Storytelling Initiative

Terms and Conditions

Thank you for your interest in the Smithsonian Institution Anacostia Community Museum’s Moments of Resilience storytelling initiative. We believe in amplifying the collective power of community and currently, that collective power is its ability to care for and comfort each other in this time of need.

Moments of Resilience will feature images, videos and stories from the community on our website and social media channels. The Smithsonian invites you to participate in this Initiative by sharing your personal story of resilience during this pivotal moment in world history. Whether it’s the person who volunteered to shop for their elderly neighbor, the teacher who created a virtual story time, or simply finding solace in your garden; each is a moment of resilience.

To participate, complete the form at with your story accompanied by an image or video if applicable and select the boxes to agree to the following terms and conditions:

You are at least 18 years old. (If you are under the age of 18, you must submit your story through a parent or legal guardian.)

Submit only what is yours to share, so that the Smithsonian may use your submission without the need for any additional permissions. Do not submit other people’s copyrighted material or information. (Important exception: If you are a parent or legal guardian submitting on behalf of your child or ward, mention that in your email .)

Submit only what you are comfortable with sharing publicly.  Do not submit personal or other information that you would not want made public.Understand that if the Smithsonian shares your story publicly on social media sites, those operate independently of the Smithsonian and user commentary with which you disagree could be associated with your story. If selected for use in the Initiative, the Smithsonian will only post online your first name and last initial.However, personal (contact) information Smithsonian collects from this site will be subject to

By making a submission, you are giving the Smithsonian permission to use it in whole or part in connection with this public storytelling initiative, as well as standard museum uses such as exhibitions, public programming, archival use, research, philanthropic-fundraising, publications, publicity, websites, and social media uses on Smithsonian platforms and on those where the Smithsonian maintains a presence.At the end of the Project, the Contribution will be archived or disposed of according to then-applicable Smithsonian record retention and archiving policies and practices.

Do not submit files that contain anything harmful on them (e.g. computer viruses), or stories that are off-topic, partisan-political, or use expletives, or that otherwise violate the rules at, which are incorporated here by reference.You are solely responsible for your submission and any consequences of submitting it.The Smithsonian shall not be responsible or liable for any breach of these terms and conditions by you, claims by a third party that your submission violates the third party’s rights, or claims by you that a third party is misusing your submission.

Once you make a submission, the Smithsonian reviews it for compliance with these rules.The Smithsonian may, but is not obliged to, edit submissions for grammar, spelling, and/or insignificant profanity.The Smithsonian is under no obligation to keep, share, or in any way use any submission.The Smithsonian also may contact you to request additional information about your story.

If you have questions about any aspect of these terms and conditions, you may contact the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum at the following address for clarification:

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