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November 27, 2020 – July 5, 2021

Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project

Following 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.

Presented by The Boeing Company. Additional generous support provided by Laird Norton Wealth Management, Maureen Frisch, The Estate of Patricia Denny, Office of Arts and Culture (Seattle), 4Culture, RealNetworks Foundation, and MOHAI Exhibits Fund.

Media support provided by KCTS9 and Crosscut

Special thanks to the following Stand Up Seattle community partners: Black Heritage Society of Washington StateConverge Media, and University of Washington Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest.

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Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project will feature 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.

Available Now: Online Exhibit Preview

Get a peek at the upcoming exhibit with this digital companion experience!

Text “MOHAI” to 565-12 or click here to access the online exhibit.

  • Find the tools you need to participate in our democratic process and explore ways to affect the changes you want to see.
  • Experience inspirational stories of how others have impacted Washington State’s democracy.
  • Peruse historical images from the museum’s collections, and learn about our past through fun games and quizzes.

Phone numbers are not collected or stored by MOHAI or by our third-party vendor in any way.

Want to see more? Visit our online collection to see artifacts included in the Stand Up Seattle exhibit. Special thanks to the University of Washington Libraries Digital Collection for hosting MOHAI’s digital content and to the Institute of Museum and Library Services for supporting our digitization efforts.

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Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project

Many thanks to all the individuals who advised and participated in the development of the Stand Up Seattle: The Democracy Project exhibit.

Contributing content advisors include:


Amy Bhatt, PhD, Associate Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, University of Maryland, Baltimore County


Hasaan A. Kirkland, MFA, O’Herron Endowed Distinguished Professor of Fine Art, Curator, Artist, Kairos Industry LLC, Seattle Central College, Seattle University


Joshua L. Reid (Snohomish), PhD, John Calhoun Smith Memorial Endowed Professor of History, University of Washington Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest


Lorraine McConaghy, PhD, MOHAI Public Historian Emeritus


Special thanks to:

  • Amber Taylor and Lisa Pemberton, Puyallup Tribe of Indians
  • Cynthia Brothers
  • Estela Ortega and Dulce Gutierrez Vasquez, El Centro de la Raza
  • James Gregory, University of Washington
  • Jennifer Ott, Assistant Director,
  • Jessica Garcia
  • John Lamont, Seattle Public Library
  • Karen Besserman, Emerge WA
  • Kyle Thiessan, Office of the Code Reviser, Washington State Legislature
  • Lourdez Velasco
  • Makah Resource & Cultural Center
  • Maru Mora Villalpando and Andrea Marcos, La Resistencia
  • Meredith Sibley and Andrea Caupain, Byrd Barr Place
  • MOHAI Youth Advisors: Annabelle, Atul, Ethan, India, Jason, Julia, Karl, Soren, Sue, TK, Vance, and Ziah
  • National Archives and Records Administration
  • Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission
  • Nikkita Oliver
  • Omari Salisbury, Converge Media
  • Paulina Lopez, Duwamish River Clean Up Coalition
  • Rebeccah Maskin, King County Office of Performance Strategy and Budget
  • Reverend Harriett Walden, Mothers for Police Accountability
  • Seattle Public Library
  • Sierra Club and Fuse Washington
  • Stephanie Johnson-Toliver, Black Heritage Society of Washington State
  • Suquamish Museum
  • Tim Eyman for Governor campaign
  • Timothy Harris
  • TraeAnna Holiday, Africatown Community Land Trust
  • Washington State Archives
  • Washington State Library
  • Willard Bill, Jr. and Justice Bill
  • Zack Silk


Community partners:

Black Heritage Society of Washington State

Converge Media

University of Washington Center for the Study of the Pacific Northwest

Presented by
Additional generous support provided by
Maureen Frisch CAPS
The Estate of Patricia Denny
MOHAI Exhibits Fund
Media support provided by

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