Urgent Museum Notice

National Museum of Women in the Arts offers families fun digital resources to connect and learn about women artists

View of the museum from outside showing the Neoclassical building from one corner. The building is a tan-colored stone with an arched doorway, long vertical windows, and detailed molding around the roof.
Exclusive coloring book and story time video series included

WASHINGTON—The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) offers a variety of digital activities for families with children of all ages on the NMWA @ Home portal. These free offerings include Story Time, an exclusive coloring book and arts-based curriculum developed by museum educators.

With NMWA @ Home families with children can:

  • Listen to Story Time with Women in the Arts, featuring children’s picture books authored or illustrated by women and read by NMWA staff members.
  • Download and print the first-ever NMWA Coloring Books, featuring a variety of artworks from the museum’s collection, including a Mother’s Day-themed book with art and artists focused on family and motherhood.
  • Create your own art experience using our fun, interactive See For Yourself art cards. Use the cards to engage with artworks, discover fascinating facts and reflect on your experience. Education staff are creating special collections, like the D.C. Women Artists packet, featuring artists who called Washington, D.C., home for a significant part of their lives.
  • Teach the arts at home with Art, Books, and Creativity (ABC), a NMWA curriculum that unites visual and language arts through the creation of artists’ books. The ABC curriculum comprises 14 lesson plans, high-resolution images, artists’ biographies, book-making instructions and a vocabulary list. Lesson plans and vocabulary lists are available in English and Spanish. Short video clips related to the ABC curriculum are available in NMWA’s video library. 
  • Answer “What’s Going On in This Picture?” Every Monday, The New York Times posts a photo without a caption and invites viewers to join a live discussion about what they see, moderated by NMWA educators, among others.

NMWA @ Home is a portal to explore the work of great women artists with links to online exhibitions, collections, artist profiles, talks and news as well as art podcast and video recommendations. New content for all ages is added regularly; check the website for more information.

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) is the only major museum in the world solely dedicated to championing women through the arts. With its collections, exhibitions, programs and online content, the museum inspires dynamic exchanges about art and ideas. NMWA advocates for better representation of women artists and serves as a vital center for thought leadership, community engagement and social change. NMWA addresses the gender imbalance in the presentation of art by bringing to light important women artists of the past while promoting great women artists working today. The collections highlight painting, sculpture, photography, and video by artists including Louise Bourgeois, Mary Cassatt, Judy Chicago, Frida Kahlo, Shirin Neshat, Faith Ringgold, Pipilotti Rist, Amy Sherald and Élisabeth Louise Vigée-LeBrun.

During the current closure, the museum invites members of the public to explore its social media accounts and online resources. NMWA is located at 1250 New York Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. For information, call 202-783-5000, visit nmwa.org, Broad Strokes blog, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.