Saturday March 5, 2016 - Friday April 22, 2016 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Wistariahurst Museum has been awarded a Mass Humanities ‘Engaging New Audiences’ grant to produce the photography and bi-lingual text exhibition Nuestras Abuelas de Holyoke: Empowerment and Legacy curated by Waleska Santiago. This exhibition will narrate stories of women in general, and Latinas in particular drawing attention to concepts of family, challenges faced by grandmothers raising their families, gender expectations, and the connections between grandmothers and their adult grandchildren who reside in Holyoke.
Waleska Santiago is the Museum Educator at the Art Gallery of the University of Saint Joseph in West Hartford, Connecticut, holds a BA in Art History from Mount Holyoke College, and is pursuing a Master of Liberal Arts degree in Museum Studies at Harvard University. Santiago describes her work, “My interest and experience primarily focuses socially-engaged art that addresses the concerns and interests of non-traditional museum audiences and women. Over the last 18 years that has included the intersection of art considered Latin American, Caribbean, Latino and African American. My efforts have also included work intended to include veterans and college students.”
“This exhibit has the ability to hit you in your cultural soul. Waleska [Santiago] knows that frequently it is our grandmothers who share with us our family stories, traditions and history. This is exactly what Wistariahurst is all about – preserving our local history and culture through exhibits and events. I can’t wait to be moved by these stories,” says Penni Martorell, Holyoke’s City Historian and this grant’s project director.
Nuestras Abuelas – Our Grandmothers is funded in part by Mass Humanities, which receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and is an affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Additional funding is from Historic Holyoke at Wistariahurst and the Pioneer Valley History Network’s ‘Herencia Latina Project’ supporting public programming in response to ALA/NEH’s 500 Years of Latino History.
The exhibit will run for from March 5 through and April 25. Gallery viewing hours are Thursday and Friday 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from Noon to 4 p.m. with free admission on Thursday evenings.