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We were gutted when Smithsonian announced the temporary re-closure of its museums last month, but we have nothing but respect for their decision considering the seriousness of Covid-19. Fortunately, we can still stay connected to these institutions virtually, and there’s an extra-special program headed our way this Friday (December 11th); the daylong event will feature a national conversation about what life has been like for Americans this year, and Smithsonian invites the public to reflect on and share their personal experiences from these challenging times.

Wanna get involved? Head to 24hours.si.edu, where you can find a series of prompts like What traditions have you and your family started this year? What message would you send your future self about your life in these changing times? and How is art shaping your response to this moment? Select responses will be featured on the website throughout the day, and will be archived to help Smithsonian curators build collections related to this moment in history. You’ll be able to see highlighted stories on the website or on social media with the hashtag #Smithsonian24Hours.

Additionally, the 10 participating museums and centers are set to host a series of virtual recorded and live programs sharing different perspectives on contemporary issues throughout the day. A full schedule can be found here.