National Advisory Committee
Joanne Braxton, Diana Burnett, Alan Cooperman, Diana Eck, Celene Ibrahim, Hilary Kahn, Mehr Kaur, Rosalyn LaPier, Rachel Lindsey, Meg Nicholas, Melissa Nozell, Robert Orsi, Eboo Patel, Elinor Pierce, Yolanda Pierce, Anthony Pinn, Sally Promey, Jerusha Rhodes, Omid Safi, Lexi Salomone, Leigh Schmidt, Todne Thomas, Duncan Williams, Eric Williams, Jamye Wooten
Smithsonian Curatorial Staff
Michelle Banks, Lead Curator
Rebecca Fenton, Co-Curator
Brad Braxton, Senior Curatorial Advisor
James Deutsch, Diana Baird N’Diaye, Curatorial Advisors
Natalie Solís, Latinx Curatorial Assistant
Ashley Martinez, Program Coordinator
Emma Efkeman, Program Coordinator (2021)
Ashlee Ai, Zoe Fess, Taylor Freeman, Luis Guevara-Flores, Lily Pangelinan, Mia Sturdivant, Lilia Yaralian, Program Interns
Sitalin Sanchez, Latino Museum Studies Program Fellow
Sabrina Lynn Motley, Festival Director
Creative Encounters: Living Religions in the U.S. has received generous support from Lilly Endowment’s Religion and Cultural Institutions Initiative. The national initiative aims to help museums and other cultural institutions foster greater public understanding about religion and present the contributions of people of all faiths and diverse religious communities.
The program received federal support from the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the National Museum of the American Latino, and the Asian Pacific American Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
The program received support from the National Museum of Asian Art through The Arts of Devotion, a five-year initiative dedicated to furthering civic discourse and understanding of religion, made possible by Lilly Endowment, Inc. Additional support was received from the National Museum of the American Indian, the National Museum of African American History and Culture, and the American-Indonesian Cultural and Educational Foundation.