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Thomas M. Evans Gallery in the National Museum of Natural History. Donations from individuals, foundations and corporations of course have also helped support various exhibit ventures. But while Federal funds will continue to provide the predominant financing for the Institution's overall exhibition effort, it has become increasingly clear that Smithsonian trust funds could help assure an orderly and publicly rewarding program of major temporary exhibitions. 

Specifically, Mr. Ripley proposed that the Board of Regents approve establishment of a Special Exhibition Fund to finance the installation of exhibits as proposed by Smithsonian bureaus for competitive review and selective award by the Secretary. An annual review cycle would permit the thoughtful development of proposals along lines of local subject matter interest in the bureaus, or in response to overall thematic emphases that may be stressed from time to time by the Secretary. So that the program would integrate well with important objectives toward improved international dialogue and cultural understanding, a premium would be placed on proposals worked out in consultation with International Center staff in the Quadrangle and on exhibitions which could subsequently travel domestically or abroad under auspices of the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. 

Administrative oversight for this proposed new program would be structured in similar fashion to that which has worked well in the management of the existing Collection Acquisition, Research, and Education funds (the "CARE" package) approved by the Regents in 1978, Budgeting for the proposed Special Exhibition Fund would also be handled in like manner, with the amounts to be available for competitive allocation in any given year
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