Michigan Humanities is pleased to announce the selected host sites for the 2021–2022 tour of a national Smithsonian Institution exhibition, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America. The exhibition examines the nearly 250-year-old American experiment of a government “of, by and for the people,“ and how each generation since continues to question how to form “a more perfect union.”

Voices and Votes explores the action, reaction, vision, and revision that democracy demands as Americans continue to question how to shape the country. From the 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. Exhibition sections explore the origins of American democracy, the struggles to obtain and keep the vote, the machinery of democracy, the right to petition and protest beyond the ballot and the rights and responsibilities of citizens. Voices and Votes features historical and contemporary photos; educational and archival video; engaging multimedia interactives with short games; and historical objects like campaign souvenirs, voter memorabilia, and protest material.

“Voice and Votes allows us to reflect on Michigan’s rich history and explore what it means to be an active participant in the governance of not only the country but also communities across the state,” said Shelly Hendrick Kasprzycki, President & CEO of Michigan Humanities. The Voices and Votes exhibit will begin travel in March 2021 and close in January 2022, stopping at each site for a six-week period. Voices and Votes is funded by the Michigan Humanities and the Smithsonian Institution.

The six host sites and dates of the exhibit are:

Big Rapids-Mecosta County
Venue: Artworks Big Rapids
March 27-May 9, 2021

Grass Lake-Jackson County
Venue: Michigan Military Heritage Museum
May 15-June 27, 2021

Traverse City-Grand Traverse County
Venue: Dennos Museum Center
July 3-August 15, 2021

Lapeer-Lapeer County
Venue: The Center for the Arts of Greater Lapeer
August 21-Octoer 3, 2021

Mt. Pleasant-Isabella County
Venue: Chippewa River District Library
October 9–November 21, 2021

Grosse Pointe Farms-Wayne County
Venue: The War Memorial
November 27, 2021–January 9, 2022