Voices of Discovery brings Smithsonian experts to you! Scholars in art, history, and science visit communities across America to share their enthusiasm for learning with school children, civic organizations, professional groups, and the public.
Voices of Discovery programs are flexible in scope and tailored to your city’s unique specifications. They range from a single expert visiting for a day to multiple scholars covering a variety of topics over several days. Programs take place in museums, libraries, schools, universities, community centers, or other local cultural, educational, or civic institutions. Programs may be designed for specific groups or open to the general public. Topics are selected in consultation with community representatives and a Smithsonian Program Coordinator.
Does your city have a passion for jazz? Feature a Smithsonian jazz ensemble for a public concert. Is your organization looking for a memorable keynote speaker? Welcome an expert on American art, environmental conservation, or the latest voyage to Mars. Restoring a historic theater in your town? Present Smithsonian’s Broadway musical historian and a hard-hat tour of the work in progress. Organizing a family day at your local museum? Include Smithsonian storytellers and educators to provide engaging, kid-friendly activities.
Experts represent the Smithsonian Institution and its areas of research in art, American history and culture, and science. They are able to successfully engage many different kinds of audiences, ranging from school-age children to senior citizens. Scholars conduct media presentations, incorporate hands-on activities, include performances, or use other lively approaches.
Voices of Discovery invites the American people to experience the Smithsonian Institution’s vast intellectual resources. Through a mix of programs and activities, experts share the treasures of the nation’s museums with your community. Welcome the Smithsonian into your home town today!