Please don’t miss the family friendly holiday event happening tomorrow, December 1st from 4-6 PM. The excitement is taking place in the Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill in DC. There will be carolers, treasure hunts, art, light refreshments, and a charity drive for the Duke Ellington School of Arts.
The galleries are in a cluster and make it convenient to visit one gallery after another, this is one of the few remaining gallery clusters in the city. Please visit this link, Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill, for directions and a list of participating galleries.
Photo: U.S. Capitol Building. Credit: Alie Preusser.
We spent one day in DC and it was literally only the “tip of the iceberg.” There is so much to see and do it is incredible. I could spend a week in the Library of Congress. My kids could spend a month in the American Museum of Natural History.
Photo: American Museum of Natural History. Credit: Alie Preusser.
As timing would have it, we chose a day when it was a 103 degrees and with humidity about 110 degrees. We took the VRE to Union Station and then walked to several landmarks and browsed in a few museums. Despite the heat we had a great time.
Photo: Virginia Railway Express. Credit: Alie Preusser
Have you been to DC? Do you have any favorite places? I would enjoy hearing about your experiences.
My apologies for not blogging sooner. We made it to the DC area. The road trip was an adventure and we stopped in Gettysburg, which was amazing and humbling. So many people lost their lives there. We were told just about everywhere you step there once was an injured, dying, or deceased soldier. Our family also went on a walking ghost tour. There are many to choose from and the walks allow you to delve deeper in the history, whether you believe in ghosts or not.
The big adventure once we found a home and became settled was the derecho that hit the DC area. We were without power for five days and also experienced record high heat. It was our welcoming into the neighborhood. Fortunately, we did not have any trees fall on our home or cars. We did have neighbors that experienced this.
Overall, we love it here. I visited the Torpedo Factory. Wow! I am so excited to go to the Art Nights. Be sure to join me here as I will be exploring the city and visiting a lot of galleries and museums. If you have any must see places, please leave a comment. I discovered the Torpedo Factory from a reader’s comment. Thank you!
Photo: Marina outside the Torpedo Factory. Credit: Alie Preusser.
Have you ever participated in Arts Advocacy Day? It takes place in Washington DC. I would love to hear from you if you have been. It took place on April 16th and 17th this year. It is a way for art advocates to meet with elected officials and let them know how important the arts are in our communities and schools.
The schedule looks like an opportunity to gain a wealth of information and something I would enjoy learning. This year Alec Baldwin was the guest speaker and is an art advocate. His interview with NPR can be found here.
Our family will be in the DC area next year and I would like to participate in the activities. If you would like to make an online donation you can visit American for the Arts Action Fund.
Do you have any stories about your community and how to keep the arts funded? Do you think the arts are important?
If you like art and believe it is important, today is the day to let your voice be heard. The kickoff starts at the U.S. House of Representatives. For those of us not in Washington DC, we can send a message to our Representatives and Senators letting them know how important we think the arts are in our communities.
I am a firm believer in the importance of arts in our schools and communities. Art helps all students, special needs, low income, etc. It is also an area that is quick to be cut from programs and one that needs our support.
In my home state I watched a wonderful program close down due to budget cuts. Youth City Artways offered free workshops to kids and families, it also had visiting artists that went into schools and worked with students. I know first hand how this program aided my family and how much it is missed.
I hope you will join me in letting our Representatives know how much art means to our communities.