The politically minded should take note that there are more ways to stay aware of what the U.S. government is up to than through the news or Twitter. Instagram is a great way to be connected through a visual medium. Below, Curbed has listed 15 must-follow government department and agency Instagram accounts, varying from the Department of Justice to the Smithsonian.
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There’s a new president hanging in our National Portrait Gallery. Last week, @smithsoniannpg unveiled a portrait of Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood from the series #HouseOfCards. Why a real portrait of a fake president? It's part of a long artistic tradition of painting actors in character, and also speaks to major changes in how Americans consume TV in the age of streaming and binge-watching. When the museum asked Jonathan Yeo to create a portrait of Spacey for them, the artist was inspired by the show and its prominence in pop culture. The piece will be on view through October—just not in the "America’s Presidents" exhibition.
Happy birthday, Bao Bao! This morning, we celebrated her second birthday with a traditional frozen fruitsicle cake made by our talented nutrition team. They incorporated all of her favorite treats, including: honey, apple juice, apple sauce, bamboo, carrots, and beet juice. For a special birthday enrichment activity, keepers decorated cardboard boxes and placed additional treats within for her to investigate and enjoy. What does Bao Bao wish for on her birthday? Give a gift to the Zoo’s animals: http://s.si.edu/1Jac8Tg. #WeSaveSpecies Photo Credit: Jim and Pam Jenkins, Smithsonian's National Zoo
A #MarineCorps #MV22 Osprey assigned to Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command stages on a hasty landing zone during a tactical recovery of aircraft and personnel drill at an undisclosed location in Southwest Asia, Nov. 16, 2015. #USMarineCorps photo by Lance Cpl. Clarence Leake
Education touches every single American. We see that in the teachers who wake up early to teach hundreds of kids, stay up late to grade papers, and create a lesson plan to do it all over again the next day. We see it in the kid who dreams of becoming an engineer and is able to take an AP class in his high school. We see it in the parent who is thrilled to find high-quality preschool in his community for his child. We see it in the student who immigrated to this country and is the first in her family to enroll and complete college in the United States. We see it in the adult learner who is gaining new knowledge and skills through community college. In all of these examples we see people who are improving their lives and looking to a future of hope and promise. We have been traveling the country capturing stories, your stories, and now we want to share them with you to inspire you. These are #VoicesAcrossAmerica ====================== We want to hear from you! Share your education story with us. Who is your favorite teacher? What odds have you overcome to get an education? If you had a dream school, what would it look like? Why is teaching the best job in the world? What are the qualities of a great teacher? What is your favorite subject in school? Why? Tag @usedgov and #VoicesAcrossAmerica to share.
In 1952, Josephine Cobb, chief of the Still Photo section at the National Archives, discovered a glass plate negative. Taken by #MathewBrady, the photo showed the speaker’s stand at #Gettysburg on the day of its dedication as a National Cemetery. Lincoln delivered the #GettysburgAddress 152 years ago today. Until Cobb looked more closely at that Mathew Brady photo in 1952, it was thought that no photo existed of the President at Gettysburg on that day. Based off the placement of people, the slight elevation of a few in the center left field of the photograph, and where the crowd was looking, Cobb bet that Lincoln would be in the photo. This is a cropped section of the very enlarged photo. We've put a red square around the man she identified as Lincoln. What do you think? Cobb estimated that the photo was taken around noontime, before Edward Everett arrived, and about three hours before Lincoln delivered his famous address. #DYK #archives #OTD #photography #CivilWar @gettysburgvisitorscenter #
U.S. Marine Corps veteran Calvin Riggleman holds an oregano seedling and soil on Bigg Riggs farm in Hampshire County, WV. Today, more than five million veterans live in rural areas, a higher concentration than in any other part of the country. And as part of the beginning farmer community, many #veterans are eligible for a wide variety of USDA programs and resources that include access to capital through our beginning farmer loan program, farm ownership loans or microloans. On Thursday, September 17, at 11 a.m. ET, Deputy Secretary Krysta Harden will sit down with a live panel of veteran farmers and training organizations for a #Google+ Hangout to discuss opportunities for returning service members who are looking for long-term careers in #farming, #ranching and #agriculture. Leave a comment here for the panel to answer, or use #NextGenAg on Twitter. Join us live on Thursday at: www.usda.gov/live
In 2015 this was our most popular pic: A dreamy shot of #Glacier National Park in #Montana. More than 45,000 of you this beautiful photo of a doe on the banks of @glaciernps’s #BowmanLake from this summer. Photo courtesy of Kevin Lefevre (@peregrination_photography). Thanks to all of you for making 2015 a great year, and from all of us @USInterior, have a safe and happy new year!
BLADE RUNNER: This is one job that isn’t for the faint of heart. Pete Johnson of Gemini Rope Access Solutions rappels down the massive blades of a 3-megawatt wind turbine to perform inspections at the National Wind Technology Center, part of the National Renewable Energy Lab in #Boulder, #Colorado. Want more jaw-dropping clean energy images like this? Follow @nationalrenewableenergylab or check out their amazing photo library at images.nrel.gov! | Photo by Dennis Schroeder, NREL. #wind #windturbine #windmill #windpower #windenergy #cleanenergy #renewableenergy #renewables #NREL
SURPRISE! The First Lady dropped in to surprise unsuspecting gardeners in Washington, DC. Here's @MichelleObama with Eriks Brolis and Linda Bilsens, who have made gardening a family and community effort. Get ready for us to share more stories of gardens in backyards, schools, and more throughout the year!