Photography: A Lens Towards Healing
On behalf of The Boulder County Crisis Fund and The Community Foundation of Boulder, The Museum of Boulder at Tebo Center and Chautauqua present a FREE community event: Photography: A Lens Towards Healing.
Featuring: A Community Curation of Photographs, Portraits by Ross Taylor, Music and representatives from the Boulder Strong Resource Center.
Location: Chautauqua Community House at 301 Morning Glory Drive, Boulder, CO 80302
We believe that photography can serve as a tool for reflection, story-generating and healing. A small series of collaborative portraits made by an assistant professor at the University of Colorado Boulder will be displayed. Examples include a portrait of the cellist who played for several days at the memorial site, the Assistant Manager of King Soopers, support staff from the Boulder Strong Resource Center, and a museum staff member who cleaned every object and item left on the site, etc. The community is invited to share their photos or short video clips – pictures of things they resonated with on the memorial site – the poems, the stuffed animals, the flower wall, the painted rocks –sharing how the photos help them process, reflect, remember…
The collaboration of the portraits and photos involves only those who want to share their story. The goal primarily focuses on the therapeutic act of building community through the power of documentary. By allowing a space for those to be heard and seen, documentary work can redirect memories of a moment and allow those negatively affected to reclaim strength through their representation. We also intend to incorporate fabric from the memorial wall in our programming that evening to provide a grounding in memory for those in attendance. This work will add to the historical record of Boulder. Together, we process and celebrate the strength seen in each other’s reflection and response to tragedy as we move forward. Representatives from the Boulder Strong Resource Center will be present.
The Community House of Chautauqua, in alignment with its mission, will create a warm, inviting, safe setting on December 14th, 2021. A local musician has been asked to be playing and refreshments will be provided. Portraits taken by Ross Taylor will be framed and placed on easels in the space, and a wall of open space will be provided for the photographs curated from the community call three weeks leading up to the event. An area will be provided for those who attend who wish to frame and preserve their photographs onsite to take away. We will also provide information for a way to download and share photographs and videos from larger files in the upcoming February – April 2022 Anniversary exhibit of Boulder Strong, located at the Museum of Boulder.
A CALL TO COMMUNITY TO PARTICIPATE:
PORTRAITS AND DOCUMENTATION OF OUR COMMUNITY DURING THIS TIME CAN PROVIDE INSIGHT, COMPASSION AND CONNECTION. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO ADD TO THE ARCHIVE AND PROVIDE YOUR PLACE IN OUR HISTORY, PLEASE CONTACT, ROSS TAYLOR AT ROSS.TAYLOR@COLORADO.EDU, OR CALL 757-412-8588. HE WILL PROVIDE MORE DETAILS ABOUT THE PROCESS AND IF YOUR PORTRAIT IS USED, HE WILL DONATE AN IMAGE TO YOU FROM THE TIME TOGETHER AS A THANK YOU.
WE WANT TO HEAR YOUR STORY AND ABOUT YOUR CHOICE TO USE PHOTOGRAPHY: Perhaps you took photographs of art, poems, flags, painted rocks, flowers, stuffed animals, musicians, etc. at any of the memorial sites — bring them and share them on December 14, 2021 or send them via email to: collections@museumofboulder.
Frames and special ways to preserve your images will be provided for you to take home. If you choose to donate your photographs to the Museum, they will be held in our archives, documented and may appear in the anniversary exhibit (February through April 2022 at The Museum of Boulder.
We will commit to a broad representation of those featured in this documentary reflection. Ranging from all aspects of the human condition such as: race, age, socio/economic and the experiences related to the shooting, we will ensure that a wide cross section of representation will be present throughout. It is our desire to put a call out specifically to the South Boulder community. For those who are underrepresented in the area, we will make specific efforts to include them in this opportunity.