The exhibit includes interactive displays, videos, objects and information on both Yemen and Yemeni-Americans.
The goal of the exhibit is to bridge barriers and promote cross-cultural understanding between the Yemeni and non-Arab people of Coldwater. Through partnerships with Aira of Coldwater and the Arab American Society of Coldwater, Tibbits was able to produce the exhibit which is on display at the opera house through the end of May, 2017.
“It’s impossible to really understand Coldwater’s Yemeni community without taking a look at the history and culture from which they have emigrated,” says project director, Tamara Apmann, “Tibbits is excited to explore this topic while also dispelling many of the misconceptions about the community of Yemen-Americans living here today.”
The exhibit was funded through a Michigan Humanities Council Heritage Grant. The state-wide grant program supports projects that help the people of Michigan understand cultural differences by sharing local stories of race, cultural history and personal identity.