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FRCC Students ‘Reconstruct Past’ of Refugee, Immigrant Women for Multimedia Exhibit


Front Range Community College students in women’s sexuality, digital photography, and women in U.S. history classes learned the stories of refugee and immigrant women living in Boulder County and turned those stories into a multimedia exhibition opening April 6 on the Boulder County Campus and April 20 at The Firehouse Art Center in Longmont.

The students worked under the direction of Catlyn Keenan, Mary Ann Grim and Jay Shaffer to produce this collaborative, interdisciplinary service-learning project called Reconstructing the Past.

Students were assigned to teams that included students from all three disciplines. The women’s sexuality and women in U.S. history students wrote oral histories of the interviews – portions of these histories will be selected for inclusion with the art installations. Digital photography students took photographs of the subjects, and these will be on display as well.

The exhibit will be on display from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 6 in the Community Room of the Boulder County Campus, 2121 Miller Drive, Longmont, and from 6 to 8 p.m. April 20 at the Firehouse Art Center, 666 Fourth Ave., Longmont. Admission is free to both events. Students who participated will attend the exhibitions.

Prints of the photographs and the complete oral histories are given to the women who participated in the project.

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John Feeley is director of public relations at Front Range Community College.