Inside/Out: Growing Old in the United States

Virtual Exhibition


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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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