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Resource Centers - Exploration, curiosity and surprise



In September 2012 the Department of State Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP) and the Smithsonian Institution initiated the “Model American Spaces” project to assist American Spaces in engaging their audiences in sustained, meaningful interactions and activities and to build mutual understanding between Americans and international audiences. Working with experts from the Smithsonian, IIP is eager to provide resources as well as a guide for all American Spaces interested in refreshing their facilities with a new look, new ideas and new content for their visitors. On this platform you will find partners with whom you can work collaboratively to repurpose the content provided by Smithsonian. You will also find on this wiki programs already tested and adapted for Bi-national Centers. 

For adapted programs go to: 

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Handbook for American Spaces Partners

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American Space portal

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Facility design 

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Institutional Identity

CTJ Wallpaper - https://goo.gl/5QrE96

Press resources Media Kit





Smithsonian Content Book supports the delivery of American Spaces Core Programs (English language learning;EducationUSA advising; alumni programs; cultural programs; and providing information about the U.S.).

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Programming at Casa Thomas Jefferson


See a list of STEAM/maker activities aligned with foreign policy objectives of American Culture and Diaspora, science, Technology, Health, and environment, entrepreneurship and innovation, Education/Education Diplomacy, U.S. History, Presidents, and Democracy, Equality, Human Rights, and Tolerance.

In order to create a  ripple effect across other American Spaces, all institutions are welcome to feed the list with programs to inspire and get inspired by all the creative minds that have been joined together by the project Achieving 21st Century Skills.





Smithsonian page

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More Smithsonian Resources 


The Smithsonian Consortia advance knowledge across disciplines to solve critical global issues of our time.



Entrepreneur Incubator – This curriculum provides all the instructions and guidance necessary for American Spaces to lead programs or workshop on the entrepreneurial process. The Entrepreneur Incubator will provide participants with relevant experiences and skills so they are better prepared to start their own businesses.

Ocean Portal - The Ocean Portal & American Spaces activity page provides curriculum on ocean science and conservation. The activities will allow facilitators in American Spaces to teach about or lead discussions on ocean science and conservation using materials from the Smithsonian Institution and elsewhere. A large facilitator packet can be downloaded at the bottom of the American Spaces page. This packet has all the lesson plans, answer keys for facilitators, and supplementary documents that can be easily printed out. 

Digital Video Content – This website provides short, topic-driven videos organized into content categories (entrepreneurship; education; environment & STEM; civil society). All videos have optional closed captioning, can be streamed or downloaded, and come with suggested discussions questions.


Smithsonian Institute Websites:



Social Media Feed 

American Spaces Calendar


American Spaces Calendar and suggested Activities for programs and Social Media Feed



Training Sessions



Achieving 21st century Skills Pilot project

About the project

Megan Ellis` letter to BNCs




Phase one

First webinar - Introduction - Smithsonian content- general lines

Second webinar - Earth Day - Linking American Spaces Programs with Foreign Policy Goals

Third webinar- Smithsonian content - Paper month - sharing and feedback

Last webinar - Coding- photography month - becoming multipliers


Phase two


Smithsonian Leaning Lab for Strategic Programming



Makerspaces: The Now Revolution in School Libraries

Teaching Code through Digital Media: Hour of Code and Beyond



Making in Happen at Casa Thomas Jefferson


Calendar of activities - 2015











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