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

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Smithsonian Summer Camp Returns to the National Mall

Kids can spend part of their summer at the Smithsonian through programs offered by the Smithsonian Associates, the Institution’s public education arm. Nearly 80 virtual and in-person Smithsonian Summer Camps will be offered this year for young people from kindergarten through high-school age. Subjects range across science, history, art, design, technology, and culture, with activities including museum visits, games, hands-on projects, and conversations with experts. Smithsonian collaborators include the Institution’s museums on the National Mall, the National Zoo in northwest D.C., the Udvar-Hazy Center in Virginia, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center on the Chesapeake Bay, and others.

Transcription Center MLK Day of Service Transcribe-a-Thon

Transcription Center Hits One Million Pages

On April 12, 2022, the Smithsonian Transcription Center held an online celebration to mark a milestone: one million pages transcribed since its launch in 2013. The Center engages digital volunteers from across the nation and beyond to transcribe analog records and historic documents in Smithsonian collections, making them widely accessible to researchers, educators, and learners of all kinds everywhere. Managed by the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer, the Center works with staff from across the Smithsonian to train, advise, and support volunteers such as the George Washington University students transcribing Freedmen's Bureau Papers at a 2020 Transcribe-a-Thon in the photo above.

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Virtual Symposium on Afrofuturism

In January, the Smithsonian hosted the free virtual symposium, “Claiming Space: A Symposium on Black Futures”, exploring various aspects of Afrofuturism—the reimagining of the past, present, and future from a global Black perspective. Offerings included a conversation with visionary musician Vernon Reid, a panel on political and social activism in the digital age, and a discussion of imagined futures in space. The symposium was part of the ongoing Smithsonian Afrofuturism Series, a collaboration among the National Air and Space Museum, National Museum of African American History and Culture, and National Museum of African Art.

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