The Smithsonian Comes to Tubac! “Voices & Votes – Democracy in America” at Tubac Center of the Arts

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Tubac Center of the Arts presents the Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibit, "Voices & Votes - Democracy in America" October 2 - November 15, 2020. The exhibit presents a visual and interactive history of American democracy and what it means to be a citizen. The supporting art exhibition, "Raise Your Voice" celebrates the 100 Anniversary of the 19th Amendment and includes 40 works of art representing artists from 15 different states across the country.

Tubac Center of the Arts, TCA is excited to have been awarded a grant and selected as one of five statewide hosts for the Smithsonian exhibit, “Voices & Votes: Democracy in America.” This exhibit is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Arizona Humanities. It was made possible locally by a grant from the Arizona Humanities.

This statewide traveling exhibit, Voices and Votes: Democracy in America presents a visual and interactive history of American democracy and what it means to be a citizen. 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.

TCA partnered with the Tubac Historical Society to present a local Tubac Voting Story as a supplement to the exhibition. Visitors will learn about the community of Tubac and the power of a vote.

This family-friendly exhibit is supplemented with docent-led learning activities for children as well as adults. Engaging interactive kiosks, videos, memorabilia, and games guide visitors of all ages in a timely learning experience. Through a partnership with Law For Kids, youth will have the opportunity to have a real voting experience.

Respecting COVID-19 safety practices, visitors are encouraged to register in advance at , and use the provided gloves and sanitizer. Face masks are required.

Tubac Center of the Arts presents a companion art exhibition, “Raise Your Voice,” a national juried art exhibition juried by Tucson artist and University of Arizona Professor Emeritus, Barbara Rogers. The art exhibition celebrates the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment and women’s right to vote. Barbara selected forty works of art representing artists from fifteen different states. Awards were presented in a virtual ZOOM and Facebook Live opening reception on Friday, October 2nd. Award winners:

  • “Untold Herstories,” Oil on Canvas, Patricia Maguire of Ocean Ridge, FL
  • “Liberation of Harriet Tubman, 1857,” Mixed media collage, Rhonda Urdang of Flagstaff, AZ
  • “Lady Liberty Leads the Way,” Oil on Canvas, Allison Crary of Chicago, IL
  • “After Dinner Speech – Portrait of Alice Paul,” Mixed Media, Catherine Hicks of Marble Falls, TX
  • “I Am Woman, Hear Me Roar,” Colored Pencil on Paper, Paula Olson of Tucson, AZ

About Tubac Center of the Arts
Tubac Center of the Arts is an artistic gem in the Southwest. TCA is a member supported nonprofit open 7 days a week. The art center offers a full range of arts programming and seasonal exhibits that are not to be missed including nationally juried art exhibitions, opportunities for artists to exhibit their work, art workshops, lectures, a performing arts series, special events, a children’s summer arts program, and a beautiful gift shop.

High resolution images attached: Erich and Christine Priester of Tubac at Voices & Votes exhibit and five award winner art images as noted above attached.

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Karon Leigh
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