Multi-media exhibit at NMWA highlights Puerto Rican wildlifeJanuary 2, 2019
December 28, 2018
JACKSON HOLE, WYO – The National Museum of Wildlife Art was recently awarded two grants for the upcoming exhibition, Somos de Aquí: The Enduring Wildlife of Puerto Rico. A $5,000 grant was awarded from the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund, and $7,000 from the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole.
Somos de Aquí: The Enduring Wildlife of Puerto Rico will be a multi-media exhibition focused on Puerto Rican wildlife. It will consist of photographs, artwork, maps, video, and interpretive labels, supplemented by educational programs for school groups, visiting guest speakers, and community events, all presented in both English and Spanish. It’s the first fully-bilingual, large-scale art exhibition in Wyoming.
The exhibition is an extension of a greater initiative, supported by the Wyoming Cultural Trust Fund and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole since 2017, to connect to Jackson’s growing Latino population (including a recent influx of 200 Puerto Ricans) through translated gallery labels, mobile tours, and videos.
Somos de Aquí: The Enduring Wildlife of Puerto Rico is produced and curated by Lina Collado, Teton Literacy Center’s Family Literacy Manager. Lisa Simmons, the Museum’s Assistant Curator of Education & Outreach, is the exhibition’s co-curator.
“This generous support will allow us to greatly enhance the impact and scope of this multi-sensory exhibit that communicates ways in which cultural heritage is heavily influenced by wildlife,” Lisa Simmons said. “These funds will fuel innovative bilingual programming designed to reach our growing Latino community, local students, and dual immersion classes throughout the Valley.”
Somos de Aquí: The Enduring Wildlife of Puerto Rico opens at the National Museum of Wildlife Art on Saturday, May 4, 2019. The public is invited to an opening celebration on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
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