Programs and Activities

The Luce Foundation Center for American Art, an innovative study center and visible art storage facility, displays more than 3,000 artworks from the museum’s permanent collection in a three-story space. Through free public programs and social media, the Luce Center brings the museum’s collection to you.

The Luce Center is located on the third floor of the museum, so be sure to plan enough time during your visit to explore!

Free public WiFi internet access is available in the Luce Foundation Center during museum hours. A limited number of electrical outlets are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The following programs and activities have been temporarily suspended:

  • Local artist series including Luce Unplugged and Beyond the Studio
  • Sketching
  • Scavenger hunts
  • Vinyasa yoga

Luce Local Artists Series

Delve into the local arts scene! The Luce Local Artists Series invites bands and arts professionals from the DMV to showcase their talents. See upcoming Luce Local Artists Series programs on the events calendar.

A woman singing into a microphone with a man playing trumpet behind her.

Sketching: Draw and Discover

Bring a pad and pencil and your imagination to the Luce Foundation Center every Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. to join a brief instructional session and sketch works of art on display. See upcoming Sketching: Draw and Discover programs on the events calendar.

A photo of a woman sketching in the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Luce Unplugged

Enjoy Luce Unplugged, the Luce Center’s pairing of the visual arts and music by Washington, DC-area musicians.

Scavenger Hunts

Follow the clues in our Luce Center scavenger hunts to find specific artworks among the more than 3,000 objects on display. Get all of the answers correct and win a prize!

A boy doing a scavenger hunt at the Luce Foundation Center.

Vinyasa Yoga

Bring your mat and relax with our monthly Vinyasa yoga and art appreciation series. Find upcoming events online

Two women stretching on yoga mats in the Luce Foundation Center.