During this time of heightened Islamophobia, cultural connections are more important than ever. A new exhibition at the Children’s Museum of Manhattan titled “America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far” showcases the history, art, and traditions of Muslims. The organizers hope that this exhibition will help dispel misconceptions about Muslims and Islam and expose young children to new ideas. According to Andrew S. Ackerman, the museum’s executive director, “People really want to dig in and get a better understanding from a trusted source about Muslim cultures… We want young children to be exposed to as much diversity as possible to better understand other people and themselves, and there’s no question that reduces prejudice, violence, and misunderstandings.” And, the show has been even more popular than anyone may have predicted! With over 350,000 people already having attended, the museum has extended the show for another year and plans are underway to take it on a nationwide tour in 2018.
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