Insida Africa – Launch
INSIDE AFRICA TRAVELING EXHIBIT EXPLORES AFRICA LAUNCH
CINCINNATI, OH (November 19, 2002) – INSIDE AFRICA, sponsored by the Procter and Gamble Company (P&G), premieres at Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal November 29, 2002 thru March 16, 2003. INSIDE AFRICA, produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (“Freedom Center”), is a national traveling museum exhibit that explores the many facets of Africa – its peoples, its lands, its rich cultural history and its stories – and provides a bridge to contemporary American life. The exhibit will tour for 5 years to 12 cities across the United States.
Based on the success of Evergreen Exhibition’s (formerly BBH) single-exhibit tour of “AFRICA: One Continent. Many Worlds,” this new exhibit takes museum-goers of all cultural backgrounds and ages into the African experience, allowing them to discover firsthand the vitality, richness and significance of African peoples and communities in the context of a journey to selected sites on the African continent. The exhibit was developed around a permanent display at The Field Museum in Chicago, with consultation by Deborah L. Mack, Ph.D.
“P&G is pleased to sponsor this exhibit. We hope it will create new appreciation and understanding of African cultures, and their connections to contemporary American traditions,” said R. Keith Harrison, Jr., P&G Global Product Supply Officer and Cincinnati Museum Center board member.
Exhibit sections include “Family & Festivals;” “Safari;” and “Caravan.” The exhibit also provides a section on the Diaspora and slavery. An additional section entitled “Genius in America” will be added in January 2004 by the Freedom Center that will explore the idea of ‘freedom’ in its many forms.
“Cincinnati Museum Center strives to offer a deeper understanding of our community – from our neighborhood to our world,” Douglass W. McDonald, president and CEO of Cincinnati Museum Center, says. “INSIDE AFRICAexamines the past, present and future of the continent and its people while directly reflecting our community’s heritage and hope for generations to come.”
The 6,300-square-foot exhibit offers a deeper understanding of the world’s second largest continent and its peoples from historical and contemporary perspectives. Through many hands-on activities, multimedia presentations and an exceptional collection of African artifacts, the exhibit demonstrates the enormous diversity of African geography, societies and political systems.
“When we open in 2004, the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will be a place where visitors will learn the lessons from history and see how to apply them to today,” states Dr. Spencer Crew, Executive Director of CEO, National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. “The INSIDE AFRICAexhibit will aide visitors in understanding better the civilizations of Africa and the impact of slavery and freedom movements on Africa and the Americas.”
INSIDE AFRICA is produced by Evergreen Exhibitions in collaboration with the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Evergreen Exhibitions is a world leader in providing high quality, state-of-the-art educational family experiences in collaboration with more than 200 leading museums and research institutions.
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