One of the things I love about having grown up in NYC and living in NYC is the exposure to so many different cultures and languages. I believe diversity is one of the things that makes this city so beautiful, unique and strong.
David Dinkins, the first African American mayor of NYC, once called the diversity in NYC a “gorgeous mosaic.” It was only a matter of time before someone captured this in a unique way. A photographer, Danny Goldfield, has done this beautifully. I recently discovered his exhibit entitled “NYChildren.” Mr. Goldfield set out to find a child from every country on earth, living in NYC.
Images are a thousand words, and boy, these images sure are. They inspire everything childhood is supposed to inspire: innocence, fun, tenderness, laughter, joy, excitement, silliness…. They warm your heart. Perhaps these children speak different languages, eat different foods, observe different holidays, but I bet they all want and need the same things: to be safe, to be loved, to be educated. If you put these children in a room all together, chances are they would play together, find ways to communicate, and have fun together. It is the adults in our world that taint children with bias, bigotry and hatred. Looking at these images reminded me that if children are taught to be kind to their neighbors, no matter what they look like, or how they speak, then our world would be a better place.
I feel very lucky that I live here, and I am happy that I am raising my son in such a multicultural and diverse city, being that he is, in fact, a multicultural kid. My hope as a mother to a French-American and Latino son, and daughter of immigrant parents, is that I can instill in my son the love of diversity, the openness of spirit so that he will learn to appreciate the beauty of different cultures, and so he will not be quick to judge, but rather be open to learn about those that might have different beliefs, look different, or speak different languages.
I was so moved by these exhibit that I wanted to share it with all of you, and encourage you to share your thoughts about what diversity means to you and the importance of celebrating diversity. So, thanks to Danny Goldfield’s generosity, here’s my first giveaway! Share your thoughts on diversity and the importance of diversity and enter to win a signed copy of NYChildren!
LadydeeLG’s first giveaway RULES:
-Leave a comment below and/or on my Facebook page, sharing your thoughts on “What diversity means to me and why it is important to celebrate diversity”
–Please note what country you are from (if not born in the USA) or the country of your ancestors (this is just for purposes of displaying the diversity of readers!)
- You may leave a comment below and/or Facebook, up to two entries per person.
- Please note: only relevant, thoughtful comments will be entered in the giveaway. (So don’t say “I want to win the book.” That will not be considered an entry.
- Entries accepted until Dec 17th, 5:00 pm EST.
- A winner will be chosen on December 18th, and the book will be shipped shortly thereafter.Please note: book will only be shipped in the United States.
- Prize: a signed copy of the book, NYChildren by Danny Goldfield (retail value: $37.00) It would make a great gift this holiday season!
If you have any questions, feel free to reach out via Twitter @dianalimongi or hit “ask me/pregúntame” on the top of this page.
PS. If you live in NYC, (or happen to be visiting for the holidays!) I invite you to check out Danny Goldfield’s exhibit, currently on display at The Laurie M. Tisch Gallery at The JCC in Manhattan, until January 3rd, 2013. If you can make it there on a Saturday, check out their free programming R&R: Shabbat.
All Photos: Diana Limongi, 2012. may not be used without permission.