- What are the challenges to cultural diversity, and what are the strategies people use to maintain, assert, and represent their cultural identities?
- What do art, music, and other creative expressions around the world tell us about cultural values and important contemporary issues?
With a presence in at least one hundred countries and expertise and collections encompassing the globe, Smithsonian staff—including anthropologists, ethnomusicologists, historians, educators, and folklorists—engage people in valuing and understanding the world's richness. Through their research, collections, exhibitions, and outreach, they build bridges of mutual respect and present the diversity of world cultures with accuracy and insight. In this way, the Smithsonian increases respect for different ways of life and helps ensure that we preserve cultural treasures wherever they are found.