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DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS CELEBRATION SUCCESS! Community members packed the building on Saturday night for the Day of the Dead Celebration at the Vermont Folklife Center. 

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Photographs from the Day of the Dead Altar at the Vermont Folklife Center—constructed by community members under the direction of Irma Valeriano of the University of Vermont.  Today, Thursday November 8th is your last chance to view the altar—visit the Vermont Folklife Center at 88 Main Street in Middlebury, VT before 5PM!

'A View from the Backstretch' Heads to the Flynn—Amy E. Tarrant Gallery

We are excited to see A View from the Backstretch moving on from our Vision and Voice Documentary Workspace to its next stop at the Flynn’s Amy E. Tarrant Gallery in Burlington, VT.  The exhibit pairs work by award winning photographer Dona Ann McAdams and a group of Saratoga Race Course backstretch workers with whom she collaborated, including exercise riders, hot walkers, maintenance personnel, a trainer, and a groom.

Though these two bodies of work have been previously exhibited independently (McAdams photographs at an independent gallery in Salem, NY, and the backstretch workers images in a separate show produced by the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame in Saratoga, NY)—the creation of A View from the Backstretch is he first time these works have been exhibited in tandemthanks to a collaborative exhibit co-production between McAdams and the Vermont Folklife Center.  The exhibit is fantastic and we are proud to have been given the opportunity to work with such a dynamic artist in McAdams (not to mention the work of her students and co-exhibitors from the backstretch)! 

If you didn’t catch the show in Middlebury—or if you want to see it again—it will be on display at the Amy E. Tarrant Gallery from November 2, 2012 to January 26, 2013, with an artist reception being held November 2 from 5:30-8:00PM.

And, check out a recent blog post about the show from the Flynn’s Executive Director, John Killacky:

JOIN US FOR THIS IMPORTANT FILM - LOS QUE SE QUEDAN (Those Who Stay Behind) WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES Thursday, October 18, 7-9 pm at Vermont Folklife Center

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