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This is a past exhibition

This exhibition was on view at the Skirball
November 19, 2015–February 21, 2016

“Hope is like a path in the countryside. Originally, there is nothing, but as people walk this way again and again, a path appears,” wrote Chinese essayist Lu Xun.

Inspired by the bestselling book A Path Appears, by Pulitzer Prize–winning journalists Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the exhibition was both a gallery installation and a community engagement project—a place where every visitor could take practical, results-driven steps to bring about social change.

Innovatively designed pavilions explored four critical humanitarian issues: education, health, good jobs, and empowerment. Each pavilion emphasized the potential of grassroots action and showcased the work of organizations—both local and around the globe—that have developed workable solutions to some of the world’s most pressing problems. At the end of the exhibition, visitors were invited to build a better world through ActionLab, a mobile-friendly tool that used storytelling to promote social change and spark a commitment to human rights.

A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World was presented in cooperation with media production company Show of Force, producer of the documentary A Path Appears; and with the WORLD Policy Analysis Center and the Global Media Center for Social Impact at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health, which provided expert guidance during the development of the exhibition. It was guest  curated by Neal Baer, MD, the Emmy-nominated television writer and producer (ERLaw & Order: SVUUnder the Dome) and co-founder of the Global Media Center for Social Impact.

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A Path Appears

View the innovative gallery design for the exhibition at the Skirball.

In the News

Moving and shaking: Nicholas Kristof
Jewish Journal | February 3, 2016

Nicholas Kristof on “A Path Appears” at the Skirball Cultural Center
USC Global Health Travel Blog | January 28, 2016

A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World
Examiner | January 7, 2016

“A Path Appears” to Neal Baer, hence his “Actions for a Better World” exhibit
WeHo News | December 17, 2015

Skirball’s ‘A Path Appears’ maps out ways to help
Daily News | December 14, 2015

'A Path Appears' Highlights Poverty, Solutions
Voice of America | November 27, 2015

"A Path Appears" at Skirball to Make a Difference
Guardian Liberty Voice | November 24, 2015

Choose Your Path, Change the World
SkirBlog | November 24, 2015

heal the world: a path appears at the skirball
The Family Savvy | November 19, 2015

Turning inspiration into action at the Skirball
KCRW’s DnA | November 18, 2015

The Weekend Go Go: A Path Appears, Pancakes & Booze, Arroyo Arts Discovery Tour
The Go Go | November 18, 2015

5 Design Things to Do This Week
KCRW’s DnA | November 16, 2015

New Skirball exhibition channels the power of you
Jewish Journal | November 12, 2015

Skirball museum exhibition will issue a call to grass-roots social action
Los Angeles Times I September 18, 2015

Donor Support

A Path Appears: Actions for a Better World and its related educational programs at the Skirball Cultural Center WERE made possible through lead support from the following donors:

The Angell Foundation
Neal Baer
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation
Sidhu-Singh Family Foundation 
Phoebe Snow Foundation

With additional generous support from: 

The California Wellness Foundation
Joan and Jerry Doren
Conrad N. Hilton Foundation 
Suzanne  Lerner/Michael Stars Foundation
The Eileen Harris Norton Foundation

Wurwand Family Foundation

With additional support provided by:

Amoeba Music
Sony Pictures Entertainment
Dick Wolf

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