People>Passion>Purpose Launches in New York

June 9, 2015

The Smithsonian launched People>Passion>Purpose in New York City on June 3.  The program showcases 25 of the institution's leading curators, scholars and educators — individuals whose purpose is to discover and share new knowledge, steward our nation's heritage and tell America's story.  Their passion is contagious.  The series travels next to Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston in June.  It returns to these cities, as well as Chicago and Seattle, this fall.

The evening at the Morgan Library & Museum featured Caroline Payson, director of education at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum; Liz Cottrell, director of the Smithsonian's Global Volcanism Program at the National Museum of Natural History; Margaret Weitekamp, a curator at the National Air and Space Museum and Nicholas Bell, the Fleur and Charles Bresler Senior Curator of American Craft and Decorative Art at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

In addition to highlighting the work of Smithsonian experts, People>Passion>Purpose introduces the Smithsonian Campaign to audiences across the country.  Local host committees, composed of volunteers, are instrumental in the program's success.

You can learn more about these remarkable Smithsonian people and upcoming programs at  The series is free.  Please register for upcoming events and bring a friend.

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