Media and Technology Office
For the Smithsonian to remain a vital institution at this important time in our history, we need to fully engage younger generations with our collections and our knowledge. We need to use new digital technologies to their fullest potential so that we can fulfill the Smithsonian's 19th-century mission — "the increase and diffusion of knowledge" — in a thoroughly 21st-century way for the benefit of all Americans and people around the globe.
— Secretary G. Wayne Clough, January 2009
The Media and Technology Office (MTO) has three departments: New Media Initiatives (NMI), IT Services, and the Luce Foundation Center for American Art. NMI develops the museum's websites, social media initiatives, interactive exhibits, audio and multimedia tours, and other digital products that advance American Art's educational and scholarly mission. IT Services provides application, networking, audio-visual exhibit, kiosk, and desktop computer support for the museum. The Luce Foundation Center staff coordinates public programs, visitor services, interpretation, and digital initiatives in the museum's visible art storage and study center. All departments collaborate closely with other offices at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Smithsonian's Office of the Chief Information Officer. Please contact Sara Snyder, Deputy Chief, for more information about this office: SnyderS@si.edu