Aurora, a culturally diverse city

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On Saturday, August 18 was the grand opening of the new Asian exhibit called “An Epic Journey: Aurora’s Asian/Pacific Communities” at the Aurora History Museum.

On Saturday, August 18 was the grand opening of the new Asian exhibit called “An Epic Journey: Aurora’s Asian/Pacific Communities” at the Aurora History Museum. There were kids and adults from all different nationalities. I was impressed to see the variety of clothing, jewelry, musical instruments, and art work as well as the music and dances.

Ms. Jennifer Cronk, who was in charge of the exhibit at the Aurora History Museum said, “We are hoping to show everyone in Aurora and throughout Denver how diverse Aurora is. A little snapshot of diversity in Aurora.“ The exhibits are from the community, “a lot of them are decorations in their own houses“, said Cronk.
They started planning for the exhibit over a year ago, and started collecting them four months ago and received the last piece the day before the opening.   Several Asian groups are part of the exhibit – Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Filipino, Burmese Tribes, Korean, Samoa, and Hawaiian.
Said Cronk, “We’ve done this in the past with the Aurora Asian/Pacific Community Partnership group, we collaborated with at Martin Luther King Library on Colfax.  But this is the first large exhibit that we’ve done.”

Most of the people I interviewed at the event have friends that work with the Aurora History Museum or Asian/Pacific Partnership, or donated items for the exhibit.
Peter Kernkamp “came to see the music, performances, artwork, and exhibits”.  Students Charlotte and Sophie Lee liked the stringed instruments made of jade.  Tha Hlei enjoyed seeing the museum, specially the clothes that she donated for the Burmese exhibit.

To experience the diversity in our community, I recommend visiting the Aurora History Museum located at 15051 E. Alameda Pkwy.  Admission is free.  Museum hours are Tuesday thru Friday 9am to 4pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am to 4pm.  The exhibit is available until November 4, 2012.