The Smithsonian’s “Journey Stories” exhibition travels to Elkton July 13 – Aug. 24

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The Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition Journey Stories is heading to Elkton next month. The exhibit opens its Cecil County run with July 13 party that celebrates world foods and showcases Cecil County restaurants. Here are the details:

Elkton, Maryland—June 12, 2012—The Cecil County Arts Council (CCAC) announces that Journey Stories, a Smithsonian Traveling Exhibition, will be on exhibit in their gallery space at 135 E. Main Street, Elkton, MD, July 13- August 24, 2012 with an opening party, The Melting Pot, a celebration of world foods, July 13, from 5-7pm. Cecil County Arts Council, The Historical Society of Cecil County and the Cecil County Library are partnering to host a national Smithsonian Exhibit, Journey Stories, from July 13 -August 24, 2012. The Maryland Humanities Council has chosen the Arts Council as Staff one of five sites to host Journey Stories, which will travel throughout Maryland until January 2013, through a partnership between the MHC and the Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Program. Journey Stories explores tales of how we, and our ancestors came to America. The stories are diverse and focused on immigration, migration, innovation, and freedom. Journey Stories uses engaging images, audio, and artifacts, to tell the individual stories that illustrate the critical roles travel and movement have played in building our diverse American society. Opening night is sure to excite with The Melting Pot, a showcase of local Cecil County restaurants offering samples of foods of various cultures. Merchants throughout Main and North Streets will host these restaurants. A passport with a list of participating restaurants and merchants will be available from the Arts Council for $3. The evening will also include live music and other entertainment. Both the Arts Council and the Historical Society will also host their own exhibitions celebrating local journey stories. The Arts Council is looking for artists wishing to show their works offering a glimpse of their own journeys, whether a tale of immigration, a move across country, or even an exciting vacation. The Arts Council also welcomes anyone willing to showcase artifacts representative of their past travels.

Now in its 35th year, the Arts Council is a non-profit organization, dedicated to “presenting, promoting and sustaining the arts in Cecil County,” through sub-grants, scholarships, exhibitions, art education workshops, musical performances, literary arts programs, and special events to the community. The Cecil County Arts Council is funded, in part, by the Maryland State Arts Council and the Cecil County Government.