Smithsonian Announces Its 2017 Ingenuity Award Winners

From a groundbreaking director and screenwriter to a 12-year-old who is changing what children read, this year’s recipients of Smithsonian Magazine’s annual American Ingenuity Awards boast a wide-ranging set of accomplishments. Smithsonian Magazine recently announced the honorees for this year’s American Ingenuity Awards, an event Smithsonian Editor-in-Chief Michael Caruso calls “the Golden Globes of the Intellect.” Over the past six years, the annual event has honored people in a variety of fields, ranging from the visual arts to science.

While this is the sixth time for the American Ingenuity Awards, it is the first year that Smithsonian is holding the Smithsonian Ingenuity Festival, which will involve more than 40 discussions, performances and other events featuring honorees and other notables. These events will occur at eight of Smithsonian‘s museums, including the Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, as well as the National Museum of American History, the National Air and Space Museum and the National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.


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