Welcome to Inside/Out: Growing Old in the United
States. This virtual exhibition focuses on issues relevant to elderly Latino
immigrants in this country — people who arrived in waves
of migration to seek progress and the better way of life
promoted by the “American Dream.”
The exhibition is designed to create greater
awareness of the socio-economic conditions that help shape
the lives of elderly Latinos and, at the same time, to celebrate
their heritage, culture, and the ways by which they cope
with aging. The exhibition also provides data and research
and highlights personal stories with regard to four dimensions
of well-being: health, income, social network, and spirituality.
Two case studies — East Harlem (El Barrio) in New York City
and Langley Park in Maryland’s Prince Georges County — serve
to illustrate matters that are common to many elderly Latinos
throughout the nation.
This project is a collaboration among the Smithsonian
Center for Latino Initiatives, the Center on Aging, the
Department of Anthropology at the University of Maryland-College
Park, and the Inter-University Program for Latino Research.
The exhibition team is composed of Dr. Judith Freidenberg,
Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of
Maryland-College Park and the project’s guest curator; Marcia
Simoes, research associate; Maribel Kalata, Development
Officer with the Smithsonian Center for Latino Initiatives;
Melissa Carrillo, Designer for the Latino Virtual Gallery;
Tehani Collazo; and Magdalena Mieri, Director of the Latino
Virtual Gallery and Project Coordinator.
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