Schools Prepare for First Smithsonian Week

If you can't bring the kids to the Smithsonian, bring the Smithsonian to the kids. Thousands of LBUSD students will be participating in events to celebrate Smithsonian Week in Long Beach, Sunday, February 27 through Saturday, March 4. Three Smithsonian scholars in Latino folklife, Egyptian mummies and blues in America will visit 27 middle and high schools and participate in ribbon cutting ceremonies at eight LBUSD elementary schools creating in-school museums with "Celebrations From Around The World" student photography exhibits. "Smithsonian Week in Long Beach is about two things," said Robb Hankins, director of the Public Corporation for the Arts which is coordinating the events. "We want to clebrate all things Smithsonian and, while we're doing it, we want to announce the arrival of Long Beach as a 21st century city of arts and culture." In-school museums begin with a visit from photographer Maria Gonzales, who will help students take pictures. The finished exhibits will be series of large-scale photographs with research captions. Scholars from the Smithsonian will review the in-school museums during their visit to Long Beach. The eight participating LBUSD "Passport to the Arts" schools with in-school museums are Buffum, Burnett, Henry, Kettering, Longfellow, Powell, Prisk and Roosevelt elementary schools. Longfellow's opened this week. The Smithsonian Institution is a center for research dedicated to public education, national service and scholarship in the arts, sciences and history. The Smithsonian is composed of 16 musuems and galleries, nine of which are located on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Capitol in Washington, D.C.