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City By City: Variations In The Arts Ecology

Michael Kaiser | Posted 10.20.2014 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If the highest quality arts are to be accessible to everyone, after all, some of these regional differences must be eliminated in the coming years.

Into the Wilderness

Mary Ellen Hannibal | Posted 10.15.2014 | Green
Mary Ellen Hannibal

Last night I wrangled a Litquake event in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act made great by the writers who joined me and by a smart, ...

Climate Change and the Smithsonian

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 10.14.2014 | Green
Asoka Bandarage

We applaud the scientists and other Smithsonian personnel for coming forward to address the decisive issue of climate at this critical time. However, we do need to point out some lapses and contradictions in the Smithsonian's approach to climate change.

Take A Peek Inside 10 Famous Artists' Notebooks And Get Inspired To Create

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 10.13.2014 | Arts

Diaries. Leonardo da Vinci famously kept one, filled with a flurry of text and 15th century illustrations. During the 1800s Vincent van Gogh buried hi...

A New Shade of Green; The Anthropocene, Climate Change and Latinos

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As the Smithsonian unveils its new programming around theme of Anthropocene; Earth in the Age of Humans program, it is important to not only underscore that Latinos are actively involved in this issue, but to also understand why too many in our community are negatively impacted by the effects of climate change.

WATCH: 'Will And Grace' And Other LGBT Artifacts Hit The Smithsonian

The Huffington Post | James Nichols | Posted 09.12.2014 | Gay Voices

An awareness of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) history is crucial -- and The Smithsonian is making an active effort to help queers plac...

LGBT History Added To Smithsonian Institution's Collection

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 10.19.2014 | Gay Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of photographs, papers and historical objects documenting the history of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people ar...

Pocahontas' First Marriage: The Powhatan Side of the Story

National Museum of the American Indian | Posted 10.09.2014 | Arts
National Museum of the American Indian

As Virginia institutions celebrate the 400th anniversary of the Pocahontas-Rolfe marriage this year, a crucial event in the Commonwealth's venerable self-image, we should recognize that existing Native traditions put it in a very different perspective.

Leadership Lessons From Science

Tom Fox | Posted 08.25.2014 | Business
Tom Fox

France A. Córdova is the director of the National Science Foundation (NSF), which is responsible for advancing scientific discovery and technological...

Y a mi, qué? Who Does the Civil Rights Movement Belong To?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

How can an exhibit in Brooklyn about the civil rights movement not include the history of the Young Lords, and the Puerto Rican political movement and the artists it inspired throughout the '60s and beyond?

Follow the Jewels: Travels Through History

Jean Newman Glock | Posted 07.19.2014 | Travel
Jean Newman Glock

Another longer-term trend in investments interests me. The jewels of the one percent through history. I look at history not of investment bubbles, but of the flow of wealth through the jewelry.

Grave Robbing or Archaeology?

Chris Weigant | Posted 07.12.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Where does the idea of "desecration" begin and the idea of "important scientific research" end?

NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM, FOR REALS

AP | Posted 07.02.2014 | Travel

WASHINGTON (AP) — A "Night at the Museum" will be a reality for students at the Smithsonian this summer. The Smithsonian Associates w...

After Long Journey, Rare Dino Fossil Reaches New Home

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 06.15.2014 | Science

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 100 years after dinosaurs were first displayed on the National Mall, T. rex — the king — is joining the Smithsonian ...

César Chávez: An American Legend Remembered

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 06.01.2014 | Latino Voices
Eduardo Diaz

Despite Chávez's concerted efforts, estrangement occurs, but one, especially a father of grown children like me, is left hopeful, and a tearful mess, when we see the son reading a thoughtful and soulful letter of amends from his hero father.

John Coltrane's Saxophone Joins Smithsonian Jazz Collection

AP | Posted 03.26.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — One of John Coltrane's tenor saxophones is joining the jazz collection at the Smithsonian. Coltrane's son, Ravi Coltrane, will do...

Pictures of Chernobyl Prove It's Still Haunting, Nearly 30 Years Later

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 04.07.2014 | Travel

After last month's tasteless Top Gear episode with a Chernobyl challenge and a recent Smithsonian article about forests around Chernobyl not decaying ...

Finally, Indian-Americans Get The Exposure They Deserve

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 03.18.2014 | Arts

One in 100 Americans trace their roots to India, though you wouldn't know it to look at the nation's museums. According to Smithsonian curator Masum M...

First Turbaned Sikh NCAA Basketball Player Honored At Smithsonian

Posted 03.03.2014 | Religion

On Thursday the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center opened its "Beyond Bollywood' exhibit at the National Museum of Natural History in Washingto...

New Initiatives to Expand Opportunity for AAPIs and Our First National Community Google+ Hangout

Kiran Ahuja | Posted 04.28.2014 | Impact
Kiran Ahuja

Last week, the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI) held our first National AAPI Community Google+ Hangout. With the theme "Expanding Opportunity for AAPIs," we launched several efforts to better connect the AAPI community with the federal government.

Smithsonian Receives Approval For New Black History Museum Design

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 02.21.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal arts panel has given final approval for designs and materials to build a bronze color corona as the defining element of ...

You'll Never Guess Where Wendy Williams Is Headed

AP | Posted 02.11.2014 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON (AP) — Talk-show host Wendy Williams is giving part of her diva act to the Smithsonian to be part of a growing collection of items from d...

Smithsonian Officially Investigates What It Means To Be 'Cool'

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 04.08.2014 | Arts

WASHINGTON (AP) — Flashback to a 1940s jazz club. A saxophonist performs on stage wearing his sunglasses at night. "I'm cool," he says, relaxed in t...

The Best Way to Visit the Smithsonian in D.C.

Travelzoo | Posted 04.06.2014 | Travel
Travelzoo

The world's largest museum complex, it's also the most-visited, welcoming tens of millions of guests per year. Here are a few tips to help navigate your way through the marble halls of the Smithsonian.

First Voice, Our Voice...

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 04.01.2014 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

As a Chicano, I love DC, but I do miss living in cities that are predominantly Latino, where art critics and aficionados alike are in closer proximity to the Latino experience and, by virtue, usually better informed, if only by osmosis.