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Family Art Moments (FAM) is Washington Performing Arts’s first series dedicated to family programming! Geared towards kids ages 5-8 (with younger siblings welcome!), FAM is full of interactive activities from Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists, Storytime book readings, coloring and activity pages, dancing, singing, creating, performing, and more.

Combining the magic of performance with the value of the classroom experience, FAM aims to provide an engaging, educational, and entertaining access point to diverse art forms for children and their parents. Join the FAM and explore the range of programs below!

Spring 2021

This spring, get moving, singing, playing, and performing as Washington Performing Arts Teaching Artists and Home Delivery Plus Headline Artists team up for Family Art Moments (FAM)! Learn the basics of tap and ballet, discover how a piano makes music, and use your voice to shine your light—all while enjoying engaging performances, downloadable activity pages, and recommended reading lists.

 

Karin Paludan and J'Nai Bridges

Karin Paludan
with J’Nai Bridges

Wednesday, April 14

Use your voice to shine your light with Karin Paludan and special guest J’Nai Bridges—plus activity pages and recommended reading!

Jenny Lin

Jenny Lin
Tuesday, April 27

Get an up-close look at how a piano makes music with renowned pianist Jenny Lin—plus activity pages and recommended reading.

Company E and Ballet Folklórico

Company E
with Ballet Folklórico de México de Amalia Hernández

Tuesday, May 4

Learn the basics of ballet and perform choreography with Company E—plus an appearance by Ballet Folklórico de México, activity pages, and recommended reading.

Footworks and Brinae Ali

Footworks Percussive
Dance Ensemble
with Brinae Ali

Tuesday, May 11

Get moving and learn the basics of tap dancing with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble and special guest Brinae Ali—plus activity pages and recommended reading.

Support for Family Art Moments in 2021 is provided by Pepco, an Exelon Company, and the Québec Government Office in Washington.

Pepco    Québec Government Office in Washington

 

Summer 2020

Discover your own superpowers, travel to Latin America and West Africa, make your own books, and so much more! Made for online enjoyment, the summer 2020 FAM programming includes engaging instruction and performance videos from featured teaching artists, Storytime book readings from series partner Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, and downloadable coloring and activity pages to keep the fun going offline. Get the full scoop on the summer 2020 series or dive right in.

Shake Your Bones

Shake Your Bones
with Cantaré

Learn about instruments and music from Latin America with Cantaré—plus, bilingual Storytime and Coloring Pages!

Giggling, Wiggling, Book Worm: Stories, Myths, and Legends

Giggling, Wiggling, Book Worm: Stories, Myths, and Legends
Travel around the world with Arianna Ross from Story Tapestries, and continue your adventure with a Storytime and Coloring Page!

FAM - Singing is Your Superpower

Singing is Your Superpower
Celebrate the power of your own voice with Karin Paludan—follow along with Activity Pages and a Storytime!

FAM - Beats and Rhymes with Mr. Root

Beats And Rhymes with Mr. Root
Learn about Hip Hop and beatboxing with Jamaal ‘Mr. Root’ Collier from Story Tapestries—plus Storytime and more!

FAM - Bookmaking Workshop

Bookmaking Workshop
Create your own book using household materials with Karen O. Brown—plus Storytime and more!

FAM - Visit Africa

Visit Africa
Travel to West Africa through electrifying dances and rhythms with KanKouran West African Dance Company—plus Storytime and more!

 

Performances related to Washington Performing Arts’s education programs are made possible by Jacqueline Badger Mars and Mars, Incorporated.

Education programs at Washington Performing Arts are made possible in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts & Humanities; U.S. Commission of Fine Arts and the National Capital Arts and Cultural Affairs Program; The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation; Park Foundation, Inc.; Mr. Bruce Rosenblum and Ms. Lori Laitman; Mr. Tom Gallagher; Mary Jo Veverka; Events DC; Her Excellency Shaikha Aisha AlKhalifa, Spouse of the Ambassador, Embassy of the Kingdom of Bahrain; Prince Charitable Trusts; Verizon; Mr. Peter Buscemi and Ms. Judith Miller; Dr. J. Stephen and Mrs. Kathryn Jones; The Estate of Josephine S. Huang, Ph.D.; The Greene-Milstein Family Foundation; Nancy Peery Marriott Foundation; Mr. James J. Sandman and Ms. Elizabeth D. Mullin; Linda and Isaac Stern Charitable Foundation, in memory of Isaac Stern; Dr. Gary Mather and Ms. Christina Co Mather; Mr. and Mrs. Brian Coulter; Dimick Foundation; Frank Islam and Debbie Driesman; Kanter Kallman Foundation; Dr. Robert Misbin; Pepco, An Exelon Company; Québec Government Office in Washington; and George Wasserman Family Foundation, Inc.

Includes gifts of $5,000 and above as of March 22, 2021.