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Museum on Main Street - Voices and Votes: Democracy in America Exhibition

Grants to Louisiana Centers, Museums, Libraries, and
Nonprofits to Host a Traveling Exhibition About Voting in America

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Funding Source:

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Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities (LEH) and Smithsonian Institution

Conf. Date:

06/10/21

Deadline Date:

07/31/21

Description:

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Grants of $4,000 to Louisiana community centers, museums, nature centers, libraries, and other cultural nonprofit organizations to host a traveling exhibition about voting in America. Eligible sites must provide two staff members for the duration of the exhibition. Preference will be given to host sites located in towns of fewer than 20,000 residents.

The Smithsonian Institution and the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities have partnered to bring a tour of the powerful Museum on Main Street exhibition Voices and Votes: Democracy in America to Louisiana in April 2022 for a yearlong tour with stops at six sites, ending in January 2023.

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 traveling Voices and Votes exhibition has many dynamic features, including 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.

Site Criteria:

  • Site is open at least 5 days a week
  • Site must offer at minimum 6 free public programs, such as lectures, oral history collection, film screening and discussion, reading and discussion, etc., in conjunction with exhibition
  • Site can accommodate exhibition measuring 700 square feet, with minimum ceiling height of 8 feet
  • Site can house 16 shipping crates, requiring 200 square feet, in a clean, temperature-controlled environment
  • Arrange for shipping of crates in an enclosed 26’ U-Haul (or similar) truck
  • Attendance by two staff members who will serve as the site project director and assistant director for the duration of the project at the LEH/Smithsonian-led content and installation training workshops to be held in fall 2021 and spring 2022 respectively. (Travel to both workshops will be reimbursed by the LEH and is separate from site programming stipends.)
  • Site must ensure robust community participation through partnerships and publicity

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 195083

Estimated Size of Grant:

The grant award is $4,000.00 per site.

Term of Contract:

Tour will be in Louisiana in April 2022 for a yearlong tour with stops at six sites, ending in January 2023.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Museums, libraries, community centers, nature centers, and other cultural nonprofit organizations in Louisiana may apply to host the exhibition.

Pre-proposal Conference:

The LEH will host an informational webinar for sites interested in hosting Voices and Votes at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 10, 2021.

This info session will cover grant guidelines, exhibition content, associated programming requirements, the application and reporting process, and other general information.

Complete this form to register:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScWTyntnvHgHz6TRaWX6ztKr9Cee5sbB-9iIEeG6qVfI7DRwg/viewform

Pre-Application Information:

The LEH will accept Letters of Intent (LOIs) from April 1 to July 31, 2021.

Matching cash or in-kind cost share is strongly encouraged but not required.

About the Exhibition: https://museumonmainstreet.org/VoicesVotes

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply: https://www.grantinterface.com/Home/Logon?urlkey=leh

For questions about Voices and Votes: Democracy in America, please contact LEH Grants Manager Chris Robert at robert@leh.org.

Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities
938 Lafayette Street, Suite 300
New Orleans, LA
70113
504.523.4352

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