The Department of Outreach and Education at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History seeks creative, energetic and outgoing people to become volunteer Exhibition Facilitators for the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibition. NMNH will host the exhibition from June 18, 2011 through January 1, 2012.
RACE: Are We So Different? is a project of the American Anthropological Association funded by the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation. It brings together the everyday experience of living with race, the history of race as an idea, the role of science in that history, and the findings of contemporary science that are challenging the foundations of the idea of race.
The numerous museums and institutions that have hosted RACE: Are We So Different? since it was launched in 2007 have all met with positive responses from their audiences and communities. In every case, volunteers have been central to that success.
Exhibition Facilitators will engage visitors in the exhibition hall and encourage them in dialogue, interaction, and reflection. In doing so, they will enhance visitors’ experience of the exhibition’s interactive and informative elements and enable thoughtful conversation and exchange about the many topics it raises.
The ideal Exhibition Facilitator is an effective communicator who enjoys listening to and talking with people of all ages, cultures, and backgrounds. As an NMNH volunteer, you will receive specialized training from museum educators, scientists, and other staff. Training will cover the content and resources of the exhibition, styles of learning and interaction suited to museum visitors, and methods for facilitating respectful, informed, and even challenging conversations about race, identity, history, and humanity. Training will be on evenings and weekends beginning in early May and ending in mid-June.
For detailed information and to apply online, visit:
or contact David LaCroix, Volunteer Recruitment and Training Coordinator, at:
To learn more about RACE: Are We So Different? see the exhibition home page: