Highlands Museum of the Arts (MOTA) To Host Smithsonian Institute Exhibit

The Highlands Art League’s Museum of the Arts (MOTA) is pleased to announce it will host a traveling Smithsonian Institute exhibit in Downtown Sebring from December 8, 2012 – January 19, 2013 that will be free for the public to attend. The Florida Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, is sponsoring the Florida tour of Journey Stories – an exhibit that uses images, audio and artifacts to illustrate the critical roles that traveling and movement have played in building our diverse American society.

“Florida is just the place for journey stories,” said Janine Farver, executive director of the Florida Humanities Council. “This may well be the most mobile state in the most mobile country on Earth. Six out of ten Floridians come from somewhere else, and they arrived here by Spanish galleons, horse-drawn carts, Model T’s, jet liners and make shift rafts.”

This exhibit is especially designed for small communities as part of the Smithsonian’s Museums on Main (MoMs) program. It features interactive components for children of all ages. If visitors read all of the information, it should be a 45-minute tour.

“It’s exciting to host an exhibit of this sophistication and esteem in Sebring,” said Susan James, manager of the Highlands Art League of which MOTA is a part. “We hope everyone in our area takes advantage of this opportunity to see a New York City-level exhibit in our own back yard that is about us as a collective community.”

MOTA is in need of docents to volunteer their time and assist with the exhibit. If interested, please call (863) 385-6682 or visit

The Highlands Art League’s ‘Village Where Art Lives’ is located at the Allen Altvater Cultural Center in Downtown Sebring on the shores of Lake Jackson. The Village consists of four buildings: The Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop features studio artists and members’ gallery; the Visual Arts Center houses art classes for children and adults; MOTA features curated exhibits, art competitions and receptions; and the Clovelly House that is undergoing final renovations and will house visiting artists, as well as art business classes for high school students.

Website:Highlands Museum of the Arts

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