Why We Need Museums Without Walls

Tamar Smithers talks about how we can use creativity and innovation to break the barriers that exist between underprivileged children and the potentially life-changing experience of visiting a museum. Tamar Smithers is a professional actress, singer, arts administrator, and educator. She has over 10 years of experience in the arts administration and higher education fields. As Senior Director of Education and Exhibitions for The National Museum of African American Music, she is instrumental in creating culturally specific programs and curricula for all ages. In this role, she is committed to arts engagement and audience development and oversees all educational/curatorial programming while developing and fostering relationships with local schools, sponsors, and other non-profit organizations both locally and nationally. Tamar has served as Secretary for the Eastern Great Lakes Chapter of the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and currently serves on the Association for African American Museums Membership Committee, Board of Directors for The Nashville Repertory Theatre, and Music Makes Us Advisory Council for Metro Nashville Public Schools.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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