For many of us with young kids, getting them interested in museum exhibits that are not 3-D, formerly living creatures, currently living creatures, or some kind of large craft that has soared through the sky can be a challenge. They often need something a little more than just a picture on the wall…something tangible to help them make sense if it, something to bring it to life.
Well, we are in luck. Starting tomorrow, July 28, the National Portrait Gallery will present Portraits Alive!, a theatrical tour of the museum’s collections performed by teens from Mayor Fenty’s 2010 Summer Youth Employment Program. Every Tuesday – Friday through August 13, visitors can join the group on a journey that explores a variety of works as the students become the portraits—performing an original, student written play, they will portray the people represented in the photos, paintings, drawings, sculptures, and prints.
Performances begin at 2:15pm, meeting in the F Street lobby. And just like admission to the museum, they are free! Get there early to grab lunch at the cafe (or bring your own) and enjoy it in the magnificent Kogod Courtyard.
The National Portrait Gallery is located at Eighth and F Streets NW. Hours are 11am – 7pm daily.