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Connect, Share, Learn

American Spaces are local physical locations for foreign residents to connect – with people, with ideas and with the United States through collaboration and self-discovery. This website is the go-to, one-stop shop for resources and programming ideas for use in American Spaces. Look for useful guidance and resources in the management, programming, training and design sections.


Programming Content for the Fourth of July

This Smithsonian Institution resource is brimming with ideas and images for Fourth of July programming.  


Need a New Entrepreneurship Resource?

Startup Smart: A Handbook for Entrepreneurs.  This 80-page publication focuses on assisting aspiring entrepreneurs in honestly evaluating their business proposition, understanding and becoming comfortable with business risk and determining the best ways to minimize the risks.  Read more.  


Rich Smithsonian African American History Program Module

Highlights from the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History This program kit contains selected objects from NMAAHC that can stimulate discussion and learning about African American history and the broader history of the United States. It is designed as a resource kit for program facilitators. Read more.


Share the American Spaces 2016 Annual Report

Office of American Spaces Annual Report: The Office of American Spaces has released its second annual report. The report outlines how the office’s total budget was allocated and presents numbers of visitors, programs and other data about the activities within the American Spaces. Read more.


June is LGBT Pride Month

The Smithsonian Institution’s content package on LGBT contains a variety of resources related to the theme of LGBT Pride Month. Ideas are provided for ways to use the content in an American Spaces program.  Read More


English Language MOOC

American Spaces and their patrons can participate in the English for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics MOOC through the University of Pennsylvania and Coursera. This course is designed for non-native English speakers who are interested in improving their English skills in the sciences. A facilitated course will begin October 16. Read more.