The spotlighted collaboration represents a successful Affiliations partnership
Collaborators: Smithsonian Institution and MassMutual Foundation
Affiliate Collaborator: Springfield Museums (Springfield, Massachusetts)
We’re thrilled to welcome the Springfield Museums in Springfield, Massachusetts as a new Affiliate. Given the diverse multi-disciplinary nature of their art, history, and science collections, the Springfield Museums are a natural choice to become a Smithsonian Affiliate.
The nationally-accredited consortium is the largest cultural organization in western Massachusetts, with four museums situated "Smithsonian style" around a 5.4 acre green space known locally as "the Quadrangle" in downtown Springfield. The consortium features the George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, the Springfield Science Museum, the Michele and Donald D'Amour Museum of Fine Arts and the Lyman and Merrie Wood Museum of Springfield History, as well as the Dr. Seuss National Memorial Sculpture Garden. A fifth museum, The Amazing World of Dr. Seuss, celebrating the life and career of Springfield resident Theodor Seuss Geisel, will open in 2017.
The Affiliation kicked off with a "Smithsonian Week" featuring several speakers from the Smithsonian presenting talks and workshops for the museums’ diverse audiences. Future projects under discussion include the presentation of the exhibition Jeweled Objects of Desire in 2017, along with a diverse array of Smithsonian speakers, book signings, performances and more.
The Affiliation with the Springfield Museums and all related programming is made possible through the generous support of the MassMutual Foundation.