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Choosing to Participate


Choosing to Participate

Choosing to Participate challenges people to get involved. Here, painters volunteer to repaint a neighbor's home defaced by grafitti. Courtesy Billings Gazette.The Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES) has partnered with Facing History and Ourselves to develop a special poster set based on their national initiative Choosing to Participate. This poster exhibit, created primarily for middle and high schools, is designed to encourage dialogue, engagement, respect, and participation in our communities.

In an increasingly interconnected world, it’s more important than ever to inspire people of all ages to create positive social change. All are encouraged to consider the consequences of our everyday choices—to discover how “little things are big”—and to make a difference in their own communities.

These graphically compelling, full-color posters (11 in total) are produced by SITES and are being distributed through various partnerships, including the American Library Association and Boys & Girls Clubs of America.

Send an e-mail with your mailing address to Stephanie McCoy-Johnson at to request a copy.

Special thanks to the Walmart Foundation, the National Sponsor of Choosing to Participate. Support for distribution to Teaching Tolerance made possible by the Malka Fund.

Why do some people get involved while others choose to standy by? How will YOU choose to partcipate?



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