LEXINGTON, Ky. (FOX 56) – Smithsonian, the world’s largest museum, education, and research community, is preparing for its Kentucky debut.

Kentucky Humanities shared the exciting news on Tuesday that six Kentucky towns of fewer than 20,000 residents will be chosen to host the Smithsonian Institution’s traveling exhibit titled “Spark! Places of Innovation.”

The exhibit will highlight innovation in rural American communities from the people who inhabit them. Crowdsourcing will showcase first-hand words, images, and experiences in order to show the ingenuity, diversity, and tenacity of rural Americans.

“Spark! Places of Innovation” will encourage community members to converse about their history and collaborate on ideas for the future through thought-provoking questions such as:

  • What resources do towns have for innovation and invention?
  • How important is the role of self-expression and openness to change?
  • How does a place encourage risk-taking?
  • How can diversity spark innovation?
  • What is the role of creative thinkers and inventors in a town?

Kentucky Humanities is officially inviting museums, libraries, and historical societies across the state to apply to be chosen as a space for the exhibits which are set to begin in June 2023.

The exhibit requires 650 square feet of space and at least 8-foot ceilings in order to be displayed properly. Kentucky Humanities will tour any proposed facilities during exhibit consideration.

For information about “Spark! Places of Innovation” and to apply to host the exhibit, visit kyhumanities.org/programs/spark. Applications will be accepted through May 31, 2022.