Connecting Communities: an intro
One of the exhibits the curatorial team is currently working on is called, Connecting Communities. It uses the voices of immigrants from four geographical regions (South Asia, Eastern Europe, Latin America, and the Arab world), who came to three Detroit neighborhoods (Dearborn, Southwest Detroit, and Hamtramck). We used local university students to interview our 10 immigrants, and we've been collecting census data, artifacts and a myriad of other things to help illustrate the connections between immigrants and citizens born in the U.S.
Last Thursday (June 4th) the curatorial team was quite excited because it was field trip day! We are into the design stages of the exhibit and need photographs of our participants to put their faces with their stories. We visited a restaurant in Southwest Detroit, a social service office in Hamtramck, and a driving school/law office also in Hamtramck. We are hoping to create a welcoming environment for visitors to the exhibit so we also did some exploring around these areas to help us with this. We are very thankful to our participants for taking time to meet with us, and we are very much looking forward to meeting with the remaining participants.
With summer here it's a great time to go out and explore the treasures of your neighborhood and your surrounding communities. You never know what/who you may find (I ran into an uncle I don't see that often!).