State Museum announces New Blockbuster Exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different?


The South Carolina State Museum is proud to announce its new blockbuster traveling exhibit, RACE: Are We So Different? presented by Central Carolina Community Foundation. Opening to the public June 4, a project of the American Anthropological Association in collaboration with the Science Museum of Minnesota, the exhibit will explore a cultural, scientific and historical look at race throughout history and the reasons we should all celebrate our differences.

This isn’t the first time the State Museum considered the idea of bringing this exhibit to South Carolina, but because of scheduling issues it wasn’t the right time. Fortunately, 2016 brought an opportunity for the perfect match for Race: Are We So Different, the State Museum and Central Carolina Community Foundation. The Science Museum of Minnesota remembered that the State Museum was once interested and called to see if the museum still wanted to bring this compelling exhibit to South Carolina, due in large part to their awareness of the events that had occurred in our state last summer. It couldn’t have come at a more ideal time for the State Museum and our state, as South Carolinians from all backgrounds came together, unified in the face of the tragic events of 2015. The discussion on race and race relations has since continued. Race: Are We So Different? Is the perfect host to drive and direct these discussions in a thoughtful, engaging approach.

This exhibit was made possible by Central Carolina Community Foundation’s Connected Communities grant. RACE: Are We So Different? will connect our community through conversation and exploration of a subject that often challenges us. The Community Foundation’s Community Impact Committee believes that this exhibit is an opportunity to continue building a welcoming community as, communities are strengthened when their residents allow themselves to explore challenging and sometimes uncomfortable topics together. And, when people regardless of who they are feel welcome, their level of attachment to their community grows and they become personally invested in working with others to improve the place they call home.

Author: Jana Pye

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