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

Smithsonian Education Takes a Summer Road Trip

Smithsonian Education Takes a Summer Road Trip

As the nation continues to navigate education in the midst of a pandemic, the Smithsonian partnered with USA Today Network to distribute "Summer Road Trip," a free 40-page print activity guide for K-8 learners, to homes around the country. Through hands-on activities, puzzles, and games, students go on a "road trip" that connects the Smithsonian’s expertise and iconic collections with activities across disciplines in STEM, history and the arts. The guide can be used without access to the internet or a computer and includes bilingual Spanish/English language content.

Folklife Festival Goes Beyond the Mall

Folklife Festival Goes Beyond the Mall

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival went digital this year with a series of discussions, workshops, performances, and other events held daily from June 24 through July 5, and weekly through August. Smithsonian Folklife Festival: Beyond the Mall was created with partners from the United Arab Emirates; the Brazilian states of Bahia, Maranhão, and Pernambuco; the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon; and the Smithsonian Conservation Commons. Sessions explored how communities draw upon their cultural practices to address and adapt to environmental challenges, and added to the national conversation about racism and discrimination.

Women’s Suffrage Stories Highlighted on Social Media

Women’s Suffrage Stories Highlighted on Social Media

The Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and National Archives launched #19SuffrageStories, a 19-day social media campaign about the long fight for women’s voting rights in the United States. Every weekday from August 3 to August 26, the three institutions shared one of 19 lesser-known stories related to women’s suffrage using items from their collections. The countdown ended on Women’s Equality Day, August 26, the centennial of the enactment of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution, which granted U.S. women the right to vote.

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