Going to Art Basel Miami Beach in June? Here’s what you need to know.

Art Basel Miami Beach is only two months away, so it’s time to start thinking about your plan. Anxious to dive into the this year’s hubbub? Free seminars will be offered in four cities…

Going to Art Basel Miami Beach in June? Here’s what you need to know.

Art Basel Miami Beach is only two months away, so it’s time to start thinking about your plan. Anxious to dive into the this year’s hubbub? Free seminars will be offered in four cities throughout the country—including Washington—and DC is one of them. You can attend all of them, or perhaps just focus on one of them at a time.

Nationally, the lineup includes two lectures on dating culture, a session dedicated to the future of online dating, and a chance to meet artists from around the world and learn about how they become well-known and famous in their respective fields. At ARES, a charitable organization that supports exhibitions, educators, young people, and professionals in the New York borough of Queens, a seminar on male-feminist theater will take place on Wednesday, February 13. A member’s only lunch will also be hosted, featuring two such artists: Crescenzo Maltese, known for his performance work, and Zephyr Dunn. At Glass, an organization that also supports exhibiting artists in small spaces, a panel will examine how the increase in interest in the medium has led to growing difficulties in providing the best installations for viewers.

With online dating causing the kind of shakeup in the singles scene that Budweiser caused in the ale-drinking scene by introducing hoppy brews in 1873, art and culture lovers, both online and off, may want to hear what online matchmakers have to say about online dating and meeting new people. Luckily, SITUI, an online matchmaking company, will be holding a session titled “Is it Me? When it comes to online dating, is it you?” That’s no fair-weather, click-happy dating guru. With a wealth of information about how to meet and navigate online dating, the hour-long session will give “swiping” techniques a more reasonable ear.

Finally, Empowered Women, the San Francisco-based organization, will host an event for female visual artists. The firm counsels clients on everything from how to apply for funding to scaling fundraising campaigns. As a female-led organization, Empowered Women wants to know how they can empower the space that they create in a way that is more beneficial to women, and also more respectful of women artists. The hour-long session will “focus on the role of male professionals in the artistic community, the silencing of women artists, and the barriers women artists face,” according to the company. The afternoon will also include a photography exhibition that will be distributed in news outlets around the country, including the Washington Post.

All seminars will be held at ARES.

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