Valuing World Cultures

The Consortia promote pan-institutional, interdisciplinary scholarship that enhances our knowledge and understanding of cultural diversity, creativity, environmental adaptation and the evolution of humanity.

Our programs seek to inspire audiences to explore the cultural and artistic heritage of the world’s peoples and cultivate appreciation for diversity through collecting activities, public programs and community engagement.

Michelle Anne Delaney, Director

Michelle Anne Delaney, Director

Ms. Delaney has a special interest in American visual culture, especially as expressed through the photographic arts. In addition to American visual culture, her research interests include early Daguerreian-era photography, the history of art photography, Eadweard Muybridge’s locomotion studies, contemporary photojournalism and Washington, D.C., photography.

Her most recent exhibition project is a companion to her first book, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier, jointly sponsored by the Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, and the National Museum of American History. She also chaired the editorial committee and wrote the introduction for the book, Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection.

Michelle Anne Delaney serves as Senior Program Officer in the Office of the Under Secretary for History, Art and Culture. She works with senior leadership, museum directors and staff to develop and implement the Smithsonian's strategic plans, national campaign, educational, web and digital strategy, and revenue and business policies. She is currently a History PhD. candidate at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow.

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Grand Challenge Awards

  • The Age of Plastics (2010)
  • African Cosmos: Stellar Art. An Interdisciplinary Educational Initiative (2010)
  • After the Return: Digital Repatriation and the Revitalization and Circulation of Indigenous Knowledge (2011)
  • Arctic People and Animal “Crashes”: Human, Climate, and Habitat Agency in the Anthropocene (2013)
  • Being and Belonging: Exploring 21st Century Complexities of Representing the African Diaspora (2013)
  • Biodiversity, Genomics, and Human Ecology of California’s Channel Islands (2012)
  • Caribbean Indigenous Legacies Project (2011)
  • Channel Islands Bio-cultural Diversity Working Group (2010)
  • Confronting Contention: Deploying Culture in Conflict Resolution (2014)
  • Creating a Roadmap for Music at the Smithsonian (2012)
  • Cross-disciplinary Educational Programming for Ai Weiwei: According to What? Exhibition (2010)
  • Culture and Health: A Workshop in New Methodologies (2012)
  • Design Across the Smithsonian (2010)
  • Documentation and Revitalization of the Language and Traditional Ecological Knowledge of the Isthmus Zapotec Community (2013)
  • Dominican Stories: The Dominican Presence in the United States (2012)
  • Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor (2011)
  • Earth Matters: Land as Material and Metaphor (2010)
  • Emerging Themes in Native North American Research: Planning the Smithsonian Agenda for the 21st Century (2013)
  • Engineering the Inka Empire: Sustainability and Ancient Technology (2013)
  • Engineering the Inka Empire: Sustainability and Ancient Technology (2013)
  • Enhancing the Smithsonian’s Heritage Preservation Impact Through the National Conference on Cultural Property Protection (2014)
  • Feasibility Study:  Establishing a Time Based Digital Art Conservation Lab at the Smithsonian Institution (2013)
  • Fixing Connections: the Art & Science of Repair (2012)
  • Global Lives/Global Voices: Filming Speakers of 10 Endangered Languages (Planning Workshop) (2013)
  • IndigenousGEO: Long-term monitoring of Cultural and Biological Diversity on Tribal Lands (2011)
  • Intangible Cultural Heritage at the Smithsonian Institution (2013)
  • International Cultural Heritage: An International Dialogue (2014)
  • Kenya at the Smithsonian: Kuna Mambo! (2012)
  • Living in the Anthropocene (2013)
  • Our American Journey and American Anthropological Association Collaborative Workshop (2013)
  • Our Voices on Air: Reaching New Audiences through Indigenous Radio (2011)
  • Parallels and Convergences: Pictorial Space in the Art of Italy and China (2011)
  • Planning our Future Together: An Audience Research Project for Smithsonian Music (2013)
  • The Preservation of Time-Based and Digital Art at the Smithsonian (2010)
  • Preservation of Time-Based Media Art at the Smithsonian (2011)
  • Race: A Pan-Institutional Collaboration (2010)
  • Recovering Voices (2010)
  • Recovering Voices Strategic Planning (2012)
  • Smithsonian and China (2010)
  • Smithsonian in China: Symposia and Interviews for Vision and Strategy Setting (2013)
  • Smithsonian in Kenya – Olorgesailie Resource Center: Building a Vision and Strategic Plan (2012)
  • Taíno Legacy Initiative (2010)
  • Taking Stock: Oral History at the Smithsonian Institution (2011)
  • Uniting to Save World Cultures (2014)  
  • Uniting to Save World Cultures: Investigating Attributes of Successful Emergency Cultural Heritage Protection Interventions (2014)
  • Unseen Connections in the Ecologies of Cell Phones (2012)
  • The Will to Adorn: African American Dress and the Aesthetics of Identity (2011)