AMERICAN FLAG OF FACES™
Will Be Featured Exhibit at Ellis Island
Ellis Island, NY (April 2009) – The Statue of Liberty-Ellis
Island Foundation, Inc. today announced the official launch of its new American Flag of Faces™ website
at (www.FlagOfFaces.org). This interactive
website invites all Americans to submit photos of their families, their ancestors, even themselves to
become a part of this living, ever-changing American mosaic.
Participants can upload digital photos at (www.FlagOfFaces.org)
with a tax-deductible donation of $50 to become part of the American Flag of Faces™. This dynamic website,
created and produced by ESI Design and Artgig Studio, opens with an animated red, white and blue flag
populated with user-submitted images. Each image can be clicked on and enlarged. Users can also search
by name to call up specific individual or family photos.
The American Flag of Faces™ will also become a central exhibit in the upcoming Peopling of America® Center,
an exciting new expansion of the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. The Flag of Faces exhibit will consist
of a large video installation providing a mosaic of all the portraits submitted by individuals and families
who have made America their home throughout the generations.
The Peopling of America® Center will enlarge the story currently told of the Ellis Island Era (1892-1954)
to include the entire panorama of the American immigration experience, with exhibits dedicated to those who
arrived before Ellis as well as those who arrived post-1954, right up to the present. With the anticipated
2011 opening of The Peopling of America® Center, Ellis Island will
illustrate the American immigration story across the generations, and the museum will be renamed Ellis
Island: The National Museum of Immigration.
The launching of the American Flag of Faces™ is just in time for Mother’s Day. Honoring ancestors and family
by submitting their images to be a part of this exciting new exhibit makes a very special tribute to
America’s “moms” on May 10. And proceeds will help support the creation of the upcoming Peopling of America®
Center at Ellis Island.
To learn more or to upload an image, visit (www.FlagOfFaces.org).
Photos may also be submitted by mail. Applications are available by calling (212) 561-4588 or writing:
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation,
Inc., c/o Flag of Faces, 17 Battery Place, Suite 210, New York, NY 10004-3507.
Peg Zitko (212) 561-4517