Tuesday, January 22, 2013

World Artists Organization


Photo by World Artists Organization

World Artists Experiences (WAE) bridges international understanding through cultural and citizen diplomacy in communities, colleges and schools. The arts are used as an international language.

WAE encourages international interaction by providing channels of communication and exchange; including opportunities for educators and students, cultural experiences, direct public interaction with the world's people, and empowerment of students to become world leaders.

Upcoming Events link
Call 410-647-4482 for more information

Los Pleneros
Los Pleneros de las 21,
traditional Puerto Rican music
in celebration of
National Hispanic Month
September 13, 7:00 pm
 At the
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
FREE Event,
First come basis so arrive early for seating

Schools - A special concert will be performed at 11 am for students.
contact: wae@comcast.net

Ukranian Cultural Immersion Day
presented in partnership with the
Embassy of Ukraine in Washington DC

Guests will enjoy Ukranian performances in dance and music, lunch with regional wines, visit to a Ukranian church and presentations on Ukranian history and culture.

September 26, 8:15am -5:00 pm
$88 per person includes transportation, meal, performances
and other surprises.

Call 410-956-2448 to reserve your place.

Chamber Choir Megaron
from Slovenia
October 2, Bethlehem, PA
October 3 at 7 pm, Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury
October 4 at 7 pm, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis

Guitars and String Bass from Ecuador
October 24 at 7 pm, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Annapolis, MD
October 29 at 7 pm, Holloway Hall, Salisbury University, Salisbury, MD
October 30 at 7 pm, Avalon Theater, Easton, MD

Past Events
Tierra Mestiza
July 13, 2013 at 7:00 pm
Tierra Mestiza is the title of a 1976 piece by composer Gerardo Tamez, as part of a Group called Los Folkloirstas. In its most profound sense, Tierra Mestiza alludes to a Mestizo/a cultural identity, created through the integration of indigenous, Black, and Spanish roots in Mexico that today composes the most visible heritage of Mexican culture.

Dong Chorus 2July 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm
The Dong Folk Chorus
of the Dimen Dong Cultural Eco-Museum
Annapolis waterfront city stage
Free Event

Recognized by UNESCO as an "Intangible Cultural Heritage," and honored by the White House and Michelle Obama with the "International Spotlight Award" of the US President's Committee on Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards. 

May 24, 2013 @ 7:00 pm
Roberto Limon
Mexican Guitarist and Latin Grammy Nominee
St. John's College Great Hall,
60 College Ave, Annapolis, Maryland
Free event, First come basis
(410) 647-4482 for more information

February 1, 8:45-5:30
Arab Cultural Immersion Day

Spend the day for special tours at Sackler Gallery's "Road to Arabia" and National Geographic's "1000 Arab Inventions."  In addition, guests will visit the Embassy of Saudi Arabia and Iraq to experience different foods, view demonstrations and learn more about their culture.   Tickets $85

2013 World Artists Experiences writing project:

to Celebrate Our Global Village
The book of writings will be presented to world artists and citizens as a means to bridge the world through mutual understanding, respect, trust and cross cultural interaction.

Student Essay Awards Ceremony

Maryland students were invited to participate in the third annual student  essay project themed "Building Bridges to Celebrate Our Global Village."    WAE "believes that we must encourage mutual understanding among the world's people to foster respect, trust, and ultimately, peace."  Mrs. Betty McGinnis,  WAE President and Founder, hopes the project will "spark a lifelong interest in exploring our world, knowing the world's people, and promoting a lifestyle of responsible world citzenship."  Thousands of essays were received and reviewed by a panel of literary experts including Dr. Michael Glaser, Rachel Anastasia Heinhorst, Kenneth Carroll, Le Hinton, Lisa Jennings Munson and Deanna Nikaido.   Writers of the winning essays were honored at the Embassy of the People's Republic of China on April 23 in Washington DC.  Students with their parents and school teachers/principals were given a tour of the Embassy prior to the ceremony.  First Secretary of China Mr. Lin Ronhui opened the ceremony with a very warm welcome and some history of Chinese literature.   Dr. Michael Glaser, Professor Emeritus St. Mary's College and Maryland Poet Laureate 2004-2009, recited selected poems in English while Ms. Zhu Yanhui echoed the verses in Chinese.  The readings were made even more poignant with zither music by Ms. Chen Huilan.  Students received anthologies of all the winning essays.  Copies of the collection will be on view at the Embassy and each of the student's schools.  Additional copies may be purchased from WAE ($5).  Information regarding the 2014 writing project will be available by November 2013.
2013 Winners
Al-Rahmah School
Habiba Matumla, 6th grade
Mecca Mustafa, 8th grade
Hagar Shabazz, 8th grade
Annapolis Middle School
Johanna Guardado, 8th grade
Bennett Middle School
Sabrien Abdelrahman, 7th grade
Brooklyn Park Middle School
Iyona Hyatt, 6th grade
Chesapeake Public Charter School
Katelyn Kovach, 4th grade
Emily Nelson, 4th grade
Dulaney High School
Minwei Cao, 12th grade
Esperanza Middle School
Katharine Cognard-Black, 8th grade
Garrison Forest School
Jimin Park, 11th grade
Yunfei Xu, 9th grade
Islamic Community School
Mecca Abdul-Aziz, 11th grade
Kipp Ujma Village Academy
Joniah Kimbrough, 5th grade
Leonardtown High School
Rachel Aaron, 11th grade
Sarah Rawlings, 11th grade
Linganore High School
Miranda Gardiner, 12th grade
Laura Schumaate, 12th grade
Monarch Academy
Nina Encarnacion, 5th grade
Mountain Ridge High School
Andrea Beechie, 10th grade
Old Mill Middle School North
Aliyah Miller, 6th grade
Severn Middle School
Abigail Rogers, 8th grade
Smithsburg Middle School
Katlin Gertz, 7th grade
South River High School
Sally Albright, 9th grade
Anna Levendusky, 12th grade
Paris Walker, 9th grade
St. James Academy
Becca Behner, 8th grade
St. Mary's Ryken High School
Dawn Coady, 11th grade
Clare Tennant, 11th grade
Alexandra Ye, 10th grade

World Artists Experiences
P.O. Box 9753
Arnold, MD 21012

Friday, January 18, 2013

Nordic Cool 2013

Nordic Cool 2013: Exhibition: Northern Lights (Pal Brekke)

February 19 to March 17, 2013
Kennedy Center

Nordic Cool is a month-long international festival of theater, dance, music, visual arts, literature, design, cuisine, and film.  Events will highlight the diverse cultures of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, and Sweden as well as Greenland, the Faroe and Åland Islands.

Exhibition: Northern Lights

Innovative Danish lighting designer Jesper Kongshaug recreates the effect of
the Northern Lights on all four sides of the Kennedy Center's façade
from 5:30 to 11 p.m.
Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013

Performances for children include:

Hans Christian Anderson, You Must be an Angel (Denmark)
Two waiters serve fantastical fairy tale characters
February 23-24, tickets $18
A Sonatina (Denmark)
A comedic take on Red Riding Hood
March 2-3, tickets $18
Little King Mattias (Sweden)
An 11 year old becomes King!
March 9-10, tickets $18
Legends of Valhalla (Iceland)
A teen with a magic sword fights giants.
March 10, tickets $8
Image for LEGO Exhibit & Play Space
LEGO sculptures are on display as well as LEGO play stations for kids (of all ages!) to learn about and play with the tiny plastic creations.
Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013

Image for Game Play Space
Game Play Space will be hosted by companies from the Nordic region. Several iPads will be set up, allowing people to experience these Nordic creations.
Feb. 20 - Mar. 17, 2013

Tickets to many of the performances are on sale now.

Information on artists and events and ticket sales can be found here.

Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington
2720 34th Street NW
Washington, DC 20008
Tel: (202) 333-6000
Fax: (202) 469-3990

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

National Postal Museum 2013


Students introduced to a stamp gallery
The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum is located in the old Post Office building next to Union Station in Washington, D.C. The Museum was created by an agreement between the Smithsonian Institution and the United States Postal Service in 1990 and opened to the public in 1993.  The museum is divided into galleries with postal exhibits from America's colonial times to the present. Visitors can learn how mail was transported long ago by stagecoach, bi-planes and horse.  There are more recent modes of transportation on exhibit as well including different model mail vans, a train car and a big, shiny semi-truck cab that children can pretend to drive.  The museum is not very large, and covers the first floor of the building.  A small gift store is located near the atrium area, and another store can be located in Union Station across the street.  The museum is child friendly, and just a few blocks from the Washington mall area. 

Special Events!
No registration required -Just drop in!
Saturday July 20, 11 am-4 pm
Summer Bash!
Cool model trains and stamp designing activity.
Saturday July 27 & August 31, 11 am-3 pm
Stamp Collecting
Start a collection at the Activity Cart

Past Events
Valentine's Card Workshop
February 9 from 12-4:00
Make a Valentine and

Postal Museum activity page (link)

Take the Red Line to Union Station. Leave through the Massachusetts Avenue exit. As you get off the escalator, the National Postal Museum will be across the street.  Parking can be found in front of Union Station and a parking garage behind Union Station (enter on right side of front entrance to Union Station).

Hours: Open daily 10 am to 5:30 pm except December 25.


National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E.
Washington, DC 20002

Tel: (202) 633-5555
(directly across the street from Union Station,
on the left when facing Union Station)

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Children's Theater Winter series

Kid activities Washington DC and Maryland
Children's Theater in

Washington DC and Maryland

January-March Performances

(Theater rules include NO FOOD or DRINK in Theater,
Electronic Devices must be turned OFF and
No Photography/Videotaping during performances due to copyright laws)

Imagination Stage

Wake Up, Brother Bear
Imagination Stage's Early Childhood Show
January 3 - February 3


Brother Bear is one of Imagination Stage's most beloved  "Interactive" shows for ages 1-5. The show is in the Christopher Reeve theater and parents and children are seated on the floor in a circle. There are tiers of seats on one side for those needing to sit or observe from afar.  This was my daughter's first live stage show two years ago, and we brought her again for her third birthday.  She loved the show so much that she did not want to leave.  When the director told us they did offer 'Bear' classes, she beamed a delightful grin so we signed her up.  We have seen this show four times in two year.  Her older brother with autism came and he sat in the back.  He really enjoyed the show and thought it was awesome.  Most of the time, children are able to talk briefly with the actors and they seem to enjoy the experience.  Tickets $10 each, $5 lap seat tickets for babies.    Check out the "Wake up, Brother Bear" app.

Anime Momotaro 17
January 30-March 10

The story is about Momotaro and his village which is terrorized by ogres.  Momotaro must stand up to the ogres with the help of his friends including a dog Inu, monkey Saru and bird Kiji.  The show uses a Japanese action-packed style of story-telling to teach about inner strength, creativity, kindness and cooperation.  Ages 5-10.  ASL performance Sunday February 17.
 Upcoming shows!
James and the Giant Peach  by R. Dahl -  April 3- May 26
The Magic Finger by R. Dahl - April 12-May 24
 Peter Pan and Wendy, a musical by A. Cardarelli & S. Goers - June 26-August 11 
Parking garage located next to theater and free on weekends.  Street parking is metered.
Tickets box office or online/phone
Shows sell out quickly so I advise ordering online or by phone
Parking garage next door to theater.
4908 Auburn Avenue
Bethesda, MD 20814
Info: 301-961-6060
Box Office: 301-280-1660


Adventure Theater

Glen Echo Park, Maryland

Winnie the Pooh
January 19 - February 24


Look for specials including Pajama party nights with milk and cookies!

This play is based on A. A. Milne's Winnie the Pooh series.  Pooh and Piglet are on a "Heffalump" hunt.  Along their adventure they meet their friends including Rabbit, Kanga and Eeyore.  As usual, Pooh's passion for honey gets him into some trouble.   Seating is on a first come basis and the theater is a popular destination for school groups.   The carousel is closed until spring.  Arrive early and dress appropriate for the walk over a rock creek bridge and across the park.  ASL performance February 2 and Sensory Friendly performance February 16.

Upcoming shows
Three Little Birds based on story by C. Marley, March 15-April 14
Big Nate based on comic strip by L. Peirce & Book by J. Loewith, May 3-June 2
Dr. Seuss's Cat in the Hat based on story by Dr. Seuss, June 21-September 2

Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd
Glen Echo, MD.
Purchase tickets by phone (301) 634-2270 or online.



The Puppet Company

Glen Echo Park


The Puppet Company is currently showing "Toyland."  The bad Mr. Barnaby is up to no good and Mother Goose, Little Bo Peep and Tom Piper must save the day.   (K-Grade 6, 40 minutes). Tickets $10.

Puppet costumes are elaborate, and the show is delightful.  In addition to the main stage shows, there are shows for the very young (ages 0-4) Tiny Tots at 10 AM on select Wednesday, Saturdays and Sundays. These shows are sure to delight children and their caregivers.

Arrive early for bathroom breaks prior to the show. Children usually sit on the floor close to the stage and parents can either sit on the floor or on some seats in the back. These puppets are amazing in detail and the puppeteer is truly talented. The show is about 40 minutes long. PreK - Grade 4

Tickets by phone/online/ticket booth. Shows do sell out so purchase early.

2012-2013 Main Stage Puppet Season
Toyland January 18-February 10
Alice in Wonderland February 14-March 10
Jack and the Beanstalk March 14-April 21
Cinderella April 25-June 9


The Puppet Company
Glen Echo Park
7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812


Discovery Theater at the Smithsonian

Tot Rock: Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblahs

January 17 & 18 -  10:15 a.m. and 11:30

Billy Kelly and the Blahblahblahs: Blast Off!

Storyteller Bab Jamal Koran - Under the Griot's Tree
January 30 & 31 at 10:15 & 11:30 am (age 5-10)

Storyteller Baba Jamal Koram: Under the Griot's Tree
KanKouran West African Dance Company
February 1, 10:15 am and 11:30 am
Natural History Museum venue (age 5+)

KanKouran West African Dance Company

How old is a Hero?
February 5-8 and February 20-22 at 10:15 & 11:30
(ages 6-11)

How Ols is a Hero?


Diane Macklin's Succotash Tales
February 12 & 13 at 10:15 & 11:30
(ages 3-8)
Diane Macklin's Succotash Tales
Tot Rock: Billy Jonas
February 28 & March 1 at 10:15 & 11:30
Billy Jonas
Professor Wingnut Wants to Fly
March 21 and March 22 at 10:15, 11:15 & 12:15
 Professor Wingnut Wants To Fly

Tickets phone/online/ticket booth
Be aware that schools often take classes on field trips to the
theater during the week. Weekend shows are less crowded.
Discovery Theater can be found on the Lower Third floor of the Ripley Center next door to the Smithsonian Red Castle.
S. Dillon Ripley Center
Discovery Theater, 3rd Sublevel
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
(202) 633-3030
Metro: Smithsonian (Blue/Orange Lines)



Maryland Hall 2013

Kids activities Washington DC and Maryland

Maryland Hall is a multidiscipline arts center, and home to the Annapolis Chorale, Annapolis Opera, Annapolis Symphony Orchestra and the Ballet Theatre of Maryland.   Adults and children can take a variety of classes including pottery making, clay modeling, Hawaiian and Middle Eastern dances, Shakespearean theater, ballet and creative movement, piano and Broadway tunes.

Open Mic Poetry Readings
February 1 and February 2 from 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Peking Acrobats
Thursday February 7 at 7 pm
Tickets $18 - $30

 World Artists Experiences presents
2013 Bridges to the World Film Festival
These events are FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. No tickets are required but seating is limited.  All films are screened on Thursday evenings and begin at 7:00 pm.
World Artists Experiences and the International Division of Maryland's Office of the Secretary of State, in conjunction with the Embassies of the respective countries and Frostburg University, Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts, Southern Maryland Higher Education Center, Salisbury University, and Towson University, invite the public to attend free screenings of five international films, one each from the Czech Republic, Uruguay, Israel, Taiwan, and Australia. The Bridges to the World International Film Series is a statewide, month-long initiative in recognition of the State's global reach and a reflection of those connections here in Maryland.
Each film will be introduced, screened, and followed by a discussion. Presentations begin at 7:00 p.m. All films will be shown with English subtitles.
Note: Countries will remain the same but film are subject to change as designated.

The schedule is as follows:
February 7: Czech Republic: "Citizen Havel"
February 14: Uruguay: "Journey to the Sea"
February 21: Israel; "Eli and Ben"
February 28: Taiwan; "Kung Fu Dunk"
March 7: Australia; "Red Dog"


Upcoming Children's Shows and Events

Freedom Train
2/1/2014 Friday at 10 am  Grades 3-9

Little Red Riding Hood, Children's Opera
Annapolis Opera
Saturday, February 2 at 10:30 am

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very  Bad Day
2/12/2013 Tuesday at 10 am. Pre-K-4

Sleeping Beauty
3/26/2013 Tuesday at 10 am

Martha Speaks
5/7/2013 Tuesday at 10 am, Pre-K-4

Charlotte's Web
5/16/2014 Thursday at 10 am, K-5

March 24 from 12 noon - 3 pm

ArtFest is an opportunity for the public to come and explore all the center has to offer.    My daughter enjoyed working with clay, painting pictures and watching the potters spin their wheels.  Her favorite event was the Hula dancers and short performances by the Maryland Ballet Theater Company.  The event allows visitors to learn more about all the classes offered at Maryland Hall for both adults and children.

Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
801 Chase Street, Annapolis, MD 21401
Ticket link


Friday, January 4, 2013

National Portrait Gallery 2013



The National Portrait Gallery is housed in the same building as the American Art Museum. Visitors can view portraits of poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who are a part of American history. Portraits range from extremely realistic to clever use of graphics. One of my favorites is the portrait of Eunice Shriver, Founder of Special Olympics, and some of the young athletes.

The Portrait Gallery has 'Discovery Kits' to help families learn more about exhibits in fun and creative ways. Kits may contain items for a scavenger hunt, 'Portrait Detective" and self-guided tours. Families can check out the kits outside the Education Center, Room E151 on the first floor and return them by 4 pm weekdays and 5 pm Sundays.

Handheld photography and video for personal use are permitted in the permanent collection galleries, but not in special exhibitions or in the Lunder Conservation Center. There is a museum shop and cafe on the first floor.

Young Portrait Explorers
(toddler to age 5)
Story time, art viewing and hands-on art activity
FREE but registration required due to limited class size (25)

Registration Link

May 18, Saturday- Frank Lloyd Wright 2-4:00 pm
June 10, Monday- John James Audubon 10:30-11:30 am
 October 7, Monday 10:30-11:30 - Isadora Duncan


Portrait Story Days -
Free - Drop In for Ages 5 and up
Listen to a story and create some art work
1st floor of education center, room E151

Georgia O'Keefe
March 30, 1-4  pm
March 31, 2-5 pm

Walt Whitman
April 7, 2-5 pm

Isamu Noguchi
May 4, 1-4 pm
May 5, 2-5 pm

Frank Lloyd Wright
May 25, 1-4 pm
May 26, 2-5 pm

Theodore Geisel-Dr. Suess
June 1, 1-4 pm
June 2, 2-5 pm

Jackson Pollock
June 22, 1-4 pm
June 23, 2-5 pm

James Calder
June 29, 1-4 pm
June 30, 2-5 pm

 Delores Huerta
September 28, 1-4 pm
September 29, 2-5 pm
Alvin  Ailey
October 6, 2-5 pm

Bill "Bojangles" Robinson
October 13, 2-5 pm

Martha Graham
October 20, 2-5 pm

Special Events

October 5, 12, 19 & 26, 11:30 am- 3 pm
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Open Rehearsals

October 11, 5 pm
Dance Performance: Premier of "Clean Sweep"

Portrait Discovery Kits
for Seek/Find cards, Portrait guides and
Compare/Contrast activity
Selected Saturdays and Sundays
Check Museum Calendar
Available on a first come basis




Special Family Day Events

Dancing the Dream Family Day
October 26, Saturday from 11:30-4:30 pm
Watch the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company and other dance companies,
participate in a dance mini camp,
and work on some art activities (geared for Girl Scouts)

Contemporary Portraiture Family Day
May 12, Sunday  11:30-3 pm
Celebrate Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition with Ivymount Middle School students from Rockville, Maryland.
Art activities and musical performances

Poetry Month Family Day
April 6, 11:30 am-3 pm
Participate in National Poetry Month with DC-poetry group "Split this Rock,"
watch DC Youth Slam Team perform and participate in mini-poetry workshops. 
Open mic poetry session for children.


President's Family Day
February 16, 11:30 am-3 pm
Art activities and scavenger hunt

Meet the Presidents and their First Ladies
January 19-21,  1:00-6:00 each day
George and Martha Washington from 1-3:00 and
Abraham and Mary Todd Lincoln from 3-6:00

Open Studio Fridays from 1-4:00 pm on fridays
Creative fun with different mediums each week.


8th and F Streets NW, Washington DC 20001

11:30 a.m.-7:00 p.m. daily Closed December 25

The museum is conveniently located above the
Gallery Place-Chinatown Metrorail station (Red, Yellow and Green lines).

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