AUGUSTA — The Holocaust and Human Rights Center of Maine in partnership with the Kennebec Valley Art Association will present “Equal Protection of the Laws,” an exhibition featuring the work of 17 Maine artists inspired by the rights granted by the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

The exhibit, featuring 36 original works, opens Thursday, Sept. 22, and runs through Friday, Dec. 16, at the Michael Klahr Center on campus at the University of Maine at Augusta, 46 University Drive.

An opening reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 22, with a brief program beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or on evenings and weekends by appointment.

Several additional programs are planned in association with the exhibit. The exhibition, opening reception, and other associated programs are free and open to the public which is supported by the Maine Humanities Council through their broad and sure foundation program.

The exhibit is the result of a call to artists to respond to the important themes of the 14th amendment.

Themes in the exhibit relate to themes covered by the 14th amendment, including: due process, liberty, gender and sexuality, race, legal protections, equality in the workplace, housing, education, law enforcement, rights of the incarcerated, tolerance, and local, state and federal representation.

This exhibit and programs are made possible with funds from the Maine Humanities Council, the Holocaust and Human Rights Center exhibit funds, and the University of Maine at Augusta. In addition, the project has received support from the KVAA, the Maine Arts Commission, and several individuals.

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