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

Smithsonian Affiliations

$0.3 Million raised

Smithsonian Affiliations

Partnering for Greater Impact

Smithsonian Affiliations, the institution’s national outreach program, develops long-term, collaborative partnerships with museums and educational and cultural organizations to enrich communities with Smithsonian resources. It shares the nation’s treasures, scientific discoveries and educational resources, engaging citizens through in-depth experiences with scholars, authors, guest speakers and artists, through lectures, performances and teacher and after-school workshops. More than 200 Smithsonian Affiliates in 46 states, Puerto Rico and Panama reach 20 million visitors annually.

MassMutual, an active corporate citizen in its hometown of Springfield, Mass., deepened its relationship there through a gift that made it possible for citizens to experience the Smithsonian without ever leaving home. During this three-year collaboration, Springfield Museums grew a singular event – Smithsonian Museum Day Live – into an annual weeklong, immersive celebration of scholarship and programming. Smithsonian in Springfield has featured the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and the National Museum of Natural History exhibition Jeweled Objects of Desire. Audiences have learned about the Mars Rover and the history of holiday cards from the Archives of American Art.

Support from the Getty Foundation is enabling the launch of a two-year professional development cohort program for midlevel professionals. Expanding on the success of Smithsonian Affiliations’ Visiting Professionals Program, this program will reach a more diverse group of practitioners and provide in-depth access to Smithsonian subject experts, resources and collections that otherwise may not be available in local communities.

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:
$0.3 Million


$0.3 Million Raised

As of November 30, 2017

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