America is a nation of immigrants. We prosper on the contributions of the many cultures and traditions of people who have, and continue to shape our American landscape, past and present. There is no one story that inspires our American Narrative, but a collection of heartening accounts from past and present that have influenced our commitment to show the humanity of our immigrant experience. Our mural compares the history of Ellis Island to present stories of immigration today. While we set out to display the similarities and differences of this journey, we ultimately gravitated towards the courage it takes for an individual to build a future in America from the margins. America offers a beautiful dream to attain, but this reality is not fair for all, nor is it without sacrifice or challenge. We wish to honor those who make this journey, those who have courage, those who dream big, and those who work remarkably to create opportunity despite fear, policy or prejudice.
What immigration story has inspired you the most?
In the process of creating the murals, which part of the murals hold the significant meaning in your life and in what ways are you showcased in the murals?Ranin finds her story when she first immigrated in the artwork
Nathaniel sees similar threads of immigration past and present
Mei sees her personal and family’s immigration experience in the murals
Gabby looks to the panels and see immigrants and their hard work
Which part of the mural help showcase the experience that immigrants share today?
How has this project influenced your outlook on immigration?
As you know, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island are one of the over 400 National Parks in the United States. How has this project impacted your understanding of the National Parks?
What is the main message you want visitors to take away from the murals?
Last updated: October 16, 2015