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It’s honestly difficult to tell if this summer has been exceptionally long or exceptionally short. (Either way, it was…something.) As we head into fall, many spots are embracing even more dynamic virtual programming; National Museum of Women in the Arts is one such institution, with loads on deck for the next few months. Here are a few highlights:

  • A Conversation About the Gender Inequity that Pervades the Culinary Industry: Celeste Beatty, the first Black woman brewery owner in America, Jenny Dorsey, interdisciplinary visual artist and professional chef and Ashley Rose Young, Historian of the American Food History Project at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History will explore how creativity, ingenuity, and networking can create opportunities to level the field. After the Fresh Talk, you can join NMWA for a virtual Catalyst Cocktail Hour to add your voice to the conversation. Set to take place on September 13th at 4:30pm ET.
  • Artist Happy Hour: NMWA will honor the African American Expressionist painter Alma Thomas with a Virtual Happy Hour Celebration on September 22nd at 5:30pm ET; attendees will learn how to make a specialty cocktail in her honor, and can tour the museum’s collection and archives with curators.
  • Women Musicians: New online series The Tea highlights women musicians performing original work via livestream. Fall sessions are set to take place on October 2nd (with Tashera), November 6th (with Heidi Martin) and December 4th (with Veve Marley) at noon ET. Each session will include a short interview exploring the artist’s creative process over a cup of tea. (You should also catch the September edition, which is this week on September 4th, ft. Tamika Love Jones. Again, happening at noon ET.)
  • Food for Thought: The next Women, Arts, and Social Change initiative Fresh Talk program focuses on food. Fresh Talk: Place and Power is set to take place on November 15th at 4:30pm ET, and will feature culinary historian Laura Shapiro and interdisciplinary artist Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz as they discuss global food access, gender, class and labor.
  • Weekly Art Chats: weekly Art Chats are happening at 5pm ET on Fridays through January 29th, 2021; these informal, intimate talks (limited to 20 participants) focus on themes and topics explored in NMWA’s collection.
  • Studio Tours: Beginning September 30th, On Demand Artist Studio Tours will offer unique access to artists featured in the upcoming exhibition Paper Routes—Women to Watch 2020. Gain a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the artists’ processes and the ways that they approach the exhibition theme: paper.

Check out the full itinerary and find out more about upcoming exhibitions (and ways to visit IRL if that appeals) right here.

Featured image via National Museum of Women in the Arts

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