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New Americans Museum

The New Americans Museum & Immigrant Learning Center in San Diego, California, promotes tolerance, civic engagement and oral histories. It is located at 2825 Dewey Rd #102, San Diego, CA 92106. A non-profit institution, it is a celebration of multigenerational immigrants’ contributions to our nation. Founded by Deborah Szekely, the museum seeks to create a gathering of living ideas.

The museum offers a variety of events and exhibits, including a visual history studio and an oral history studio. Visitors can also view a wide array of immigration-related art.

Chi Essary is an artist, writer and curator. She is committed to the intersection of art and science and works in oil painting and found objects. Her most recent exhibition, Extra-Ordinary Collusion, was a cross-disciplinary show that paired 50 scientists with 50 artists. She is currently an independent curator based in Sydney, Australia.

Elizabeth Rodriguez is a bicultural Mexican American who believes in the promise of the American Dream. Her photographs and video work address issues surrounding women in Western European artistic tradition. In her photographs, she crossed the border daily to gain access to educational opportunities. Among her large-scale photographs are Lalla Essaydi: Photographs, 2005-2013.

Shine Takeda’s Behind Inscription will be featured in the community gallery of the New Americans Museum. This site-specific installation incorporates 113 individual stories, spanning 54 miles of thread. It includes documentation on the conceptualization and weaving processes. Guests will have the chance to view a time-lapse video of the weaving process. An exclusive retrospective of Takeda’s work will be displayed as well.

The Oceanside Museum of Art is a member of the San Diego County Arts Council and the North County Arts Network. The museum is looking for a new executive director. James F. Peck, director of the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, Texas, has been named as the new director of the museum. Previously, he has worked at the National Gallery of Art and the Lux Art Institute.

The museum has a Pay What You Wish admissions program, which allows visitors to choose the admission price. Additionally, a number of the works on display will be made available as interventions in the museum’s permanent collection. Here’s another great place to visit.

Another museum with a Pay What You Wish admissions program is the Museum of Photographic Art. Located at the Fleet Science Center, the museum features a range of exhibitions and activities. Some of the exhibitions include Divine Desire: Printmaking, Mythology and the Birth of the Baroque, which features 70 engravings, and Dream City: The 1915 Panama-California Exposition, which explores photographs taken by Francis Bruguiere during that time.

Other San Diego museums with Pay What You Wish programs include the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, which offers the public an admissions program that enables them to pay as they wish. These admissions are also available on weekdays and Thursdays.

Founded by Deborah Szekely, who is an American-born immigrant, the New Americans Museum & Immigrant Learning center is dedicated to promoting civic engagement, tolerance and oral histories. The organization is a non-profit whose founders believe in the power of democracy. Learn more.

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