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Traveling Exhibitions for the Nation
NEH on the Road, a partnership of the Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Humanities, has brought 17 traveling exhibitions to cultural organizations in 47 states. Image courtesy of the Mid-America Arts Alliance.

In partnership with the NEH, the Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) manages NEH on the Road. Through the program, small and mid-size cultural organizations across the United States have access to rich content developed by major institutions that they can introduce to their communities. The Mid-America Arts Alliance manages every step of this process: sourcing artifacts, consulting with experts, downsizing the exhibition and rewriting its script, and creating toolkits for use in K–12 classrooms. Since 2003, M-AAA has adapted 17 exhibitions originally developed by institutions like the Minnesota Historical Society, the C.M. Russell Museum, the Museum of International Folk Art, and the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis on topics as widely ranging as the Civil War, agriculture, early flight, and American landscape painting. Once developed, exhibitions travel for 5 years, visiting 24 institutions ranging from libraries to museums and historical societies.

“Through a diverse and active changing exhibition schedule, as well as providing various opportunities to access the museum, our audience has moved from being small and narrowly defined to a broad and diverse one that reflects our collective community.”
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