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May 30, 2008- June 11, 2008

VOICES OF THE ELDERS II

Elders from the Hmong and North Minneapolis DayElder Programs of the Volunteers of America, will have a voice in the community through the exhibition of mixed media personal life murals accompanied by written pieces about their experiences, hopes and dreams. This project builds upon the success of the first Voices of the Elders project, exhibited at Sumner Community Library in 2007, by developing greater depth and skill in using visual arts as a way to bridge language, culture and age differences amongst the members of the community. Sharing their stories by using art and creative expression offers the elders a way to find comfort, healing, hope and a sense of belonging.

This project is directed by visual artist, Jennifer Kunin, with the assistance of literary artist, Elizabeth Kilde, and staff from Volunteers of America. Funds for this activity are provided by the COMPAS Community Art Program through a grant from the McKnight Foundation.

Opening Reception - Monday, June 2nd from 12 noon to 2p



From Richard Amos:

Wow, what a great concept and way to enrich our community. My mother gave a Hmong elder her garden on 7th and Bryant and every year the Hmong elder brought her first vegetables. They spoke to each other from their hearts...as does this project.

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