First municipal parks system to join the Smithsonian Affiliations Program
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department in partnership with the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office will announce its affiliation with the Smithsonian Institution, as the first municipal parks system to join the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, at a news conference on April 23, 2013, 10 am at the City Hall Atrium, 301 West 2nd Street. Harold Closter, Director of the Smithsonian Affiliations Program, will join City of Austin officials at the news conference.
The Smithsonian's unparalleled collections, scholarship, and exhibitions document the world in all of its beauty, diversity, and complexity. The Austin Parks and Recreation Department and the Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office, will bring the Smithsonian to Austin’s community and create lasting experiences that will broaden perspectives on science, history, world cultures and the arts. The mission of Smithsonian Affiliations is to share these resources with Americans in their own communities by developing collaborative partnerships with museums, cultural and educational organizations. Smithsonian Affiliations offers broader opportunities than those found in standard museum loan programs. In addition to artifact loans, Smithsonian Affiliations helps member organizations identify appropriate resources within the Smithsonian to accompany exhibit loans: education and performing arts programs, expert speakers, teacher workshops, and technical assistance. Smithsonian Affiliations also offers career development workshops for museum professions, stipend internships for Affiliate-based students, and stipend research opportunities for Affiliate-based visiting professionals.
About the City of Austin Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office
The Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services Office was created to lead the economic development, small business development, cultural arts and emerging technology programs for the City of Austin. Together, the mission of these programs is to create a cultural and economic environment that enhances the vitality of the community in a manner that preserves Austin’s character and environment.
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