Wednesday, April 20, 2005

4/20/05 Service learning reflection

i worked with pride to bring the "love makes a family" photo exhibit to geneseo. its a traveling exhibit of glbt families. the exhibit is meant to educate people on the diversity of families and meant to confront issues of stereotypes. there were 25 photos and each photo had a quote and two-three pages of each families story.

initially, we had a meeting to discuss advertising. this is an important issue for any show and discussion to get the word and and make sure that people know about it so they will come. i learned about networking. several of the people involved were in other organizations and we decided to get their members interested because they were involved with the same issues. the genesee valley gay alliance and the empty closet were both told about the exhibit. we also decided to advertise to the community. we put up fliers on main street. someone was appointed to talk to the local schools. i myself put up fliers and asked the art department secretary to sendout and email to all the art majors about the photo exhibit, knowing that all art majors need to attend such events on campus.

in addition to fliering and networking, i made a guestbook for the exhibit. i feel like this is a good way to communicate feelings of people that see the exhibit. i thnk it also will help us when we take the show down to evaluate the experience.

most directly, i helped to hang the show itself. we had to figure out how to space and hang 25 photos and three times that in writing. it was quite challenging to hang it so people could read everything and so it didnt look that cluttered. we were given equipement from the library (hangy poles and hangy slider things). i feel like we were successful in creating a readable yet interesting exhibit.

i feel very positive after helping hang this exhibit. i feel like it brought something diverse to this campus. the photos were real and the stories of the people were in their words right next to the photos. as a photographer, i feel like this is a great idea and would like to venture into this subject later in my art career. i like the subject. i think the images were very powerful and very real. i am hoping that a lot of people were able to see the exhibit. i feel like it was tucked away in the corner of the library, but i understand taht it was because of a lack of space. i think that it is a different perspective of family life that many students here do not often see, therefore should.

i think the hardest part of this experience for me was talking to people. in addition to the people hanging the exhibit itself, i had to talk people about putting up posters and sending out emails. im a very shy person so this was pretty difficult for me. also hanging up the exhibit itself, there were several gay people helping and it was interesting to see their reaction to the things taht the people in the photographs said. it was a good experience for me to be around such a diverse group of people actually hanging the exhibit.

this experience has been very fun and i enjoyed it and learned alot from it. reading the life stories has made me feel even more compassion to these families that are struggling with homophobia and stereotyping in our society. im proud that i had a part in bringing such an exhibit to this campus.

i think this service learning project was a really interesting part of this class. i never would have gotten hands on involved if it was necessary. i was able to work with people that ive never talked to before and bring a wonderful thing to this campus. i think that it is a good way to see what it is we are learning about in a real life setting.

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