With its soaring architecture and its introduction of the new-fangled electric light in 1881, the Arts & Industries Building has been a showcase for innovation since the beginning. What’s next for this inspiring space? Continue reading An innovation in renovation
How can we make sure that our millions of rare and important objects are accessible to scholars and the public? Bring them to life–virtually! Continue reading Is it real or is it virtual? Does it matter?
Charlie Young, musical director of the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra, shares some thoughts on what makes jazz the most innovative of American music. Continue reading April is Jazz Appreciation Month
Both grew out of communities that were innovation hotbeds—the microchip from Silicon Valley and hip-hop from the Bronx. The Smithsonian studies how inventive communities form and impact culture. Innovation hotspots Questions come alive at the Smithsonian. Seriously amazing.
This famous Japanese artist showed dancers how to get down and get funky long before Arthur Murray. Continue reading Odori Hitori Geiko (Dance Instruction Manual)
It’s Jazz Appreciation Month! Join Dr. Johnnetta Cole in a conversation with Jazz Master Randy Weston and historian Wayne Chandler about the African roots of our most American music. Continue reading “Rhythms Changing America”