Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture
Chicago, Illinois

To support beLONGING: Lithuanian Artists in Chicago 1900 to Now (September 2024–December 2025), an exhibition exploring identity and place through the diverse work, perspectives, and legacy of three waves of Lithuanian immigrant artists in Chicago. This exhibition and its associated programs and publications consider the causes and consequences of immigration/migration, including displacement, colonization, trauma, and assimilation. The cost of belonging is choosing what to leave behind; its reward, creating new connections in this culturally diverse and evolving city. The grant supports an engagement fellow, who identifies partners for community-engagement initiatives and develops audience-engagement and educational programs. The project is part of the Terra Foundation initiative Art Design Chicago.

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