"Joining Hands" Traveling Exhibit Coming to UNM



April 3, 2012

Showcases Albuquerque’s Alvarado Gardens Neighborhood

ALBUQUERQUE, NM – A traveling exhibit called “Joining Hands” is coming to UNM North Campus’ Domenici Center for Health Sciences Education this April and May. The exhibit, developed by Albuquerque’s Alvarado Gardens Neighborhood, has been on display at the Rio Grande Nature Center in Albuquerque and the Roundhouse in Santa Fe.

The exhibit will be at UNM North Campus April 23 through May 31, from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., in the main lobby of the Domenici Center for Health Sciences (corner of Stanford NE and Marble NE). An opening reception will be held in the same location on Tuesday, April 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. Welcome remarks will be made by Dr. Arthur Kaufman, the UNM Health Sciences Center's Vice Chancellor for Community Health, and Katherine Chilton, the exhibit’s lead curator and a member of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Gardens neighborhood.

To accompany the exhibit, a panel discussion titled “Building Healthier Communities” will be conducted Thursday, May 3, from 12 to 1 p.m. in Domenici Center Room 2112.

“Joining Hands” showcases two series of photographs – one of the hands of Albuquerque’s Alvarado Gardens neighborhood citizens and the other of those same neighbors’ hands holding items of importance to them. Several Alvarado Gardens neighbors participated in the exhibit, which was funded by the Bernalillo County Neighborhood Outreach Grant program.

The exhibit, which began as a project to illustrate common good will among neighbors, illustrates how healthy neighborhoods aid in the overall health of the people who live in them. “The photographs are incredibly telling of the neighbors’ life choices and values,” said UNM’s curator for the exhibit, Laura Hall. “Some of the photographs are whimsical – in one, a small boy holds his ninja toy in one hand and a soda in the other.

Other photos are more moving, like a mother holding the face of her child.” The photos of the hands by themselves reveal age, hard work, care and beauty. The photos of hands holding important belongings show the significance of family and faith, the attachment to land and water, the need for art and books, the fondness of pets and a sense of whimsy.

Visitors to the exhibit, reception and panel discussion may park in UNM’s “M” lot at Tucker and Yale and use metered parking. A map and driving directions are available athttp://hsc.unm.edu/library/about-hslic/Facility/index.html.

Contact: Luke Frank, 272-3322

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