“Iraq through Young Eyes” is a cross-cultural exhibit project between Iraqi and U.S. youth that commenced in the summer of 2013 with a series of teleconference sessions between American teens (members of the Minnesota History Center’s Teen Advisory Council) and Iraqi teens who met at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. Through conversations and activities designed to introduce basic museum and exhibit design concepts, the young cross cultural team worked together to create an exhibit about life in Iraq in 2013. The project culminated with a visit from 9 Iraqi youth as well as 4 adult staff/chaperones in December of 2013. The “Iraq through Young Eyes” exhibit opened on December 14, 2013.
“Iraq through Young Eyes” is a cross-cultural exhibit project between Iraqi and U.S. youth.
During summer teleconference sessions, American and Iraqi youth worked together to explore elements of an exhibit; including books, artifacts, photos and self-portraits. Working with American youth and program staff, the Iraqi youth selected five topics to explore in detail; Education, Religion, Free Time, Technology and Family. They also wrote Intro and Conclusion panels. The completed panels were translated into English and refined for the Minnesota History Center’s exhibit space by the U.S. youth, who also planned cultural activities for the visiting Iraqis and an exhibit opening program. This exhibit was developed by the Minnesota Historical Society in partnership with the U.S. Department of State in Iraq. It was made possible through a Federal Assistance Award from the U.S. Department of State and by the Legacy Amendment’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund through the vote of Minnesotans on November 4, 2008. For more information, Contact Project Manager Aleah Vinick at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-259-3417.
Date: June 2013 - December 2013
Partner(s): The U.S. Embassy in Baghdad; Aleah Vinick, Minnesota Historical Society, Project Manager
Location: Saint Paul, MN