by Sushmita Mazumdar


Upcoming Events:

Make - A - Book: Alexandria Reads Bookmaking Program,

Sat, May 18, 11 am - 1 pm.

Beatley Central Library, Alexandria, VA

How Many Books Can You Imagine?? at Craft Camp Family Day, Sat. June 8, 10 am - 4 pm. Renwick Gallery, Washington DC

Family Legends Father’s Day  Bookmaking Workshop,

Sat., June 15, 11 am - 1 pm.

Alexandria Black History Museum, Alexandria, VA


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Enjoy making some fun Family Memory Storybooks on a special day or just on a dreary rainy day. Get some super ideas here.

Explore the Arts of India Camp (Ages 5 - 10)

Explore the Arts of India through the everyday life of its people. Find designs from nature in clothes and sculpture. Find special animals in dance and make fans to keep the heat away. Put all your art in a book wrapped in cloth. Supply fee of $20 payable to instructor. Bring a bag lunch. Dates: Aug 19 - Aug 23. Times: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM

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Bookmaking for Kids,
Sat. May 18, 11am-1pm, Beatley Central Library, Alexandria VA.
In conjunction with Alexandria Reads, I will be doing a bookmaking program for kids 5 years and up, where kids see some of my storybooks, listen to a story, Mangli, the Very Special Goat, and then make a house-shaped book of their own with their very own story in it!
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Left: Book made at Duncan Library program


“TODAY I AM HERE” Book Project
Try out my latest book project for the Smithsonian Heritage Programs. Do it with your kids at home or in school and share the stories on FB. Then come to the event on May 4th at the Museum of American History and enjoy all the storybooks! More...

Above: Sample books made by DC region teachers

Here’s a link to an article teachers, parents and others have been sharing with me. It talks about how the more children know about their family's history, the stronger their sense of control over their lives and the higher their self-esteem. The reason: These children have a strong sense of "intergenerational self"—they understand that they belong to something bigger than themselves, and that families naturally experience both highs and lows.

And a friend sent me this quote, which was so appropriate: “Everyone is held together with stories.  That is all that is holding us together; stories and compassion.” ~ Barry Lopez

Handmade Storybooks will be at the Senior Arts Institute, May 6 – June 7, 2013


Registration is going on NOW for the Senior Arts Institute for seniors. The Institute offers five weeks of free art, theater, dance, and music classes taught by professional and practicing artists. Thanks to a grant from The Arts Council of Fairfax County, Fairfax County residents age 60 or better may attend these creative art classes free of charge; classes will be held from May 6 to June 7 on the campus of Goodwin House Bailey’s Crossroads.  Registration ends April 24, 2013, so do not miss this excellent opportunity; sign up today! 

If you have questions or are interested in taking a class, please contact Amanda Buckner at or at 703-578-7116. More at the website...


Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists at ALEXANDRIA BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM,
Apr. 24 - Aug. 3.

Living Legends of Alexandria: African American Activists at the Alexandria Black History Museum is free and open to the public. Living Legends of Alexandria is an ongoing, not-for-profit photo-documentary project that was created in 2006 by artist-photographer Nina Tisara to identify, honor and chronicle people making current history in Alexandria and over the years, 13 African Americans have been chronicled as part of the project. The African American Legends included in this exhibition are:  Ferdinand Day, 2007-08; Lillie Finklea, Carlton Funn Sr., Eula Miller, Melvin Miller and Bert Ransom, 2008-09; Nelson Greene Sr., 2010; Lynnwood Campbell, 2011; Lillian Patterson, Gwen Menefee-Smith and Dorothy Turner, 2012; and Willie Bailey Sr. and Rosa Byrd, 2013.

Make a Gift for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day!

A Family Legends Workshop, Sat., May 11, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

A Family Legends Workshop, Sat., June 15, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

These free bookmaking workshops are a fun and informative activity for families with children 6 -12 years. Adults and children work together to choose a “legend” in their family, write their story, and make it into a handmade storybook to take home!

Chai and Stories – A Writing Workshop for Adults
Sat., July 20 11 am – 12:30 pm

Join Sushmita Mazumdar for chai tea, relaxing storytelling and a chance to express your creativity with a handmade book. There is no charge for this event, but patrons are encouraged to make a tax deductible donation to Living Legends.

Community Open House - Sat., July 20- 2-4 pm

Join the Living Legends past and present, organization founder Nina Tisara, and Living Legends Board Members for light refreshments, a chance to see the exhibition, and learn more about how to nominate a legend.

In Conversation,
a show created by Arlington Independent Media, was recently shot at Sushmita’s new art studio, Studio PAUSE. One of the two episodes feature Sushmita and two Arlington County art teachers talking about Art Education, what inspires them, and how they work with children and adults. Watch it here! The other features music educators, also from Arlington County, VA.