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Museum on Main Street

Museum on Main Street provides small and rural communities access to Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibits.

Overview

The Georgia Humanities Council hosts  Museum on Main Street (MOMS) exhibitions for the state of Georgia through a partnership with the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES).  The exhibits tour the state stopping at each local host community for approximately six weeks.  Host communities are selected through a competitive application process.

GHC will send out a Request for Proposals (RFP) approximately 18 months in advance of the exhibition grand opening. The next exhibition will begin  touring Georgia in March 2016.  The exhibition title is Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.

For this tour GHC suggests that neighboring communities may have greater success if they collaborate when submitting an application.

Applicant information will be posted in two parts, an information and requirements section and the application. It is important that all applicants read the information and requirements section before filling out the application.  

GHC will accept rough drafts of the application. Staff will review your draft and give suggestions for improvements. The rough draft is not required but is a good idea for first time applicants.

Dates to Remember:

     Application on-line               by July 31st

     Applications due                 October 3, 2014

     Rough drafts due                September 22, 2104

     Selections announced         December 15, 2014

 

If selected, the host communities receive:

  • assistance in program planning
  • travel expenses for project directors to attend required  planning meetings
  • approximately $2,000 to support local community programming
  • Smithsonian and GHC exhibition materials
  • a Georgia humanities scholar who is available for assistance and consultation
  • Smithsonian Institution resources including a dedicated, well-visited website, social media pages and specialists who facilitate statewide meetings

The host community provides:

  • two co-project directors (staff or volunteer), who attend all exhibition related meetings/ workshops and who oversee all requirements of hosting the exhibition in their communities
  • committees to assist the project directors with exhibition related tasks
  • a series of community programs that connect to the exhibition theme and are implemented when the exhibition is in the host community
  • local/regional fund-raising and marketing of the exhibit
  • area partnerships with businesses and non-profits
  • good records of all exhibition-related actions, visitor numbers and materials to compile in a final report that will be sent to the Smithsonian and GHC
  • communication with the GHC on everything related to the planning and implementation of the exhibition tour

Impact

 Past Museum on Main Street exhibition tours have provided successful opportunities for communities to:

  • establish a wide range of community partnerships 
  • increase the visibility of your town
  • open doors to professional development that will stimulate capital improvements in local facilities
  • generate public involvement in local/area organizations that inspires community pride
  • increase capacity at area organizations through greater visitation, new volunteers and membership and more funding partners 
  • provide a greater awareness of your community to state legislators 
  • establish a statewide partnership with the GHC
  • join a network with the Smithsonian Institution

 

 

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