Russell Library to Present Smithsonian Poster Exhibit Encouraging Dialogue on Positive Social Change

April 22, 2014 – 3:52 PM

FSG-CtP-smallgraphic-portraitA new exhibit intended to inspire people of all ages to create positive social change, Choosing to Participate, opens May 2 at the Richard B. Russell Library Gallery on the University of Georgia campus.

A set of 11 graphically compelling posters developed by The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) and the educational organization Facing History and Ourselves serves as the core of the exhibit. The posters present the experiences of individuals and communities, explore the impact of cultural differences, and encourage viewers to consider the consequences of everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—and to make a difference in their own communities. The poster set is being distributed at no cost to schools, libraries, museums, and community organizations through partnerships including Teaching Tolerance, Boys & Girls Club of America and the American Library Association.

The Richard B. Russell Library is a political archives documenting politics and policy making in the state of Georgia from 1900 through the present. Utilizing the library’s collections, research assistant Sarah Hughes, a University of Georgia student majoring in international affairs, served as guest curator for the exhibit. The primary documents and artifacts on display extend, respond, and reflect the themes expressed in the posters and prompt visitors to engage in dialogue around the topics presented. A companion website (www.sites.si.edu/choosingtoparticipate) features a host of resources for teachers, families, and communities. Special thanks to the Walmart Foundation, the national Sponsor of Choosing to Participate. Support for distribution to Teaching Tolerance made possible by the Malka Fund.

The Russell Library gallery is free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Saturdays from 1-5 p.m. For more information on the exhibit, email russlib@uga.edu or call 706-542-5788. Choosing to Participate will remain on display through August 30.

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