The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity is a multi-year, collaborative folk cultural research and public presentation project initiated by the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.
1:00 pm - 1:30 pm EST
1:45 pm - 2:30 pm EST
In collaboration with the Smithsonian’s “The Will to Adorn” project, paid teen interns conduct reflexive ethnography with style makers and cultural custodians within the African American community. Ultimately, interns discover the importance and history of black urban style, document themselves as tradition bearers, and make inter-generational connections in their families and communities.
2:45 pm - 3:15 pm EST
Mustard Seeds is a faith-based initiative in Takoma Park, Maryland. Engaging youth from preschool through college, the program explores the arts and humanities of various cultures represented within the community through traditions such as Caribbean steel drum music and African American gospel.
3:30 pm - 4:00 pm EST
In afterschool enrichment, students have been exploring the themes of “The Will to Adorn” while making their own patterns, paintings and symbols. We will discuss inspirations for the curriculum and reflect on adapting visual arts projects for varying age levels.
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm EST
Staff and youth from AS220 will describe how we’ve wrapped our collective head around the Will To Adorn project and how it is evolving in our community space. Several youth will demonstrate clips of their work and talk about what they’ve learned from participating. We’ll review some of the specific technical skill gains we’ve seen, as well as soft skills that have emerged through interactions with field “subjects.”
5:00 pm - 5:30 pm EST
This presentation will highlight students’ journeys uncovering Cleveland’s fashion culture through the lenses of Hip Hop Style and emerging Afro Punk culture.
10:00 am - 10:50 am EST
Join us for an exciting journey as we explore fascinating historic objects from the time of our country’s founding. Discover how the United States utilized diplomacy to build relationships that secured our country’s freedom, and helped shape a nation founded on the principles of freedom and equality.
1:00 pm - 1:50 pm EST
This session features discussion of several sites in the National Park Service that tell stories of diplomacy and negotiation during major turning points in U. S. and international history.
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EST
In this session, Harry Rubenstein of the National Museum of American History will highlight the many ways in which communities have come to agreement on important issues.
4:00 pm - 4:50 pm EST
In this session for educators, Tony Thomas of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum presents a Citizen Scientist program, which has introduced Washington, DC area high school students to the Anacostia Watershed. Students begin to take an active role in environmental stewardship and environmental justice issues. Discover how you, too, can empower students to accept ownership and responsibility for the waterways in your region.
11:00 am - 11:50 am EST
Learn why accurate time is essential for finding location. This session explores the advancements in time keeping through the lens of industrial nation’s desire to improve navigation for improved trade and military power.
12:00 pm - 12:50 pm EST
Discover the impact of politics on navigation. This session will explore how navigational systems have evolved, making note of both the failures and successes and will end with a nod towards the future of navigation.
2:00 pm - 2:50 pm EST
Participate in a discussion with the four curators who worked on the Time and Navigation Exhibition. Each has a different perspective as different as their fields of study.