Louisville Visual Art‎BallotBox: a LVA exhibit for Metro Hall curated by Skylar Smith

Image from Brianna Harlan’s installation, You Sang Off Key

On View: March 12, 2020 – December 4, 2020
Opening Reception: March 12, 2020, Free and open to the public

Louisville Metro Hall
527 W Jefferson, Louisville, Kentucky

Opening Reception Schedule:
• 12pm – 1pm: Public tours of exhibit (Rotunda and Mayor’s Gallery)
• 5pm – 7pm: Opening Reception, view artwork in Rotunda, Rotunda Stairwell, and 2nd and 4th floor hallways, League of Women Voters Voter Registration, refreshments.
• 5:45pm: Announcement (LVA Staff) of the ‘What is a Vote Worth’ Commemorative Poster Contest Winners (Rotunda Stairwell)
• 6pm: Welcome by Office for Women Director, Tina Ward-Pugh, Chief Equity Officer at Louisville Metro, Kellie Watson, and Introduction by BallotBox Curator, Skylar Smith
• 6:15pm Conversation between BallotBox artist Brianna Harlan and Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame and Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Award Honoree Mattie Jones (Mayor’s Gallery)

BallotBox is a 2020 contemporary art exhibition at Louisville Metro Hall and other public locations that uses an intersectional lens to examine past and present voting rights and connections between the 2020 Centennial of the 19th Amendment, the 55th Anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, the 2020 U.S. Presidential election, and state-wide elections. 2020 is a significant year for reflection on what a vote is worth, while also considering contemporary voter engagement and the monumental efforts in past decades to secure voting rights in the United States. Using art as a catalyst for community engagement, BallotBox will explore issues related to voting rights, democracy, and citizenship to inspire voter engagement and create a public dialog about how we can build a more equitable democracy.

Participating Artists: Sandra Charles (Louisville, KY), Brianna Harlan (Brooklyn, NY), Jennifer Maravillas (Brooklyn, NY), Taylor Sanders (Louisville, KY), and James R. Southard (Lexington, KY).

The BallotBox exhibition will also include artwork from artist Penny Sisto (New Albany, IN), submissions from the ‘What is a Vote Worth’ Commemorative Poster Contest.

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