American Writers Museum Creates Online Exhibit, Includes Teacher Resources and Educational Materials

First-of-its-kind, multimedia exhibit features interviews with immigrant and refugee writers and curriculum material for grades 5 - 12

In the wake of COVID-19, the American Writers Museum is bringing its latest exhibit, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today, to viewers online so it can be enjoyed from home during this time of social distancing. From the comfort of home, viewers can hear personal stories about topics such as identity, community, language, storytelling and what it means to be an American from contemporary authors of our time. View the exhibit at My-America.org.

My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today features more than 30 authors who delve into questions about writing influences, being multilingual, community, family, and what it means to be American. At a time when “immigrant” can be a symbol or slur, shorthand for any of a thousand complicated concepts, these writers explore what it truly means to cross borders. 

“The importance of immigrant and refugee writers in the last two decades is illustrated by the level of recognition their works continue to achieve,” said Carey Cranston, president of the American Writers Museum. “The American Writers Museum is honored to present this essential and relevant subject in an experiential way, which lets the writers tell their own unique yet universal stories."

Originally opened Nov. 21, 2019, My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today has received nationwide acclaim and high praise in the past four months for its one-of-a-kind interactive elements, its storytelling that bring viewers to the front lines and its celebration of diversity and different perspectives.  The exhibit gives visitors and students a deeply personal experience, bringing them face-to-face online through interactive, intimate video conversations with contemporary authors who are immigrants and refugees from all over the world. The exhibit, which runs through May 2021, is designed to elicit thoughtful dialogue on a wide breadth of issues relating to the modern refugee crisis and the perception of immigrants in our country today. 

Authors featured in the exhibit include Juan Martinez, Vu Tran, Dipika Mukherjee, Laila Halaby, Edwidge Danticat, Louie Perez, Ligiah Villalobos and many more who emigrated from Cuba, Ghana, Japan, China, France, Mexico, Italy, Korea, Nigeria, Russia, Israel, Colombia, Vietnam, Iran, Nigeria, Iraq, Lebanon, Puerto Rico, and the Dominican Republic.

My America: Immigrant and Refugee Writers Today is made possible in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor and other sponsors who are supporting this exhibit and the supporting program series. Learn more about the exhibit at the American Writers Museum's website and view it online here.

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Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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About American Writers Museum

American Writers Museum is the first museum solely devoted to celebrating American writers and their works. Opened to the public in 2017, its mission is to engage the public in celebrating American writers and exploring their influence on our history, our identity, and our daily lives. Several permanent exhibits, interactive displays, and specially curated installations offer visitors of all ages a one-of-a-kind experience.

Past installations include Laura Ingalls Wilder: From Prairie to Page which highlighted how Ms. Ingalls Wilder’s Little House series shaped American understanding of the time period and The Beat Journey: Jack Kerouac’s “On the Road” featuring the display of the original scroll manuscript. 

Located in the historic former International Harvester Building at 180 N. Michigan Ave, American Writers Museum sits among the Chicago Theatre, Joffrey Ballet, Millennium Park, Chicago Cultural Center, the Chicago Theatre District, and several cultural and artistic icons.

American Writers Museum is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and is open seven days a week. Admission is $14 for adults, $9 for seniors and students, and free for children ages 12 and under. All programs are $10 unless otherwise noted. Visit AmericanWritersMuseum.org or call 312-374-8790 for more information.

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