What’s it like to attend a state dinner at the White House? Or see Marine One land on the South Lawn?
From hosting festivals on the South Lawn to allowing people to explore its rooms via Google Street View, President Obama has used both traditional events and new technology to open up the doors of the White House to more Americans than ever before.
Today, we’re excited to share a new way for you to experience 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue -- and all you need is a smartphone and a dollar bill.
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Consulate General of Brazil in New York December 2016 Newsletter - Culture & Education
Welcome to the December edition of the monthly newsletter of theConsulate General of Brazil in New York! Created to strengthen the communication with the Brazilian and international communities in the region, the newsletter showcases cultural and academic events, as well as educational opportunities. It will hopefully become a focal point for the dissemination of all activities 'Brazil-related' in the States of New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. Help us grow: please forward the newsletter to your Brazilian friends and friends of Brazil. Obrigado(a)!
THEATER What: Play "Inside the Wild Heart", an immersive theatrical experience based on the works of Clarice Lispector Where: Immersive Gallery (Brooklyn) (132 Bedford Avenue) When: November 3 – December 11 (Thursday - Sunday)
MUSIC What: Brazilian Jazz Festival at Diviera Drive – Thiago Gentil Quintet, Maucha Adnet Quartet, Klaus Mueller Quintet, Regional de NY, Forró in the Dark, Vanderlei Pereira and the Blindfold test, Ehud Sherie e Samba de Gringo, Liz Rosa Quartet, Chico Pinheiro Group Where: Diviera Drive (Williambusg / Brooklyn) When: Dec 1 - Dec 3 @ 8:00 PM
LITERATURE What: Book Launch - "Awake", by Brazilian writer Ariadne Cantú Where: Brazilian Endowment for the Arts (BEA) When: December 1 @ 6:30 PM
VISUAL ART What: Exhibition "Resilience" by Brazilian artists Fernanda Carvalho, Liana Nigri, Liene Bosquê, Maria Senise and Vitoria Hadba. Curated by Juliana Leandra Where: Emma Thomas NYC (Manhattan) (319 Grand Street, 5th Floor) When: December 8 - January 11 - Opening reception: December 8 @ 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
VISUAL ART What: Pop Up Show "Gardening at Night" with works by Fernanda Feher - Curated by Gisela Gueiros Where: Lazy Susan Gallery (Manhattan)(191 Henry Street) When: December 9 @ 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
MUSIC What: Brazilian youth orchestra from Recife “Orquestra Criança Cidadã”. Free event. Where: Church “Our Lady of Pompeii” (25 Carmine Street, Greenwich Village). When: December 9 @ 7:30 PM More Info: “Orquestra Criança Cidadã” will be in New York for the 70th anniversary of Unicef, that will take place at the United Nations headquarters, on December 12. They will perform an additional concert (free event) at the church “Our Lady of Pompeii" for the Brazilian community and friends of Brazil on December 9 (free event )”. If you wish to help cover the expenses of their stay in NYC, please click here
Note: The Consulate General of Brazil in New York is not responsible for the events or services listed in this newsletter. Although we do our best to ensure that all the information is accurate, we suggest that you confirm the event with the organizers. This is not a comprehensive calendar - the information published is provided by individuals and organizations that reach out to us.
This joyous season is always filled with opportunities to perform acts of kindness and goodwill. Whether by expressing gratitude to a service member, offering a token of appreciation to a teacher, or sharing moments of love and laughter with our neighbors, all of us can extend hands of friendship and reflect on what it means to be a part of our American family. As we look toward a new year filled with renewed hope and possibility, let us take time to share the holiday spirit of generosity and compassion with those we love.
Each year, guests from across our country and around the world travel to our nation's capital to rejoice in the holidays. From floor to ceiling, rooms are trimmed with reminders of the bountiful gifts Americans hold dear.
THE GIFT OF SERVICE AND SACRIFICE
This year’s White House decorations also pay tribute to our Nation's service members and veterans for their gift of service and sacrifice.
The East Garden Room features an American flag display formed from images of brave military members and their families, and Gold Star ornaments adorn the evergreen that honors the men and women who have laid down their lives for our country.
Send a digital message of gratitude to our active duty service men and women. The USO will share your message with our heroes through their centers around the world where our uniformed men and women are currently deployed.Send a message now: www.uso.org/holiday-form
For more information on supporting our service members, veterans, and their families, please visitwww.JoiningForces.gov. To engage online, please use #JoiningForces.
THE GIFT OF EDUCATION
The White House Library is a special reminder of the important gift of an education. A cozy room packed full of treasured books, the Library is adorned with a child’s school supplies; yellow pencils, bright crayons, and paper note cards create one-of-a-kind topiaries with chalkboard pedestals. In the colorful ornaments, the word “girls” is spelled in many languages to recognize the millions of adolescent women around the world who are not in school.
Visit www.ReachHigher.gov to learn more about the First Lady’s initiative encouraging young people to attain a higher education andwww.LetGirlsLearn.gov to find out more about this Administration’s efforts to improve girls’ education globally.
THE GIFT OF GOOD HEALTH
Though it is wintry cold outside the White House walls, the Green Room evokes summer’s warmth with a garden of citrus colors. Bursting with bright fruit and scrumptious vegetables, the decorations in the Green Room celebrate the gift of good health and nutritious foods like those in the White House Kitchen Garden. Shimmering gold bees are abundant in the garlands bedecking the room, as no harvest is possible without the buzz of friendly pollinators. Discover more about the White House Kitchen Garden and the First Lady’s initiative to empower a healthier generation atwww.LetsMove.gov.
WE THE PEOPLE
Each year, a nearly 17 foot 6 inch, farm-grown fir tree stands in the center of the Blue Room—one of the most iconic White House holiday images. First Families ornament the tree with their own designs, and sometimes that requires some ingenuity. In 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson’s family lined the base of their tree with gingerbread cookies after visiting children tried to eat their ceramic ornaments.
This year’s tree celebrates “We the People,” as it is trimmed with ribbon garland featuring those iconic words of the Preamble to the United States Constitution. The tree’s glimmering ornaments, with images of American families, farmers, and service members, reflect our country united by diversity and strengthened by a shared spirit of hope and optimism.
THE GIFT OF FAMILIES
The State Dining Room welcomes visitors home for the holidays and celebrates the gift of families as we gather together during this season. Sweet treats and gumdrop candies trim the wreaths and dress the sconces while the topiaries are frosted in snowy white confections. Centered in the room are two 14-foot fir trees, adorned with a collection of colorful ornaments. Circling the trees on layered shelves are 56 gingerbread houses, one for each of the American states and territories.
A holiday favorite, the White House Gingerbread House takes its place at the north end of the State Dining Room. Assistant Executive Chef Hans Raffert built the first White House Gingerbread House in 1969, and since then, the baked architecture project has become a holiday tradition. This season’s house, created by a talented team with White House Pastry Chef Susie Morrison, is made of 150 pounds of gingerbread, 100 pounds of bread dough, 20 pounds of gum paste, 20 pounds of icing, and 20 pounds of sculpted sugar pieces.
THE GIFT OF JOYFUL MEMORIES
Over the last eight years, the Obama family has welcomed more than four million guests to “The People’s House.” Families, neighbors, and loved ones have come from near and far to celebrate the holidays—sharing in the gift of joyful memories made together at the White House. In all the holiday seasons to come, the Obamas send warm wishes for continued happiness and hope for the new year.
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Can't make it to the White House for the holidays? Be sure to check our all of our official accounts as we post behind-the-scenes glimpses of the White House during the holiday season.