kudos Affiliates! summer 2011

As summer heats up, so do Affiliate accomplishments.  Way to go Affiliates!

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science (Dallas, Texas) has received a $4.4 million gift from the Texas Instruments Foundation bringing the total within $29 million of its $185 million fundraising goal.

The African American Museum in Philadelphia was awarded $45,000 from the John S. and James L.Knight Foundation, as part of a community-wide contest to inspire and enrich the city entitled Knight Arts Challenge Philadelphia. The program entitled “RAAMP It Up Wednesdays” will showcase local artists by presenting commissioned dance and gospel performances through free weekly concerts at the museum’s Seventh Street Plaza.

The Putnam Museum (Davenport, Iowa) was awarded $35,000 by the Davenport Riverboat Development Authority for an upgrade to the River, Prairie and People exhibit at the museum.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announced Michigan State University Museum (East Lansing, Michigan) was one of 31 awards for the Conservation Project Support Grants. Michigan State University Museum was awarded $87,816 to rehouse 16,179 mammal specimens into museum-quality cabinets. In addition, the grant will fund students to assist with project activities.

The Chabot Space and Science Center(Oakland, California) received a grant worth $1.8 million from the Betty Moore Foundation, to develop the Bill Nye Climate Lab exhibition and website, designed to support the science education of youngsters.

The Connecticut Community Foundation awarded Hunt Hill Farm (New Milford, Connecticut) with a $10,000 grant for a New Talent Arts Initiative, to offer professional opportunities to young artists.

The National Museum of Dentistry (Baltimore, Maryland) has been awarded a Give Kids A Smile Champion Grant from the ADA Foundation, and an additional award by the DentaQuest Foundation to help provide every first grader in Baltimore City public schools with educational resources to enhance children’s oral health, and to ensure good oral health practices, particularly those from low-income families.

The Rubin Museum (New York, NY)  has been awarded a $270,000 grant from the Henry Luce Foundation for the study of Tibetan Buddhist painting.  The three-year grant will advance the work of David Jackson, a renowned scholar on Tibetan Buddhist painting and a consulting curator at the Rubin.

Four Affiliates were winners of the 66th annual Leadership in History Awards, the most prestigious recognition for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of state and local history by the American Association for State and Local History (AASLH):

USS Constitution Museum (Boston, Massachusetts) for The Family Learning Project.
Greensboro Historical Museum, Inc.  (Greensboro, North Carolina) for the exhibit Voices of a City: Greensboro, North Carolina.
North Carolina Museum of History  (Raleigh, North Carolina) for the exhibit Behind the Veneer: Thomas Day, Master Cabinetmaker.
Museum of History and Industry (Seattle, Washington) for the multimedia project MOHAI Minutes.


girl scouts turn 100

In 1912, founder Juliette Gordon Low organized the first Girl Scout troop in Savannah, Georgia.  Now, the Girl Scouts have 2.3 million girl members in all 50 states and 92 countries, and boasts an impressive alumnae roster of 50 million women that includes Hillary Rodham Clinton, Condoleezza Rice, and others.  Girl Scouts of the USA has become a premier advocate for issues important to girls, and for developing leadership skills among young women.

Girl Scouts of the USA is planning to designate 2012 as ‘The Year of the Girl’ to coincide with their 100th anniversary.  They are planning an advocacy day for Girl Scout Leadership from across the country on Capitol Hill in April, a Girls World Forum in Chicago in July, a major “State of the Girl” report on 21st century issues and challenges for girls, among other initiatives. 

Girl Scouts rock!

On June 9, 2012, the local Girl Scout Council of the Nation’s Capital will welcome 200,000 of their fellow Girl Scouts for “Girl Scouts Rock the Mall,” a giant Sing-Along around the Washington Monument to raise awareness of the benefits of Girl Scouting.  (In the words of the organizers, it’s “Woodstock for Girl Scouts” !)  Although planning has just started, the Smithsonian will partner by participating on a passport of its museums for the Girl Scouts, as well as special displays, activities, and discounts. and a visit with Juliette Gordon Low, in front of her portrait at the National Portrait Gallery.

How can Affiliates partner with us?

– Consider sponsoring a Smithsonian curator, scientist, or historian that was a former Girl Scout, to speak to your Girl Scout troop audience or general public throughout the year (especially during Women’s History Month in March!)

– Follow the lead of fellow Affiliate The Women’s Museum who will be collaborating on an exhibition about Girl Scouts at the Texas State Fair.  Let us know the ways that you might be celebrating the Girl Scouts next year, so we can cross-promote your community’s activities with our national partners.

– Track your local Girl Scout troop if they’re coming to Washington, D.C. for ‘Girl Scouts Rock the Mall,’ and let us know who they are.  Encourage the girls to send messages that can be tweeted on your feed, and through Smithsonian Affiliations social media outlets during the celebration.

 Do you have any other ideas?