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Fridays at Noon with Elizabeth Beck

Afternoon Lecture/Seminar

Friday, October 15, 2021 - 12:00 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET
Code: 1G0011
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Top: Ceramic by Jennifer McCurdy
Bottom: Roberta Gasbarre (Photo: Amanda Corbett)

Registration Note: This members-only free program requires registration.

Discover Fridays at Noon

Mark Fridays at Noon on your calendar to savor the liveliest and most interesting conversation you’ll hear all week. Designed exclusively for Smithsonian Associates members, this monthly video podcast series invites you to go behind the scenes and into the working lives of some of the most intriguing people from all across the Smithsonian and Washington’s worlds of culture, science, and education.

This Month's Featured Guest

Education, outreach, and research programs across the Smithsonian have long benefited from the generosity of the Smithsonian’s Women’s Committee. The committee’s director Elizabeth Beck joins Roberta to talk about the two major annual events that generate income for their important work: the nationally recognized Smithsonian Craft Show, which marks its 40th year in 2022, and the newer Craft to Wear show, featuring exquisite wearable art. Both juried shows spotlight the range, quality, and ingenuity of American craft artists. She also covers some of the Smithsonian projects supported by the Women’s Committee and how the public can be involved in its upcoming events.

Meet the Host

Led by Roberta Gasbarre, a multifaceted veteran arts educator and creator (and conversationalist extraordinaire), each informal 30-minute chat offers the perfect break to brighten your Friday and send you into the weekend with new insights from an array of engaging and thought-provoking guests.

“I love talking to people who are passionate about what they do, no matter the disciplines in which they work. It’s exciting to learn what makes them tick, where they find inspiration, and—especially now—how they remain innovative and imaginative when there’s a challenge to face. I always come away with something new and fascinating to spark my own thinking.” —Roberta Gasbarre

Upcoming Fridays at Noon Programs

  • NOV 5: Mandy Van Heuvelen, cultural interpreter manager at the National Museum of the American Indian, and film director Kelly Gardner discuss creating the multimedia museum theatre project Hear Me Say My Name.
  • DEC 3: Sharon Robinson, mixed-media and collage artist, shares ideas for creative, non-traditional holiday decorating.

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