Increasing Representation of Latinx Immigrant Families in Museums

In collaboration with two colleagues at the University of Illinois, I am working with La Escuelita, an out-of-school organization in Champaign, IL, to start a new project that aims to increase representation of Latinx immigrant families in local museums by having families create narrative-focused exhibits for display. Latinx immigrant families are conspicuous when debates about immigration arise, but invisible when it comes to providing resources to community members. Our project aims to generate a creative outlet for sharing little-told narratives in the Champaign-Urbana area while addressing inequities in who is typically represented in museums. We also plan to investigate how families engage in language and literacy practices, with an emphasis on identifying social and material scaffolds that support these practices. We anticipate starting this project in earnest in October 2020.