Fusion 2015 Social Programme

The Fusion 2015 Social Programme features four events, all included with the conference registration:

7/6 – 5:30 pm: Ice Breaker
7/7 – 6:30 pm: Reception
7/8 – 6:30 am: 5K run 
7/8 – 7:00 pm: Gala Dinner

The venue highlights and logistic details of each event are listed below.

Ice Breaker

On Monday, July 6, 5:30 P.M., there will be an ice breaker at the conference venue. It will be an informal gathering, in which Fusion attendees will have an initial opportunity of congregating and officially starting the social program of the conference. Light refreshments will be served.


Club Exclusive Balroom

Club Exclusive Balroom

Tuesday will bring an amenable evening to Fusion 2015 attendees in the Mansion at O Street, a unique blend of music museum, executive lodging, restaurant, retreat venue, B&B, tourist attraction, and treasure hunt place. The building is comprised by a series of five interconnected town houses that includes over 100 rooms and over 70 secret doors, and was featured in the National Geographic Traveler and in the Travel Channel as a an ever changing environment that “combines history, art and architecture to craft an exhilarating entertainment experience found nowhere else on earth.”

The mansion blends the most unique sensory experience, and is a haven for anyone that loves an adventure and privacy. Filled with antiques, art, music memorabilia, and one-of-a-kind items, the mansion blends history with state of the art technology.

Fusion 2015 attendees will have access to the whole mansion, while enjoying the cocktail party at the exclusive club floor, which was fully reserved for the conference.

Buses will be leaving the Grand Hyatt starting 5:40 P.M. More details will be given during the conference.

Fusion 5K Run

The 5th Annual Fusion 5k run will occur on Wednesday morning at 6:30am.  Please meet on the mall near the National Museum of Natural History at the corner of Madison Drive & 12th Street.  The course will be a couple of loops around the mall between 7th Street and 14th Street.  If there are questions, please contact Darin Dunham.  Previous year’s results can be found at http://www.isif.org/past-conferences at the bottom of the page.

Gala Dinner

Fusion 2015 Gala Dinner Venue

The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture   (click to expand – photo by Ken Rahalm)

The Fusion 2015 Gala Dinner will be held Wednesday evening at the The Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture, which is a National Historic Landmark that used to be one of the earliest the United States Patent Office buildings and now houses the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

The building is a short walk (two blocks) from the conference venue, and conference attendees will have the opportunity to visit both museums before the dinner.

Fusion 2015 Dinner

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard (click to expand – photo by Tim Husley)

The dinner will be served at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard, an enclosed courtyard with an elegant glass canopy offering a uniquely sophisticated atmosphere. The space was designed by world-renowned architects Foster + Partners, and its wavy glass-and-steel roof appears to float over the 28,000-square-foot courtyard – providing a distinctive, contemporary accent to the building’s Greek Revival style.

The main attraction will be a 17-strong jazz band, which will entertain the guests during the gala dinner. The performance includes a grand piano and will cover various periods of american music.

Details of the Venue

The National Historic Landmark building that houses the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum  is one of the oldest public buildings constructed in early Washington, D.C., and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. The building is key part of the Washingtonian culture, with a long and rich history. Both the museums it houses share entrances at Eighth and F streets N.W. and Eighth and G streets N.W., as well as the Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, the Lunder Conservation Center and the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

The building is located in the heart of Washington’s downtown cultural district, and has been meticulously renovated with expanded permanent-collection galleries and innovative public spaces. Begun in 1836 and completed in 1868, it is one of the oldest public buildings constructed in early Washington and is considered one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States. The major renovation (2000-2006) revealed the full magnificence of the building’s architectural features, including porticos modeled after the Parthenon in Athens, a curving double staircase, vaulted galleries, large windows and skylights as long as a city block.

Fusion 2015 attendees will have the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, comprising an unparalleled record of the American experience. The collection captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. The Renwick Gallery, a branch of the Smithsonian American Art Museum that showcased the best craft objects and decorative arts from the 19th century to the present, is closed for renovation. The building housing the Renwick Gallery is located steps from the White House in the heart of historic federal Washington. The Second Empire-style building, a National Historic Landmark, was designed by architect James Renwick Jr. in 1859 and opened as a museum in 1874. It became the home of the museum’s craft and decorative arts program in 1972. The current renovation, the first comprehensive restoration of the building in 40 years, will provide completely renewed infrastructure, enhanced historic features and other upgrades that will make the Renwick Gallery a 21st-century destination attraction.Another reason to arrive just after the conference’s last session on Wednesday is the National Portrait Gallery, which preserves the wonderful diversity of individuals who have left—and are leaving—their mark on the U.S. life and culture. Through the visual and performing arts, the collections celebrate leaders such as George Washington and Martin Luther King Jr., artists such as Mary Cassatt and George Gershwin, activists such as Sequoyah and Rosa Parks, and icons of pop culture such as Babe Ruth and Marilyn Monroe. They museum also features “conversation about America,” a permanent exhibition on view in a series of 17 galleries and alcoves chronologically arranged to take the visitor from the days of contact between Native Americans and European explorers through the struggles of independence to the Gilded Age. Major figures from Pocahontas to Chief Joseph, Alexander Hamilton to Henry Clay, and Nathaniel Hawthorne to Harriet Beecher Stowe are be among those included. Three of the galleries are devoted exclusively to the Civil War, examining this conflict in depth. A group of modern photographic prints produced from Mathew Brady’s original negatives complement the exhibition. Highlights from the Gallery’s remarkable collection of daguerreotypes, the earliest practical form of photography, are on view in “American Origins,” making the National Portrait Gallery the first major museum to create a permanent exhibition space for daguerreotype portraits of historically significant Americans.