America is a nation comprised of immigrants and their descendants - those new to our shores and our way of life and those whose parents, grandparents or earlier ancestors established their new lives here decades or centuries ago. The ongoing, often heated public debate over U.S. immigration policy reform often overshadows the common experiences of immigrants regardless of ethnic origin and the intrinsic value diversity lends to our nation.

Connecting Communities

Connecting Communities

The new multimedia AANM exhibit Connecting Communities uses metro Detroit as a microcosm of American immigration, and lets immigrants tell their own stories, which often contradict broadly held stereotypes and misconceptions. Via cell phone, visitors will listen in on conversations with Arab, Latino, South Asian and Eastern European immigrants, while photos, personal objects and writings further illuminate their experiences.

A key element of Connecting Communities is interactive. Viewers may contribute to the exhibition by sharing their thoughts and experiences with immigration, either right inside the gallery at a video kiosk or later from their own computers. Some of this viewer-generated content will be incorporated into the exhibition as projections on the gallery walls.

For Educators: View the Connecting Communities lesson plan HERE.

October 1, 2009 – March 28, 2010 in the Main Floor Gallery; free with Museum admission.

The Winter Spring 2010 season of the AANM's Global Thursdays concert & film series is programmed to reflect themes found in Connecting Communities. To view the Winter Spring 2010 Global Thursdays schedule, click HERE.

This exhibition made possible in part by the MASCO Charitable Foundation and the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

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