilters and a show-and-tell.

Film: "Craft in America: Threads"

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 12:00pm

"Threads," part of the PBS Craft in America series, explores contemporary needle arts by taking the viewer into artists' studios.

Performance: Tabla for Two

Thursday, July 28, 2016 - 6:00pm

Join us for an evening of music and celebration with tabla master Masood Omari and Abigail Adams Greenway, his esteemed student.

Weavings of Nomads in Iran: Warp-Faced Bands and Related Textiles

Saturday, August 6, 2016 - 10:30am

Collector Fred Mushkat will discuss utility and decorative bands, containers, and covers used by Qashqa'i nomads of Iran.

Trip: "Kimono and Obi" at the Baltimore Museum of Art

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 11:00am

Join the Baltimore Museum of Art’s curator of textiles, Anita Jones, and Ann Marie Moeller, independent curator of Japanese textiles, for a gallery viewing of the BMA exhibition "Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes From Japan’s Golden Age."

Artist Talk: Quilting Ginny Smith's "Birds"

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join local textile artist Ginny Smith as she speaks about the creation and inspiration behind her piece "Birds," on view in "Stories of Migration: Contemporary Artists Interpret Diaspora."

Lecture/Show and Tell: Textiles From Greater Persia Including Afghanistan and the Caucasus

Sunday, August 14, 2016 - 2:30pm

Members of the International Hajji Baba Society will share and discuss selections from their personal collections focusing on textiles from Greater Persia (including Afghanistan) and the Caucasus.

Gallery Talk: 1,200 Years of Resist-Dye in East Asia

Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Curator Lee Talbot for a look into the long history of resist-dyed textiles in East Asia.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Rug and Textile Production in the Last Fifty Years

Saturday, August 20, 2016 - 10:30am

Dealer Mark Keshishian and museum trustee Wendel Swan will discuss rug and textile production over the past fifty years, comparing trends to historical and traditional weaving practices.

Workshop: Learn to Spin

Thursday, August 25, 2016 - 12:00pm

Spinning yarns is one of the essential building blocks of textile making. Join Sandy Hoar for a lesson on basic fiber spinning and learn a new skill on your lunch break.

Consultations: Ask a Curator, Ask a Conservator

Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 12:00pm to 2:00pm

Visitors can learn more about their own textiles from museum curators and conservators.

Celebration of Textiles

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - 10:00am to Sunday, September 4, 2016 - 5:00pm

Join us for a free family festival celebrating the international art of textiles.

Grethe Wittrock’s Textile Art in "Nordic Currents"

Thursday, September 8, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Danish fiber artist Grethe Witrock as she discusses her recent installation at the Fuller Craft Museum of bird-like constructions made from ships’ sails sourced from Danish yachtsmen.

Book Launch: "Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs"

Friday, September 9, 2016 - 5:30pm

Jennifer Brinkerhoff's latest book, "Institutional Reform and Diaspora Entrepreneurs: The In-Between Advantage" provides a theoretical framework to explain why diasporans may have a greater number of entrepreneurial characteristics than others.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Tents and Furnishings of the Nomads of Central Asia

Saturday, September 10, 2016 - 10:30am

Researcher Richard Isaacson will discuss the tents and woven furnishings of Central Asian nomadic tribes.

Talk and Book Signing: "The First Congress"

Monday, September 12, 2016 - 12:00pm

Author and historian Fergus Bordewich will discuss his latest book, The First Congress: How James Madison, George Washington, and a Group of Extraordinary Men Invented the Government.

Gallery Talk: 1,200 Years of Resist-Dye in West Asia

Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 12:00pm

Join Sumru Belger Krody, senior curator and expert in Islamic textiles, for a look into the long history of resist-dyed textiles in the Islamic world.

Talk and Book Signing: "Living Artfully: At Home with Marjorie Merriweather Post"

Monday, September 19, 2016 - 12:00pm

Embark on an illustrated tour of heiress and socialite Marjorie Merriweather Post’s glamorous houses with author and curator Estella Chung.

Film: "Craft in America: Industry"

Thursday, September 22, 2016 - 12:00pm

This film in PBS’s Craft in American series features Gee’s Bend quilters Lucy Mingo and Mary Ann Pettway, and other artisans.

Lecture/Demonstration: Bamiyan Weaving Project

Friday, September 23, 2016 - 4:30pm to 6:30pm

Join Philip Smith, MFA and’70-72 Peace Corps volunteer in Afghanistan, for a weaving demonstration and discussion of the Bamiyan Weaving Project, which supports weavers in the mountainous Bamiyan province of central Afghanistan.

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Baluch Rugs

Saturday, September 24, 2016 - 10:30am

This show and tell will focus on Anil Menon's journey in collecting Baluchi tribal rugs over the past two decades.

Lecture: Discover World Fashion at the Museum Library

Thursday, September 29, 2016 - 12:00pm

Learn about the history of this hidden textile library and see some of its unique offerings, including rare books on costume.

Highlights Tours

Free docent-led tours of the galleries are offered weekends at 1:30 p.m. (textile tour) and 2:45 p.m. (Washingtoniana tour).

Rug and Textile Appreciation Mornings

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

D.C. Mondays at the Museum

The Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection inspires regular lunchtime talks on changing D.C. topics.

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.

Textiles at Twelve

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

Arts for Families

Family events held each quarter invite visitors of all ages to participate in thematic activities, demonstrations, and performances.


Excursions to venues in and around Washington, D.C., offer special collections access and opportunities to engage with artists, collectors, and experts.

Adult Workshops

Hands-on workshops offer an introduction to textile techniques and construction.