The Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) works in collaboration with the Native peoples of the Western Hemisphere and Hawai'I to protect and foster indigenous cultures, reaffirm traditions and beliefs, encourage contemporary artistic expression, and provide a forum for Native voices. NMAI's Community Services department is a cornerstone of the museum's commitment to outreach, providing a vital link between our staff and collections and Native communities.
Community Services outreach staff work with a wide range of individuals, communities, and organizations to promote knowledge and understanding of Native arts, history, languages, and contemporary life. Through internships, Native arts programs, professional training, radio programming, and the Internet, the Community Services department shares the museum's resources with Native communities and audiences throughout the Americas and Hawai'i.
These pages include more information on Community Services programs, as well as applications for individuals and institutions interested in using NMAI's special resources and expertise. This information is also available in English and Spanish downloadable pdfs of NMAI's Community Services Program Guide.