The Smithsonian Associates is the largest museum-based educational program in the world. They offer over 750 events in a calendar year: workshops, tours, lectures, performances, summer camps etc....more
The Library of Congress recently released a list of Books That Shaped America, along with an exhibit of the same name that will be on display in Washington D.C. until September. Out of the 88 books chosen for their influence on our nation’s culture, not a single title was written by an Asian American or Native American. That’s right. Not a single novel, non-fiction account, children’s picture book, or even cookbook (there are a few of them included, too) focuses on the experiences of these often overlooked ethnic groups....more
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I was looking through the new (August) issue of Smithsonian Magazine when I saw the winners of their 8th annual photo contest. The Grand Prize winner, by Prakash Hatvalne, showed two dancers in Bhopal, India preparing for their performance. If you want to see the fifty finalists that the judges chose out of 52,000 entries, click here.
Last week the "digilluminati" gathered in Washington, D.C. for an invitation-only gathering of minds dubbed "Smithsonian 2.0." If you think the word "museum" denotes an institution that concerns itself only with the past, you're in for a pleasant surprise because many museums the world over have been plunging into the social media waters to extend their learning (and, OK, marketing) opportunities. When an institution as large as the Smithsonian jumps into the 2.0 pool, you can expect there will be more waves than ripples.
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