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Outdoor Exhibit at The REACH

January 25, 2021

Now through February 28, 2021, the Kennedy Center is reaching out around the globe to ask one question: in this period of unprecedented world challenges, how do we harness the healing power of art?

 

Featuring three installations scattered across the grounds of the REACH, the Kennedy Center’s UNITY | PEACE | FORWARD project offers a glimpse into the minds of creatives—their hopes, fears, dreams, and aspirations in a time of uncertainty and isolation.

 

The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F Street NW.


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Explore Ancient Andean Knot Writing

December 16, 2020

Wari numerical system (Photo by: doaks.org) Wari numerical system

Dumbarton Oaks Museum explores an ancient system of recorded information by the people of South America that was portable, precise, and so complex that it remains undeciphered today.

 

The long-lived Wari Empire and vast Inka Empire employed sophisticated devices called khipu to record information, such as census data and labor obligations.

 

Made of cords, both Inka and Wari khipu seem to have recorded not only quantitative or statistical content, but narrative information as well. The variation in cord structures, colors, wrapping patterns, and knots encoded and conveyed information, while the basic khipu elements—flexible knotted cords—offered a lightweight and compact means of transporting information across distances.

 

This exhibition is the first to bring together examples of Wari, Inka, and Colonial khipu. Less than a dozen complete Wari khipu are known to exist in museum collections, and three are on display at Dumbarton Oaks, along with interactive displays that help visitors understand the way khipu worked, how they were made, and how information was encoded.

 

Using a wide variety of colors, strings, and sometimes several hundred knots all tied in various ways at various heights, khipu could record dates, statistics, accounts, and even represent, in abstract form, key episodes from traditional folk stories and poetry. 

 

The exhibition was on view at the museum in 2019 and can be viewed online here, along with videos.

Natural colored camelid fiber (Photo by: doaks.org) Natural colored camelid fiber


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Fairmont's Christmas Cookie Ornament Decorating Boxes To-Go

December 6, 2020

This holiday season, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is offering Christmas Cookie Ornament Decorating Boxes To-Go with proceeds benefitting Horton’s Kids

(Photo by: fairmont.com/washington)

 

Take home your own holiday fun from the Fairmont, and be entered to win prizes for the ugliest holiday sweater or mask, while giving back to our community.

 

Executive Pastry Chef A.J. Thalakkat has been working hard to create scrumptiously magical fun for all generations.

Each Christmas Cookie Ornament Decorating Box Contains:

-6 Decorated Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments – for inspiration

(by Chef Thalakkat - ready to hang on the tree or munch on)

-12 Frosted Gingerbread Cookie Ornaments with string ties - to Decorate

-4 Pastry Piping Bags with Blue, Green, Red and White Frosting

-Assorted Sprinkles

 

Christmas Cookie Ornament Decorating Boxes are $35 each. Orders must be placed by Friday, December 11th

 

To order, please email the hotel directly at wdc.holidaysorders.dl@fairmont.com  or eventbrite at: http://fairmontwashington.eventbrite.com.

 

Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown is located at 2401 M Street NW.


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