IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food, and Cultures

On October 14th and 15th, we participated in IlluminAsia: A Festival of Asian Art, Food and Culture for the Freer|Sackler Galleries’ reopening celebrations. Co-presented by Freer|Sackler and the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, the museum’s grounds were transformed for the 50,000 visitors! There was a food market busting with people, art and food demonstrations around the museum and plenty of interactive activities for people of all ages. The performances and live music energized the site, topping it off with the Smithsonian’s first ever image projection. Inside, visitors experienced the reimagined galleries and innovative exhibitions, as well as performances, conversations, and other immersive activities. Representing multiple Asian cultures, the Smithsonian brought in both local and international artists and performers.

Out on the mall, we hosted our signature Poster Lab, giving visitors an option of four exclusive designs. Each design representing a different part of the festival. We also debuted our first ever Stencil Lab! Visitors had the option to design their own poster which we spray painted for them. We were non-stop the entire festival, making 1000 hand printed posters on top of the spray painted posters!

We thank everyone who waited so patiently in line. We also want to thank Freer|Sackler and CFCH for inviting us. It was an amazing weekend that we won’t forget.