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2021

Beyond the Mall: Making Matters

Making Matters

June 25–27, 2021

When we create art, we have the capacity to leave a better world for those who come after us.

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival was born from conversations about the ways artisans, cooks, and musicians—as individuals and communities of practice—have responded to the pandemic. What many created in a time so marked by loss and isolation revealed a deep sense of purpose and connection. Not only were their intentions brought into sharper focus, but we were struck by our hunger for making as a vehicle for giving shape to a world we struggled to know. Whether it’s a song, a garden, a loaf of sourdough, or a protest sign, our creations, however small, offer agency in a changing world.

We invite you to join us from June 25 to 27 for Beyond the Mall: Making Matters, as master artisans, cooks, sculptors, and musicians from as far as Armenia, Fiji, Peru, and Cuba, to right here in Washington, D.C., welcome us into their kitchens and studios to share stories and skills. And for the first time, the Folklife Festival is providing visitors with the opportunity to participate in hands-on workshops from home. Together we’ll learn about Zapotec textile dyeing, Senegalese metalsmithing, Korean home cooking, and much more.

Beyond the Mall acknowledges that the vibrant spirit of our physical event is not bound by time or location. This weekend is a future-facing reflection of the Festival’s legacy of making community no matter the circumstance. As we have every year since 1967, we offer sincere thanks to all who open their creative lives to us. We hope that you take inspiration from their stories and find collective care in the sharing.


Schedule

Time Session Type Registration Accessibility
Friday, June 25
6–7 p.m. Encuentro en el Smithsonian: Telmary Díaz Story Circle Streaming online Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program
Saturday, June 26
10–11:30 a.m. Quechua Pom-Poms + Tassels Community Workshop SOLD OUT Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program**
12–1 p.m. Placemaking, Collective Care, and Culture: A Conversation with Global Practitioners Story Circle Streaming online Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program
1–4 p.m. Backstrap Weaving with Nilda Callañaupa, Part 1 Master Workshop SOLD OUT Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program**
2–3 p.m. Languages of Home and Diaspora: Nourishing Palestine in Food and Verse Story Circle Streaming online Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program
4–5 p.m. Stories in Stone: Master Artisans on Tools, Technique, and Meaning Story Circle Streaming online Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program
5–6 p.m. Fiji Masi Cloth Flowers Community Workshop SOLD OUT Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program**
Sunday, June 27
10 a.m.–1 p.m. Backstrap Weaving with Nilda Callañaupa, Part 2 Master Workshop –– Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program**
11 a.m.–12 p.m. Passing the Torch: Senegalese Metalsmithing Across Geography and Gender Story Circle Streaming online Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program
12:45–1 p.m. Making Community in Music: A D.C. Music Map Conversation and Upload-a-Thon at Sound Scene Story Circle Registration required ASL interpreted program
2–3 p.m. Samgyetang: Korean Ginseng Chicken Soup Across Generations Kitchen Demo Streaming online Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program
2–6 p.m. Cochineal Dyeing with Porfirio Gutiérrez Master Workshop SOLD OUT Real-time closed captioning provided ASL interpreted program**


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