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Program: Of Many Colors: Portraits of Multiracial Families, Kingston, PA
Contact(s): Christopher Miller, ChrisComm Management: (717) 331-3336
Purpose: To educate people nationwide about increased racial diversity in the American family and to help eliminate prejudice, stereotyping and harassment due to race

Background Program Operations Outcomes


In 1994, photographer Gigi Kaeser and writer Peggy Gillespie of Amherst, Massachusetts, created an ambitious traveling photographic exhibit to focus on and celebrate the ever-growing racial diversity in the American family. Since then, Of Many Colors has been displayed in public schools (K-12), churches, synagogues, colleges, community centers, galleries, and museums nationwide. Of Many Colors is designed for all people interested in bringing issues of diversity to their community.

Program Operations

Of Many Colors tells the stories of 20 families who have bridged the racial divide through interracial relationships or adoption. There are two versions of the exhibit, one for K-6 level children and another for adolescents and adults. In a world where race is considered by many to be a formidable barrier among people, the families in this exhibit are celebrated as 20th Century pioneers willing to risk disapproval and misunderstanding in order to find value in diversity.

Outcomes and Significant Accomplishments

Some of the places around the country where Of Many Colors has been exhibited are: Oberlin College, Williams College, the Annual American Society of Curriculum Development Conference, Central Michigan University and the U.S. Department of Defense's elementary schools overseas. Exhibit rentals run from one week to two months. To learn more about Of Many Colors, visit their Website at www.familydiv.org/OfManyColors/. The exhibit is also available in book form.

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