National Indo-American Museum plans cultural activities in Chicago

National Indo-American Museum hosting a ‘Cultural Rhythms’ program, part of a series it has planned for this year. Photo: NIAM Newsletter

The Chicago-based National Indo-American Museum, NIAM, is planning a host of cultural events showcasing the Indian-American community over the coming months.

According to its mission, “NIAM builds bridges across generations and connects cultures through the diverse, colorful stories of all Indian Americans.”

Going by that mission, the upcoming event is “Cultural Rhythms” for which NIAM received a grant from The Ralla Klepak Foundation for Education and will be facilitating interactive programs like Cultural Rhythms where students will able to learn about Indian history by way of performing arts.

A historical photo of an Indian family in the U.S. which is part of the ongoing Desi Roots and Wings exhibit at NIAM, Chicago. Photo courtesy National Indo-American Museum Newsletter

The Museum has an ongoing exhibition entitled “Desi Roots and Wings” which includes the Beyond Bollywood exhibit developed in conjunction with the Smithsonian, NIAM, The Field Museum and Chicago Community Trust. The traveling exhibit now has a permanent home at the National Indo-American Museum.

The Desi Roots and Wings exhibit displays images ranging from railway workers from the 19th century, and representations of the daily life of the community, its culture and contributions to U.S., bringing it up to date with doctors, engineers, astronauts, yoga masters, to high-tech CEOs.

Ribbon cutting in October 2022, of the E/Merge exhibit on Indian-origin artists at the National Indo-American Museum. Photo: videograb YouTube video on NIAM E/Merge exhibition.

The Museum is also gearing up for a new exhibit featuring Indian-American artists. This is a follow-up to the success of last year’s E/Merge: Art of the Indian Diaspora exhibit curated by Shaurya Kumar, chair of the Faculty and Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute Chicago.



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