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Live music, video art in a garden at Art After Dark

Tuesday - 8/27/2013, 8:40am  ET

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Projecting video art on to the Organization of American States' main building is an 'iconic' feature of Art After Dark. (WTOP/Rachel Nania)

WASHINGTON - The scene looks something like this: An outdoor garden under a starry sky, glasses filled with bubbling beverages, live music working its way down Constitution Avenue and modern video art projecting off an international government building.

It's not a page out of the next Gatsby-esque novel; it's Art After Dark, an annual event hosted by Art Museum of the Americas.

What serves as the museum's largest fundraiser for its educational and outreach programs includes all the elements of an urban soiree: a live performance and video premier by Dangerous Muse, music from D.C.'s DJ Shea Van Horn, drinks (included in the ticket price) and after-hours access to the museum's current exhibit, "Fusion: Tracing Asian Migration to the Americas."

"It's actually really cool art The artists' family roots can be traced back to Asia. But (the artists) are all Brazilian or Peruvian or Caribbean," says Jonathan Goldman, exhibit designer at Art Museum of the Americas.

And let's not forget about the live -- and large -- video art, projected over the garden's reflecting pool and on to the Organization of American States' main building.

"It's sort of our iconic thing for the event," says Goldman, who adds the museum is hoping to attract around 900 guests.

Tickets for the Aug. 29 event are $25, and Goldman says the money raised supports programs that range from public afterschool workshops to international outreach.

"Sometimes we do more complex programming. We just did something in El Salvador where we were working with the local Salvadoran community, and we were doing afterschool programs for at-risk youth, working with photography," Goldman says.

Art Museum of the Americas, located at 201 18th St. in Northwest D.C., was the former residence of the secretary general of the Organization of American States. Now, it houses mid-century, contemporary, Latin American and Caribbean art.

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