The Smithsonian American Art Museum is collaborating for the ninth year in a row with the National Cherry Blossom Festival for a series of in-person and virtual cherry blossom-themed public programs. The museum’s cherry blossom family activities and celebrations are part of its popular online Family Zone series, designed to spark learning, creativity, and appreciation for the arts.

Smithsonian American Art Museum Presents a Series of In-Person and Virtual Programs as Part of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival Credit: Bruce Guthrie / Smithsonian American Art Museum

The museum’s popular Cherry Blossom Celebration for children and families will be presented in person outside on the museum’s F Street plaza Saturday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Japanese taiko performance by the drumming group Nen Daiko kicks off the celebration. Other performances include a koto performance by Masayo Ishigure and the Miyabi Koto Shamisen Ensemble, and an all-vinyl music set of Japanese soul, funk, boogie, pop, and disco by Les the DJ. A detailed schedule of performances is available on the museum’s website at AmericanArt.si.edu/family. Step-by-step cherry blossom craft kits will be available for visitors to take home. A scavenger hunt inspired by spring-themed artworks in the museum’s collection also will be available. This program is free; registration is required.

A cherry blossom-themed virtual workshop, part of the museum’s popular series “Beyond the Studio” is scheduled for Sunday, March 27, at 1 p.m. ET. Lea Craigie-Marshall, the official artist of the 2022 National Cherry Blossom Festival will demonstrate the basics of working with oil pastels and shares tips and tricks for creating beautiful works of art. Tickets ($15) include a materials kit that will be shipped to participants in advance of the program. Participants must register by 7 p.m. ET on March 11.

Art & Me Preservation Family Workshop, a virtual hands-on, artmaking workshop designed for children ages 3 to 8 and their caretakers, will take place Saturday, April 9, at 10 a.m. ET. Families will discover how delicate sakura, or cherry blossoms, have been depicted in landscapes, figure paintings, and prints for centuries and how Smithsonian conservators preserve these beautiful yet fragile artworks. Then participants will be guided on how to make their own cherry blossom-inspired creations. This program is part of a yearlong series cohosted by the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery—the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art. This program is free; registration is required.

These programs are presented as part of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Additional family activities are available on the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Family Zone webpage, including seasonal crafts, coloring pages inspired by artworks from the museum’s permanent collection, videos, and more.

COVID-19 Guidelines for In-Person Cherry Blossom Family Celebration

Beginning Friday, March 11, the Smithsonian will no longer require visitors to wear a mask to visit its museums and the National Zoo. Visitors may choose to wear a mask during their visit or while participating in a program or event. Social distancing continues to be encouraged and we ask people who do not feel well to stay home. Updated information about COVID-19 guidelines and safety measures is online at si.edu/visit.

The Smithsonian reserves the right to modify its hours of operation, capacity, and visitor guidelines as circumstances require.


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