The New Americans Museum exists to celebrate, preserve, disseminate and feature the stories of our newest immigrants. Our mission is to be a catalyst for honoring America's recent past and future promise by providing inspiring educational, artistic and cultural programs to honor our diverse immigrant experiences. New Americans Museum serves the entire region including all cities in San Diego county. The Museum galleries are located in San Diego's historic Naval Training Center- Liberty Station; but we are able to serve communities throughout with our Museum without Walls programming in schools and community centers and through the use of pop up exhibitions with community-based partners.
Executive Director Linda Caballero Sotelo will tell you upfront that the New Americans Museum is not an inventory of artwork, but rather an array of experience-based narratives. The New Americans Museum honors these powerful narratives in a myriad of ways, through art-based museum exhibits and expeditions into immigrant communities to laud the creative expression and changing demographics of our region. The exploratory nature of the museum allows every patron to become a contributing member to the museum's collection. Collectively and through the use of narrative and technology, we build a richer, more informed American story. These experiences can't be contained in one format and our exhibits and events are curated from all artistic and creative forms of expression: visual, performance, film, festivals, music and even food.The museum will digitize its oral-histories archive and enable online access. It'll also bring in guest curators to piece together original exhibitions and continue to explore the topics of identity, displacement, diversity and myriad contributions of post-World War II immigrants."One of the things that compelled me about working for the New Americans Museum was the opportunity to be part of an institution that is actively contributing to our nation's greatness, by uplifting our shared immigrant heritage" Caballero Sotelo says. "We celebrate immigrant stories as part of the fabric of our nation and part of what makes our country great and my goal is to present thought-provoking and insightful vehicles for these conversations and testimonials to happen in an open and stimulating environment such as our Museum..."
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