Apr
18

Sharing the #Smithsonian

Sharing the #Smithsonian

Social media has transformed the way we learn, what we share and how we communicate. What role do museums play when everyone is their own curator? Amy Rogers Nazarov takes a look at how social media has become an integral part of the exhibition experience. Continue reading Sharing the #Smithsonian

Apr
12

A lifetime of volunteering

A lifetime of volunteering

April is Volunteer Appreciation Month and the perfect time to talk to two of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s longest serving docents, Phoebe Kline and Susanne Joyner, to hear their reflections on the ways the museum has changed over the course of 40 years and what keeps them engaged and volunteering. Continue reading A lifetime of volunteering

Apr
03

Is plastic inherently evil?

Is plastic inherently evil?

Odile Madden knows a lot about plastic. A materials scientist with the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute, she has spent the past eight years studying plastics found throughout the Smithsonian’s collections. She talks about her work and her belief that plastic, like all materials created or adapted by humans, will evolve. Continue reading Is plastic inherently evil?

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