The Montana Human Rights Network acquired 4,000 volumes of white supremacist propaganda from a defecting official of the World Church of the Creator. The Network decided to use the books as part of an art exhibit to stimulate public discussion about bigotry, anti-Semitism, and intolerance. The Network approached The Holter Museum of Art with the idea to use the books to create art for an exhibition. Opened in January 2008, Speaking Volumes: Transforming Hate features over 60 pieces contributed by artists from around the country.
We hope the dialogue fostered by the Speaking Volumes exhibit will promote discussions of the problems that communities face. Only when the roots of bigotry and intolerance are dealt with can we declare victory and view the Speaking Volumes exhibit as representative of our collective past
The exhibit will traveled through 2010 to eleven Montana cities and sites around the country. MHRN hopes to host a lecture series at each location that explores how hate groups exploit and amplify the racism, anti-Semitism, and other forms of bigotry already present in communities.