National Museum of Asian Art Reopens with Textile Exhibit

By Sheila Wickouski The Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art reopened on December 18 with a special exhibition, Fashioning an Empire: Safavid Textiles from the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha.  While the artistic traditions of the Safavid empire extended through architecture, poetry, and philosophy, this exhibition focuses on how textiles served as powerful intermediaries for […]

Arena Stage Premiere Shines Light on Unseen History

By Sheila Wickouski On January 21, Arena Stage will host the world premiere of Change Agent, a fictional take on the historic events of the 1960’s that still shape our world today. Tony Award-nominated playwright and director Craig Lucas, known for An American in Paris and The Light in the Piazza, imagines how unsung influencers […]

Arena Stage Opens Fellowship Applications for Aspiring Artists of Color

 By Southwester Staff  The Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater in Southwest DC has relaunched   the Allen Lee Hughes BIPOC Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program, named for the Tony Award-nominated lighting designer, is reclaiming its roots as a professional training program for individuals who self-identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color).  […]

National Cherry Blossom Festival to Return in 2022

By Southwester Staff The National Cherry Blossom Festival will make its return in 2022, after the pandemic cancelled 2021 events and caused authorities to warn visitors away from the Tidal Basin during cherry blossom season.  National Cherry Blossom Festival President Diana Mayhew announced that the festival’s signature events will take place in person between March […]

Performance Art, Sculpture Sound Collective Call for Freedom 

 By Southwester Staff At sunrise on October 15 on the National Mall, Abigail DeVille’s new performance, WAKE UP: Liberation Call at Dawn, called citizens to attention through a procession rooted in drumming, referencing various cries of protest and action throughout American history, a narrative that includes lesser-known events such as the Stono Slave Rebellion of […]