You won’t have to go far to experience the wonder of the Smithsonian. The Smithsonian’s Museum on Main Street Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America traveling exhibition comes to the Alliance for the Arts and examines the many roles that sports play in American society. The exhibition demonstrates how hometown sports energize the community, instill pride in it and create a bond that is passed from one generation to the next. The show is on display from June 30 through Aug. 11 at 10091 McGregor Blvd. Fort Myers, FL.
To complement the Smithsonian’s traveling exhibit, the Southwest Florida Historical Society and Lee County Black History Museum will curate memorabilia exhibits with local sports stories.
The exhibition’s opening ceremony is July 6 from 5-8 p.m. Throw on your favorite jersey, nosh on peanuts and popcorn, participate in free patriotic arts and crafts projects and explore the exhibit. This event is family-friendly, free and open to the public.
A panel discussion on the history of sports in Lee County will be held at the Alliance on July 21 at 10 a.m. The panelists will be announced soon.
The Alliance will also screen The Mighty Ducks on July 14 and Caddyshack on July 28 in the theatre. Tickets are $5 presale and include admission to the gallery. Seating is limited and first come, first serve. Caddyshack is rated R and sponsored by Winged Foot Title.
Receptions and panel discussions are open to the public and do not require tickets or reservations. While gallery admission is free, a $5 suggested donation keeps Alliance programming affordable and accessible.
This exhibit is made possible by a Florida Humanities Council Grant awarded to the Southwest Florida Historical Society. Project partners include the Smithsonian, the Alliance for the Arts and the Lee County Black History Society.
For more information about this exhibit, visit ArtInLee.org/HometownTeams or call 239-939-2787.