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.

A photo of a woman sketching in the Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
Sketching: Draw and Discover participants

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.

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.

Luce Unplugged

Enjoy Luce Unplugged, the Luce Center’s pairing of the visual arts and music by Washington, DC-area musicians.  And check out with the Museum’s unique version of the mix tape, at Luce Unplugged Mix Tape.

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!

Luce Tumblr

Follow the Luce Foundation Center on Tumblr! We’ll highlight pieces from the collections, museum programs, neighborhood events and art news. Feel free to ask us a question or leave a comment!

Fill the Gap

Be a citizen curator and help us fill the spaces in our Luce Foundation Center cases!

2013 Hackathon

See the results of our hackathon to reimagine the digital interpretation in the Luce Foundation Center.

“Meet the Artist” Video Archive

Selected artist videos are shown daily in the Luce Center.