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Docent Outreach - House Calls

Edward Hopper

House Calls for Adults

For groups of adults unable to visit SAAM in person, House Calls brings knowledgeable museum docents to visit “your space” within the metro-Washington, DC, area. Through engaging presentations with vivid images that demonstrate broad themes in American art and craft, audiences recollect America’s history through the stories captured in our paintings, sculpture and craftworks.

Our House Calls visits can be single sessions or multiple visits. Program lengths vary from 45–90 minutes. Choose from these themes:

Another version of House Calls is available for adults who can use the telephone, but have long- or short-term impaired mobility. This House Calls phone visit can be a one-time event or a multiple-visit series of up to four telephone visits. House Calls can range from one docent and one “visitor” to a ratio of one docent to four participants, each at his or her own telephone, perhaps in the same town, maybe in different states. Sets of 5–10 images of artworks are provided to each participant, delivered and returned by pre-paid mail. Program lengths are 30–45 minutes. Choose from these themes.

House Calls for Students

For groups of middle and high school-age students unable to visit SAAM in-person—due to incarceration or hospitalization, for instance—knowledgeable speakers will come to “your space” to share images and broad themes in American art and craft. Sessions can include music, poetry, or hands-on activities. Our House Calls visits can be single sessions or multiple visits. Program lengths vary from 45–90 minutes. Choose from these themes:

Another version of House Calls is available for students who can use the telephone, but have long- or short-term impaired mobility and may be hospitalized. House Calls can be a one-time event or a multiple-visit series of up to four telephone visits. House Calls can range from one docent and one "visitor" to a ratio of one docent to four participants, each at his or her own telephone, perhaps in the same town, maybe in different states. Sets of 5–10 images of artworks are provided to each participant, delivered and returned by pre-paid mail. Program lengths are 30–45 minutes. Choose from these themes:

To schedule your House Call email us at AmericanArtMuseumTours@si.edu or call (202) 633-8550. You can also complete and submit the registration form. All programs are free of charge.



Pictured: Edward Hopper, Cape Cod Morning, 1950, oil, 34 1/8 x 40 1/4 in., Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation