Smithsonian APA Center’s New Education Platform Promotes ‘Learning Together’

By Sameer Rao Oct 22, 2018

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American (APA) Center offers schools, museums and other educational institutions a path to better curricula about Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities with Learning Together, a digital educational portal launched last month. 


Learning Together compiles lessons, projects, games and other educational resources for all learning environments, according to a press release sent to Colorlines. The self-described "migratory museum" drew from its numerous curated projects to build these classroom resources. For instance, the downloadable "Culture Lab Playbook" uses the APA Center’s interactive and collaborative Culture Labs programming as the basis for assignments that let students explore their own creative potential. Like the Culture Labs themselves, the playbook follows a learning manifesto that emphasizes intersectionality and social justice in arts. 

Learning Together also highlights the work of the APA Center and National Veterans Network’s Sandbox, a pilot teacher institute whose educators are developing curricula about Nisei (or foreign-born children of Japanese immigrants) soldiers in World War II. The two organizations created The Sandbox as an accompaniment to the APA Center’s current online exhibition on the Nisei Soldier Congressional Gold Medal.

Follow as the APA Center adds more resources to Learning Together.