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A Children's Museum 'Surprise Blockbuster': A Show on Islam
by Janet Morrissey
As terrorism fears have mounted and tensions have escalated toward Muslims in the United States in recent years, the Children's Museum of Manhattan is doing its part to help defuse the rising anxiety. Its exhibition "America to Zanzibar: Muslim Cultures Near and Far" showcases the history, art and traditions of Muslims, with the belief that education will beat back ignorance and hate every time.
"People really want to dig in and get a better understanding from a trusted source about Muslim cultures," said Andrew S. Ackerman, the museum's executive director. And the earlier people are exposed to diverse cultures, the better, he said.
"Biases can form by age 6," noted Lizzy Martin, the show's curator.
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