When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that sent ripple effects across generations. They embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. That great leap sparked questions that continue to impact Americans: who has the right to vote, what are the freedoms and responsibilities of citizens, and whose voices will be heard? Voices and Votes will be a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories.
Designed for small-town museums, libraries and cultural organizations, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America will serve a community meeting place to convene conversations about what it means to be a citizen and examine the context and main controversies behind America’s democratic system. Towns will develop complementary exhibits, host public programs, and facilitate educational initiatives to deepen people’s understanding our nation’s democratic system.
Arizona Humanities invites museums, nature centers, public libraries, art centers, and other nonprofit cultural organizations to apply. Experience with traveling exhibitions is helpful but not essential to a successful application. CLICK HERE TO BEGIN ONLINE APPLICATION.
Eligible applicants will:
Sites selected to host the Voices and Votes exhibition will:
When will Voices and Votes be in Arizona?
March 28, 2020 – May 9, 2020
May 16, 2020 – June 27, 2020
July 4, 2020 – August 15, 2020
August 22, 2020 – October 3, 2020
October 10, 2020 – November 21, 2020
November 28, 2020 – January 9, 2021
The exhibition will explore historic events and pose questions for today in the following content areas:
Dr. Thomas J. Davis is an historian, lawyer, and professor emeritus at Arizona State University, Tempe, where he taught U.S. constitutional and legal history. He also taught as a visiting professor of law at the ASU College of Law. Davis received his PhD in U.S. history from Columbia University in the City of New York, and his JD cum laude from New York’s University at Buffalo School of Law. Among his more than 50 scholarly articles and books, is Plessy v. Ferguson (2012), a volume in ABC-CLIO’s Landmarks of the American Mosaic series.
CLICK HERE to begin your online Voices and Votes: Democracy in America Host Application.
For procedural questions about the online application, administrative management, financial matters, and partnerships, please contact Arizona Humanities staff at firstname.lastname@example.org or 602-257-0335.
For questions about interpretive content, history, and local story ideas, please contact Dr. Thomas J. Davis at email@example.com
Host site notifications will be sent out November 1, 2019
Please note that Arizona Humanities will move forward with Voices and Votes: Democracy in America as funding allows. The Smithsonian host site application process is competitive. No organization is guaranteed to be selected as a Smithsonian host site.
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America traveling exhibition may be used for educational purposes only. The exhibition may not be used toward commercial or political ends.
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America has been made possible in Arizona by Arizona Humanities.
Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is part of the Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress. Learn more at https://museumonmainstreet.org/