Home is Where the Art Is:

On October 22 we welcomed writer, scholar, and performer Lawrence La Fountain for a day celebrating LGBT Puerto Rican culture at Chicago’s National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Mr. La Fountain, who was raised in Puerto Rico, teaches at the University of Michigan where he specializes in LGBT, Latina/o, Puerto Rican, and Hispanic-Caribbean studies. His fiction is featured in our anthology, Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, and in an alternative role, La Fountain often appears as Lola von Miramar.

The event included:

  • An interview and Q&A session with Mr. La Fountain, conducted by prominent activist and member of the Chicago LGBT Hall of Fame, Emmanuel Garcia
  • A panel discussion with area teens on Latinx life
  • An interactive storytelling workshop presented by Public Narrative

Home is Where the Art Is—a collaboration of the National Museum of Puerto Rican Arts and Culture, the Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and Public Narrative—is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

On April 16, 2016, our first “Home is Where the Art Is” event brought Haitian-American author, MacArthur Fellow, and National Book Award Nominee Edwidge Danticat to the Haitian American Museum of Chicago for an exploration of what it means to be a Haitian-American in the United States today. Over 85 people attended, enjoying an exciting conversation with the author, a discussion of her short story “Hot-Air Balloons”, and a storytelling workshop. Attendees also received a copy of the book Immigrant Voices: 21st Century Stories, published by the Great Books Foundation.

This program was a collaborative effort of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago, The Great Books Foundation, the Chicago Cultural Alliance, and Public Narrative. It was supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts.

10:00 a.m.

Museum Opens
Women & Children First bookstore on-site

11:00 to 12:15

Morning Session
A conversation with Edwidge Danticat and a discussion focusing on her short story 
“Hot-Air Balloons”

12:30 to 3:00

Afternoon Session
Lunch and storytelling workshop with Susy Schultz, President of Public Narrative, 
and Edwidge Danticat

Lawrence La Fountain

Edwidge Danticat