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Chicago's Families: Finding Home

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A family can be a group of people sharing a name and a roof, but it can also extend far beyond parentage and household. This exhibit reflects on how we negotiate boundaries and links between the people and places we come from and who we find ourselves living among now. From housing relocations forced by war and economic crisis to the multilayering of our identities, to the migrating into new neighborhoods, we find and build community against all odds.

The CHICAGO’S FAMILIES project of the Chicago Cultural Alliance inspired our collaborative exhibit team to consider the ways in which a conventional construction of identity and belonging comes undone against the messy realities of contemporary existence.

We learned a great deal in our process of creating this exhibition. Perhaps most significant, sharing the stories of the many families whose experiences are presented here, made clear to us just how interconnected our seemingly unconnected communities really are.

Thank you for joining us on this journey.

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Chicago's Families: Community As Family


The meaning of family applies to more than the nuclear one. This exhibit examines the families we create through shared interest and activities including social clubs, festivals and celebrations. Hear the firsthand accounts of German clubs in Chicago, and experience the festivities in traditional and religious Haitian holidays, vividly expressed by Haitian artists.

In collaboration with Chicago Cultural Alliance, the following exhibit narrates the evolution of Germany and Haiti’s past and present through an eclectic range of media. Our virtual display here will use tokens from the collections of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and the Dank Haus German American Cultural Center, to present the people of these countries as nurturing and full of hope. It urges audience members to embrace the celebratory practices that have triumphed over time, in order to further understand the complexities of German and Haitian culture. Using art and ephemera produced in Germany, Haiti, and the United States, larger connections will be made across geographical boundaries, mediums, and time periods.

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