JaneAnn Stout, Family and Consumer Sciences, (515) 294- 0863
Kevin Brown, News Service, (515) 294-8986
ISU'S "A CELEBRATION OF FAMILY RESILIENCY" OPENS MARCH 23
AMES, Iowa -- A diverse mix of art exhibits and lectures on family issues will highlight "A Celebration of Resiliency," a six-month event organized by Iowa State University's College of Family and Consumer Sciences.
"A Celebration of Family Resiliency" will begin with a reception and opening of five art exhibits from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on March 23 in the Brunnier Art Museum in the Scheman Building. It is free and open to the public.
The exhibits at the Brunnier will explore individual, family and community resiliency. The exhibits will feature works by selected Iowa artists; portraits of deans of ISU's College of Family and Consumer Sciences; paintings by Elizabeth Layton, who learned to paint at age 68; and photographs by John Reese that examine a black community in Alabama. A sculpture called "Border Crossing" by artist Luis Jimenez will be installed on the ISU campus in April.
A short-term art exhibit will also be hosted. From April 26 - - May 1 and also from May 17 -- June 7, "Bridging the Generations" will be housed in the Brunnier Art Museum. The exhibit, organized by the Iowa Master Farm Homemakers Guild, presents the lives of eight rural Iowa women in photo and facts, who made a difference to families and society.
Other events free and open to the public throughout the six- month celebration include:
This celebration is being sponsored by the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Iowa State University Extension, University Museums, Humanities Iowa, the National Endowment for the Humanities and Target.
- April 6: "Family Friendly Workplaces," public lecture, James L. Levine, director of The Fatherhood Project, Families and Work Institute, New York, ISU Memorial Union, 8 to 9:30 p.m.
- April 18: "Family, Community and Church: The Strong Bond for African-American Families," public lecture, Pam Thomas, Director of the ISU Women's Center, and Lee Ann Davis, a program coordinator with Family and Consumer Sciences, Brunnier Art Museum, 2 to 4 p.m. (includes performance of God's Trombone).
- April 21: "A Conversation With Artist Luis Jimenez," 2 to 3 p.m., ISU's central campus, south of LeBaron Hall, temporary installation site of "Border Crossing" artwork. Also, 7 to 9 p.m., lecture by the artist, Brunnier Art Museum.
- April 25: "Welfare Reform: What is the Future for Iowa's Low Income Families," Cynthia Fletcher, professor of Human Development and Family Studies, and Mary Winter, Associate Dean Research and Graduate Education, both in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, public lecture, Brunnier Art Museum, 2 to 4 p.m.
- May 9: "What Families Do To Survive," public lecture, Mary Winter, Associate Dean Research and Graduate Education in College of Family and Consumer Sciences, Brunnier Art Museum, 2 to 4 p.m.
- May 23: "Strengthening Families Across the Life-Span," public lecture by Morey MacDonald, chair of Human Development and Family Studies, and Virginia Molgaard, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Studies, Brunnier Art Museum, 2 to 4 p.m.
- June 27: "Exploring Cultural Diversity Within Our Communities," a family celebration of music, poetry, dance and crafts, 2 to 4 p.m., central campus.
For more information, contact JaneAnn Stout, Associate Dean, Extension to Families, at (515) 294-5924.
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