Why It Matters


This program is funded by a $1.96 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to the Federation of State Humanities Councils. The grant supports a new national initiative, “Why It Matters: Civic and Electoral Participation,” which will explore civic participation as it relates to electoral engagement in a multivocal democracy. Programs will be conducted in 43 US states and territories throughout the course of the initiative.

Conversations on Civic and Electoral Engagement

A series of four statewide virtual panels on the different kinds of political power Montanans have and how citizens engage in electoral and democratic processes in our state—from tribal communities to young people, in rural areas and urban centers, using protest and legislation to create government for the people, by the people. Journalist and podcast producer Amy Martin facilitates four opportunities for Montanans from all political backgrounds to speak and interact with fellow Montanans on important issues.

Bringing Together:

Diverse Voices
Critical Analysis
Thoughtful Dialogue