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February is here!

Love is in the air and we are so excited to celebrate all of its forms this month. Maybe you'll find that special someone on one of our dance floors at a social dance, or create a delightfully personal Valentine's day gift through one of this month's art classes. Beyond love for those closest to us, we enter Black History Month with a love for humanity and the one-of-a-kind creativity diverse groups inspire.

Speaking of classes, registration for Spring and Summer classes and camps begins this Wednesday at 10am! Browse the catalog now so you'll be ready Wednesday morning to nab a spot in your top choice classes before they fill up.

We're eager to share programming that aligns with Black History Month in the coming weeks; take a look at what we have planned, plus information on Black visual artists who have exhibited at the Park in the past. You can also read about the fascinating way our 103-year-old Dentzel Carousel played a central role in the civil rights story of the Washington, DC area.

Saturday at 10:30am, hop onto Zoom for this weekend's Art Clinic Online with painter, illustrator, and art professor Nicole M. Santiago, a 2019 Bethesda Painting Awards winner. Did you miss last week's Plein Air Forum? All previous ACO recordings are available on YouTube.

Don't miss the opening reception for Photoworks' newest show this Sunday, February 11 at 2pm! Building a Mixed Race Community features photographs and text by photojournalist Marvin Tupper Jones telling the stories of more than 30 individuals between the years of 1851 - 1973.

Read on for more of this week's happenings, including upcoming classes. We can't wait to see you at the Park soon, and as always, we appreciate your support!

Online Events Calendar


ACO: Nicole M. Santiago

February 10 | 10:30am | Zoom

Painter, illustrator, and William & Mary art professor Nicole M. Santiago will be discussing the way she investigates the semi-autobiographical yet universal narratives of love, loss, and duty in her work. While her works are driven by narrative, abstraction and design define her style.

Learn More & Zoom >>

Building a Mixed Race Community

February 10 - March 31 | Photoworks

Opening Reception February 11 @ 2pm

Acclaimed photojournalist Marvin Tupper Jones has spent his life documenting his home of Hertford County, North Carolina. His exhibition tells the stories of more than 30 people from 1851 to 1973. Four women are featured, as well as business people, farmers, carpenters, educators, church leaders, soldiers (Civil War and WWII), and Civil Rights activists and organizations.

Learn More >>



Beginning TOMORROW at 10:00am, registration opens for Spring/Summer 2024 classes at the Park! Offerings for adults and children and teens range from the visual arts to dance t0 music to the performing arts. Will you find your newest passion at the Park?



Dance Highlight

Valentine's Day-Themed Ballroom Dance

February 11 | 2:45pm - 6:00pm | Spanish Ballroom

Ballroom Time will be presenting a Valentine's Day dance in the Spanish Ballroom on Sunday!

Live music by The Djangolaya Quartet will feature multi-lingual vocals by Jeanine Greene. As a tribute to Valentine's Day, all songs performed by the Quartet will have "love," "amour," "amor," or "lieben" somewhere in the title or lyrics. The Quartet will be playing a selection of ballroom music covering Slow Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Quickstep, Viennese Waltz, Rumba, Cha-Cha, Swing and more.

A beginner lesson will begin at 2:45pm, and live music will play from 3:30pm - 6:00pm. There will be mixers, a dance demonstration, and a line dance.

Pay at the door; $15, or $5 for full-time students.

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Folk - 7:30pm

Wednesday, February 7

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Blues - 8:15pm

Thursday, February 8

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Contra - 7:30pm

Friday, February 9

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Balboa - 8:30pm

Friday, February 9

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Swing - 8:00pm

Saturday, February 10

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Zouk - 8:30pm

Saturday, February 10

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Barn Dance - 1:00pm

Sunday, February 11

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Ballroom - 2:45pm

Sunday, February 11

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Tango - 6:30pm

Sunday, February 11

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Full Dance Calendar


Below, find a sampling of our class offerings starting soon. Also, be sure to check out the full catalog of adult, teen, and children's classes!

Full Class Catalog

Charcoal Drawing from Photos Workshop

February 10 - 11 | Saturday & Sunday 2:00pm - 6:00pm | Zoom

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Making a Valentine Box - Parent & Child Workshop (Ages 5-12)

February 11 | Sunday 1:00pm - 3:00pm | Crystal Pool Studio

Register >>

Encaustic & Mixed Media Painting Workshop

February 11 | Sunday 12:00pm - 5:00pm | Arcade Room 202 | REGISTER BY 2/7

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Focus: Advanced Digital Negatives (Tri-Color Cyanotype)

February 20 - March 5 | Tuesdays 6:00pm - 9:30pm | Photoworks Studio

Register >>

Paint Now Workshop

February 21 - 22 | Wednesday & Thursday 4:00pm - 6:30pm | Arcade Room 202

Register >>


Popcorn Gallery >>

Susan Lapham: AMUSE

January 13 - February 18 | Saturdays & Sundays, 12-6pm

Stone Tower Gallery >>

Ira Tattelman: The Dilemma of Alien Archaeology

January 13 - February 18 | Saturdays & Sundays, 12-6pm

Park View Gallery >>

Life Pieces to Masterpieces: Stitch by Stitch

January 13 - February 18 | Monday - Saturday, 10am-6pm

Stephanie Garon: Uprooted

Near the Yurts, across from the carousel.

Art Glass Center >> Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 4pm

Glen Echo Pottery Gallery >> Reopens in April, 2024

Photoworks >> Saturday 1pm - 4pm | Sunday 1pm - 7pm

Current Exhibit: Building a Mixed Race Community, February 10 - March 31

The Sculpture Studio >> Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday 11am - 2pm

or by appointment, nizetteb@gmail.com

SilverWorks Gallery >> Thursday - Sunday 11am - 5pm

Current Exhibit: A Silversmith's Guide to the Galaxy, ongoing

Stone Tower Studio >> Saturday & Sunday 11am - 5pm

or by appointment, 301.634.5379

Yellow Barn Gallery >> Saturday & Sunday 12pm - 5pm


Junie B. Jones, The Musical

It's Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and lots has changed: Junie’s friend doesn't want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. befriends the new kid. Junie can't quite read the blackboard and her teacher thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture audience hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

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Hansel and Gretel

Join the Puppet Co. for this classic German fairy tale about two kids who get lost in the woods and encounter a witch. Written by Len, Patricia, and Christopher Piper, this version of Hansel and Gretel is over 50 years old. The musical tale, performed using marionettes, is sure to charm you and your little ones.

Recommended ages 4+. Run time ~45 minutes.

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Tiny Tots

Designed for children 18 months to 4 years old, ongoing Tiny Tots shows offer a viewing atmosphere especially suited for young theatre patrons. All Tiny Tots shows feature: 30 minute runtime, no dark room, no loud noises, and open theatre doors.

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Glen Echo Park Aquarium

Learn about the creatures that inhabit the Chesapeake Bay and beyond through interactive exhibits, knowledgable educators, and a dynamic space. Timed entry creates a personalized learning environment, guaranteeing an in-depth experience for all who visit.

Book a Visit

Timed entry daily between 9am - 5pm

Tickets are $8 per person for all visitors ages 2 & up.

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Kids Story Time

Thursdays at 11:00am

Gather in the aquarium to read a few ocean picture books each week! All ages welcome; timed entry is required.

Praline Cafe

Monday - Thursday: Closed

Friday - Sunday: 10:00am - 10:30pm

Stop by Praline - located in the Spanish Ballroom wing closest to the playground - for sandwiches, pastries, snacks, and drinks!

More Information >>

Online Events Calendar

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The Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture is supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council (msac.org) and also by funding from the Montgomery County government and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (creativemoco.com). All programs are produced in cooperation with the National Park Service and Montgomery County, Maryland.