Latino New South
An exciting EmcArts/MetLife Innovation Lab grant brings together Levine Museum of the New South, Atlanta History Center and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute in a multi-year project exploring the ‘Latino New South’. The southeastern U.S., home to few immigrants a generation ago, is now experiencing the nation’s fastest percentage growth in Latino newcomers. The three institutions will intensify partnership efforts with local Latino communities, aiming to get beyond “outreach” to instead achieve “engagement” in which Latino allies become full partners with museums in the work of community-building. What are the best ways to document this recent history? To make museums useful in citizenship and language programs? To help receiving communities know their new neighbors? To jointly create exhibits, events, social media, dialogues? We hope to find answers to these questions during our Listening Sessions held in each city this summer.