Inspiring Women and Girls of Color

Museum Day Live! March 12, 2016

Held during Women’s History Month, this “special edition” of Smithsonian’s signature “Museum Day Live!” event* will encourage all people, and particularly women and girls of color, to explore their nation’s museums, cultural institutions, zoos, aquariums, parks and libraries – which will offer free admission for the day.

Register your museum.

Smithsonian Affiliates play a big role in inspiring women and girls of color in local communities. Below are some resources for Smithsonian Affiliates to use leading up to, and during, this special edition of Museum Day Live!

Find other participating Smithsonian Affiliates!

In addition, Smithsonian Affiliations has partnered with the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to create a funding opportunity for Affiliates who are either planning or have planned programs in partnership with “Museum Day Live!.” If you are interested in learning more about this funding opportunity, please contact Smithsonian Affiliations National Outreach Manager, Alma Douglas,

Museum Day Live! resources

  • Pre-event webinar featuring Christina DiMeglio Lopez and Alma Douglas from Smithsonian Affiliations. Watch to learn about a funding opportunity and tools to help plan Museum Day activities. See the archived webcast on Google+ or YouTube.
  • VIDEO: A welcome from Dr. Johnnetta Cole, Director, National Museum of African Art.
  • Toolkit: Download the toolkit for ideas on spreading the word
  • Museum Day logo
  • Flyer for distribution
  • Invite a TED-Ed Fellow via a TED-Ed Club to provide Museum Day student attendees, and your general audience, ways to pursue and present ideas in science, innovation, technology and more. TED Fellows available are listed below. If you are interested in hosting a TED-Ed Fellow or presenting any of the videos below as part of your Museum Day programming, please contact Alma Douglas,
    • Renee Hlozek, cosmologist, based in Toronto. TED-Ed lesson: The Death of the Universe
    • Aomawa Shields, astronomer and astrobiologist, based in Los Angeles. TED talk: How we’ll find life on other planets. She is the founder of Rising Star Girls, an organization dedicated to encouraging girls of all colors and backgrounds to explore and discover the universe.
    • Lucienne Walkowicz, stellar astronomer, based in Chicago. In residence at Adler Planetarium, a Smithsonian Affiliate. TED talk: Let’s not use Mars as a backup planet. TED-Ed lesson: Light waves, visible and invisible.
    • Jedidah Isler, astrophysicist, based in Nashville. TED talk: The untapped genius that could change science for the better. TED talk: How I fell in love with quasars, blazars, and our incredible universe.
    • Camille Seaman, photographer (specifically of storms + glaciers), based in San Francisco. TED talk: Photos from a storm chaser. TED talk: Haunting photos of polar ice. TED-Ed lesson: The Arctic vs. Antarctic.
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Created as an independent federal agency in 1965, the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has awarded more than $750 million in grants to museums in the past 50 years in support of more than 2,600 museum exhibitions.

NEH Engage and Inspire grants will allow Smithsonian Affiliates museums to apply for support for outreach, facilitation of travel logistics, and to provide exposure to museum staff and relevant programming for Museum Day Live! participants, with a special encouragement for women and girls of color, on March 12. The goals of Museum Day Live! are in support of NEH’s mission to afford a humanities experience to all Americans.

* Smithsonian magazine’s 11th annual Museum Day Live! will remain in September 26th, 2015. The 12th annual Museum Day Live! will be on September 24th, 2016.

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