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The National Portrait Gallery is proud to host some of its many public programs online with these digital workshops ranging from story time readings for young children to art-making workshops for all ages. Tune in to the museum's social media channels to experience these workshops firsthand.

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Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Select Tuesdays, 5:30–7:00 p.m.

Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose. Each month, a Portrait Gallery educator will discuss a portrait from the collection. Following the portrait exploration, a DCPL librarian will lead a discussion of a book related to the work.

Free —Registration required.

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Drawn to Figures 

Monthly on select Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. 
G Street Lobby 

Discover your inner artist in this virtual drawing workshop. Facilitated by artist Jill Galloway, the workshop will include guided instruction on the techniques and challenges of figure drawing. Each program will highlight a Portrait Gallery exhibition or portrait from the collection. Open to all skill levels, ages 18 and up. Suggested materials will be listed on the Eventbrite program page.

Free —Registration required.

Interested in learning more? Check out these videos.

Civil Rights marchers in suits in the street

 

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Second Thursday of select months, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. In this program, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

Free —Registration required.

Interested in past In Dialogue programs? Check out these videos.


Black woman wearing jewelry with clasped hands

Our Struggle for Justice 

Our Struggle for Justice is a digital collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and Capital One that explores activism and social justice through biography. Through our Twitter and Instagram, we will delve into the museum’s collection to contextualize the pursuit of freedom and activism in the United States, sparking conversation and inspiring action. 

Find out how you can get involved here: https://npg.si.edu/visit-home/digital-engagement  

Check out the Our Struggle for Justice Learning Lab Collection  


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Virtual Writing Hour

Select Tuesdays, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Join us for a virtual, creative writing hour at the National Portrait Gallery! We've set up a virtual space where writers can create, connect, and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery's collection. We will provide writing prompts and write for about 30 minutes. Each session will end with a chance to share your writing.

Free —Registration required.

beach with "time to Relax" written in the sand

Wind Down Wednesday

Select Wednesdays, 5:00–5:30 p.m.
Online via Instagram Live

Wind down with a virtual program to bring out your creativity and mindfulness. In partnership with independent mixologists, crafters, artists, and experts in a variety of fields, Wind Down Wednesday offers an optimistic approach to the middle of the week.

Baseball player adn portrait of a dark-haired woman in black

Young Portrait Explorers

Select Wednesdays, 11–11:30 a.m. 
Online via Zoom

Join our virtual workshop for children ages 3-6 and their adult companions as we learn about art, history, and more! Portrait Gallery educators will lead a 30-minute activity that incorporates close looking at portraiture, movement and artmaking. Adults must remain with children throughout the program.

Free —Registration required

View and download PDF activity guides