Sun Valley Center for the Arts

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Sun Valley Center for the Arts is an AAM accredited museum located in the town of Ketchum, Idaho. This fall, The Center presents "We the People: Protest and Patriotism," a BIG IDEA project considering the critical role of civic participation in American democracy.

Activations

Governed by the People: Why Do We Serve?
13
Nov
Activation

Governed by the People: Why Do We Serve?

Join moderator Courtney Washburn, Executive Director of Conservation Voters for Idaho, and panelists Amanda Breen, Ketchum City Councilor, Genevieve Chase, US Army Veteran, and artist Mel Ziegler, for a panel discussion exploring the challenges, rewards and compromises involved in service to our country in its various forms.
November 13, 2018
Town Hall
Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents an artist talk with Deborah Aschheim and Paul Shambroom
11
Oct
Activation

Sun Valley Center for the Arts presents an artist talk with Deborah Aschheim and Paul Shambroom

Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host an Evening Exhibition Tour and Discussion with Artists Deborah Aschheim and Paul Shambroom on October 11 at 5:30pm. As citizens in a representative democracy, Americans rely on elected officials to make legislation and policy—to act in the United States’ best interests domestically and internationally. But from the nation’s founding, it has also been a country that has embraced the idea of participatory democracy. It functions because it allows (and depends upon) its citizens’ participation. Those seeking to participate in the democratic process can take a wide range of actions, from voting in elections to running for office, showing up for city council meetings, or organizing and joining public marches and rallies. In fact, public acts of protest have shaped America’s history since the moment colonists gathered in Boston’s harbor to reject a shipment of tea from the East India Company in December 1773 in protest of their lack of representation in the British Parliament. Public protests have punctuated America’s history, bringing people together to speak out against slavery or the Vietnam War, and in favor of voting rights for women, expanded protections for workers, or civil rights for African Americans, members of the LGBTQ community and many others. Marches and rallies give citizens with a shared set of beliefs the chance to speak with a unified voice about their vision for the country and the opportunity to effect social and political change. While protests, marches and rallies may be among the most visible ways that Americans participate in their democracy, citizens also take quieter measures—exercising their right to vote, for example. Volunteering on a campaign. Or running for office in order to be part of the process of governing, which begins at the most local level. American democracy has never been neat and tidy, but instead complicated and sometimes messy. However, it’s enriched and ensured by its citizens’ participation, whatever form that might take. And every act of participation, whether flying a flag or voting in elections, running for office or marching in the streets, is also an act of patriotism that affirms and celebrates our shared belief that as citizens, we have the right and the duty to help shape our nation’s government.
October 11, 2018
Town Hall
Sun Valley Center for the Arts to host evening exhibition tour
6
Dec
Activation

Sun Valley Center for the Arts to host evening exhibition tour

Evening Exhibition Tours Thu, Nov 1 and Thu, Dec 6, 5:30pm Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host evening exhibition Tours on Thursday November 1 and Thursday December 6. Free at The Center, Ketchum. Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and museum guides. Pamphlets and books from the collection of the Wolfsonian Museum related to public demonstrations in support of worker’s rights and women’s suffrage illustrate the long history of citizens organizing in an effort to effect political change. A poster and other materials made in connection with a series of marches in New York City in support of Soviet Jewry in the 1980s shed light on the role American citizens have played promoting democratic reforms abroad through public demonstrations. Deborah Aschheim has made a series of drawings based on photographs and oral histories of protest marches in Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as drawings of protest participants at events throughout 2017, juxtaposing the two moments while inviting viewers to also draw comparisons between them. Kate Haug also revisits the protests of the 1960s in her project, News Today, an investigation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. A print and embossed matchboxes from Haug’s project ask viewers to consider that history and the ways they engage in the democratic process today. The photographs in Paul Shambroom’s project Meetings document democracy at its most local level—city council meetings in small towns around the United States. Shambroom’s photos illustrate the role that everyday citizens play in government, whether holding local office or simply showing up to public meetings to make their voices heard. The exhibition includes a selection of flags from Mel Ziegler’s ongoing project, Flag Exchange, through which he has exchanged a new flag for an older, tattered flag, with at least one person in each of the 50 states, illuminating the powerful symbolism of the American flag across the political spectrum. Two bodies of photographs reflect on moments of collective national mourning. In the photographs from his project Lincoln Funeral Train, Eugene Richards traces the path of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train, which traveled more than 1600 miles from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, IL. Richards’s photographs ask viewers to think about how Lincoln’s legacy resonates today. The exhibition also includes photographs Paul Fusco made while traveling with Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train from New York City to Washington, D.C.—images of the thousands of mourners who came out to pay their respects as the train made its way south. How do moments of national tragedy bring us together as a nation? Are they opportunities to reaffirm our shared experience as Americans?
December 6, 2018
Exhibition
Sun Valley Center for the Arts to host evening exhibition tour
1
Nov
Activation

Sun Valley Center for the Arts to host evening exhibition tour

Evening Exhibition Tours Thu, Nov 1 and Thu, Dec 6, 5:30pm Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host evening exhibition Tours on Thursday November 1 and Thursday December 6. Free at The Center, Ketchum. Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour the exhibition with The Center’s curators and museum guides. Pamphlets and books from the collection of the Wolfsonian Museum related to public demonstrations in support of worker’s rights and women’s suffrage illustrate the long history of citizens organizing in an effort to effect political change. A poster and other materials made in connection with a series of marches in New York City in support of Soviet Jewry in the 1980s shed light on the role American citizens have played promoting democratic reforms abroad through public demonstrations. Deborah Aschheim has made a series of drawings based on photographs and oral histories of protest marches in Southern California in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as drawings of protest participants at events throughout 2017, juxtaposing the two moments while inviting viewers to also draw comparisons between them. Kate Haug also revisits the protests of the 1960s in her project, News Today, an investigation of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s 1968 Poor People’s Campaign. A print and embossed matchboxes from Haug’s project ask viewers to consider that history and the ways they engage in the democratic process today. The photographs in Paul Shambroom’s project Meetings document democracy at its most local level—city council meetings in small towns around the United States. Shambroom’s photos illustrate the role that everyday citizens play in government, whether holding local office or simply showing up to public meetings to make their voices heard. The exhibition includes a selection of flags from Mel Ziegler’s ongoing project, Flag Exchange, through which he has exchanged a new flag for an older, tattered flag, with at least one person in each of the 50 states, illuminating the powerful symbolism of the American flag across the political spectrum. Two bodies of photographs reflect on moments of collective national mourning. In the photographs from his project Lincoln Funeral Train, Eugene Richards traces the path of Abraham Lincoln’s funeral train, which traveled more than 1600 miles from Washington, D.C., to Springfield, IL. Richards’s photographs ask viewers to think about how Lincoln’s legacy resonates today. The exhibition also includes photographs Paul Fusco made while traveling with Robert F. Kennedy’s funeral train from New York City to Washington, D.C.—images of the thousands of mourners who came out to pay their respects as the train made its way south. How do moments of national tragedy bring us together as a nation? Are they opportunities to reaffirm our shared experience as Americans?
November 1, 2018
Exhibition
Sun Valley Center for the Arts to host We the People: Protest and Patriotism an exhibition
28
Sep
Activation

Sun Valley Center for the Arts to host We the People: Protest and Patriotism an exhibition

Sun Valley Center for the Arts will host We the People: Protest and Patriotism, an exhibition featuring Deborah Aschheim, Kate Haug, Paul Fusco, Eugene Richards, Paul Shambroom, Mel Ziegler, and the collection of the Wolfsonian Museum. September 28-December 21, 2018
September 28, 2018
Exhibition

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