Let's talk about RACE at the Smithsonian

In conjunction with the exhibition RACE: Are We So Different? currently on view at the National Museum of Natural History (June 18, 2011 through January 8, 2012) , the Smithsonian is creating programming throughout its various museums and learning centers that supports public conversations about this important topic.

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Spotlight on the Exhibit
A collage of different human facial features to form a composite face

Race: Are We So Different?
National Museum of Natural History
June 18,2011 - January 8, 2011

This much talked about, and well-received exhibit explores the topic of race from cultural, historical, and scientific perspectives and provides for positive dialogue and reflection.

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Featured Program

YES Interns and RACE: Are We So Different?

The Youth Engagement through Science internship program engages high school sophomores and juniors from the Washington DC area in exciting internships at the National Museum of Natural History working on meaningful research projects with the Museum's world class research scientists.As part of the program, YES students will be trained as Facilitators to work in the RACE exhibition, providing them with additional experience in learning, education, and public engagement. They will complement the new volunteer corps for the exhibition, and bring a new capacity as peer Facilitators for any young adult visitors.

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Highlighted Initiative Partner

The Arthur M Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art

The Freer and the Sackler are two Smithsonian museums linked by the exhibition, study, and sheer love of Asian art. Our mission is to encourage enjoyment and understanding of the arts of Asia and the cultures that produced them. We use works of art to inspire study and provoke thought. Our mantra is to present the best in Asian art while enabling our visitors to walk through a vivid timeline of world cultures.

When the Freer Gallery opened to the public in 1923 it became the first art museum on the Smithsonian campus. By exploring the differences in arts from around the world, the Freer Gallery of Art would unite, in Freer's own words, "modern work with masterpieces of certain periods of high civilization harmonious in spiritual suggestion..." In 1987, the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery opened on the national mall to become the second museum of Asian art at the Smithsonian Institution. The museum was built with funds provided by Dr. Sackler to house his collection of Asian art that included incomparable examples of Chinese archaic jades and ancient bronzes, among other important works of art.

We look forward to seeing you in the galleries as well as online.


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