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Smithsonian Associates - Entertaining, Informative, Eclectic, Insightful

Artists, an astronaut, and a female WWI spy whose secret weapons included cheese: They're all part of this week's Digital Digest, Smithsonian Associates' own secret weapon to keep you connected and engaged while we're all home.

It's designed to make sure you continue to enjoy what you've come to value from us: programs and experiences that are entertaining, informative, eclectic, and insightful.

What's My Social Distancing Personality Type?

A visit to the home and studio of the late photographer Rodney Smith was a memorable part of a 2018 Smithsonian Associates study tour that explored art in the Hudson River Valley. His whimsical and elegant photos offer a lighthearted answer to an of-the-moment question.

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Model Companions

Many of us are turning to the four-legged members of our household as a source of affection and comfort-or as the perfect companion for a spring walk. But you may have overlooked another role: portrait model. View how members of a recent Smithsonian Associates Studio Art workshop captured the essence of their beloved companions in art. Perhaps the source of your own inspiration is right at your feet.

Get Inspired

Advice From an Astronaut

Astronaut and space photographer Scott Kelly has been a popular Smithsonian Associates guest speaker. In a New York Times article, he draws on what he learned during his time in isolation in outer space-nearly a year on the International Space Station-to offer some valuable guidelines on how to cope with spending more time in inner space: our homes.

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Smithsonian Podcast Pick: The Milkmaid Spy

Virginia Hall dreamed of being America's first female ambassador. Instead, she became a spy. Joining the ranks of the U.S.'s first civilian spy network, she operated alone in occupied France, where she built Resistance networks, delivered critical intelligence, and sold cheese to the enemy. All on one leg. Immerse yourself in this fascinating tale of World War II in the latest episode from Sidedoor, a podcast from the Smithsonian.

Listen to the Podcast

Rembrandt in the Rec Room

Ready to liberate your inner Vermeer, Dali, Matisse, or Renior? The Getty Museum has invited art lovers to recreate their favorite works in photos that incorporate three objects from around the house. The submissions to this digital "quarantine collection" range from the stunning to the hilarious, and creating your own mimic masterwork is an ideal way to stay creative while staying at home. (We think the project is a natural for participants in our World Art History Certificate program.)

View the "Quarantine Collection"

Virtual Asian Film Festival

Is your Netflix queue or that stack of DVDs looking less appealing? Experience multiple perspectives on Asia through the lens of classic and contemporary film. The Freer Sackler Gallery's world-class film series offers opportunities to see films not widely available in the United States, as well as to meet directors, actors, and film scholars. This Saturday, join documentary filmmaker Linda Hoaglund for a discussion of her film Edo Avant Garde. And next week, the museum's curator of film Tom Vick discusses four films on the Criterion Channel linked by the theme of cherry blossoms. (It's a perfect complement to this year's virtual National Cherry Blossom Festival.)

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