WEL Lecture Series: Three Women, Three Paths and a (Natural) Connection @ Anacostia Community Museum
Sep 25 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

This WEL lecture showcases the journey of three women – a cancer patient advocate, a community leader, and a nature engager – from their first meeting to an evolving collaboration for community wellness and environmental health. Their shared creative work, which taps into the healing potential of nature and the arts, addresses deep issues of social justice and wellbeing in the lives of our communities and people.

Lisa Simms Booth, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts
Brenda Richardson, Friends of Oxon Run Park
Stella Tarnay, Capital Nature

Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting
Oct 4 – Oct 7 all-day

The Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums Annual Meeting is an annual conference dedicated to fostering excellence in museums by providing our region’s museum professionals with high-quality professional development, networking opportunities, and special events.

Over the past year, museum professionals have grappled with questions concerning institutional identity, accessibility, visitor experience, staffing, and the widespread inequities of the field. Out of these challenges arose an inspiring host of ingenious, resourceful, and creative ideas. Focus shifted to the amazing people of museums – visitors, volunteers, and staff – as central to navigating these challenges.

The 2021 MAAM Annual Meeting will provide an opportunity to answer, “How do we center people in museums?” This conference will address what it means to be people-focused and will highlight key examples of where this approach can take us as a field. Conference discussions will center institutional identity, staffing, public programs, collections, and community engagement, among other relevant topics. We will share examples of efforts to enact change, discuss the future of museums during and beyond the pandemic, and address the continued inequities that shape professional participation in the museum field.

Facing Change: Health @ Barnes Foundation
Oct 4 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

“Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced.” —James Baldwin

Join us for our free online speaker series Facing Change. Every other month, the Barnes brings together artists, scholars, and community activists virtually for a multicultural and intergenerational conversation about race in America.

Our October conversation focuses on how race, culture, and identity can impact the health of a community or individual. The panel features filmmaker André Robert Lee, conceptual artist Althea Rao, and percussionist LaTreice V. Branson with producer Loraine Ballard Morrill as moderator. During the program, you’ll be encouraged to use the chat function to submit your own questions. The live chat will be moderated by curator Ginger Rudolph.

Registrants will be emailed a link to the program by 5pm on Monday, October 4.

Until I Am Free: A Conversation on Fannie Lou Hamer’s Legacy @ New-York Historical Society
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm

A blend of social commentary, biography, and intellectual history, Until I Am Free: Fannie Lou Hamer’s Enduring Message to America reveals the life of Hamer, a Black, working-poor, and disabled activist and intellectual of the civil rights movement whose work and wisdom are still relevant today. Join Dr. Keisha N. Blain, associate professor of history at the University of Pittsburgh and author of Until I Am Free, in conversation with columnist and author Rebecca Traister, as they discuss Hamer’s views on women’s rights, poverty, voting rights, internationalism, and policing and how they can guide modern-day activists.


Online: Click on the orange “Reserve Now” button at the top of this page.


This program will be presented via Zoom, an easy-to-use video conferencing platform. The day before the program, a member of New-York Historical’s staff will contact all registered attendees from the email address with instructions on how to join the virtual program. An additional reminder will be sent within two hours of the program start time. If you do not receive a message, please check your spam folder.

Wheaton Conversations: Social Change and Artistic Process @ Wheaton Arts
Oct 14 @ 6:00 pm

Join us for an exciting conversation with the artist who created the artworks for the Persistent Memories installation at WheatonArts! Discover how Paula Meninato depicts the human toll behind the criminalization of Latin Americans through the optical qualities of paint on glass.

As an Argentine-born American artist, Paula is interested in examining the correlation between her cultural heritage and immigrant journey through visual images. She will explore examples of how wars and immigration policies affect people’s lives and how the “disappearing” and “invisibility” of human beings are reflected in
her artworks.

Engage in a discussion about the power of art in raising awareness of painful experiences not often addressed and its role in the call for social change. Paula will outline how theories of social change are applied in her artistic processes, including the relationship between material and conceptual choices within her bodies of work.

Three Archival Events / Session 1: Issues in Black Archivism @ Zimmerli Art Museum
Oct 21 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

To celebrate American Archives Month this October, the Zimmerli is hosting a series of virtual discussions in conjunction with the exhibition Angela Davis – Seize the Time.

Session 1: Issues in Black Archivism, Thursday October 21, 7 to 8:30pm
Dr. Alexandria Russell, Research Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard, moderates a roundtable discussion with:

  • Lisbet Tellefsen, Private Archivist of Angela Davis Collection
  • Tracy Drake, Professional Archivist, Member of the Blackivist Collective, Head of Special Collections and Archives at Reed College. Expertise in Chicago Black Panther Party
  • Zakiya Collier, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Weeksville Heritage Center, Brooklyn

Session 2: Artists and Archives, Friday October 22, Noon to 1:30pm
Daonne Huff, Studio Museum in Harlem, moderates a conversation among contemporary artists in the exhibition whose work deals specifically with archives: Steffani Jamison, Bethany Collins, Sadie Barnette.

Session 3: Archiving the Invisible: Black Musical Archives, Thursday, October 28, 7 to 8:30pm
Carter Mathes, English Department, Rutgers, and Archivist Elizabeth Surles Archivist participate in a roundtable discussion.

The series is organized by Gerry Beegan, co-curator of the exhibition and professor in Art & Design at Rutgers’ Mason Gross School of the Arts.

Sessions take place virtually on Zoom. Please check back for registration information.

Women in New York Politics Now @ Tenement Museum
Oct 25 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us on October 25 for a virtual conversation about power, history, and action. What is the state of women in politics in New York? At the Tenement Museum, our exhibits and tours examine the political lives of women in the past and how it was often shaped by their work at home or organizing in the streets. Generations later, women could be political in public office. How did inspiration flow between generations, and what did political action look like for women at different moments in the city’s history?

Political scientist Dr. Christina Greer, State Assembly Member Emily Gallagher, and others discuss recent elections and the past and future of women in political office on this Tenement Talk, livestreamed to YouTube from inside the 1960s living room of the Saez Velez family.

This program is part of our series looking at the complexities and tensions of the American Dream

When: October 25, 2021, 6:30 – 7:30 pm ET

Where: YouTube Live – set a reminder!