Program brings no extra money, but more fund-raising opportunities, director says
The Arizona State Museum became the second Smithsonian Institution affiliate in Arizona last week, joining the historical mining museum in Bisbee.
The affiliations program, which began in 1997, is a way for the Smithsonian to display their collections around the country, said George Gumerman, director of the Arizona State Museum.
This new program will emphasize outreach and exhibit design, and will also help the Arizona State Museum's expansion project in Rio Nuevo.
"We will tap into the expertise of the Smithsonian," Gumerman said. "And we (will) help them have a greater presence in the Southwest."