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Film Screening and Conversation – Blue Like Me

Date(s) - Thursday, August 25th
7:00 pm CDT - 8:15 pm CDT

America's Black Holocaust Museum

dsc0801-version-2‘Blue Like Me’ is a documentary that profiles Indian-American artist Siona Benjamin. Raised in the small Bene Israel Jewish community in Mumbai, India, Benjamin’s art fuses world religions with eastern myths and western pop culture to create vibrant new worlds. ‘Blue Like Me’ travels with Benjamin to Mumbai, revisiting the Bene Israel Jews portrayed in her recent Fulbright project. Siona Benjamin is a daughter of Israel, born in India, and a citizen of the world – and that world is blue.

Join our partners at America’s Black Holocaust Museum for a post-screening conversation with Chelsea Cross, a consultant with Crossroad Solutions, member of the Board of Directors of Tikkun Ha-Ir of Milwaukee, Milwaukee’s point person for Edot Midwest Regional Jewish Diversity and Racial Justice Collaborative, and Nirmal Raja, an interdisciplinary artist, mentor for the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network, recipient of the Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year 2022 award from the Milwaukee Arts Board. They will discuss themes explored in the film including issues of identity, gender, and notions of inclusion and exclusion, framed by their own experiences and perspectives as well as some of the projects and initiatives they are involved with. 

America’s Black Holocaust Museum galleries will be open 10 AM – 7 PM before the program. Explore the history of African Americans from pre-captivity to the present, including their integral role in United States history and culture. Free admission with the purchase of a program ticket. 

Free for JMM & ABHM Members | $10 for Nonmembers

Sponsors: America’s Black Holocaust Museum and Tikkun Ha-Ir

In connection with Beyond Borders: The Art of Siona Benjamin, an exhibit on display at the Jewish Museum Milwaukee, June 17 – September 25, 2022.

About the Presenters

A native Wisconsinite, Chelsea Cross uses her experiences from living abroad and on both United States coasts, while serving in both the education and health field, to impact her home on a broader scale. Chelsea identifies as a Blewish woman (Black+Jew), as her background propels and enables her to make change. She is a former classroom teacher who works as a consultant, leading political and other community-based campaigns. She also consults in the cannabis sector and with organizations focused on using data and technology as tools for social change. Chelsea holds degrees from Brown and Johns Hopkins universities. Advocating for diverse, safe, educated, and healthy communities are the types of challenges that Chelsea relishes. In addition to acting as Edot Point in Milwaukee, she helps to lead Edot fundraising and development work. She also serves on the board of Tikkun Ha-Ir, recently graduated from Boardified where she trained to be a Jewish board leader, and is a current Weinstein Fellow through the Milwaukee Jewish Federation.

Nirmal Raja is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Milwaukee, She had lived in India, South Korea, and Hong Kong before immigrating to the United States thirty years ago. She holds a BA in English Literature from St. Francis College in Hyderabad, India; a BFA from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, and an MFA from the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee. She has participated in solo and group shows in the Midwest, nationally, and internationally. She is the recipient of several awards including “Graduate of The Decade” from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Raja received the Mary L. Nohl Fellowship for individual artists for the year 2020 and the Mildred L. Harpole Artists of the Year 2022 award from the Milwaukee Arts Board. She collaborates with other artists and strongly believes in investing energy into her immediate community while also considering the global. She is a mentor for the Milwaukee Artists Resource Network. She periodically curates exhibitions that bring people from different cultures and backgrounds together. 

About America’s Black Holocaust Museum

America’s Black Holocaust Museum (ABHM) was founded by lynching survivor Dr. James Cameron in 1988 to educate the world about the history of African Americans from pre-captivity to the present as an integral part of U.S. History. With both a virtual and physical museum, ABHM builds public awareness of the traumatic legacies of slavery in America and promotes racial repair, reconciliation, and healing. We envision a society that remembers its past in order to shape a better future – a nation undivided by race where every person matters equally. To learn more, please visit

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