Scottsdale museum officially becomes Smithsonian Affiliate

Jim Bruner, left, chairman of the Board of Scottsdale's Museum of the West, shakes hands with Richard Kurin of the Smithsonian Institution, right, as Scottsdale Vice Mayor David Smith looks on. (submitted photo)

Jim Bruner, left, chairman of the Board of Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, shakes hands with Richard Kurin of the Smithsonian Institution, right, as Scottsdale Vice Mayor David Smith looks on. (submitted photo)

Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West on Nov. 20 was certified a Smithsonian Affiliate museum, making it a recognized partner with the world’s largest museum and research complex.

It is one of the youngest organizations ever to become a Smithsonian Affiliate.

Richard Kurin, the Smithsonian Institution’s Under Secretary for History, Art, and Culture, presented the Certification of Affiliation at a private event attended by numerous museum board members, Scottsdale Vice Mayor David Smith, Barbara Barrett, former U.S. ambassador to Finland, and Gay Wray, Smithsonian national board member.

Mr. Kurin noted that, with approximately 137 million objects, works of art and specimens in the Smithsonian, affiliates such as Scottsdale’s Museum of the West are indispensable resources that help bring more of its educational and historical resources to people in communities throughout the country, according to a press release.

In addition to sharing artifacts from the Smithsonian’s vast collection, the affiliate relationship will provide Scottsdale’s Museum of the West with opportunities to collaborate on innovative educational programming to help students understand the legacy of the West and their own role in shaping it.

A 16-minute video of the Smithsonian Affiliate certification event, courtesy of Scottsdale Video Network, can be viewed online: Click to view video

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