Happy New Year from the National Aquarium, which is now offering half-price admission from 5-9:30 pm on Friday evenings. On Friday, February 5, the Aquarium celebrates Black History Month with live jazz starting at 5 pm and cocktails available to purchase for the over-21 crowd. Visit the Aquarium’s website for details.
The Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery reopened late last year after an extensive two-year renovation, and it’s stunning! Don’t miss the new Renwick’s debut exhibition Wonder — or get a spectacular sneak peek on Instagram.
Beginning January 17, explore the Hawaiian Islands through the lens of history at the National Museum of the American Indian’s exhibition E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation. From its roots as an independent kingdom, to its residents’ status as an oppressed majority, to its acceptance as the 49th U.S. state, Hawai’i has a tumultuous and fascinating history. Visit NMAI’s website for more information.
On January 18, Martin Luther King Jr. Day , the Student Conservation Association held terrific National Day of Service events across the country, including a massive cleanup of the Anacostia River in Washington, DC. For more information, visit SCA’s website.
The National LGBTQ Taskforce held its highly anticipated 28th annual Creating Change conference in Chicago (January 20-24), and featured four days of networking, presentations, skill-building workshops, and much more. Visit the Task Force’s website for more information on the nation’s largest LGBTQ conference.
Common Cause holds its annual Champions of Democracy Gala on February 10 in Chicago, where they will “celebrate our joint work in creating meaningful political reform” and recognize activist Martese Chism, state Senator Don Harmon (IL), former Illinois Governor Jim Edgar, and organizer Eliseo Medina for “their commitment to transparency, ethics, equity, and democracy.” To find more information, purchase tickets, or read biographies of the awardees, visit Common Cause’s website.
February is Black History Month, so visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture’s website to find information on how you can celebrate. While there, we recommend you read Executive Director Lonnie Bunch’s fascinating essay, Knowing the Past Opens the Door to the Future: The Continuing Importance of Black History Month.