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Impact and Justice: A Model for the Field and Beyond
April 12 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pmFree
How can museums serve as civic spaces to engage communities in critical issues concerning the environment What kinds of opportunities can organizations create for community members to come together to explore environmental concerns in historical, present, and future contexts? What role do cultural organizations play in training
the next generation of museum practitioners and young scientists alike?
Exploring American history and its related narratives is, inherently, an environmental exercise. As a hub for research and education, the Smithsonian Institution’s purpose has always been to increase and diffuse knowledge. Now in the final year of its five-year strategic plan, the Smithsonian has vowed to build on its unique strengths to engage and to inspire more people, where they are, with greater impact, while catalyzing critical conversation on issues affecting our nation and the world in 2022.
In this webinar, guest speakers will share some of the pan-institutional collaborations happening across the Smithsonian to address these questions and more. Over the past decade, the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum (ACM) has been steadily building a community-led approach to environmental engagement. Most recently, ACM has partnered with the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) to develop a hybrid training, launching in spring 2022, that formalizes the practice as a model for the museum field.