Anacostia Community Museum

The Smithsonian's only neighborhood museum examines the history and culture of African Americans.
Daily 10 am-5 pm
Anacostia (Green Line)

Tattoo Design and Symbolism

Artist and educator Jay Coleman discusses tattoos from a cultural context.

Art of Adornment

Los Angeles filmmaker Ayla Montgomery discusses her documentary NAILgasm, a film that explores the nail art culture in urban neighborhoods. A screening of the film follows.

Da'Originalz featuring Beat Ya Feet

Hip Hop dancers guide participants in creating original dance movements.

Move This World

A performance by the empowerment-focused troupe is inspired by the museum's Ubuhle exhibition.

Beading Workshop

Artist Deidre Bell leas 90 minute workshops on beading for children.

City Farmers

A group of New York City residents attempt to revitalize their drug-ridden neighborhood with food and education through urban farming.

Life, Above All

A young girl (played by actress Khomotso Manyaka) copes with the stigma of HIV/AIDS in her South African community.

American Experience: The Panama Canal

Marks the 100 year anniversary of the opening of the Panama Canal.


A contemporary romantic comedy about an Afrikaner man and a Zulu woman, who attempt to navigate through their respective culture's traditions and dowry.

Pressure Cooker

Wilma Stephenson, a Philadelphia high school culinary arts teacher, prepares her inner city students for a one-day cook-off judged by the city's top chefs.

New Urban Cowboy: Toward a New Pedestrianism

Documents artist and urban designer Michael E. Arth's efforts to re-design an inner city slum in Florida.
Through 9/21

Home Sewn: Quilts From the Lower Mississippi Valley

The exhibition examines the generational, social, and economic fabric of an African American quilting community in rural Mississippi. In addition, fieldwork and interviews with present-day African American women quilters give voice to the continuing tradition of quilting in these communities. This is the first in a series of collections-focused exhibitions.
Through 9/21

Ubuhle Women, Beadwork and the Art of Independence

This exhibition features a new form of bead art, the ndwango (which translates as "cloth"), developed by a community of women living and working together in rural KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
Through 12/12

Black Baseball in the District of Columbia

An examination of the national pastime in the African American community.