– The Montclair Art Museum will host “Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families,” a touring photo-text display created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Massachusetts. The show will be on view September 24November 17, 2010, in the Children’s Arcade, on the first floor of the Museum.
We have all encountered the standard demographic survey with its instructions to “Check one: African-American, Hispanic, White,” and so on. But for those who do not fall neatly into any of these categories, there is only the least inclusive, most alienating category “Other.” To spotlight and celebrate the ever-growing diversity of the American family, photographer Gigi Kaeser and writer Peggy Gillespie, Amherst, Mass., have created this ambitious, award-winning exhibition. Of Many Colors has visited universities, public schools (K-12), houses of worship, community centers, galleries, museums, and conferences since 1994. Of Many Colors tells the stories of 20 families who have bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships or adoption. In a world where race is considered by many to be a formidable barrier between people, the families in this exhibition are celebrated as 20th-century pioneers willing to risk disapproval and misunderstanding to find richness and value in diversity. These families have much to say about the most intimate form of integration: family love.
The book, Of Many Colors, has been published by the University of Massachusetts Press
(with a foreword by Teaching Tolerance magazine editor Glenda Valentine). The book
includes complete text and photographs of over 20 families along with a comprehensive diversity resource guide. Internet browsers can view images, interviews, and other information about the Of Many Colors exhibition and book at http://www.familydiv.org.
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