Voices and Votes Postcard copy

The Center for the Arts will be opening our Smithsonian travelling exhibit this month on August 21! This will be the second exhibit CFA has hosted through the “Museum on Main Street” program offered by the Smithsonian Institute’s National Museum of American History. The first was “Hometown Teams”, on display in the summer of 2016. This display is called “Voices and Votes: Democracy in America”, and it is based on a major exhibition currently open for viewing at the Smithsonian in Washington DC. The Museum on Main Street adaptation will have many of the same dynamic features: historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; engaging multimedia interactives with short games and additional footage, photos, and information; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.

In addition to the national travelling display, the Center for the Arts has collected memorabilia and other materials that tell our own story of the history of voting right here in Lapeer County! Local items with familiar names and locations will help tie Lapeer into the bigger picture of national suffrage and voting rights. This exhibit will include ballots, signage, campaign items, a timeline, and more!

The display will spark thought and discussion for our patrons about the history and future of voting rights in America. When American revolutionaries waged a war for independence they took a leap of faith that would change the course of millions of lives, starting with their own children and grandchildren. These bold colonists embraced a radical idea of establishing a government that entrusted the power of the nation not in a monarchy, but in its citizens. The materials in this display will be a springboard for discussions about events from the revolution and suffrage, to civil rights and casting ballots. This is a relatable and important topic because everyone in every community is part of the story of democracy in America.

The Center for the Arts is excited to bring this exhibit to our community! Please stop in to enjoy it starting on August 21st, 2021 through October 3rd, 2021. It will be located inside Gallery 194 at 194 W. Nepessing Street in downtown Lapeer. Admission to the Gallery is always free. This is a great opportunity for all ages to come out and enjoy a little bit of the Smithsonian right here in Lapeer! With any questions, please email info@gallery194.com or call 810-667-1495.