International ship to dock in Navy Pier yard

Festooned with an artistic sail, The Ship of Tolerance was born of the concept to teach young people about kids their own age across the globe. 

In 2005, children and young adults discussed tolerance, then drew art to reflect the discussion. The art was translated to a giant sail that sits on the mast of the ship that has “sailed” the globe to keep the discussion going. 

Beginning Sept. 17 and coinciding with Expo Chicago, The Ship of Tolerance will dock in Polk Bros. Park at Navy Pier. 

The concept art piece has been seen in Miami and Brooklyn, and will take a trip around London before making its way to Chicago. 

“We are all afraid of the unknown,” says artist Emilia Kabakov in a release. “Like a child, you are afraid of something coming at you from the darkness of different religions, different races. We work with these fears—trying to eliminate them, trying to learn about the others—and trying to make our audience understand that knowledge is a tool, which helps with communication.”

If you go

The Ship of Tolerance

Sept. 17-Oct. 6

Polk Bros Park, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

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This article originally appeared in the September 2019 issue of Chicago Parent. Read the rest of the issue.

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