The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity | News Release | City of Alexandria

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The Will to Adorn: African American Diversity, Style, and Identity

Saturday, February 25, 2017, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Alexandria Black History Museum, 902 Wythe Street

The Alexandria Black History Museum will host a free workshop, The Will to Adorn. This event is suitable for all ages and is free. Reservations are encouraged but not required to attend.

African American traditions of dress and body adornment are creative expressions that reveal ideas, values, skills, and knowledge rooted on the African continent and in the American experience. Do you style your own hair? Embellish your sneakers? Design clothing or jewelry? Collect hats? Take selfies with your family and friends in the latest styles? Wear graphic T-shirts expressing your points of view? Then you may have the “will to adorn.”

Folklorist Diana Baird N’Diaye of the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage guides audiences through an exciting journey of discovery about how we make meaning through what we choose to wear, how we groom our hair, and how we refashion and adorn our bodies. Working with Dr. N’Diaye will be folklorist and educator Paddy Bowman of Local Learning: The National Network for Folk Arts in Education.

As Director of the Smithsonian’s Will to Adorn Project, Dr. N’Diaye links young people with community artisans of style in several cities, gathering stories of African Americans’ diverse identities expressed through attire and adornment. Join us for a lively and intriguing presentation that will engage people of all ages.

The Alexandria Black History Museum is located five blocks from the Braddock Road Metro Station on the Yellow and Blue Lines. Street parking is available.

The City of Alexandria is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, as amended. To request a reasonable accommodation, e-mail black.history@alexandriava.gov,  or call 703.746.4356, Virginia Relay 711

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