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 to Collaborate with Victoria and Albert Museum

Smithsonian to Collaborate with Victoria and Albert Museum

The Smithsonian will co-curate a gallery with the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in its new museum, V&A East, part of East Bank, a new culture and education quarter planned for Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in East London. The inaugural exhibition, which opens in 2023, will bridge art, design, science, and the humanities to explore the impact of human life on the world around us, and how our relationship with nature has evolved. In addition, the Smithsonian will work with several London-based organizations to expand STEP (Shared Training and Employment Program), a leadership and cultural exchange program for young adults from diverse backgrounds in East London and Washington, D.C. who may otherwise face barriers in breaking into a career in cultural organizations. 

Smithsonian Exhibition Presented at World Economic Forum

Smithsonian Exhibition Presented at World Economic Forum

Through a collaboration between the Smithsonian and the World Economic Forum (WEF), a special exhibition, “Partnering with Nature,” was on view at the Forum’s 50th Annual Meeting, January 21 to 24, in Davos-Klosters, Switzerland. The exhibition was adapted from “Nature—Cooper Hewitt Design Triennial,” originally organized by Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum and Cube, a design museum in the Netherlands. Installed in the Davos Congress Centre, the exhibition addressed the ecological crisis and the WEF’s major focus on sustainability.

Obama Portraits to Travel on Five-City Tour

Obama Portraits to Travel on Five-City Tour

The portraits of President Barack Obama and Mrs. Michelle Obama by artists Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald, respectively, will go on tour to Chicago, Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Atlanta, and Houston from June 2021 through May 2022. The artworks, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery, have drawn a record number of visitors to the Portrait Gallery, and are expected to reach millions of people who may not be able to visit Washington, D.C.