Public Programs: Exhibitions: Implementation

Period of Performance

5/1/2021 - 4/30/2024

Funding Totals

$650,000.00 (approved)
$650,000.00 (awarded)

Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West National Traveling Exhibition

FAIN: GI-278252-21

New York Historical Society (New York, NY 10024-5152)
Marci Reaven (Project Director: September 2020 to present)

Implementation of a traveling exhibition on the religious aspects of westward expansion in the nineteenth century.

"Acts of Faith: Religion and the American West" is an expansive, multi-format traveling exhibit and educational initiative that will premiere in New York from September 2022 through February 2023 and then embark on a multi-venue national tour beginning with our primary institutional partner, the Eiteljorg Museum. Deploying a wide range of artifacts, art, historical documents, photographs, and ephemera from museums and collections across the country, this immersive exhibit will engage hundreds of thousands of visitors in an exploration of the religious dimensions of westward expansion in the United States during the long 19th century and how that history continues to shape our culture today. Secondary formats include a virtual exhibition, audio and digital content, live and virtual public programming, evergreen K-12 curriculum materials, a family gallery guide, and a discussion kit to support community conversations will support the engagement of a broad and diverse national audience.