SPEDA helps bring traveling Smithsonian exhibit to Kentucky

SOMERSET, Ky. (WTVQ) – One of the world’s most prestigious educational institutions is coming to the Somerset community with the help of the Somerset-Pulaski Economic Development Authority (SPEDA).

The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street program is featuring a traveling art exhibit called Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. This exposition will be on display from June 19 to July 24 at The Center for Rural Development. Kentucky Humanities chose The Center to host Voices and Votes as part of this national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. SPEDA is underwriting part of the project.

According to SPEDA, Voices and Votes looks into the almost 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,” and how each following generation continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.” The exhibition explores the action, reaction, vision and revision demanded by democracy as Americans still question how to shape the country. From the revolution and suffrage to civil rights and casting ballots, the exhibit illustrates that everyone in every community is included in the ever-evolving story of American democracy.

SPEDA President and CEO Chris Girdler said bringing an exhibit of this caliber to Somerset-Pulaski County is an extraordinary accomplishment for The Center and an initiative SPEDA is proud to support.

“The Center was one of only six locations across the state chosen to host this Smithsonian exhibit and we are thrilled to play a role in bringing it here,” Girdler stated. “Ultimately our goal at SPEDA is to enhance the quality of life for the people of our community, and we can do that by bringing them experiences that promote civic responsibility and explore our American story. Anytime we can bring people together to celebrate their heritage, we’re accomplishing a part of our mission.”

Starting June 19, the public can see the exhibit from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and during extended evening and weekend hours when The Center opens to the general public. An opening reception will be held at 2 p.m. on June 19. The exhibit is free to view.

For more information, call 606-677-6000. To learn more about Voices and other Museum on Main Street exhibitions, visit museumonmainstreet.org, and to learn more about Kentucky Humanities and its programs, visit kyhumanities.org.

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