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House of Sweden Hosts Crafts and Gender Equality Shows

March 13, 2016

(Photo by: House of Sweden)

A mythical wedding, a demonstration, a carnival, a funeral procession, a fashion show or perhaps a combination of all these? A colorful parade of mysterious creatures wander through a fictitious northern landscape carrying unique crafted objects. Who are they and where are they going?

Find out at House of Sweden where you'll experience the new Next Level Craft-Cutting Edge Handicraft from Sweden exhibition with its own soundtrack and music video. The renowned young Swedish artist Aia Jüdes has created a playful and different tale of craft, mixing voguing (a modern dance style characterized by perfect, stylized hand and arm movements, acrobatic poses and flamboyant fashion), street art, high fashion, pop culture and electronic music with everything from wool embroidery, weaving and felting to root binding, wood turning and birch bark braiding.

Based on the craft traditions and rich nature of Sweden, the exhibition aims to spread knowledge and increase interest in craft traditions and skills among children and young adults.

(Photo by: House of Sweden)

The exhibition, presenting works by more than 40 crafters, artists and designers from all over Sweden, is an initiative of the handicraft consultants working on behalf of the four counties in Northern Sweden and originally produced as part of Umeå - European Capital of Culture 2014.

Also now at House of Sweden, a show on Gender Equality where Sweden’s well known achievements are hailed as inspiring examples. Whether by tradition, culture or legislation, steps have been taken to ensure that women and men have equal opportunities and equal power to shape society and their own lives.

Opening Hours:
Saturdays & Sundays 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
FREE admission and guide on site.

Next Level Crafts exhibition on display through Apri 24, 2016 and Gender Equality exhibition on display until December, 2016.

House of Sweden is located at 2900 K Street in Georgetown.

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'CODEGIRL' Screening March 10

February 22, 2016

Palantir is hosting a screening of the documentary CODEGIRL, followed by a discussion with the director, Lesley Chilcott, on Thursday, March 10 at 5:30 pm. The event is part of a speaker series called It Starts with Girls, which features influential women who are improving girls’ access to science and technology.

Ria Galanos, AP Computer Science teacher at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, joins award-winning filmmaker and producer Chilcott, for a discussion that will focus on the unique challenges girls interested in STEM face in high school. The film tells story of the 2015 Technovation Challenge to girls all over the world.

The Technovation Challenge is a six-year-old competition for high school girls. Teams from around the world have three months to design an app that addresses a problem in their communities, write a business plan, and make a pitch video.

Last year, filmmaker Lesley Chilcott, who produced Waiting for Superman and an Inconvenient Truth, set out to make a documentary about the girls participating in the challenge.

This event is free of charge, but space is limited. Please RSVP to attend. See a preview of the documentary here.

Palantir is located at 1025 Thomas Jefferson Street (6th floor) in Georgetown.

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Georgetown Village Comes to the Rescue

January 31, 2016

Thanks to Georgetown Village many residents were able to weather the snowstorm without incident. As the forecast for the storm developed, Georgetown Village helped residents prepare for the storm by taking them grocery shopping before the snow fell and making sure that frailer members were well situated with supplies. The Village also was able to provide volunteers to shovel out members after the blizzard started.  These and many other services were all arranged with just one phone call to the Georgetown Village office. Altogether 28 members were helped.

Executive Director Lynn Golub-Rofrano says she also received many phone calls from Georgetown residents who are not trained Village volunteers but who  wanted to offer assistance knowing that Georgetown Village is THE organization helping their older neighbors. It really does take a Village.


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