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The Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History will host an educational weekend event celebrating Arctic peoples, cultures, and science. The event coincides with the launch of the United States’ 2015-2017 chairmanship of the Arctic Council, the international governmental body coordinating Arctic policy.  When the US last chaired the Arctic Council (1998-2000), the Arctic was considered to be at the edge of the world’s concerns. Now it is front and center in terms of environmental change and geopolitical importance.

Arctic Spring will feature educational programs including a symposium, science displays and interactives, family events, artifacts and art, cultural and musical performances, and films. Activities will occur throughout the museum over a three-day period. Museum scientists, cultural experts, Arctic residents, government agencies, artists and photographers will present research findings and engage visitors in exploring what is known and still needs to be known about the Arctic, its lands, ocean, animals, cultures, and peoples.

Join us to learn more about this important region and how changes in the Arctic will affect the entire world.   

Schedule of Events

Festival Presented by the Arctic Studies Center and the Office of Education and Outreach, National Museum of Natural History

The Arctic Spring-Arctic Matters: A Smithsonian Festival of the North is generously funded by: the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, Arctic Studies Center, Living in the Anthropocene Initiative, and Recovering Voices, with additional support from The U.S. Arctic Research Commission, The PoLAR Partnership (supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation: DUE–1239783), Oak Foundation, The Ed Nef Foundation, Embassy of Canada, Royal Norwegian Embassy, and Embassy of Denmark.

We would also like to thank our many partners who have volunteered their time and talents to make this festival possible.


Photo Credit: Wilfred Richard, "Flora & Iceberg in Qaarsut"

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