Joline Arts Center Welcomes New Exhibit
"In Our Family" chronicles diversity in the 21st century
This week, English Department Chair Nancy Dutton (right) and Arts Department Chair Liz Fougère (left) welcomed a touring art exhibition that illustrates diversity in 21st-century families.
"In Our Family" uses photography to introduce viewers to stories about single-parent families, families living with physical or mental challenges, immigrant families, adoptive families, foster families, divorced families, gay and lesbian-parented families, stepfamilies, multiracial families, multi-generational families, and many others in the family circle. These stories are told via photo-text displays created by the award-winning Family Diversity Projects of Amherst, Massachusetts. "In Our Family" travels nationwide to schools, colleges, public libraries, workplaces, places of worship, conferences, museums, and communities, and is intended to convey several messages about contemporary family structures:
- that every family configuration should be appreciated and celebrated
- that there are happy and flourishing families of all types
- that children and adults can be hurt by stereotyping, prejudice, name-calling, bullying, and teasing
- the importance of actively challenging prejudice
The exhibit will be on display in the Joline Arts Center throughout the month of April, Dutton said. In addition to being open for visitors during Spring Family Weekend April 28-29, it will also be incorporated into the curriculum for use by Darrow teachers, and will part of Darrow's Diversity Symposium, which will take place on Tuesday, April 18.