April 22, 2014

FRCC Students ‘Reconstruct Past’ From Stories of Boulder County Latinas

Front Range Community College students in history, women’s studies, and graphic novel classes have learned the stories of Latinas living in Boulder County and turned those stories into a multimedia exhibition.

This is the second year for Reconstructing the Past, an exhibition that opens with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. April 25 at the Old Firehouse Gallery in Longmont. The exhibition runs through May 4.

The students worked under the guidance of Boulder County Campus faculty Mary Ann Grim, history; Catlyn Keenan, women’s studies, and Camille Rendal, art.

Teams of students interviewed Latinas about their lives and the history experienced through living, in most cases, through four generations.

History and women’s studies students wrote narratives. Graphic novel students created panels. Professional photographer Ted Chavez photographed the women.

The Latinas participating in the project are Bartola Melendez, Carmen Ramirez, Esther Blazon, Sarah Manzanares, Donna Lovato, Eleanor Montour, Emma Peña-McCleave, Helen Valdez, Lupe-Maria Guadalupe Bustamante, and Marietta Vigil Gonzales.

The gallery is at 667 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Regular gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

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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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