Coming Home is an arts initiative that
uses photography and film to connect older Liberians in the Diaspora
with friends and family at home. A group of eight elders in Staten
Island, New York came together over the course of two months to
create messages for the Project Coordinator to carry to friends
and family in Liberia. The Project Coordinator delivered the messages,
filmed responses and returned them to the Staten Island community.
Coming Home will culminate in a multimedia
exhibit opening December 2, 2006 at Snug Harbor Cultural
Center on Staten Island, New York. The exhibit will feature
stories, photos and films taken by the elders, their friends,
families and allies.
The goals of the Coming Home project
were to; enhance the social connections of and support for older
Liberians in the Diaspora, increase local service providers understanding
of the context from which the Liberians on Staten Island fled,
address the culture and values of older Liberians in the Diaspora
and raise public awareness and funding to address the special
needs of Liberian elders.