The National Museum of African Art is turning 50. Founded in 1964 as a private educational institution in a Capitol Hill rowhouse once occupied by Frederick Douglass, the small museum merged with the Smithsonian in 1979, moving into its current, mostly underground digs two years later.
On Tuesday, the museum is throwing itself a party. The daylong festivities, which will take place inside and outside the museum, will include stilt walkers, dancers, drummers, henna--painting and basket--weaving workshops, art tours and a panel discussion from 4 to 5 p.m. At noon, director Johnnetta Betsch Cole will lead visitors in a birthday toast with cupcakes and refreshments.
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50th Anniversary Celebration at the Smithsonian's National Museum of African Art