Reagan Washington National Airport

Canstruction art at Reagan Washington National Airport

Giant structures made from canned goods are on display at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport through Saturday, November 9.

CANSTRUCTION WHITE HOUSE

Local architectural and engineering firms made the structures, which are on display in the baggage claim level in Terminals B/C. After Saturday, the cans of food will be donated to the Arlington Food Assistance Center.

Cookie Monster

Cookie Monster

Food Truck

Look down – and around – at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport

Flight, by Michele Oka Doner, a floor medallion at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport.

Next time you’re at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport look down – and around.

The airport has thirty works of art that are part of the building, including 10 floor medallions on the concourse.

The one above, titled “Flight,” is by Michele Oka Doner and, like the other floor medallions, may be hard to see when the terminal is busy.

But all the medallions, as well as all the other art that’s part of DCA airport, is on he website. Click here to take a tour.

Lovely AND fun to say: Hooloomooloo, by Frank Stella.

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Nikki Giovanni at Reagan Washington National Airport

If you’re passing through Reagan Washington National Airport on Monday morning, February 27, 2012, around 10 a.m. then make your way to the historic lobby of Terminal A for a poetry slam.

The event is part of the airport’s Black History Month celebration and the local high school students competing will be judged by  a panel that includes Nikki Giovanni, a well-known poet and a New York Times Bestsellers List author; Amy Young, poet laureate from Alexandria, Va.; and Vincent Young, published author, artist and Airports Authority employee.

Following the Poetry Slam, Nikki Giovanni will read selections from her works and answer questions from the audience. A real treat!

Fresh art at Miami Airport; peppy music at DCA

The newest exhibition at Miami International Airport is called Reinventing the Landscape and includes traditional and contemporary paintings of environments ranging from the Florida Everglades and Colombian botanical gardens to isolated habitats in the southeastern United States.

Look for work by Elisabeth Condon, Nancy Friedemann, Mark Messersmith, G. Mirta Paula, Paul Sierra and Elizabeth Thompson in MIA’s Central Terminal Gallery, Concourse E, just past the security checkpoint.

And thanks to Greg Mamary from the American Association of Airport Executives, who was kind enough to snap and send along this photo of the marching band he encountered recently at Reagan Washington National Airport during an employee pep rally/customer service initiative kick-off.

“They had a high school marching band that played, danced and sang through the entire length of the ‘new’ terminal. It was great to see passengers’ reactions.”

Airports offer contests, coupons and karaoke

Austin - Judy Lee Tap Dancers

The number of people buying plane tickets may be down, but that’s not stopping the nation’s airports from getting all gussied up in their holiday best. And while everyone’s budget is tighter than usual, travelers will still find plenty of airports hosting contests, carolers, karaoke and opportunities for a last-minute heart-to-heart with Kris Kringle.  In my most recent “At the Airport” column on USATODAY.com, I offered a round-up of what’s in store.

Petting zoos, popcorn, and performances

This Saturday, December 12th, 2009, the Indianapolis International Airport (IND) will host Pups, Popcorn & Perfect Pitch in the pre-security Civic Plaza. There will be free treats from Just Pop In! and two “petting” zoos: one with instruments from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra (ISO) and another with adoptable animals from the Humane Society of Indianapolis.  On December 14th at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX), listen for the US Airways Chorus. And on December 16h, look for JJ Jones, the Human Snow Globe, at Nashville International Airport (BNA): he’ll be the one inside a giant inflatable bubble singing wacky Christmas songs.

JJ Jones - Human Snow Globe

On December 21st, the Judy Lee Dancers (dancers are all 60 years old and up) will perform at Austin-Bergstrom International Airport (AUS), And on December 23rd, a choir made up of local Austin-based TSA employees will present a medley of traditional Christmas carols.

Contests and Coupon Books

Like many other airports, there’s a full schedule of holiday entertainment at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), where you can also pick up a coupon book filled with 80 coupons that can be used at MSP’s stores and restaurants.  The booklets are available at information booths throughout the airport and on-line at ShopsatMSP.com.

Throughout December, you’ll also be able to find coupon booklets at Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA) and in the Central Terminal Building at New York’s LaGuardia Airport (LGA), where The Food & Shops at LGA will also be raffling off one pair of diamond earrings from Taxco Sterling (value $2,000.)

SAN Wrapping paper

As in past years, many retail shops and volunteer organizations will be offering free, post-security gift wrapping stations at various airports. Look closely at the paper being used at the San Diego International Airport (SAN) December 18th through December 23rd: the artwork is by students in The New Children’s Museum’s After School Program.

Concourse Karaoke

Housto IAH Karaoke

Karaoke was big at George Bush International Airport (IAH) last year and it’s back again this year on Saturday, December 19th.  Karaoke is also on the schedule at Detroit Metro Airport (DTW).  Their karaoke fundraiser takes place in the McNamara/Delta Terminal from Sunday Dec. 20th through Wednesday, Dec. 23rd.  Anyone (or any group) stepping up to the microphone will be asked to make a $5 donation to a fund that will be split between two local charities. Participants will have their names entered in a drawing for a gift basket filled with items from Delta Airlines and airport vendors.