|UNC to participate in community art project|
|Monday, February 23, 2009|
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is joining the towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro in “Our Stories, In Focus – a Community Art and History Project.”
The project invites local residents -- including Carolina students, faculty and staff -- to bring mementoes connoting snapshots in time that relate to the area – postcards, old photos, letters, newspaper clippings – to any of three different places on any of three separate dates: from noon to 4 p.m. March 3 at UNC’s Frank Porter Graham Student Union off South Road; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 21 at University Mall on Estes Drive in Chapel Hill; and from noon to 4 p.m. March 28 at the Century Center on Weaver Street in Carrboro.
The mementoes will be scanned or photographed and returned. Many will be represented in a community paper tapestry, created by local artists Lynn Bregman Blass and Leah Sobsey, to be installed later at several local venues.
The tapestries will attempt to answer two questions: What brought us and our families to the place: What is the legacy we want to leave in our community? “Mementoes connoting place from the present as well as the past are sought,” said Jeff York, public arts administrator for the Town of Chapel Hill.
Consult http://www.chapelhillarts.org/programs_comm_art_ov.php for times during the sessions for workshops in genealogy, journal and memoir writing, storytelling and collection of oral histories by UNC’s Southern Oral History Program and Program for the Humanities and Human Values. Participants also may reprint the front page of The New York Times from personally meaningful dates.
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