Here’s a chance to help host a Smithsonian Exhibit in your community — Voices and Votes: Democracy in America

Kentucky Humanities invites smaller museums, libraries, and historical societies in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents to apply to host a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit called Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. It could be a perfect opportunity for a local newspaper to partner with one or more of those groups to host the display.

The portable, six-kiosk display was developed by the Smithsonian especially for rural audiences and small museums without access to traveling exhibitions due to space and cost limitations. Voices and Votes is based on a major exhibition currently on display at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History called American Democracy: A Great Leap of Faith.

The exhibit will tour six Kentucky communities from March, 2021 until January, 2022. Sites will be chosen based on their geographic location, ideas for auxiliary events, and physical display space. Applications are due by March 26, 2020.

To apply, contact Kentucky Humanities, 206 E. Maxwell St., Lexington, KY 40508 Phone 859/257-5472 or Fax: 859/257-5933 or email to

About the Exhibit: Based on a major exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America explores enduring questions that have faced our nation since the American Revolution: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard.

The exhibition uses rich photographs, engaging interactives and videos, and objects to show that every community plays a role in this story and to create a platform for rich discussion and local programming.

For more information about Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, visit the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum on Main Street website at The modular, freestanding units require 750 square-feet of display space with 8’ ceilings plus storage space for 20 crates. Additional space is recommended to show local artifacts and special exhibits. Applicants should also consider nearby facilities that can accommodate groups attending events associated with hosting the display. Each host community

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