Young filmmakers work on their oral history documentaries for the Young Historians, Living Histories program. Photo Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Smithsonian Affiliations

$1 Million goal

Smithsonian Affiliations

Our Goal: $1 Million

The Smithsonian was founded on the principle that education empowers a nation. Every year, Smithsonian educators share the institution’s knowledge, collections and research with more than 8 million learners, on-site and online. The Smithsonian Campaign will extend that reach as education becomes more and more technologically advanced and accessible, helping inspire the next generation of educators and building the spaces, resources and programs for learners of all ages engaged in exploring science, history, art and culture.

Smithsonian Affiliations
Leadership Message

Leadership Message

Smithsonian Affiliations is a national outreach program that develops long-term partnerships with museums, educational centers and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. There are more than 190 Smithsonian Affiliates in 44 states, Puerto Rico and Panama.

Smithsonian Affiliations invigorates and strengthens communities by sharing the institution’s treasures, scientific discoveries and educational resources in ways that extend the power of the Smithsonian to every corner of the country.

Each year more than 20 million visitors to Affiliates experience the Smithsonian in their neighborhood. To date, more than 8,000 objects from the Smithsonian collection, including iconic pieces such as Kermit the Frog, Stradivarius violins and a Saturn V Rocket, have been loaned.

Beyond artifact loans, Smithsonian Affiliations reaches across the nation with educational programs for K-12 students, adult learners and museum professionals. Smithsonian scholars, authors, guest speakers and performing artists conduct lectures, teacher workshops and programs.

Affiliates host Smithsonian distance learning programs and citizen-science projects — increasing the knowledge and understanding of the historical, cultural, physical and biological landscape of America.

The Smithsonian’s unparalleled collection, scholarship and exhibitions document the world’s beauty, diversity and complexity. A gift to Smithsonian Affiliations makes this precious legacy available and accessible to Americans in their own communities.

Thank you.

  • Harold Closter
    Director, Smithsonian Affiliations
Smithsonian Affiliations
Campaign Case

Investing in the Smithsonian in Your Neighborhood

Access to Education
Smithsonian Affiliations brings the institution’s researchers, historians, educators and other museum professionals to share their expertise with students, teachers and communities through collaborations with Affiliates nationwide.

Through the campaign, the Smithsonian will expand educational initiatives and resources across the Affiliate network. We will offer more informal education opportunities through out-of-school programs that align with formal education standards.

The Young Historians, Living Histories, an oral history and film program, allows underserved youth in select Asian Pacific American communities to explore and document their history and culture. Students participating in the Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos, a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program, create unique astrophotography exhibitions with images from online robotic telescopes.

Spaces for Education
Together with the Affiliate network, the Smithsonian creates lasting experiences in communities across the world to broaden understanding of science. Gifts to the Smithsonian Campaign will allow us to fully serve a growing audience by loaning more objects and expanding the variety of exhibitions and educational programs we share with Affiliates.

Leaders in Education
The Smithsonian’s curators and scholars research and interpret the nation’s collection to create educational programs inspired by diverse American experiences. Smithsonian Affiliations provides career development workshops for museum professionals, internships for students and research opportunities for Affiliate-based visiting scholars.

One of our funding priorities for education is investing in educators, interns and fellows who bring best practices to their museums and hometown organizations.

Smithsonian Affiliations

Smithsonian Affiliations

is raising $1 million of the Smithsonian Campaign’s overall $1.5 billion goal. 

Campaign Priorities

Access to Education


We seek a total of $500,000 for improving access to the Smithsonian Affiliations’ educational outreach resources. For example, a gift of $250,000 funds the Young Historians, Living Histories program, while investments of $250,000 fund the Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos program.

Spaces for Education


We seek a total of $250,000 to extend the reach of the Smithsonian to Affiliates, including traveling exhibitions, educational programs, artifact loans and shared digital experiences. A gift of $25,000 funds a public education program to bring Smithsonian scholars and scientists to Affiliates.

Leaders in Education


We seek a total of $250,000 for the Smithsonian Affiliations Professional Development Program. A gift of $25,000 brings five visiting professionals from Affiliate museums to the Smithsonian each year for in-depth training.

Smithsonian Affiliations

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Smithsonian Affiliations Campaign Officers

Smithsonian Affiliations

Total Goal:
$1 Million


$0.32 Million Raised

As of October 31, 2017

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