We face many challenges as individuals, as a nation, and as a global community. Through our unparalleled collections and research capabilities, and the insight and creativity we foster through art, history, and culture, the Smithsonian strives to provide Americans and the world with the tools and information they need to forge Our Shared Future.
For over 175 years, the Smithsonian has provided not just context, but also hope as we confront weighty topics. While we are known as an institution that looks back to understand our history and learn from it, the Smithsonian also looks forward to the future. We aspire to lead communities that come together to confront our collective challenges and develop solutions that will benefit generations to come.
We will bring to bear our vast resources—our collections, our 175 years of research and data, our humanities and interdisciplinary expertise—in concert with the resources of our local, national, and international partners.
We will work collaboratively on complex topics, from climate change and biodiversity to exploration of the universe and enlarge the historical narrative around the topics that shape our nation. Together, we form a network of unparalleled breadth that is dedicated to learning, dialogue, and creative outcomes.
We will advance the formation of two new museums: the National Museum of the American Latino and the Smithsonian American Women’s History Museum. These museums will help us tell a more complete story about who we are as a nation and give us the opportunity to be the model for the next generation of museums as we employ the latest technological advances around digital content and virtual delivery, blending tradition with cutting-edge innovation.
Finally, Our Shared Future also means being a more resilient and flexible Smithsonian, ensuring an inclusive, welcoming, and safe work environment in which everyone can bring their best to their work in service to the public.