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

Educational Partnership with Public Broadcasting Service

Educational Partnership with Public Broadcasting Service

Free Smithsonian content for PreK-12 educators is now available via PBS Learning Media, an online destination that serves more than 1.6 million users each month. The focus is on three areas: illuminating interdisciplinary concepts with content from Smithsonian museums and research centers; providing classroom-ready content on contemporary issues; and presenting signature Smithsonian programs such as virtual museum tours and the National Air and Space Museum’s Emmy-winning STEM in 30 series. Resources are available in a variety of formats (videos, interactives, documents, lesson plans) and are aligned with national and state standards. New materials are added on a regular basis.

$13.5 Million for Religion and Culture Programs

$13.5 Million for Religion and Culture Programs

Four Smithsonian units received major grants from the Lilly Endowment to support offerings that explore religion in public life. The National Museum of American History will use an $8 million grant to establish a Center for the Public Understanding of Religion in American History. The Freer and Sackler Galleries received $2.5 million for The Arts of Devotion, a portfolio of projects including online educational resources, community engagement efforts, and exhibitions. The Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage got $1.5 million for Creative Encounters: Living Religions in America, a Folklife Festival program that will explore religion in contemporary America. And the National Museum of African Art will use a $1.5 million grant to support Global Religions of Africa, a major programmatic and community engagement initiative.

24 Hours in a Time of Change

24 Hours in a Time of Change

On December 11, 2020 ten Smithsonian units collaborated to take a snapshot of one day in American history. The daylong program 24 Hours in a Time of Change featured a series of virtual programs focused on contemporary issues, coupled with an invitation to the public to share their own experiences grappling with challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic and social unrest. Select responses were featured on the program website throughout the day. Archived contributions will help Smithsonian curators build collections related to this moment in history. Highlighted stories remain posted on the program website, and on social media with the hashtag #Smithsonian24Hours.

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