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New Book Helps People to Deal with Loss During the Pandemic

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio -- When Gina Marie Mordecki's daughter was raped and murdered, she prayed that her death would not be in vain. Her new book, "God's Amazing Intimacy in Grief" (ISBN: 979-8578563751), is the answer to that prayer. Mordecki's book is written to help heal the hearts of others who have experienced the tragic loss of a loved one.

"Right now, we're living through a terrible pandemic and people are dying," Mordecki said. "People are dying alone and their loved ones are left behind to cope with a reality of inconsolable sadness. I want this book to offer some comfort and perhaps, even provide some answers."

After Mordecki's daughter was murdered, people didn't know what to say.

"It's one thing to say, 'I'm sorry for your loss,' but it's quite another to live in a house with an empty place setting at the dinner table," she says. "And, for people suffering loss during the pandemic, the suffering is only compounded through quarantining and "stay-at-home" orders."

"God's Amazing Intimacy in Grief" is a short read, less than an hour, that serves to minister to people while they grieve. It asks and answers important questions such as "Why now?" and helps people to understand and resolve their anger with God. It shares stories of others who have lost children and details how they found their way out of the darkness.

Mordecki's personal account of her tragic loss shares personal experiences of how God tried to prepare her for the loss and then helped her to deal with the inevitable outcome. The book also references specific scripture and offers interpretation.

"God's Amazing Intimacy in Grief" is available on Amazon for 0.99 as an eBook and $5.99 in paperback format.

For more information: https://www.whispersfromgod1.com/

About the Author

Gina Marie Mordecki is a nurse and grief counselor. After her daughter was murdered, she attended grief share classes and then, for seven years, led a grief support group for women who had lost a child of their own. She also led bible study classes and is an avid student of the bible herself. She was president of her nursing class and has been a guest speaker for nurse graduating classes. She loves to sing and has been nicknamed "the singing nurse." She has a dog Mia, who is her faithful friend and emotional support pet. She believes that pets help to fill the loneliness and lessen the anxiety after the loss of a loved one.

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Join Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Jack Harlow Celebrate the Big Game in ‘Anything Glows’ Style

TAMPA, Fla. -- Award-winning Rap artists Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, and Jack Harlow are going to light up Tampa at a pre-game party you do not want to miss. "Super Glow Tampa is going to transform - for just one night - the iconic Dallas Bull into the coolest, Glow in the Dark Rap nightclub Tampa has ever seen," said Event Producer Melody Robles, owner of Melody Lives Fit Productions.

The party will kick off Big Game LV weekend festivities Feb. 5 at the Dallas Bull, located at 3322 US 301 in Tampa. Doors open at 9 p.m.

In addition to the legendary musicians, the night will also feature dancers, DJ Kid Nemesis, and live art performances.

General admission, VIP tickets, and a limited number of right-in-front-of-the-stage VIP tables are available at the event website, http://superglowtampa.com/.

Because of reduced capacity to adhere with CDC guidelines, tickets are expected to go fast.

Grammy® nominated Rick Ross is a larger-than-life rap star who has dominated the hip-hop world for over a decade, mentoring artists such as Meek Mill and collaborating with fellow superstars such as Drake and Jay-Z. His 11th album - sure to be another hit - will be released this year.

American webcast series Verzuz invites two music icons to square off in a "battle" for bragging rights as the musicians DJ their greatest hits. In August 2020, Ross squared off with 2 Chainz, who will also be hosting at the first-ever Super Glow Party.

2 Chainz is an Atlanta rap veteran, whose origins were in the duo Playaz Circle followed by a stint with Ludacris' Disturbing tha Peace crew. Now, he is one of the hottest rappers in the game, and his sixth studio album, So Help Me God, just dropped in November of 2020.

Maverick rapper Jack Harlow joins these star-studded hosts on the Dallas Bull stage. Harlow's popularity has been meteoric since the release of his 3rd Platinum single, "WHATS POPPIN,, in 2020. At 22, he is a relative newcomer to the hip hop scene, but his success is the stuff of legend, with BET Hip Hop nominations and the Billboard Top 100 already under his belt.

Come see all three artists on one great stage February 5 at this Anything Glows event!

If you would like more information about this event, or how event planners are adhering to CDC guidelines, go to http://superglowtampa.com/ or email superglowpartylv@gmail.com

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Groundbreaking Online Music School Soundfly Launches Leading-Edge Ableton Live Course

BROOKLYN, N.Y. -- As musicians around the world await the imminent release of Ableton Live's latest version, Live 11, Brooklyn-based music education platform Soundfly today launches one of the first and most comprehensive online courses on making music with Ableton Live, exploring the cutting-edge features that will be available in the upcoming Live update.

Intro to Music Production in Ableton Live is led by Ableton Certified Trainer Claire Marie Lim and offers a research-backed curriculum to effectively teach the fundamentals of the digital audio workstation for students from beginners to seasoned producers looking to change software. Lim, a professor at Berklee College of Music and Brooklyn College, performs as dolltr!ck and specializes teaching music technology for live electronic performance. The course also features interviews with artists Antonio Sage, Brandon Miranda, and Sam Friedman, who rely on Ableton Live for their work in composition, production, sound design, and more.

"We're excited to be able to give students a sneak peak of the new capabilities Ableton Live 11 has to offer, while giving them the tools to start making music right away using any version of the software. This isn't just a collection of software tutorials; this course will help students make polished, interesting tracks and help them take their music to the next level," said Soundfly CEO Ian Temple.

Intro to Music Production in Ableton Live is available starting today as part of Soundfly's course subscription at https://soundfly.com/courses/music-production-in-ableton-live.

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/VBaCN33Q7P8

About Soundfly

Founded in 2014 by Ian Temple, Soundfly has pioneered the most effective online learning model for musicians at a variety of levels by developing high-quality, interactive content with a focus on the science of how people learn. Soundfly offers a range of options to meet students' needs, including a subscription to their full library of music courses on topics from songwriting to hip-hop production, as well as a custom mentorship program, pairing students one-to-one with an expert to meet their unique learning goals.

Soundfly also hosts the online magazine Flypaper, one of the most reputable sources of daily music education on the internet with over 300,000 monthly visitors and articles on songwriting, production, music theory, career advice, and more. The company is home to the biweekly podcast Themes and Variation, which discusses the music theory, lyrics, history, and impact of a collection of songs picked around a new theme each episode.

Learn more at: https://soundfly.com/

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‘The New American State’ Is Now Available in Kindle Unlimited

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- HC Publishing today announced that "The New American State" (ISBN: 978-1735716008), a book written by political scientist Dimitar Avramov that explains the changes in American politics and the Western form of government, has been made available to Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscribers.

"The New American State" (TNAS) was released as an e-book on Amazon in October 2020. TNAS has outlined and predicted the American institutional system's conflicts caused by a specific state of politics and government - a governance by radicalized minorities.

"The New American State" provides answers to some of the most critical questions of the new decade - How will the lives of the next few American generations change? Are we at a turning point in the political history of the United States, one in which people in overall, be they "ordinary" or "extraordinarily empowered," will make fewer and fewer decisions? To what extent are political and social processes objective, and to what extent can we govern them? What depends on us?

"There are practically no conditions for reaching consensus. In a public environment characterized by a growing political polarization, the American political system produces a specific state of politics - a governance by radicalized minorities," says the author Dimitar Avramov.

The book describes an ongoing political trend - the traditional broad-based political process based on ideas, concepts, and ideologies is transforming into identity politics. It explains that the different ethnic communities turn into political enclaves, abandon the traditional forms of political representation and use their identity to establish their political statuses. The author describes that all forms of identity - race, ethnicity, religion, social and gender identity - have a growing influence in the process of establishing alliances in American politics.

"Any political alliances and movements based on identity politics, especially such that challenge the cultural foundations of Western civilization, increase the tensions in American politics," says Avramov. He adds that, "Although the first amendment of the U.S. Constitution protects citizens' religious beliefs and free speech, there is no constitutional amendment that protects broad-based politics based on values and ideas from being corrupted by identity politics."

He asks: "What would happen if any form of identity that has arisen and developed outside the Western world made a claim to influence American politics and the Western form of government in general?" Avramov focuses the readers' attention on some fundamental issues and ongoing social trends in American politics.

"To what extent is it possible for American democracy to be sustainable if the society is divided into political statuses based on identity? What if each of them is structured like a separate social class, with its own extreme political views about the state of the American union? Could the American society reach consensuses on the most important issues if there were irreconcilable conceptual differences in the worldview of its citizens and their political statuses as a result of identity politics?

"Do we not mistakenly assume that the existence of freedom and the constitutional protection of the individual will naturally change people's political values, regardless of the political, cultural, or religious tradition they belong to? Is it possible - with an intensive change in the ethnic composition of the society and under the influence of different cultural, religious, and political and traditions - for the United States to come to a point when it would change its system of government?"

To learn more visit https://www.thenewamericanstate.com

About Author Dimitar Avramov:

Dimitar Avramov is a Bulgarian-born political scientist and writer who analyzes the trends and changes in the political process and statehood, political ideologies and electoral politics. The New American State is one of the best current political books. It is focused on the change of the American statehood. It offers a perspective on how the fourth industrial revolution, also called the Digital Revolution and Industry 4.0, marks the beginning of an era of deterritorialization.

SUMMARY: "The New American State"

Website: https://www.thenewamericanstate.com

ISBN: 978-1-7357160-0-8

Publisher: HC Publishing; 1st edition (October 22, 2020)

Publication date: October 22, 2020

Language: English

Print length: 276 pages

Author: Dimitar Avramov

Amazon link: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08LQXTN3L

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11th Annual RVA Environmental Film Festival to be Presented Virtually, February 12-26, 2021 – Free and Open to the Public

RICHMOND, Va. -- The RVA Environmental Film Festival (RVA EFF) announces its 11th annual showcase of over 20 free local and national films. Many films are hosted by like-minded organizations. Two films are of particular interest to youth: "Microplastic Madness" and "Frozen Obsession." Award-winning Virginian films will be shown on February 14, 2021. Audience members will participate in Question/Answer sessions via chat box following many films. RVA EFF will live stream at fixed times and days. Advance registration is required at RVAEFF.org.

Films are selected to raise awareness of environmental issues relevant to the Richmond, Virginia (RVA) region, our nation, and our world. Unique aspects of the festival include the Virginia Environmental Film Contest, and a film for children, "Microplastic Madness," which documents 56 fifth graders from Brooklyn whose actions on plastic pollution morph into extraordinary leadership and scalable victories.

"Frozen Obsession," the world premiere of the feature-length film, kicks off the festival with a panel discussion to follow. The film is a visually stunning and historically poignant expedition through a dramatically changing Arctic aboard the Icebreaker Oden. The expedition included scientists, historians, journalists, education professionals, and college students, including several from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The panel includes director and producer David Clark, Gonglai Gong of Virginia Institute of Marine Science, and the VCU students who were part of the expedition.

"Into the Okavango," from National Geographic Documentary Films, documents a 1,500-mile expedition across three countries and shows the effects of increasing pressure from human activity. The Okavango River Basin and the Okavango Delta, one of our planet's last wetland wildernesses, provide a vital source of water to people, African elephants, lions, cheetahs, and hundreds of species of birds.

Major sponsors include: Ellwood Thompson, Ian Patrick of Merrill Lynch, Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine, Citizens Climate Lobby, Enrichmond Foundation, Natural Awakenings, Sierra Club - Falls of the James Group, and Vegan Action.

Thanks to the generous support of these and other sponsors, there is no charge to view any of the films. Advance registration is required through the RVAEFF website or the film festival Facebook and Twitter pages.

For more information on the schedule of films and registration, go to https://rvaeff.org/.

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New African American Romance Book about Real-Life Relationships for a Change

NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- "I Forgot to Love Her" (ISBN: 978-0578805771; paperback) is a new urban romance novel by author Kenesha Collins, about the trials and triumphs of falling in and out of love.

Kenesha was frustrated with the inaccurate depictions of African Americans in movies and books. She wanted to create relatable stories about relationships within the black community. The lockdown due to the pandemic of 2020 allowed her to achieve her lifelong goal of writing a book.

The novel is about three couples in their early 30's navigating through self-inflicted problems and infidelities while learning life lessons and self-awareness along the way. It blends innocence and sensuality with a dash of humor with its spot-on characterizations of these young people.

"I Forgot to Love Her" is a self-published novel by Kenesha Collins.

Available in paperback at https://www.keneshacollins.com/ and Amazon.com.

eBook/Kindle version also available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble Press.

"I Forgot to Love Her" is Kenesha's debut novel, but she has spent 15 years writing for magazines, newspapers, and websites. She is also a two-time award-winning blogger. In June 2020, her post about social injustice and police brutality gained international attention by appearing in The Voice, Britain's only black national newspaper.

She blogs at https://keneshacollinswriting.wordpress.com/, and her website is https://www.keneshacollins.com/.

If you'd like more information about, I Forgot to Love Her or to schedule an interview with Kenesha, please email her at info@keneshacollins.com.

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Children’s Chorus and Rap Artist Tell Maryland ‘Sing a New Song!’

BALTIMORE, Md. -- The Children's Chorus of Maryland and Baltimore rap artist and a Baltimore rap artist have teamed up with the racial justice podcast Trouble4Good to urge the Maryland General Assembly to change the pro-Confederate Maryland state song.

"We call on the Maryland General Assembly to finally get rid of the pro-Confederate song 'Maryland! My, Maryland' which has never reflected the values of 'The Free State,'" said rap artist and President of the Baltimore nonprofit "Rise with a Purpose" Anthony "Wordsmith" Parker. "On nine previous occasions the General Assembly has tried and failed to change the song. We feel the 10th time is going to be the charm."

Wordsmith and the nonprofit Children's Chorus of Maryland worked with the podcast "Trouble4Good" to create the video "Teach Our Kids a New Song," which urges viewers to contact their Maryland representatives.

The Maryland General Assembly convenes January 13 through April 12, 2021. The controversial song refers to Abraham Lincoln as a "despot," a "tyrant," and a "vandal" and calls a pro-slavery, pro-Confederacy 1861 attack on Union soldiers in Baltimore "patriotic."

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtube.com/embed/-YHyV9GqlnQ

"We can't have a stage song we are ashamed to teach our children. Let's use this time as a teachable moment so we can come together and agree on a new song our children and all of us can be proud of."

The song includes voices of children from the nonprofit Children's Chorus of Maryland (CCM), whose program seeks to empower children and value diversity. In 1995, CCM was proclaimed by Governor Schaefer to be the official Children's Chorus in Maryland.

"We understand that some people want to keep the song as part of Maryland's history," said David Searby, Co-Host of Trouble4Good. "But the truth is that for too long pro-Confederate symbols like the Maryland state song have rewritten our nation's history to justify secession, violence and white supremacy. Now more than ever after the events of January 6 our country needs to unify around symbols and songs that uplift the spirit."

Trouble4Good is a podcast on racial justice and other issues inspired by the life legacy of the late John Lewis. It launches in February during Black History Month. Learn more at: https://trouble4good.com/

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Childhood Trauma – The Dark Secret 64% of Us Share: Compassion Prison Project with Dr. Vincent Felitti

LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Two years ago this month, film producer Fritzi Horstman, and Compassion Prison Project founder, walked into a California maximum-security prison and sat down with the men who were serving time, hoping to bring them compassion and trauma-awareness. One of the first things she said was, "I was traumatized when I was a child - my mother emotionally and physically abused me. I was neglected and my father was an alcoholic."

Ultimately, she was entrusted with the many stories these men shared, stories of unimaginable childhood abuse and neglect. Statistically the men and women living, and working, within our prison system are amongst the most traumatized members of our society. Prisons, often places of dehumanization, solitude and hopelessness, traumatize them even more.

Two years later, Compassion Prison Project, founded by Horstman, is marking its anniversary by announcing the launch of its unprecedented new podcast, "Compassion in Action."

Compassion in Action gives listeners the unique opportunity to join Horstman and trauma experts as they shed light on ACEs: Adverse Childhood Experiences. ACEs can include childhood physical violence, sexual abuse, emotional neglect, poverty or having a family member in prison. Compassion in Action examines ACEs as they pertain to society as a whole. Topics include the impact of childhood trauma on our overall health, the root cause of addiction and the significant burden of shame. Perhaps most importantly, Compassion in Action guests share insight into healing modalities which promote self-awareness and a willingness to address our collective trauma.

Building on the momentum of the new podcast launch, special guest Dr. Vincent Felitti, MD, co-creator of the original ACE Kaiser Permanente CDC study, joins Fritzi in a new Compassion in Action episode. Dr. Felitti details the crucial importance of the ACEs study, its ramifications for the public and the vital importance of supporting healthy parenting. A graduate of John Hopkins Medical School and Founder of the Department of Preventive Medicine at Kaiser Permanente San Diego, Dr. Felitti's understanding of childhood trauma was gained over years spent analyzing data from thousands of patients.

Horstman commented, upon reaching the organization's two-year anniversary "I am thrilled to share this interview with Dr. Vincent Felitti who is the Co-Author of the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Quiz - the most important health survey which has changed the lives of so many."

She adds, "Our work at Compassion Prison Project has just begun. We are on track to create trauma-informed prisons throughout the United States and spread our Trauma-Awareness Campaign to all men and women living in their own prisons - inside and outside."

If you would like more information about this topic, please email media@compassionprisonproject.org.

VIDEO (YouTube): https://youtu.be/7-VAUnGV1Vs

About Compassion Prison Project:

Compassion Prison Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Founded in 2019, our mission is to transform prisons and communities through compassionate action. Learn more at: https://compassionprisonproject.org/

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Fritzi Horstman, Founder and Executive Director

Phone: 310-428-8908

Contact: Melonie McCoy, Media and Communications Director

Email: media@compassionprisonproject.org

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‘Rivals any fiction story today’ – High praise for Christopher LaGrone’s ‘The Delta Tango Trilogy’ one-of-a-kind Border Patrol series from Morgan James Publishing

NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Clive Cussler, two months before he died, said of Layne Sheppard, protagonist in Christopher LaGrone's dynamic U.S. Border Patrol novels that comprise the new Delta Tango Trilogy from Morgan James Publishing: "His life of trials and sorrows rivals any fiction story today." Book One: "Fleeing The Past" is available now in bookstores everywhere and online.

For the story behind these books as related in the "From Tragedy To Trilogy" video, go to: https://youtu.be/SZVSLJP6sdY.

For more information about The Delta Tango Trilogy, visit https://deltatangotrilogy.com/.

Such high praise from one of the most successful adventure authors of all time is impressive - even more so considering that Cussler was commenting on debut work.

Once a Border Patrol agent himself, LaGrone draws on his own experiences as a recruit, field trainee and border agent to create what Margaret Coel, New York Times best-selling author of "Winter's Child" and more than two dozen other novels and non-fiction books, calls "a heartbreakingly honest tale of the lives that intersect and are forever changed along our bleak and dangerous southern border."

The Delta Tango Trilogy is unlike any previously published immigration-themed novel, in that it looks at border enforcement from the perspective of the line agent, beginning with the arduous training would-be agents must survive. The Trilogy captures the desperation that drives undocumented immigrants to risk their lives wandering in the desert, while also documenting the mixed emotions experienced by those who are tasked with apprehending them.

"These are important novels, not to be missed or forgotten," Margaret Coel added.

In "Fleeing The Past" LaGrone provides readers with an intimate look at the rigorous training Border Patrol recruits must complete just to advance to field trainee status, and introduces Felina Camarena Rivera, one of those so-called "Dreamers," who aspires to become a doctor-if only she can become a U.S. citizen. As Sheppard strives to overcome his own checkered past by becoming a border agent, he falls in love with the very type of person he is training to apprehend.

Succeeding books follow Sheppard through the dangers, boredom and contradictions of field work and the intrigue of Patrol politics, as well as what Clive Cussler termed the "personal problems and challenges" that revolve around his conflicted relationship with Felina, who desperately pursues her dream.

Book 2: "Felina's Spell," and Book 3: "Moments of Truth" will be released at intervals later in 2021.

About Morgan James Publishing:

Morgan James publishes trade quality titles designed to educate, encourage, inspire, or entertain readers with current, consistent, relevant topics that are available everywhere books are sold. For more information, go to: http://www.morganjamespublishing.com/.

More About This Title:

"Fleeing the Past: The Delta Tango Trilogy - Book One," by Christopher LaGrone, published by Morgan James Publishing, has a release date of January 12, 2021. "Fleeing the Past" - ISBN 978-1631950773 - has 274 pages and is being sold as a trade paperback for $16.95.

About the Author:

A native Coloradan, Christopher LaGrone pursued his goal of becoming a published author after service as a U.S. Border Patrol Agent in southern Arizona, the setting for The Delta Tango Trilogy. Christopher died unexpectedly of natural causes at age 41 in 2018. His mother, Sherryl LaGrone, is fulfilling her son's dream by publishing his books.

For more information about The Delta Tango Trilogy, visit https://deltatangotrilogy.com/.

MEDIA CONTACT:
Nickcole Watkins
Morgan James Publishing
516.900.5674
Nickcole@morganjamespublishing.com

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Gund Gallery Presents ‘The Art of Trees,’ an Exhibition Inviting New Dialogue about Our Relationship to Our Environment

GAMBIER, Ohio -- The Gund Gallery at Kenyon College is pleased to announce "The Art of Trees," an exhibition on view at the Gund from January 22 - April 11, 2021.

"The Art of Trees" reveals the many resonances, forms, and relationships of trees. Exploring themes of restoration and destruction, community and isolation, location and identity, and fragile temporalities, the 14 artists featured in the exhibition experiment with a range of mediums from painting to digital video, and even use trees as creative collaborators to express our essential and inseparable bond with these guardians of the earth.

"The Art of Trees" invites an interdisciplinary dialogue about personal, local, and global relationships to the environment, while simultaneously drawing attention to interactions between trees themselves, the communities they form, and their resilience despite human interference.

"The sense of community that trees uniquely inspire came to life through the collaborative curatorial endeavor of Gund Associates, Gallery and College staff, and Kenyon faculty," says Dr. Jodi Kovach, curator of academic programs at the Gund Gallery and an important participant in the development of the exhibition. She continues, "By leveraging one another's experiences with nature, modes of aesthetic appreciation, and perspectives on the environmental crisis, they have realized an exhibition that shows us how art can transform our ways of living with and in the natural world."

The participating Gund Associates add, "We hope that this exhibition provokes discussion about the environment and invites a heightened collective consciousness about the intersection of community and place, near and far."

In addition, the Gund Gallery is pleased to present "Nearby Voices." This special section of "The Art of Trees" exhibition offers artistic reflections on the local landscape as a shared point of witness and imagines trees as archives of commonly held stories and experiences that branch across generations of a community. "Nearby Voices" bridges the gap between global and local environmental concerns by engaging with the art and voices of community members. It will also include the work of 2020-21 artist-in-residence Brian Harnetty, an interdisciplinary, socially and environmentally engaged artist who is working collaboratively with community members to create a "sonic map" of Gambier and surrounding Knox County.

"The Art of Trees" is curated by a committee of Gund Associates, Kenyon faculty, and Gund Gallery staff who worked together in a collaborative, multi-year process to bring this project to life.

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High-resolution digital file is available upon request. Credit line: James Balog (American, b. 1952) Giant Sequoia, Stagg, 2001. Chromogenic print on Crystal Archive. 93 x 35.75 inches. Gund Gallery Collection; Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Graham Gund '63, 2015.2.2.

About the Gund Gallery Associates Program:

The Gund Gallery Associate Program offers Kenyon College students an opportunity to complement their formal liberal arts education with meaningful career experiences and informal learning opportunities. Working with museum professionals, Gund Gallery Associates are able to participate in all aspects of museum work including behind-the-scenes operations, curatorial research and planning, collection maintenance, and educational outreach. An extension of the classroom, the program integrates theory with practice by building and promoting collaboration and exchange between students, faculty, and community.

About the Gund Gallery:

The Gund Gallery is located on the beautiful 1,000-acre wooded campus of Kenyon College in the village of Gambier, Ohio just 45 miles from downtown Columbus. The Gund is dedicated to presenting 20th-21st century art and visual culture that reflects and informs the interdisciplinary mission of liberal arts education. Exhibitions and all public programs at the Gallery are free and open to the public.

Hours are Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-5 p.m., and Saturday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m.

To learn more visit http://www.thegundgallery.org/, call 740-427-5972, or email gundgallery@kenyon.edu.

Gund Gallery exhibitions and programs are supported, in part, by the Gund Gallery Board of Directors and the Ohio Arts Council.

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