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Opens October 17, 2020

Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project

Coinciding with an election year like no other, Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project is an exploration of the power of self-government, engaging visitors in experiences that encourage them to take action now to create the change they want to see. Shaped by the evolving story of democracy in our region, and drawing on MOHAI’s extensive collection of historic artifacts, images and oral histories, Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project highlights how direct participation sustains, expands, and reimagines a government of, by, and for the people. The exhibit includes rare artifacts from Seattle’s history of democracy, personal stories of democracy in action, and interactive experiences that put the power of democracy directly in the hands of visitors.

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Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project opens Saturday, October 17, 2020 and runs through Monday, February 15, 2021, with a companion set of programs, panel discussions, workshops and online features that explore the roots of democracy in our region and the state of democracy today.

Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education.
— President Franklin Roosevelt


MOHAI understands that to uphold our mission and values, we must prioritize racial equity within our organization, and in doing so contribute to advancing racial equity in the Puget Sound region. We are collaborating with and holding ourselves accountable to communities of color in our exhibits, collections, programs, and events.

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Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project

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