Author: Lauren Lyons

Lauren Lyons is a public affairs specialist at Smithsonian Associates.

Jill Heinerth, a Canadian cave diver, underwater explorer, writer, photographer and filmmaker, shares stories from her expeditions in a live-streamed event on Aug. 12. (Jill Heinerth)
In a Smithsonian Associates Streaming program on July 8, historian Allen Pietrobon leads a literary journey that explores the nature and impact of American travel stories.
Art historian Renee Gondek will discuss the disasters of Ancient Thebes in live, virtual Smithsonian Associates event on June 4.
Free Smithsonian Associates Streaming Programs run from May 14 to June 11 (Smithsonian Associates).
Teaching artist Mary Hall Surface stands in front of Edward Hopper’s 1939 painting Cape Cod Evening at the National Gallery of Art. Surface will lead a creative writing workshop for Smithsonian Associates at the Freer Gallery of Art on March 27.
Restaurateur Danny Meyer will talk about bringing Manhattan style to D.C. dining at the Smithsonian on February 20. (Daniel Krieger)
Television host Darley Newman explores falconry traditions in the desert of Qatar. She'll be speaking about Qatar at the Smithsonian on January 30. (Travels with Darley)
Smithsonian Associates will hosts an evening with singer-songwriter Ben Folds on December 3. (Joe Vaughn)
Katie Couric will receive the 2019 John P. McGovern at a Smithsonian Associates event on Nov. 12.  (Kevin Lynch Inc)
A student learns how to turn spring foliage into botanical watercolors and prints on paper in the Smithsonian Associates studio arts class, Painting and Printing: Leaves Two Ways. (Sue Fierston)
At Smithsonian Associates' annual Breakfast at the Zoo on Sept. 14, animal keepers will give informal talks offering participants a chance to see selected animals up close. (Norwood Photography)
SMITHSONIAN at 8's A Garden Party: From Africa to Asia will take place Friday, Aug. 16 in the Enid A. Haupt Garden. Guests will enjoy music, cocktails, curator talks and late-night access to galleries featuring art from the African and Asian continents.
Smithsonian Associates will offer sunrise hiking tours through Great Falls National Park into Mather Gorge in July and August. (Dennis Govonni)
Former Smithsonian Secretary G. Wayne Clough holds
Smithsonian Sleepover at the National Air and Space Museum's Udvar Hazy Center (Smithsonian Associates)
Jennifer Barnhart and Rick Lyon with the Avenue Q puppet, Nicky. Barnhart and Lyon will speak at a Smithsonian Associates event on April 27.
Smithsonian Studio Arts Oil Painting Class (Smithsonian Associates)
What Makes It Great? With Rob Kapilow (Christian Amonson)
Emerson String Quartet (Tristan Cook)