NEH on the Road in FY19

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Seven NEH on the Road exhibitions traveled to thirty communities across the country. Touring in partnership with the National Endowment for the Humanities, NEH on the Road is dedicated to serving institutions from coast to coast through low-cost, high-quality exhibitions focused on the humanities—the study of human society and culture. We are proud to say that nearly half (47%) of the hosting venues were located in rural communities.

The smallest town to host an NEH on the Road exhibition was Kingsville, Missouri (population 260), home to Powell Gardens. Located an hour outside Kansas City, the botanical gardens displayed Frida Kahlo’s Garden, a newest exhibition to tour through NEH on the Road. According to staff at Powell Gardens, the exhibition attracted more visitors and new audiences interested in the subject and visual arts.

With a population of 623, Elk Horn, Iowa, is home to the Museum of Danish American which served as host to Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives. Riis, a well-known Danish immigrant and early social justice pioneer, captured images of urban poverty in New York City at the turn of the 20th century.

Not all communities were small though. Just over 25 percent of NEH on the Road exhibitions in FY19 visited cities with populations of more than 100,000. Tarrant County College, located in Fort Worth, Texas (population 895,008), displayed the Riis exhibition and thus expanded the humanities-focused programming at the campus library of this public community college. It led one visitor to write, “I thought this was a library, not a museum.” Her summation, the exhibition “was pretty stinkin’ cool.”