One Smithsonian

Addressing complicated issues and global problems such as zoonotic diseases, climate change, and the rapid loss of natural resources resulting from human activities and population pressures requires work that spans disciplines and organizational boundaries. The Smithsonian’s potential to tackle complex challenges, as well as to innovate in design, technology, and other pursuits, is greatest when our museums, galleries, Zoo, research centers, education centers, and mission-support offices work together as One Smithsonian.

This section of the Dashboard highlights forward-thinking, interdisciplinary, and cross-Smithsonian activities that tackle pressing issues and chart new paths that the Smithsonian is particularly well suited to address due to its unique combination of science, history, art, and culture experts and global partnerships. Learn more at Torch, Smithsonian Global, Smithsonian Insider, and Smithsonian.com. Join the conversation at Second Opinion.

Arts and Industries a hub for By the People Festival

By the People Festival and Solstice Saturday

The Smithsonian's Arts and Industries Building is one of four hubs for By The People 2019, an international arts and dialogue festival taking place across Washington, D.C. from June 15–23. In association with By The People, on June 22, Solstice Saturday will features a wide range of programming at Smithsonian museums open until midnight with massive art installations, pop-up performances, and music to dance to in celebration of the summer solstice.

Habitat

Smithsonian Gardens Opens Habitat Exhibition

”Habitat” is Smithsonian Gardens’ first campus-wide exhibition. On display May 10­–December 2020, the series features 14 exhibits in outdoor gardens and indoor spaces at various Smithsonian museums. These exhibits explore the central theme “protecting habitats protects life”, with each exhibit seen through the lens of its particular museum.

The LIT KIT: A Mixed-Technology Architectural-Robotic System for Enhancing Children's Picturebook Reading, Clemson, George J. Sc

ACCelerate Festival Blurs Lines Between Science and Art

15 members of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) came together for the second ACCelerate: ACC Smithsonian Creativity and Innovation Festival, April 5–7.  Presented by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the National Museum of American History and Virginia Tech’s Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology, the festival showcased cutting-edge technologies that draw upon art, science, and humanities to address global challenges.