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Moonshot Studio

Moonshot Studio in the REACH

The Moonshot Studio at the REACH celebrates creativity and the artist in everyone through hands-on art-making. The recommended age is 5 years old and above. Stop by anytime from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on (most) Saturdays & Sundays to explore our projects.

Open Sat. and Sun. 11am - 4:30pm

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UPCOMING CLOSURES:

Moonshot Studio will be closed the following dates:

Saturday, May 4th
Sunday, May 5th
Saturday, May 11th
Sunday, May 12th
Saturday, June 8th

Ellington's Studio

Celebrate the 125th anniversary of Duke Ellington's birth with Moonshot Studio. An outstanding musician, charismatic band leader, and prolific composer, the Washington, D.C. native was an innovator across an expansive and eclectic range of styles—from pop and theatrical to swing, fusion, and beyond. Explore the sound, language, and movement that were part of Ellington's world.

Ellington in Full Color

Combine the elements of art and music to create a visual masterpiece while drawing to Ellington's best-known songs.

Jive Poetry

Are you hip to the jive? Learn a few words from Cab Calloway's Hepster's Dictionary and create a unique poem.

Swing Dance Tutorials

Get moving with a dance from Ellington's era! Learn how to dance the Lindy Hop with LaTasha Barnes and Ray F. Davis.


Want to settle in and make something?

Many of our projects take 60-90 minutes to complete. These projects are self-guided and self-paced, allowing you to explore a longer artmaking process.

Moonshot Studio staff is available to introduce the projects and to lend a hand when needed.

Accessibility for Visitors with Disabilities

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Interested in bringing a student group to the Moonshot Studio?

Field trips are available, by request, Wednesdays through Fridays for groups of 25 or fewer. Email [email protected] to learn more.

 

Moonshot@Home

Moonshot@Home is a digital series aimed at bringing the energy and joy of the Moonshot Studio to people wherever they may be.

Create colorful pennants based on the inspirational words of President Kennedy; learn about the artistic process and how artists from different art forms can inspire each other; and discover tips and tricks behind great portrait photography.

Moonshot@Home activities use widely available materials and engaging prompts to spark at-home, off-screen creative adventures for people of all ages.

Explore the REACH

Explore the REACH

Explore the REACH

The REACH is a living theater where diverse art forms collide to break down the boundaries between audience and art. It is an immersive learning center, a public incubator, and a set of dynamic, collaborative spaces within an architecturally innovative campus.

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