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An educator kneels down in front of the fountain on the Hirshhorn Museum's plaza, animatedly telling a story to a group of youngsters and their adult caretakers.


What do you do with an idea? Join us for an exploration of a sound installation by artist Zarouhie Abdalian and a reading of What Do You Do with an Idea by Kobi Yamada. Following the story, we’ll get creative by making works inspired by our own wonderful ideas!

Meet in the Museum Lobby.

This project received support from the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative Pool.

Do this at home! What can you create with sound? Explore sound experiments by artist Laurie Anderson, and then create your own sounds with different materials. Can you make cereal move without touching it? Can you make your voice travel? Can you feel a vibration? Instructions here. 

A clear square plastic container sits atop a teal green surface.


Join Hirshhorn Kids on Wednesdays for a one-of-a-kind Storytime experience! Each week offers a fun and fresh theme for our youngest artists and their adults. Get a fun and hands-on introduction to a new artwork each week, and participate in a joyful read-aloud filled with music, stories, and movement. Then, stay and play while your little artist creates. No reservations or tickets required. Nursing caregivers are welcome. Stroller parking is available in the Hirshhorn Lobby. An ASL Interpreter may be requested for this program; two weeks advance notice is appreciated. For a group of ten or more, please contact mcgettigant@si.edu to reserve a program in advance.

Smithsonian's Because of Her Story Logo


May 31, 2023
10:00 am–11:00 am
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Third floor