April 3, 2013

FRCC Students Interview Female Senior Citizens, Create Gallery Exhibition in Longmont

Students in history, women’s studies, and jewelry-making classes at Front Range Community College learned the stories of women living in an assisted living center and turned those stories into a multimedia exhibition that opens at 6 p.m. Friday, April 12, at the Firehouse Art Center in downtown Longmont.

The students at the Boulder County Campus worked under the direction of Catlyn Keenan, women’s studies, Mary Ann Grim, history, and Camille Rendal, jewelry and metalwork, to produce an interdisciplinary service-learning project called Reconstructing the Past.

Teams of students visited Sunrise Assisted Living Home in Boulder and interviewed female residents about their lives and the history contained in knowing, in most cases, at least four generations. Women’s studies and history students wrote narratives, and jewelry students created pieces of wearable art that honor and commemorate the women’s lives.

Professional photographer Tony Umile photographed the women wearing the jewelry. The photographs, with an accompanying description created by the student teams, give you Reconstructing the Past.

Once the Firehouse exhibition comes down May 12, the photographs will be given to the families of the Sunrise residents. The residents interviewed were Evelyn Bell, Clare Goodrich, Jerry Gregg, Rosanne Morris, Sue Palmer, Elizabeth Pahlke, Joy Post, Marjorie Richards, Mona Squires, Hilda Stalzer, and Helen Wyatt.

The Firehouse Art Center is located at 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday and Friday evenings when events are scheduled.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

About the author:

John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College. He’s a somewhat-frequent bicycle commuter, a certified soccer referee, and a newspaper editor whose subscription ran out.

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