Looking to up your appreciation of the arts?
We've rounded up four artsy events around Washington this week that will scratch your cultural itch, from a creative writing workshop to a children's art class.
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Strike a Prose: Finding Footing in a Shifting Landscape
The Education Department of the National Gallery of Art is offering a free creative writing workshop using self-portraits from the National Portrait Gallery as inspiration. Participants will view the Gallery's exhibition "Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today" to spark new writing that explores the ways we construct our identities in a social landscape. The workshop will include reading, discussion and guided writing prompts.
When: Friday, Jan. 18, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Where: National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, 800 G St. NW
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Sunday Social at Bakers & Baristas
It's almost time for Bakers & Baristas' monthly Sunday Social. Every third Sunday of the month, the cafe and bakery hosts an open mic where featured artists and audience members are invited express themselves through spoken word or song.
When: Sunday, Jan. 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Bakers & Baristas, 501 Seventh St. NW
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Exhibition: 'Images of Protest & Dissent'
Johnny Pistolas in Adams Morgan is the location for a one-night only photography exhibit and pop-up party. Meet the photographers as they share images on the theme "Images of Protest & Dissent." In addition to art, there'll be drinks, games and prizes.
When: Saturday, Jan. 19, 7 p.m.
Where: Johnny Pistolas, 2333 18th St. NW
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Up to 36 percent off Paint & Play sessions at Paint.Play.Create
Finally, take advantage of discounts of up to 36 percent on Paint & Play sessions at Paint.Play.Create. Guided by staff, participants ages two to 11 explore the process of creative expression while building confidence. It's a chance for them to unleash their inner Michelangelo — while someone else handles the cleanup.
When: Discounts available for Mondays and Tuesdays, or Fridays and Saturdays
Where: Paint.Play.Create, 6925 Willow St. NW
Price: $15-$56 (up to 36 percent discount off regular price)
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