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Applications are being accepted for the Travel to Collections award

Johannes Segogela (South Africa). Praise in the Pulpit, 1992.

Johannes Segogela (South Africa). Praise in the Pulpit, 1992.

The Smithsonian Libraries invites teachers and educators to apply for a Travel to Collections award for 2015 at the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art. The Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Award supports research visits up the three months for middle school, high school, and college teachers as well as museum educators. Applications for 2015 are due October 31, 2014.

What are the Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards?

The Neville-Pribram Mid-Career Educators Awards allow mid-career educators to be in residence and utilize the Smithsonian Libraries distinctive collections, focusing on science, history, culture and arts. The awards are open to middle & high school teachers, college teachers, and museum educators working on curriculum development or publications in print or electronic form.

In 2015, recipients will be awarded a short-term residency at the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art. They will be offered an opportunity to conduct research in the arts of Africa and related fields of African culture and history. The Library offers excellent resources for developing curricula relating to Common Core, Core Arts Standards, and Advance Placement curricula.

More information: http://library.si.edu/travel-awards/neville-pribram-educators-awards

50 Years of African Art in the Capital
The piece that started it all

Edo artist, Nigeria Shrine figure (ikegobo)

Edo artist, Nigeria
Shrine figure (ikegobo)
Early to mid‑20th century
Wood
36.2 x 24.5 x 22 cm (14 1/4 x 9 5/8 x 8 11/16 in.)
Gift of Harold Rome, 63‑1‑1


The first object in the museum’s collection was an ikegobo, or “shrine of the hand,” which honors the hard-earned accomplishments of a lifetime. With the gift of this ikegobo, founding director Warren M. Robbins launched a museum—our museum—that is now home to more than 12,000 artworks. Carved in relief along the cylindrical form of this ikegobo are a warrior, attendants, and a symbolic hand gathering up wealth that is shown palm out, fingers folded down, and thumb extended. Its carved base is now missing.