Seen at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is at the National Mall through July 8, offering free cultural sightseeing via music, art, dance, workshops and more.

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Deanna Reid
The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is at the National Mall through July 8, offering free cultural sightseeing via music, art, dance, workshops and more.
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Arielle Hixson
The festival traditionally features three themes. One of 2012's is Creativity and Crisis, marking the 25th anniversary of the AIDS Memorial Quilt.
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Deanna Reid
The Campus and Community section explores the relationship between land-grant universities and the USDA, which work with local communities "to put research into action in the areas of agriculture and food," say planners. As you can see, this involves bees.
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Arielle Hixson
Citified: Arts and Creativity East of the Anacostia River, shares a side of the city that many local residents haven't explored before. Folklife fest planners explain: "Citified alludes to the fact that many African American residents living east of the Anacostia River have parents or grandparents who migrated from the rural South... and who continue to maintain connections with their southern (although often no longer rural) heritage."
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Deanna Reid
Kids' activities include instrument making, quilting, mural painting and a scavenger hunt. Oh, and a pizza garden. Gotta have that.
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Deanna Reid
Kids ducked out of the heat to make jewelry.
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Deanna Reid
Visitors to the AIDS Quilt pavilions can learn how to make their own panel -- the quilt has more than 48,000.
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Visitors are invited to contribute to murals as part of Citified.
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Wheelchair basketball is played out of the sun.
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Arielle Hixson
Children try weaving and other arts and crafts at the Folklife Festival.
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Arielle Hixson
The historic carousel on the Mall runs during the festival.
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Arielle Hixson
Kids work at being green by creating a Folkfest family tree.
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Handmade dolls are stacked together -- many pieces feature the work of local artists.
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