Apply to Host the Smithsonian Exhibit “Voices and Votes”

SC Humanities is pleased to announce a special South Carolina tour of Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, an exhibition from the Smithsonian Institution. Developed as part of the Museum on Main Street (MOMS) program, this exhibit is designed especially for small cultural organizations and rural audiences that lack regular access to traveling exhibitions due to space and cost limitations.

The exhibit will tour six South Carolina communities from April 2022 – January 2023. Eligible host sites include small museums, libraries, historical societies, cultural centers and other community venues in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents. Applications are due by Monday, February 15, 2021. Host sites receive free exhibit rental, a grant to support local community programming, opportunities for professional development, and more.

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? Whose voices will be heard? How do you participate as a citizen? How do we encourage more people to participate in our democracy?

Voices and Votes: Democracy in America is a springboard for discussions about those very questions and how they are reflected in local stories. Our democracy demands action, reaction, vision, and revision. From revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots, everyone in every community is part of this ever-evolving story – the story of democracy in America.

Dr. Randy Akers, Executive Director of SC Humanities, is pleased to be bringing Voices and Votes to South Carolina: “The hallmark of democracy is the right for individuals to vote for the candidate of their choice. The importance of voting is evident in all elections but particularly in the most recent presidential election. Issues like accessibility, credibility, and the influence of social media are not only national issues but important to South Carolinians too. I hope this exhibit serves as the basis for discussion and reflection on the future of our democracy.”

SC Humanities hopes that the communities that host Voices and Votes will be able to further develop their cultural assets, engage in new collaborations, and grow their community identities in new and inspiring ways.

Voices and Votes has been made possible in South Carolina by SC Humanities. Voices and Votes is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and state humanities councils nationwide. Support for Museum on Main Street has been provided by the United States Congress.

For more information about Voices and Votes in South Carolina, contact T.J. Wallace at 803-771-2477 or

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