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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Farewell to CETA 2011

As the Transylvania winter term comes to a close this week, so does this year's Community Engagements Through the Arts class. It has been quite a semester for us; we have had a lot of fun and are extremely proud of the murals we put up on Limestone. Thank you to everyone who joined us this year and helped to make the class a success.

We would also like to invite everyone to join us again (and bring friends!) next spring for CETA 2012. Titled 1000 Dolls, the class project will involve, among many other things, making 1000 dolls (of course) and displaying them along Limestone Ave.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

This I Believe #11, 2011













The last one. ):

Due by noon on Friday, April 15th.

**Note: the above image, captured on our initial tour of the neighborhood, will be featured on the cover of the chapbook of This I Believe essays this year.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Opening Reception for CETA Murals Project

On Wednesday, April 6th, Community Engagements hosted the opening reception for our murals project at Sav's Grill. Members of the community were invited to join us in celebration of the completion of three incredible murals, the last of which was finished late Tuesday afternoon. Everyone met at Sav's, where they were offered samples of his delicious African cuisine and a map to guide them to the murals at Sayre and the Hop Hop. We would like to thank everyone in attendance for helping to make the reception a success and for their support of our semester's project. A big thank you also goes out to Jodi Brashear for photographing the event on behalf of the Herald Leader (two of her photos are below, the rest can be found at http://www.kentucky.com/2011/04/07/1699916/snapped-ceta-mural-project-by.html).

It was a beautiful (although rather windy) day for a celebration.

The students in the class, posing for the camera in front of the mural at Sav's.

The cornstalk growing from the concrete block in this mural stands to represent the art of community gardening as it grows within the city of Lexington.

At Sayre, a log cabin, the first African American schoolhouse in Lexington, is wheat-pasted atop of a background created through collaboration with Lexington Catholic and Sayre Elementary students.

The image at the Hop Hop, a paint bucket and tools, illustrates the care taken by individuals in the North Limestone community to improve their houses and, consequently, the neighborhood itself.

Class Retreat - March 5th, 2011

On a rainy Saturday evening in March, Community Engagements met at Elmendorf Farm for dinner and writing. Joined by Dr. Richard Taylor and Katerina Stoykova-Klemer, the class was graciously hosted by Nana Lampton, who owns the beautiful farm. The night led off with readings by the visiting poets and selected “This I Believe” essays by the class members. The conversational tone of the night carried into dinner where students, professors, and members of the community discussed everything from the direction of the class itself to the students' plans for after college. The night provided a relaxed atmosphere for connection between Community Engagements and the local writing community. Dinner was followed with the opportunity for writing on the spot, as everyone was asked to write about a moment of realization or epiphany in their lives. The open-ended nature of the prompt allowed those present the freedom to express very different things through the same writing activity. The voices and direction of these writing exercises were varied and presented an interesting collection of perspectives on ostensibly the same topic. The realizations were read aloud, and the night ended with an adventure, as good nights of creativity should. Community Engagements would like to thank everyone who was in attendance for their company and for their dedication to furthering creative writing and inspiration.

Friday, April 1, 2011

This I Believe #10, 2011

Just so I don't forget..

Due Friday, April 8th by noon.