'Transforming Hate' exhibit that launched in Helena readies for road trip

Marga Lincoln For the Independent Record

Hate hasn’t taken a holiday.

Recent tragic reminders show it’s all too alive.

Not just in Charlottesville, Virginia, but also in Helena, Montana – two weeks ago at a meeting on resettling refugees.

And at a small white supremacist demonstration Dec. 18.

That’s why the art exhibition “Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate” will, once again, be on the road headed to yet another community – Des Moines, Iowa – this spring.

“Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate” on display at the Holter Museum of Art in October 2018.

THOM BRIDGE, Independent Record

The incredibly powerful art exhibit, which showed at the Holter Museum of Art in 2018 and debuted at the Holter in 2008, was inspired by 4,100 copies of anti-Semitic, racist books that the Montana Human Rights Network acquired in 2003, said exhibit curator Katie Knight.

MHRN approached the Holter looking for a creative way to transform the hate-filled books into something positive.

Knight, who was Holter Museum of Art education curator at that time, organized a team of artists and community members in 2005 to be involved in the project.

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