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

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 05.27.2014 | 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?

A Most Exquisite Exhibit: Degas/Cassatt at the National Gallery

Christian Josi | Posted 07.07.2014 | Arts
Christian Josi

I managed to score a preview and an interview with Kimberly Jones, who serves as associate curator for the Department of French Paintings and who, along with senior conservator of paintings Ann Hoenigswald, took this wonderful, historic concept and made it into an exquisite reality.

Musical Treasures of D.C.

Tony Woodcock | Posted 06.15.2014 | Arts
Tony Woodcock

The cultural riches of Washington D.C. have been a recent discovery for my family and me despite having visited the Capital on numerous occasions.

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...

This Is The Reason For Recent Animal Deaths At National Zoo, Director Says

Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

The director of the National Zoo told the Washington Post that recent issues with exotic animals at the facility, including a spate of recent deaths, ...

'The Greatest Sex Show On Earth' Just Might Save The Oceans

Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

Little known fact: coral reefs procreate. And since the number of reefs has been cut in half in the last 30 years thanks to climate change, polluti...

Latinos in Atypical Destinations

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 11.06.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

Annually, as the eve of Hispanic Heritage Month dawns, I field around 10 requests to speak on a variety of Latino cultural topics, to groups representing government, business, public policy and education. As I was reviewing this year's requests, one in particular stood out.

Namaste, the Shutdown Is Over

Ko Im | Posted 12.23.2013 | Healthy Living
Ko Im

The partial government shutdown was over the night the opening celebration for "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" was supposed to take place at the Smi...

What the Shutdown Says about D.C.'s Cultural Scene

Eli Lehrer | Posted 01.23.2014 | DC
Eli Lehrer

he shutdown this week, just about 18 years after the last federal closure, gives local residents a chance to get an idea of what the town might be like without the government here. And it's not all bad. A look at the landscape shows that D.C. is coming into its own as a cultural destination.

Government Shutdown Consequences Go Beyond The Capitol Building

Reuters | Posted 11.29.2013 | Politics

By Patrick Temple-West and Gabriel Debenedetti WASHINGTON, Sept 29 (Reuters) - The most iconic image from the last big shutdown of th...

What's New Under Tonatiuh?

Eduardo Diaz | Posted 10.20.2013 | Arts
Eduardo Diaz

The Smithsonian Institution, driven by rapidly developing technologies, shifting demographics and changing cultural participation patterns, is looking for innovative and even ingenious ways to do its work through the Smithsonian Ingenuity Awards.

Wheelchair User Sues Smithsonian

ARTINFO | Posted 10.19.2013 | Arts
ARTINFO

The Smithsonian is facing legal action from two brothers who filed a discrimination lawsuit against the institution in federal court last Thursday, th...

New predator alert! Oh wait, it's adorable

OnEarth | Posted 10.16.2013 | Green
OnEarth

By Melissa Mahony, OnEarthThere's a new predator in town--but fortunately, it's an adorable one. Actually, this animal has been around for 3 to 4 mill...

PHOTOS: D.C. Museum Features Weird History

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 08.14.2013 | Travel

WASHINGTON -- There aren't many places where you can see George Washington's hair, a stone from Joan of Arc's dungeon and a fence rail split by Abraha...

Alec Baldwin's D.C. News

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.13.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Alec Baldwin and wife Hilaria will co-chair the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery's "Yoga: The Art of Transformation" exhibit gala this fall, th...

Oprah's Big D.C. Move!

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 06.11.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- Oprah Winfrey has donated $12 million to the Smithsonian's National Museum of African American History and Culture, the museum announced...

Smithsonian's Crowdfunding Experiment

The Huffington Post | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.29.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- More than 20 million Americans practice yoga and the number is climbing. To embrace the trend with an artsy twist, an upcoming Smithsoni...

South Carolina Slave Cabin Heads To Washington, D.C.

AP | Posted 05.14.2013 | Black Voices

EDISTO ISLAND, S.C. -- A slave cabin on Edisto Island in coastal South Carolina will be preserved by the Smithsonian Institution. The Post and Courie...

Erin Ruberry

PHOTOS: TV Star's Washington Moment

HuffingtonPost.com | Erin Ruberry | Posted 05.09.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- It was one of the most iconic moments in the history of daytime TV: With a shout of "The streak is over!" Susan Lucci, after 19 nominati...

9 Ways D.C. Has Style

Ada Polla | Posted 06.26.2013 | Style
Ada Polla

Washington, D.C. offers the whole package. We are a true world capital, with style, culture, and a great culinary scene. You certainly know of the impact that Michelle Obama has had on the style culture in D.C., but here are 9 other reasons why we're not as unfashionable as you might think!

Disappearing Music

David Finckel | Posted 06.17.2013 | Arts
David Finckel

I've never before said a final goodbye to a piece of music, but just before Christmas I packed up two enormous suitcases of quartet music and took it to my basement storage bin. It was a strange sensation, somewhat ghoulish, like burying one's self alive.

David Baldacci Introduces Kids to America's Attic

Rocco Staino | Posted 05.11.2013 | Books
Rocco Staino

As part of the kick-off for his new book Day of Doom (Scholastic), New York Times best selling author, David Baldacci introduced kids to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History via a virtual field trip.

Smithsonian Obama Exhibit Takes Shape At Inauguration

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.22.2013 | Black Voices

WASHINGTON -- As crowds descended and the inauguration unfolded, a few museum curators in Washington kept watch for symbols and messages that would ma...

Smithsonian, USPTO Plan 'innovation Pavilion' In Arts And Industries Building

AP | BRETT ZONGKER | Posted 01.16.2013 | DC

WASHINGTON -- The Smithsonian Institution announced plans Wednesday to create an innovation pavilion with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in one ...

PHOTOS: Maya Spirit: Entering The Circle Of Dance

Cecile R. Ganteaume | Posted 02.08.2013 | Religion
Cecile R. Ganteaume

Despite great odds, dance remains a vibrant, meaningful and diverse form of cultural expression in many Native communities throughout the Americas.