A new exhibit, Latinos in Rural America (LiRA), provides an intimate window into the lives, origins and aspirations of Latinos in Knox County features colorful, bilingual banners with photos and video interviews. The free exhibit will be on display in three towns in Ohio now through April. The project is rooted in interviews and direct personal interactions with members of the community who represent diverse economic conditions, stages of life and aspirations within the broad social fabric of Knox County.
LiRA was undertaken by Clara Román-Odio, director of the Latino/a studies program at Kenyon College. Dr. Román-Odio received a $17,000 grant for the project from Ohio Humanities to chronicle the lives of Latinos who have been recorded as living in Knox County since the beginning of the last century. “People who visit the exhibit will come away with a better understanding of the meaningful contributions Latinos make to the community,” Román-Odio said. “Latinos are part of the diversity of the fabric of this place.”
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EXHIBIT DATES AND LOCATIONS
The exhibit will be on display at several locations throughout the state before finding a permanent home in Kenyon College’s community engagement office. For all locations, the exhibit opening will be from 4:30-7:30 p.m. with brief remarks at 5:30 p.m.
Mount Vernon Public Library
February 9-23, 2016
Global Gallery, Hagerty Hall, The Ohio State University
March 30-April 12, 2016
MacMillan Hall Gallery, Miami University of Ohio