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Booker T. Washington Community Center Marks History Through Stories, Art

Originally published in The Journal-News (Dayton, Ohio), December 12, 2006

Keywords: history, art, high school, university, community, community center

ABSTRACT

A joint project between area schools and the Booker T. Washington Community Center aims to bring the history of the organization to life.

"This will provide an opportunity for people in the community to tell their tales of how Booker T. Washington has affected their lives," said Sheila Jones, the center's director.

After the storytelling, students from Miami University and Hamilton High School will collectively engage in a public art project. Nick Longo, director of the Harry T. Wilks Leadership Institute along with Monica Ways, director of Miami's Office of Community Engagement and Jerry Morris, professor of art education at Miami will orchestrate the program, along with educators from the art department at Hamilton High School.

"This is just the beginning of creating public art for the Booker T. Washington Center," Longo said. "Students are going to listen to the stories and then conduct follow-up interviews with the storytellers. Based on their conversations with the community, students will develop sketches and, after approval by the community, will create inside and outside the building community-based art embodying the stories they heard."

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