Historically Speaking: Buses Are a Comin’: A Conversation with Freedom Rider Charles Person 

April 29, 2021

Thursday, April 29; 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Freedom Rider and author Charles Person discuss his new book, Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider, which provides a personal view of […]

Poetry Workshop: Ekphrastic Poetry + Angela Davis 

April 28, 2021

Wednesday, April 28; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  Participants can deepen their NMAAHC collection experience and let it inspire their writing in this virtual ekphrastic poetry workshop. Ekphrastic poetry responds to a […]

Poetry Workshop: Pastoral Poetry + The Highwaymen 

April 21, 2021

Wednesday, April 21; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  In this workshop, participants will look at examples of pastoral poems and spend time composing an individual work based on The Highwaymen’s artwork. Pastoral […]

Historically Speaking: Art in the Time of a Pandemic 

April 20, 2021

Tuesday, April 20; 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. In this moderated discussion, the museum brings together a group of artists to discuss the impact of the past year’s twin pandemics on their […]

Fire and Desire: A Conversation on Black Men in Gospel Music  

April 17, 2021

Saturday, April 17; 7 p.m.–9 p.m. Organized around the book by Alisha Lola Jones, Ph.D., Flaming?: The Peculiar Theo-Politics of Fire and Desire in Black Male Gospel Performance, this panel discussion, […]

Artful Observations  

April 14, 2021

Wednesday, April 14 and 28; 4 p.m.–5 p.m. Through guided exercises that look closely at paintings and photographs, the Artful Observations program encourages critical thinking and careful observation. Each session will focus on one work from NMAAHC’s visual-art collections. Guided by a NMAAHC educator, participants will spend an […]

Poetry Workshop: Persona Poetry + Benjamin Banneker 


  Wednesday, April 14; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  In this workshop, participants will look at examples of persona poems and spend time composing an individual work based on Benjamin Banneker. A persona […]

Meditation Mondays

April 12, 2021

Meditation Mondays   Monday, April 12 and 26; 12:30 p.m.–1:15 p.m.    In this virtual program, participants will contemplate the journey of black Americans toward liberation through meditation. During the 45-minute guided sessions, […]

NMAAHC Kids: Joyful Fridays  

April 9, 2021

Fridays only April 9–30; 11 a.m.– 11:45 a.m.    Joyful Fridays welcome children each Friday in April to create art that celebrates black joy, history and culture. This program is inspired by the museum’s Joyful ABC’s activity book series, […]

Poetry Workshop: Ode Poetry + Harriet Tubman 

April 7, 2021

Wednesday, April 7; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  In this workshop, participants will look at examples of odes and spend time composing an individual work based on Harriet Tubman. An ode is a […]