International Museum of Muslim Cultures
Grant Type: General Operating
Duration: January 1, 2023 - December 31, 2023
The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC) educates the American public about Islamic history and culture. Based in Jackson, Mississippi—a crucible of historic and present-day U.S. Civil Rights Movements—IMMC uses this history to mobilize the community and increase awareness, knowledge, and action across race, gender, religion, and class.
The International Museum of Muslim Cultures (IMMC)’s goal is to bring people of different backgrounds together to understand our shared humanity. As a cultural hub, IMMC has begun transforming from a regional destination to an institution with a national impact. Housed in downtown Jackson’s Mississippi Arts Center, IMMC is building on 21 years of robust programming to forge dynamic interfaith and broad-based community partnerships with the City of Jackson, Jackson public schools, and institutions of higher education, such as Tougaloo and Millsaps Colleges. In June 2019, IMMC premiered its historic exhibition “Muslims with Christians and Jews: An Exhibition of Covenants and Coexistence,” which opened in IMMC’s satellite location in downtown Jackson. As the COVID-19 pandemic gripped America and the world, IMMC was honored to win two major awards: 1) USA Today named IMMC among its 10 Best Readers’ Choice awardees in the category of religious museums— IMMC coming in fourth. 2) Studio Basel won the Golden Award of Montreux (Switzerland) for the design of IMMC’s Covenants and Coexistence exhibit. IMMC is excited to partner with the City of Jackson to pilot A Beloved Community Integrated Transformation Project in 2022. This includes the development of IMMC’s online academy and a robust online presence.
Year founded: 2000
Location: Jackson, MS