(left) Elyvanie Mukangoga, Country of origin Rwanda | (right) Darshan Singh, Country of origin India | Photos By Sam Comen, courtesy of photographer

The United States is considered a melting pot of cultures and races, and it is the diversity of our immigrants that makes the country so vibrant and alive. The California Museum (1020 O St.) is celebrating the strength and uniqueness of these immigrants with a new photography exhibit called The Newest Americans, which will be open to the public through July 8. The exhibit focuses on the individual stories of 28 new citizens and gives a unique insider perspective of the journey and process of becoming an American. The photography captures two naturalization ceremonies that took place in 2017, and the pictures are accompanied by interviews with the subjects. In the interviews, the new immigrants describe what made them decide to come to this country, and what a future in the United States means to them. Since the new citizens come from more than 20 different countries of origin, this exhibit gives an exciting and interesting insight into the abundance and variety of hopes, dreams, perspectives and ideas that our immigrants can offer. All ages are invited to visit the exhibit. The California Museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Tuesdays through Saturdays, and noon – 5 p.m. on Sundays. General admission is $9, and discounted admission is available to children, students and seniors. For more information, visit Californiamuseum.org/newest-americans.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 15 of issue #263 (April 9 – 23, 2018)**

    Haley Teichert

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    Haley is a musician who plays in local bands Toy Traps and Chat Room. She also hosts a radio show called "Garlic Party" on KVMRx. She has been contributing to Submerge since 2016.