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It’s a Cherry Blossom Dream this Spring at ARTECHOUSE



ARTECHOUSE, the Southwest DC gallery specializing in creative works that merge art and technology, has been celebrating the seasons through large-scale installations that reflect the time of year with stunning visuals and neat interactives. And it probably comes as no surprise that the newest one, the spring exhibit, features one of DC’s seasonal favorites: Cherry Blossoms.

Sakura Yume // Cherry Blossom Dream offers a new way to experience our city’s famous flowers. They might not be real in this digital environment, but they’re beautiful as they float along the lofty walls of the gallery’s main space along with colorful clouds of light created by your movements. Like past installations there, sensors are carefully placed to let you manipulate the art by waving your arms or walking along the wall where the images are projected.

More activations invite guests to interact with the art. You can virtually feed koi fish and make cherry blossoms bloom on an interactive table. There is a hall with paper lanterns hanging above that light up as you walk under them. Orange dots on a wall can be rearranged as you “move” them.

My favorite element — and the one I think will be a fave of most guests — is an interactive table that projects beautiful blossom and Japanese-inspired images and lets you play with light and color. Hands and fingers become paint brushes as you create big swaths of color or make butterflies appear out of gray backgrounds. It’s mesmerizing and therapeutic and just really delightful to see.

All ages, children and adults, will appreciate this Cherry Blossom Dream. Kids are welcome during daytime hours 10am – 5pm, but evenings 5:30-11pm are for adults only. The bar is open during these hours, serving tasty and gorgeous exhibit-inspired cocktails. And on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays 5:30-7pm the Bloom Food Immersive Experience, a bento box style meal will also be available.

Sakura Yume // Cherry Blossom Dream
Where: ARTECHOUSE | 1238 Maryland Avenue SW, WDC
When: Daily through May 6, 2018
Hours: 10am – 5pm (all ages) | 5:30-11pm (21+)
Admission: $15/adult, $8/child | $85/Bloom Food Experience












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Celebrate Women’s History Month at the National Postal Museum!



March is Women’s History Month, and the National Postal Museum is celebrating with its annual Women’s History Month Family Day! This Saturday and Sunday, March 10 and 11, all ages are welcome to enjoy the event that highlights extraordinary women from the past to present and reflects upon their meaningful contributions through special programs and hands-on activities.

In a fun and engaging setting, discover the various postal roles typically held by women over the last two centuries and get to know the stories of pioneers who broke the mold, such as the first female postmaster, Mary Katherine Goddard.

Guests can explore the museum on a scavenger hunt as they locate relevant objects and exhibitions and stop at activity stations scattered throughout the galleries. Upon successful completion, they can take home a National Postal Museum airplane in the spirit of trailblazing pilot Amelia Earhart. In addition, through their participation in the scavenger hunt, Girl Scouts have the opportunity to earn their “Playing the Past” and “Detective” badges.

More event activities include:

Behind the Badge with USPS Postal Inspectors: The National Postal Museum proudly welcomes female representatives from the U.S. Postal Inspection Service; visitors will hear about the responsibilities of the job and familiarize themselves with bulletproof vests, walkie-talkies, and other equipment.

Dead Letter Office Challenge: Try to make sense of actual examples of “dead letters” and decipher the undecipherable in this popular game.

Historic Printing Press Demonstrations: Watch a demonstration of how stamps were produced on a 19th century printing press, print your own postcard, and learn about the challenges of the job.

Meet Amelia Earhart and Friends: “Amelia Earhart” will be onsite to regale crowds with tales of her fascinating life and accomplishments. “Amelia” will also turn into many other renowned women throughout history, such as Clara Barton, Florence Nightingale, Marie Curie, and Harriet Tubman.

Story Time: Join interactive readings of Pam Muñoz Ryan’s delightful book, “Eleanor and Amelia Go for a Ride,” which chronicles the real-life friendship of Amelia Earhart and Eleanor Roosevelt, both legendary women in their own right.

Women In Military Service Meet and Greet: In conjunction with the museum’s newest exhibition, “In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I,“ members of the Women In Military Service For America Memorial Foundation discuss the lives of the four women featured in the exhibition, and read heartfelt letters from over 100 years ago.

Women’s History Month Family Day
Where: National Postal Museum
Location: 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE, WDC
When: March 10-11, 11am – 4pm
Admission: Free


This post is sponsored by the National Postal Museum, however, I only promote programs, events, and places that I genuinely believe in and think would appeal to KFDC readers.

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