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Award-winning Exhibition Open to the Public from October 2018-March 2019

Award-winning Exhibition Open to the Public from October 2018-March 2019

Press Release

The Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum’s Groundbreaking Exhibition Gateways/Portales Finds a New Home at the Nation’s First Immigrant Adult Charter School

The award-winning Smithsonian exhibition Gateways/Portales has found a new home at the Carlos Rosario School, which has been serving immigrant adult learners for 45+ years in Washington, DC. Patrons will be able to view the exhibition and take student-led tours during an Open House on Friday, October 19th 5:30-8:30 at the Harvard Street Campus (1100 Harvard Street NW).

“Having this important exhibition reopen in the community, at a school in the nation’s capital, is precisely the type of extended engagement we want to foster through this work,” said Lisa Sasaki, interim director, Anacostia Community Museum. “It presents more opportunities for conversations to be had around some of the most important issues facing the United States today.”

Originally presented at the Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum December 2016 through January 2018, “Gateways/Portales” explored the triumphs and struggles of Latinx migrants and immigrants through the lenses of rights and justice, representation and celebration in Washington, D.C., Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham, N.C., and Baltimore; cities that have experienced rapid growth in their Latinx populations. The reframed installation at the Carlos Rosario School primarily focuses on Washington, DC but also references the other cities.

The exhibition, originally curated by Latinx studies curator Dr. Ariana Curtis, is nestled among classrooms and spans two floors of the school’s Harvard Street Campus located at 1100 Harvard Street NW in Columbia Heights. As an education institution serving immigrants from more than 85 different countries around the world, the school is planning to build lesson plans and classroom activities around the exhibition. An educator’s night scheduled in November will allow educators from across DC to view the exhibition at the school and share with each other ideas on how to bring lessons back to their own classrooms.

“We’re honored to partner with the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum and to provide a new home for this innovative exhibition that depicts the complex Latinx stories of immigrants and migrants living in urban cities on the east coast. As an educational institution first and foremost, we welcome the rich conversations that an exhibition like this will spark among people in our community,” said Allison Kokkoros, Carlos Rosario School CEO.

A few highlights from the Gateways/Portales exhibit include:

  1. Festival as Community Empowerment: a series of photos from Fiesta D.C.
  2. Making Home, Constructing Community: photos and artwork representing hair salons and depictions of beauty in Latinx communities.
  3. Civil Unrest and Community Change: Photos from the Mount Pleasant riots, which erupted in Washington, D.C. in response to the shooting of a Latino man by an African American police woman during a Cinco de Mayo festival in the early 1990s.

Carlos Rosario School

Founded in 1970, the Carlos Rosario School provides education that transforms individuals, families and communities to more than 2,500 Washington, DC immigrants each year. The School’s award-winning model for adult education includes foundational courses in ESL, GED, technology essentials, citizenship and career training programs in health, IT, and culinary arts along with comprehensive support services. Through these programs students gain the skills and resources needed to excel in today’s global workplace.

Smithsonian’s Anacostia Community Museum

Established in 1967, the Anacostia Community Museum focuses on examining the impact of contemporary social issues on urban communities. The original presentation of “Gateways/Portales” was funded through the Latino Initiatives Pool, administered by the Smithsonian Latino Center. For more information, call (202) 633-4820; for tours, call (202) 633-4844. Website:

Media Only:
Mandy Toomey, (202) 797-4700
Marcia Baird Burris (202) 633-4876; (202) 320-1735 (cell)