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Thursday, September 28

Location: National Museum of Asian Art

1050 Independence Ave. SW 
Washington, DC 20560  

Getting there: Please visit Smithsonian Associates for directions to the National Museum of Asian Art. The easiest way to get to the museum is to travel by public transportation, and the closest Metro stations are Federal Triangle and Smithsonian (Mall exit). For more information about traveling by Metro, please visit Metro Trip Planner

Conference Agenda
8:50 a.m. – 8:55 a.m. Welcome
8:55 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Introduction
9:00 a.m. – 9:35 a.m. Cultural Heritage Anti-trafficking Training for Federal Law Enforcement
9:40 a.m. – 10:05 a.m. HSI’s Role in Protecting Cultural Property
10:10 a.m. – 11:10 a.m. Assistance to Ukraine – Response and Rescue
11:25 a.m. – 12:40 p.m. Panel Discussion: Emergency Communications Coordination
2:10 p.m. – 2:55 p.m. Lightning Round: Technology, Machine Learning, Evolv, and Employee Screening
3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. New Directions in Fish and Wildlife Service Cultural Site Monitoring and Protection
4:15 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Building a Culture of Care


Lunch on Your Own

This interactive map has a variety of restaurants within walking distance or a short metro or Uber ride from the National Museum of Asian Art. Click on the upper left icon to see a list of all the restaurants.

About the National Museum of Asian Art  

The National Museum of Asian Art is made up of two buildings, the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, which are connected underground. The Freer Gallery of Art was the first museum of the Smithsonian Institution to be dedicated to the fine arts. Besides Asian art, the Freer houses a collection of 19th and early 20th-century American art, including the world’s largest number of works by American-born, British-based artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903). The Freer is committed to expanding public knowledge of the collections through exhibitions, research, and publications. Charles Lang Freer (1854–1919), an industrialist and self-taught connoisseur, began purchasing American art in the 1880s. He limited his selections to the work of a few living artists and concentrated especially on American expatriate Whistler. Freer also began to collect Asian art in 1887; and, by the time of his death, he had assembled a preeminent group of masterpieces that he purchased in Asia, as well as in Paris, London, and New York. In 1904, Freer offered his art collection to the nation to be held in trust by the Smithsonian Institution. Its governing body, the Board of Regents, wished to maintain the Smithsonian’s scientific focus and hesitated to accept the gift. Only after President Theodore Roosevelt took a personal interest in the matter did the Regents finally accept the deed of gift in 1906. Freer then devoted his time to augmenting and refining his gift of art. Afflicted by debilitating illness, Freer died in 1919 without ever seeing the gallery. It opened to the public in 1923.  


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