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.
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.
The Locker Project
What is race? What does race mean to you? Has your life been affected by race? These are the questions we asked middle and high school students from the District of Columbia Public Schools to reflect on as they created and four lockers that are an integral part of the installation of RACE: Are We So Different? at the National Museum of Natural History. Come see how students at Kimball Elementary School, School Without Walls, Bell Multicultural High School, and CentroNia worked together to create lockers that represent each group's point of view.
Highlighted Initiative Partner
The National Museum of Natural History is dedicated to the exploration, preservation, and celebration of the natural world and our place in it. The museum strives to foster dialogue and understanding around the important topics of evolution, the significance of cultural views and values, and the natural and human factors that shape cultures and their environments.
The museum is home to some of the world's most comprehensive biological and anthropological collections, supporting research done by Smithsonian scientists in the museum and around the world. This body of knowledge and objects form the basis of rich exploratory experiences and programming that foster constructive discussions about natural and cultural topics of relevance to our modern society. Among those topics of importance is the issue of race.
The museum is a steering committee member for the pan-institutional RACE initiative and the hosting museum of the Race: Are We So Different? exhibition.