Monday, August 26, 2002
Civil unrest exhibit wins award
The Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal has won an award of merit from the American Association for State and Local History for its exhibit; Civil Unrest: Voices of Our Community.
The award in given for excellence to a program that has been compared with similar programs in North America. CMC's civil unrest exhibit was recognized as a national model for museum responsiveness and community engagement.
The exhibit was planned and produced in partnership with the Arts Consortium of Cincinnati .
Since we had to put the exhibit together in 90 days, we didn't have enough space. The Arts Consortium allowed us to use its space in the terminal, said Katie Moser, market and communication manager for CMC.
Ms. Moser said the award covers three sections of the exhibit: A history of civil unrest in Greater Cincinnati, the city's April 2001 riots, and a display of current and future community programs to promote peace and justice.
CMC pulled together for the project a group of historians, police officers, representatives from community councils and the Greater Cincinnati Convention and Visitors Bureau .
The exhibit traces 16 episodes of mob violence in Cincinnati's past, including disagreements between soldiers and civilians, bank closure, religious animosity, voting irregularities and racial intolerance.
Ms. Moser said more than 10,000 people visited the exhibit, which drew 3,000 individual comments.
Thirty-three schools and youth groups, 20 adult groups, five college classes from three different institutions and three churches viewed the exhibit on display from July 21 through Oct. 21 last year, Ms. Moser said.
John Fleming, vice president of museums at CMC, said he thinks they accomplished what they set out to do.
I really think the key to the success of the exhibit was how the community responded and expressed itself, Mr. Fleming said. This was a sensitive issue, and any number of groups could have taken the position that we were biased in some way, but no one did. I think it is a clear representation of local, state and regional history.
Awards for 2002 represents 70 organizations and individuals for achievement in the preservation and interpretation of local, state and regional history. Award winners will be honored at a special banquet during the 2002 AASLH annual meeting in Portland, Ore., Sept. 27.
The End of the Sun Run, which supports needy families through a Christmas Fund, will celebrate its 19th year this year.
Applications for the run are available at the Sharonville Community Center, 10990 Thornview Drive, Sharonville.
Registration is 7-8 a.m. Sept. 22 and the race starts at 8:30 a.m. For more information, call 563-2895.
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