This diary post is a part of a 30 day trip that I am taking this month which it also happens to be my first ever International trip. So for the next 30 years I will be posting here all my weird thoughts and commentary.
Day 8, 25-7-2012 – In my hotel room, Washington DC, Local Time: 0801, Pakistan Time:25 July 2012, 1717
The day started off as any typical day with me getting out of bed after as much delay possible. When we finally did reach our destination, we were early enough for me to walk around the National Mall. There has been an AIDS Event going on all over DC nowadays, and Smithsonian has been involved in with with its “Quilt Project”. I have already talked about this before and it is according to me one of the most amazing campaigns. These quilts can be seen at a number of locations, from community halls to Museums.
Yesterday was our second day at the Freer and Seckler Art Museum (FS). And as soon as we reached the lobby, we were escorted to our respective signed up workshops. I had signed up for the Workshop on “Social Media and Marketing” which was all bout Facebook, Twitter, Blogging and a special event that FS does every year called “Asia After Darks”. The Class was led by Amanda Minie Williamson and Amanda Peck, and two of their interns. Now as much excited I was about the workshop, there wasn’t much that I thought came out of it. It was good how they are always engaging with their audience but it wasn’t something new I felt. I would have preferred more to come out of that workshop.
After the workshop we again headed off to the Energy Department for Lunch, which was fabolous as usual, and incidentally I took more than I should have. But well, its food.
Since we had some time on our hand yesterday after lunch, we decided to explore the Museum a bit. I headed straight for the Freer Gallery, much due to my impulsive behavior which requires I start from the beginning.
Oh and who can forget the Peacock Room! It was one of the most amazing places ever. Apparently Freer had the room bought and installed in the Museum after he saw it in the house of someone.
The second workshop of the day was about ImagineAsia and how hands-on activities can be designed in relation to a certain exhibition. I have to say this was one of the most interesting approaches that I have ever seen to an exhibition. They are suppose to have this really wonderful activity this Sunday at 10 am and then again at 2pm and I am really trying hard to get in it. Lets see if I can make it or not. We ourselves for this class did these superb activities. We are given this Moraqa in which we were suppose to paste our pictures and color the detailed illustrations around it. It was brilliant fun.