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.

Parkland survivors and founding members of the March For Our Lives will be honored in the Youth category. © Getty Images

2018 American Ingenuity Awards and Festival

Smithsonian magazine announced the honorees of the seventh annual American Ingenuity Awards and the launch of the second annual Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival. This year’s awards, which honor individuals who have transformed U.S. culture through cutting-edge achievements and social activism in nine categories, include singer Janelle Monáe, actor/director John Krasinski, U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith, and the Parkland survivors who organized the March for Our Lives. The awards event will be held Dec. 5 in the Kogod Courtyard of the National Portrait Gallery, while the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival runs from November 29 to December 9. About 50 festival events will be hosted by nine Smithsonian museums, including the second Long Conversation with 30 big thinkers that will take place in the Arts and Industries Building.

SARF fellow Trevor Paglen, STSS-1 and Two Unidentified Spacecraft over Carson City (Space Tracking and Surveillance System, USA

SARF 10th Anniversary

A symposium in October advocating for research and study as a critical element of art practice celebrated 10 years and over 150 artist-fellows of the Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (SARF) program. SARF provides visual artists from across the world the opportunity to work with Smithsonian museums, research sites, collections, and scholars in self-directed research leading to the creation of new artwork. SARF Fellows spend one to two months in residence at the Smithsonian immersed in its unparalleled collections and multidisciplinary scholarly expertise, building connections between art, science, history and culture, as well as expanding the creative horizons of Smithsonian scholars and museums.

Map of Smithsonian researchers in 119 countries and regions

Smithsonian Profiles Site

Smithsonian Profiles, the new, searchable directory of Smithsonian experts with individual profiles of more than 1,300 Smithsonian staff and scholars from the humanities and the sciences, launched in October. The platform, VIVO, enables the discovery of research and scholarship across disciplines at the Smithsonian, and bridges the connection to other VIVO adopters like USDA, EPA, and universities around the world. The network includes more than 140 institutions and agencies in more than 25 countries.