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Migrations: The Making of America

The history of America is indelibly linked to the movement of people. Some were brought here not of their own free will, and their perseverance and resilience transformed the nation. Others came here—or moved within the borders of this country—because they sought a new life, free from poverty, discrimination, and persecution. The many contributions—cultural, social, and political—of these migrations, and the people who helped to build this country and what it means to be American, are honored in Carnegie Hall’s festival Migrations: The Making of America.

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Migrations: The Making of America — A Citywide Festival

At Carnegie Hall, we examine the musical legacies of three migrations: the crossings from Scotland and Ireland during the 18th and 19th centuries, the immigration of Jews from Russia and Eastern Europe between 1881 and the National Origins Act of 1924, and the Great Migration—the exodus of African Americans from the South to the industrialized cities of the Northeast, Midwest, and West from 1917 into the 1970s. With performances of bluegrass, old-time, klezmer, Yiddish musical theater, blues, jazz, and more, Carnegie Hall celebrates the American musical traditions that flourished as a result of these migrations.

Beyond Carnegie Hall, public programming, performances, exhibitions, and events at festival partner organizations—leading cultural and academic institutions in New York City and beyond—will highlight other aspects of these and the many other migrations, including those from Italy, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Asia, as well as the internal migration of Native Americans, that have contributed to American culture today. Our music—and our history—is enriched by the diversity of cultures, traditions, and people of this nation. Come hear what defines us all.

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Presented by Harlem One Stop

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America’s African Voice

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Presented by Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Migrations at Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

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Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Stories from the Archives: Jewish Immigration to America

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Presented by Fiona Ritchie Productions / The Thistle & Shamrock, National Public Radio (NPR)

The Thistle & Shamrock: Chris Thile

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Presented by Association for the Study of African American Life and History

African American Migration

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Presented by American Jewish Historical Society in partnership with YIVO and the Center for Jewish History

Happy Birthday, Molly!

Celebrating East and West and Other Migrating Identities
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Presented by The Cupping Room Café

Nathan Slate Joseph

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Presented by Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies at New York University, Cinema Tropical, What Moves You?, and the World Council of Peoples for the United Nations

Indocumentales

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Presented by The Museum of Modern Art

One-Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series

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Presented by Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration

Music in America

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Presented by Association for Cultural Equity

The Global Jukebox

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Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Oh Mama, I'm in Love!

The Story of the Yiddish Stage
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Presented by Studs Terkel Radio Archive / WFMT

Studs Terkel Archive

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

This Irish American Life

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Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

The Ruth Rubin Legacy: Online Archive of Yiddish Folksongs

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Presented by Jim Kempner Fine Art

Boaz Vaadia

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Presented by Museum of the City of New York

Interior Lives: Contemporary Photographs of Chinese New Yorkers

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Presented by Gagosian Gallery

Shusaku Arakawa

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Presented by Tenement Museum

Migrations at the Tenement Museum

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For Teens: Studio 57 Live with Ro James

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Presented by Harlem One Stop

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Presented by Association for the Study of African American Life and History

African American Women: Creating Their Path

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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

Highland Dance

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Live from Here with Chris Thile

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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Global Mashup: Bollywood Meets Global Roots Blues

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Presented by Sundaram Tagore Gallery

Lalla Essaydi

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Presented by Mark Borghi Fine Art

Dieter Peukert

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Presented by National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene

From the Yiddish Rialto to the Silver Screen

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Presented by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Tracing Migrations to New York: 1600–1820

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Presented by Academy Of American Poets

Poems About Migration

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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Pop-Up Memory Book: An Art-Making Workshop for Seniors

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Presented by China Institute

Divided Loyalty: Being Chinese in America

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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

Scottish Fiddle with Athena Tergis

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Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lakecia Benjamin Quintet

A Woman's Perspective: Jazz Takes Flight
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Presented by Jazz at Lincoln Center

Lakecia Benjamin Quintet

A Woman's Perspective: Jazz Takes Flight
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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Roaratorio: Cage and Cunningham's Irish Circus

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Andy Statman Trio

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From $40 to $48

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Presented by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Dutch, Walloon, and Huguenot: Exploring Intersections in New York's Past

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Presented by Irish Arts Center

Seventh Annual Celtic Appalachian Celebration

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

This Irish American Life

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Presented by El Museo del Barrio

Super Sábado: Voces Latinxs

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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Yeats + Tagore: India Meets Ireland (in America)

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Nicholas Payton, Trumpet

Afro-Caribbean Mixtape
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From $44 to $52

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Presented by New York Public Library and the Marshall Project

We Are Witnesses: Becoming an American

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Presented by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Tracing Migrations to New York: 1820–1924

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Presented by Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America at Columbia University

Emanuele Arciuli

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Presented by Fiona Ritchie Productions / The Thistle & Shamrock, National Public Radio (NPR)

The Thistle & Shamrock: Karine Polwart

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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Jerome Robbins's Poppa Piece

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Presented by New-York Historical Society

How Green Was My Valley

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

This Irish American Life

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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

Scottish Cèilidh Dance

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Presented by New York Academy of Medicine and the Museum of the City of New York in collaboration with Wellcome

The Hospital Zone at Ellis Island: A Walking Tour

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Presented by Orchestra of St. Luke's

Music in Color: Gabriela Lena Frank

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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Global Mashup: Western Swing Meets Balkan Brass

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WEPA! Movement, Culture, and Music: Circa '95 and The Curtis Brothers

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Karine Polwart
Kaia Kater

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From $50 to $65

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Presented by Orchestra of St. Luke's

Music in Color: Gabriela Lena Frank

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Presented by Ulster Historical Foundation

Ancestors, Ireland, and Emigration: Irish and Scots-Irish Genealogy

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Presented by Americas Society

Gregorio Uribe Big Band

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Presented by American Irish Historical Society and Ulster Historical Foundation

Distant Ireland—Migrations to the New World

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Presented by New York Genealogical and Biographical Society

Tracing Migrations to New York: 1924 to the Present

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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Louis Armstrong Sound Salon

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Standard Time with Michael Feinstein

The Great American Jewish Songbook: Kern, Berlin, Arlen, Rodgers, and More
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Presented by Institute of Irish Studies at Fordham University

Land of Song: Voicing Immigration

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Presented by Orchestra of St. Luke's

Music in Color: Gabriela Lena Frank

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

The Mission Girls

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Presented by Yiddish Book Center

Sarah Aroeste and Anthony Mordechai Tzvi Russell

Diaspora Songs: Yiddish Meets Ladino
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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Joe Key: Migrants

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

This Irish American Life

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Two Wings: The Music of Black America in Migration

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Presented by Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University, in conjunction with the Center for Jewish History and the American Jewish Historical Society

Immigration Matters: Jews, Other Immigrants, and America

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Presented by Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History at New York University

A Brivele der Mamen

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Presented by The Graduate Center, CUNY

Migrations: Rewriting America

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Presented by Scottish Government

Global Scotland: Scot’s Impact on Early America and Migration Today

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Presented by New-York Historical Society

Migration: The Making of Modern America

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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

Scottish Cèilidh Dance

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Presented by American-Scottish Foundation

The Scots Who Built New York

Andrew Carnegie’s Contributions to Architecture and the Promotion of Ideas, 1855–1919
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Presented by Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University

To Where From Here: Migration Legacies

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Presented by American-Scottish Foundation

Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace

A Lunchtime Concert in Bryant Park
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Presented by Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Arts and Culture, and the DREAMers Club at Hostos Community College, CUNY

Undocumented, Unafraid: The Power of Creative Expression

A Conversation with Dan-el Padilla Peralta
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Presented by Latin American & Caribbean Studies, Center for Arts and Culture, and the DREAMers Club at Hostos Community College, CUNY

Yosimar Reyes's and Other UndocuArts

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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

The Biggest Jewish City in the World

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Presented by Orchestra of St. Luke's

Music in Color: Gabriela Lena Frank

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Presented by American-Scottish Foundation

Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace

A Lunchtime Concert in Bryant Park
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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

Pre–Tartan Day Parade Cèilidh

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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Flor De Toloache

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

This Irish American Life

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Presented by Saint Andrew's Society of the State of New York

Kirkin' o' the Tartan Service and Pre-Parade Brunch

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For Teens: Studio 57 Live with Martha Redbone

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Presented by American-Scottish Foundation

Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace

A Lunchtime Concert in Bryant Park
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Presented by NYC Tartan Week

NYC Tartan Day Parade

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Presented by NYC Tartan Week

Tartan Day Parade: Post-Parade Party

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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Global Mashup: Klezmer Meets Latin Boogaloo

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Presented by Vietnam Heritage Center

Music of the Vietnamese Diaspora

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

The Gloaming

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Spring Family Day: Journey to the Harlem Renaissance

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Presented by American-Scottish Foundation

Pipes and Drums on the Fountain Terrace

A Lunchtime Concert in Bryant Park
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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company

CrossCurrent VI
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Presented by Orchestra of St. Luke's

Music in Color: Gabriela Lena Frank

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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

An Afternoon with Winterface: Àdhamh Ó Broin and Noel Graham

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Presented by Centro Primo Levi, the Italian Cultural Institute, and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Magnifico in New York: Corrado Cagli, Migrating Artists, and the Mirage of Italy

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Presented by Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies at Columbia University

The Book Smugglers

Partisans, Poets, and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis with David E. Fishman
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Presented by Presented by the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law

The Great Migration: Searching for Security, Finding Injustice

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Presented by YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

The Musical Legacy of Eastern European Jews

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Presented by American Indian Community House

Urban NDNS: A Celebration of Native American Music, Arts, and Culture

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Presented by Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America

From Migration to Music: The Scotch-Irish Contributions to America

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Presented by Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University

Diasporic Sound: Migration, Resilience, and Remix

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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

The Paxton Boys of Pennsylvania

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Presented by Japan Society

You Took a Part of Me

Choreographed by Karole Armitage
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Presented by Glucksman Ireland House / The Center for Irish Studies at New York University

This Irish American Life

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Presented by Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America

From Migration to Music: The Scotch-Irish Contributions to America

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Presented by Harlem One Stop

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Presented by New York Caledonian Club

Scottish Fiddle with Calum Pasqua

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Presented by Japan Society

You Took a Part of Me

Choreographed by Karole Armitage
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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

Deva Mahal

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From $44 to $53

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Presented by New-York Historical Society

Reading Into History: The Great American Dust Bowl with Don Brown

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Presented by Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs

Immigrant Heritage Week

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Presented by New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Black Shadows on a Silver Screen: The Great Migration and Independent Filmmaking

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CARNEGIE HALL PRESENTS

From Shtetl to Stage: A Celebration of Yiddish Music and Culture

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From $22.50 to $150

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From $22.50 to $150

Presented by National Black Theatre in partnership with the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

In Perpetual Flight: The Migration of the Black Body

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Presented by Origin Theatre Company in association with the Ulster Scots Agency and the Northern Ireland Bureau

The Land of Promise

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Presented by Flushing Town Hall

Global Mashup: Bluegrass Meets Cuba

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Presented by Museum of Chinese in America

The Moon Represents My Heart: Music, Memory, and Belonging

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Presented by Harlem One Stop

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Soul Mechanism: A Community Conversation

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Soul Mechanism: A Concert Celebrating The Music of Migrations

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Presented by Harlem One Stop

Harlem: The Migration and Integration of America's African Voice

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Festival Partners

American Indian Community House
American Irish Historical Society
American Jewish Historical Society
American-Scottish Foundation
Americas Society
Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University
Association for Cultural Equity
Association for the Study of African American Life and History
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University School of Law
Casa Italiana Zerilli-Marimò, New York University
Center for Jewish History
Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, New York University
Centro Primo Levi
China Institute
Cinema Tropical
El Museo del Barrio
Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration
Fiona Ritchie Productions/The Thistle & Shamrock, National Public Radio
Flushing Town Hall
Glucksman Ireland House/The Center for Irish Studies, New York University
Goldstein-Goren Center for American Jewish History, New York University
Harlem One Stop/Harlem Cultural Collaborative
Harlem Stage
Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, Harvard University
Immigration and Ethnic History Society
Indo-American Arts Council
Institute for Israel and Jewish Studies, Columbia University
Institute for Research in African-American Studies, Columbia University
Institute of Irish Studies, Fordham University
Irish Arts Center
Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America, Columbia University
Italian Cultural Institute
Japan Society
Jazz at Lincoln Center
Keyes Art Projects
Latin American & Caribbean Studies and Center for the Arts and Culture, Hostos Community College, CUNY
Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs

 

Museum of Chinese in America
Museum of Jewish Heritage - A Living Memorial to the Holocaust
Museum of the City of New York
National Black Theatre, Inc.
National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene
New York Academy of Medicine
New York Caledonian Club
New York Genealogical and Biographical Society
New York Tartan Week
Northern Ireland Bureau
Orchestra of St. Luke's
Origin Theatre Company
Oxford Cultural Collective
Saint Andrew’s Society of the State of New York
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
Scotch-Irish Society of the United States of America
Scottish Government
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Studs Terkel Radio Archive
Tenement Museum
The Art Students League of New York
The Graduate Center, CUNY
The India Center Foundation
The Jewish Museum
The John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Museum of Modern Art
The New York Public Library
The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts
The New-York Historical Society
Vietnam Heritage Center
Ulster Historical Foundation
Ulster-Scots Agency
Wellcome
WFMT Radio Network
What Moves You?
World Council of Peoples for the United Nations
Yiddish Book Center
YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Ford Foundation

Lead support for Migrations: The Making of America is provided by the Ford Foundation, The Morris and Alma Schapiro Fund, and Igor Tulchinsky.

Howard Gilman Foundation

Additional support is provided by the Howard Gilman Foundation, Dr. Lynne Harrison, and Anonymous (2).

National Endowment for the Arts

Public support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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