• Discovery Theater has been presenting children with live educational performances for more than 35 years
  • Smithsonian Folkways Recordings is the nonprofit record label of the Smithsonian Institution
  • Recovering Voices documents and sustains the world's endangered languages
  • The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an international celebration of living cultural heritage that takes place on the National Mall of the United States
  • Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra presents and perpetuates the legacy of jazz
  • Smithsonian archives contain oral histories of artists, performers, ethnographers, staff, and others
  • Smithsonian Music increases access to the institution's vast music resources
  • Smithsonian Collections represents documented intangible cultural heritage in addition to  tangible assets and material collections

The pan-institutional project Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian examines the milestones, challenges, policies, and practices of institutional engagement with living cultural expressions. While the Smithsonian Institution is perhaps best known for its vast collections of material art and artifacts, the institution is also a thriving force for cultural work concerning traditions of performance, ritual, music, dance, knowledge, storytelling, and oral transmission—often collectively referred to as intangible cultural heritage. By interviewing and surveying Smithsonian staff about their work with these diverse cultural expressions, and through ongoing engagements with external networks and strategic cultural partners, best practices and challenges emerge to inform the future of cultural heritage policy at the Smithsonian.

Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian is generously supported by the Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia.

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