EpicCentering the National Mall announces two student events celebrating the National Mall

Dr. Carolivia Herron and EpicCentering the National Mall invites students to the National Mall on September 23rd and October 2nd to participate in “I Remember When the National Mall Was Made” and “The Fall of Phaeton: An African American Response to the painting by Peter Paul Rubens.”

Update September 24, 2016: View the slideshow of the Lincoln Memorial event here.

Details are below.

The Fall of Phaeton: An African American Response to the painting by Peter Paul Rubens

On Sunday, October 2, 2016 young (and old!) authors and artists of the DMV will gather on the National Mall, in front of the National Gallery of Art, to demonstrate in honor of art. The award winning poet Javon Lawson and his young associates will present a 40 minute retelling and elaboration of the Greek myth of Phaeton. The short drama was inspired by the Rubens painting, The Fall of Phaeton, which hangs in the National Gallery of Art. After the presentation, we will all carry paintings by the students of Coolidge High School (DCPS), holding the works as if they were protest signs. In this case, however, the “protest” is an outcry in favor of art. Participants will carry these art works down the National Mall from the National Gallery of Art to the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC). A major purpose of this event is to welcome NMAAHC to the National Mall.

Join us in front of the National Galley of Art (NGA)

(on the National Mall side, NOT the Constitution Ave side of the main building, Madison Drive at what would be 6th Street if the NGA were not there)

Sunday October 2, 2016
2:00 -3:30 PM

Contact Dr. Carolivia Herron, [email protected]
202-277-2649

Background Note: Phaeton, a son of a mortal mother, Clymene, and the sun god (Helios / Apollo / Sol) searched for his father, but was eventually cast out of the sky by Zeus because he could not handle the horses of the sun. High school students in Washington, DC took the theme, “I, too, went searching for my father (or mother or self or culture) as a mantra for adapting the Rubens.

—- UPDATE —-

Living Streaming Friday’s EpicCentering the National Mall

Tomorrow’s (Friday’s) EpicCentering the National Mall student event at the Lincoln Memorial from 10 a.m. to noon, featuring students of Shining Stars Montessori Public Charter School (DCPO), will be live streamed. Watch the performance starting at 10 a.m.

I Remember When the National Mall Was Made

On Friday, September 23, 2016 students of Shining Stars Montessori Public Charter School (DCPS) present essays and drawings as responses to people and places of the National Mall. In one essay the student imagines herself reminiscing as the Statue of Freedom on the top of the Capital dome, above the National Mall. Additional essays reflect on National Mall events, people and places such as the AIDS quilt, the 1963 March on Washington, the cherry blossoms, the Smithsonian castle, and the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. The event is one of many EpicCentering the National Mall events welcoming the new National Museum of African American History and Culture to the National Mall.

Join us on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial

Friday September 23, 2016
10:00 AM – Noon

Contact Dr. Carolivia Herron, [email protected]
202-277-2649

 

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