Packaged Programs from the Smithsonian Institution

Civil Society Certifications
The Civil Society Certification curriculum enables facilitators to host a program or series of programs focused on the ways that photography and video can be used as tools for civic engagement. Workshops aim to build familiarity with camera and video features of mobile devices, as well as computers or tablets and offer opportunities for discussion of civil society issues. The facilitator guide has step-by-step lesson plans, activities and all printable materials needed for running programs. The Word document allows facilitators to modify handouts to meet the needs of a particular audience, if necessary.


Entrepreneur Incubator
This in-depth curriculum provides all the instructions and guidance necessary for American Spaces to lead programs or workshops on the entrepreneurial process. The curriculum is available as a Word document for customization.


Ocean Portal
The Ocean Portal and American Spaces activity page provides a thorough curriculum on ocean science and conservation.


Spark! Lab
This comprehensive facilitator packet includes five separate, hands-on activities to promote creativity and innovation.


Downloadable Poster Shows
Host an exhibition with one of these free, downloadable poster shows.


Digital Videos
This website provides a wide range of short, topic-driven videos organized into four categories: entrepreneurship, education, environment & STEM and civil society.


Content & Programming Book
This is a guide to a wealth of content available from the Smithsonian Institution’s museums and over 800 websites and how to easily use it for creating programs, handouts, posters or other materials to engage American Spaces visitors and deepen their understanding of the United States and important topics.

The Content and Programming Book is designed to help easily identify public diplomacy programming material within six priority topic areas:


  • U.S. History, Presidents & Democracy
  • Equality, Human Rights & Tolerance
  • American Culture and Diaspora
  • Science, Technology, Health & Environment
  • Entrepreneurship & Innovation
  • Education