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All Smithsonian Associates in-person programs are temporarily suspended due to the pandemic. We invite you to join us from the comfort of your home as we present Smithsonian Associates Streaming, a new platform for the live, high-quality and engaging programs made possible by generous supporters like you.

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Smithsonian Associates - Educating and Entertaining Audiences for More Than 50 Years

Wednesday, May 5, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Part of CULINASIA: The Future of Asian Food in America

In the Covid era, anti-Asian racism and violence has been widespread, and many Asian restaurants both large and small have permanently closed their doors. Why are the survival of Chinese restaurants and the preservation of the the legacy of Asian food in America so essential to the soul of our cities? In a free program, a panel of chefs, advocates, and activists discuss the future of Chinatowns across the country.

Studio Arts
Wednesday, May 5 to 26, 2021 - 7:00 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. ET

Move beyond the technical and focus on cultivating and strengthening your artistic vision. Learn how to use composition, viewpoint, and light to reinforce your vision.

Saturday, May 8, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. ET

Cutting-edge ecotourism companies are  pioneering small-group safaris to new destinations that offer unique wildlife encounters for adventurous travelers. Join wilderness guide and wildlife photographer Russell Gammon for a series of virtual safaris to hidden corners of Africa, Asia, and South America in search of some of the rarest and most iconic creatures on the planet.

Friday, May 14, 2021 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET

Blossoming in Vienna and spreading like a mania through Europe, the waltz proclaimed a new freedom of sexual expression and individual liberties in the early 19th century. Classical music and opera expert Saul Lilienstein traces the development of a musical form and a dance that changed history.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Part of CULINASIA: The Future of Asian Food in America

Opening a Southeast Asian restaurant, bar, or food business was always an uphill battle. How can they keep their doors open during a global pandemic with the doubly stacked odds of anti-Asian racism at an all-time high? In a free program, learn how a panel of Southeast Asian chefs and restaurateurs from across the country are meeting the moment.