The National Steinbeck Center (NSC) is a museum and cultural center located in Salinas, California, the birthplace of Nobel Prize-winning author John Steinbeck. Since its opening in 1998, the NSC has been dedicated to serving the community, region and nation, enhancing awareness of Steinbeck’s works and ideas as well as the value of the written word. For nearly twenty years, the NSC has fostered discussions on issues relating to social justice, the environment, biological sciences, the “common good,” ethical action as well as ethnic and racial diversity. Drawing from Steinbeck’s own creative vision, the NSC encourages collaborative ventures with other mediums such as photography, drama, film, music, food, and art. The NSC endeavors to fulfill its mission through its exhibits, events, and programming.