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“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans by Mark Chester” Exhibit
March 2 - March 28
UPDATE: The artist talk and public reception have been cancelled, per the suspension of all Library programs. The exhibit will remain on view as scheduled, through Saturday, March 28th.
This exhibit of inspirational portraits, presented by photographer Mark Chester, offers a moving display of more than 400 newly naturalized U.S. citizens who hail from over 190 of the 196 countries and territories around the globe and are now residents of the Commonwealth.
“The Bay State: A Multicultural Landscape, Photographs of New Americans” will be on view from Monday, March 2nd through Saturday, March 28th at Abbot Public Library. An artist talk with special guest Adam Strom, Director of Re-Imagining Migration Project, will be held on Sunday, March 22nd at 2:00 pm.
“This photographic essay conveys the many faces of immigrants in our American society. It captures the fact that the strength of America is the extremely varied background of our citizens. We should cherish this process and continue to nourish it. In this photo essay, “immigrant” becomes “U.S. citizen,” and we better understand the importance of naturalization which often gets overlooked in the broader dialogue of immigration matters. Congratulations to Mark.” – Honorable William P. Joyce, Immigration Judge U.S. Immigration Court (retired).
In addition to the book and photography exhibition of new Americans, The Mark Chester Diversity Project also includes the educational handouts for librarians and teachers, “Faces of America: Teaching Tolerance To Our Children,” which offer activities and a sample lesson plan. “Faces of America” provides the opportunity for students to develop their own cultural identity and an understanding of diversity, tolerance, and social justice while appreciating the vast variety of ethnicities that make up Massachusetts.
As President John F. Kennedy said, “Everywhere, immigrants have enriched and strengthened the fabric of American life.”
Mark Chester has been a professional photographer since 1972. He was Director of Photography and staff photographer at ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers) in New York City. His photographs are in the permanent collections of Baltimore, Brooklyn, Corcoran, Denver, Portland (Maine), and San Francisco museums, among others.
Chester created, produced, and photographed the book, No In America (Taylor, 1986), a tongue-in-cheek collection of photographs of “No” signs. Previously, he photographed Charles Kuralt’s book, Dateline America (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1979). His most recent book, the award-winning Twosomes (Un-Gyve Press), was released in 2011, and the touring exhibits of photographs from the book continue to travel the globe.
Adam Strom is the Director of Re-Imagining Migration. Throughout his career, Strom has connected the academy to classrooms and the community by using the latest scholarship to encourage learning about identity, bias, belonging, history, and the challenges and opportunities of civic engagement in our globalized world. The resources developed under Strom’s direction have been used in tens of thousands of classrooms and experienced by millions of students around the world, including Stories of Identity: Religion, Migration, and Belonging in a Changing World; What Do We Do with a Difference? France and The Debate Over Headscarves in Schools; Identity, and Belonging in a Changing Great Britain; and the viewer’s guide to “I Learn America.” Before joining the Re-imagining Migration Project, Strom was the Director of Scholarship and Innovation at Facing History and Ourselves.
This program is supported in part by a grant from the Marblehead Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.