Five Things for Today: August 5, 2020

The Mary Livingston Ripley Garden between the Smithsonian Castle & the Hirshhorn


1. From 10am – 12pm today, an outdoor installation will be unveiled on the U.S. Capitol grounds that features artwork by kids describing their suffering, anxieties and hopes in the pandemic. It’s being presented by ParentsTogether, an organization of more than two million American parents, as a message to Congress asking for COVID relief. Look for it on the southest side of the Capitol across from the Library of Congress, on the corner of Independence Avenue & First Street SE.

2. The Hirshhorn’s ARTLAB NO LAB is a virtual space presenting weekly art and music challenges, fun discussions, and contests. (It’s the digital version of their pre-COVID ARTLAB program for teens, but anyone can enjoy it now.)

3. The Lily suggests seven books that feel like an escape, perfect for times when you can’t take one of your own.

4. I’ve mentioned it before, but giving another shout out because it’s such a great service: ThredUp is an online secondhand store and an ideal way to shop right now. You can get great deals on all kinds of apparel, including kids’ clothes, at a time when it might feel odd to pay full price; thrifting is good for the environment; and it’s really satisfying when you score those perfect pieces. The link provided is my referral code, which gives you $10 to shop when you place your first order.

5. Live updates on Beirut and a quick link to the Labanese Red Cross for one way to help.

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