The Smithsonian's Intangible Cultural Heritage project examines a diversity of policies and practices that engage living cultural traditions. 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 and practice at the Smithsonian.
The Smithsonian's Intangible Cultural Heritage project is steered by co-investigator colleagues from across the institution.
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Principal Investigator & Project Manager
Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture (OUSHAC), Smithsonian Institution
The Smithsonian's Intangible Cultural Heritage project is generously supported by the Smithsonian’s Grand Challenges Consortia.