REACH for the stars!
The Kennedy Center is pulling out all the stops when it opens its much-anticipated expansion, the REACH, in September. For 16 days—September 7-22—the Kennedy Center will hold a free festival, including tours of the new REACH spaces, films, interactive events (like tai chi and virtual reality demonstrations), dance, comedy (Patton Oswalt!), opera (Renee Fleming!), symphony, rock, hip hop, and much, much more. Visit the Kennedy Center’s website now to take a virtual tour, browse the full festival schedule, and get your free passes to festival events.
Helping kids develop healthy racial identities
At a time of renewed conversations and strife about racial divisions in our country, the National Museum of African American History and Culture recently announced the expansion of its Early Childhood Education Initiative to help children develop a healthy racial identity, thanks to a $1.5 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. As NMAAHC’s website describes the initiative: Structured to be joyous and fun, this museum-based curriculum is designed to help young children of all backgrounds develop healthy racial identities and other social skills. Bridging the fields of early childhood education, human development, museum education and developmental psychology, ECEI programming encourages young children to be comfortable with human diversity, recognize unfairness and develop the capacity to stand against prejudice. Visit NMAAHC’s website for more information.
Farewell, food deserts…
We’ve all heard of food deserts—residential areas that are far from markets with fresh produce and other healthy food choices. One quarter of Baltimore’s residents live in a food desert. So the Maryland Food Bank is partnering with Kaiser Permanente (which made a $1.7 million grant) and the Bon Secours Health System to help make the food desert a thing of the past—by bringing fresh produce to West Baltimore residents’ doorsteps through a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program. For more details, check out the recent article in NextCity.org.
Take Your Pick: 1,600 Free Museums!
Time for Museum Day – September 21 – when the Smithsonian encourages museums and cultural institutions across the country to follow its lead and open their doors for free on that day. Download a ticket for two and then visit a museum, zoo, gallery, or historic site among the 1,600 free venues that day. Visit the Smithsonian’s website for more information, to see what sites are included, and download your ticket.
MORE exciting events: Monterey Bay Aquarium to host adults-only sleepover; Yellowstone Plein Air Invitational