The Smithsonian’s commitment to reach Americans beyond Washington, D.C., has never been stronger. For SITES, as for each of the Smithsonian’s major outreach programs—The Smithsonian Associates, Smithsonian Affiliations, and the Smithsonian Center for Education and Museum Studies—this is an exciting time. New collaborations are taking shape between the Smithsonian and museums across the nation. More of our collections are being seen in cities and towns from coast to coast than ever before, and everywhere the focus is on expanding how the Smithsonian engages the interest and involvement of the American public.
- Smithsonian Affiliations shares Smithsonian collections, programs, and expertise with the American people through long-term partnerships with more than 120 museums, science centers, and cultural institutions across the country. Artifacts from the national collections may be loaned to Affiliates for periods of up to 10 years, allowing numerous opportunities for exhibitions, educational endeavors, and national collaborations. Affiliates are additionally able to take advantage of special professional development, business, and membership opportunities. For more information, please call 202.633.9157, or visit affiliations.si.edu.
- The Smithsonian Associates (TSA) offers a variety of educational programs and study tours that open the doors to the Smithsonian’s world of opportunity. To involve the public in the life of the Institution, TSA creates educational activities that take many forms and occur in many settings—on the National Mall, across the country, and literally around the world.
TSA’s Voices of Discovery program provides access to Smithsonian resources and offers additional programming to SITES exhibitors and their communities. The program takes outstanding scholars from the Smithsonian’s research and curatorial staff into schools, museums, libraries, senior citizen and youth groups, and civic organizations to conduct inspiring presentations for students, educators, and the public. A Voices of Discovery program can be tailored to complement a particular SITES exhibition, or it can be planned to support an educational institution’s regular curriculum. A typical program includes a combination of hands-on classroom activities, large group presentations, and teacher workshops as well as public presentations for the school community. For more information, please contact Ann Post at 202.786.3287 or email@example.com, or visit smithsonianassociates.si.edu.
- Smithsonian Center for Educational and Museum Studies (SCEMS) produces original publications and web sites, offers professional development, and studies effective museum practices to improve student achievement. These ideas are used to enhance school visits to the Smithsonian, increase educators’ and students’ use of Smithsonian resources, and improve the teaching of subjects related to Smithsonian collections and expertise. Smithsonian educators offer seminars and workshops on such topics as exhibition strategies in the classroom, working with primary resources, and using museums to improve student literacy. Related publications and web features disseminate methods and techniques to a wider audience. Many SCEMS programs and publications complement SITES exhibition themes. For more information, please contact Stephanie Norby at 202.357.2624 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit smithsonianeducation.org.