Photo: Robert Moriguchi,Docent, Japanese American National Museum
The museum also shared an exhibit on present-day immigrants, "What we carried –Fragments and Memories from Iraq and Syria," about their journey to create a better future for themselves. The Japanese American National Museum not only tells a story about Japanese Americans but also tries to create cross-cultural empathy with other exhibits like "What we Carried."
Photo: Museum of Tolerance (MOT)
The Museum of Tolerance is more than you expect. Currently it is the home of a special exhibit, a beautiful and thought-provoking set of works by Salvador Dali done in 1968 marking the 20th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel. The Museum of Tolerance excels at engagement with such displays as "The Point of View Diner," a re-creation of a 1950's diner that "serves" a menu of controversial topics on video jukeboxes. Visitors input their opinions and results are instantly tabulated.
Photo: Point of View Diner at the Museum of Tolerance
Their outreach to the community is admirable. In their "Tools for Tolerance" program the MOT not only offers training for educators but also engages community organizations.
I invite you as a docent/guide or an educator to check out these two special museums. Maybe just a website visit? Better yet, a personal visit next time you are in Los Angeles.
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