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Museum Center to Feature Social Worker's Posters

Date: July 16, 2001
By: Marianne Kunnen-Jones
Phone: (513) 556-1826
Photo by: Dottie Stover
Archive: Campus News

WHAT: University of Cincinnati professor of social work Steve Sunderland, a specialist in grief therapy, coped with the emotions that erupted from the Cincinnati riots by creating "posters" on corrugated cardboard. Magic markers, ink, pencil and scraps of cardboard boxes became the vehicle for literally drawing out the grief, sadness, anger, frustration, shock, fear and other emotions he felt in the days since the civil unrest. He was borrowing on an approach he had observed in a Louisville exhibit by African American artist Jacob Lawrence. A facilitator with the Cincinnati post-riot mediation sessions, Sunderland also has used his poster technique with mediation sessions this summer, his spring quarter social work classes at UC, the Clifton United Methodist Church and kids aged 6-12 at Winton Place Youth Center.


NEXT UP: Two of Sunderland's corrugated posters, plus several created at the Winton Place Youth Center and one from Clifton United Methodist Church, will be part of the upcoming exhibit at Cincinnati Museum Center, titled "Civil Unrest in Cincinnati: Voices of Our Community." The exhibit runs July 21-Oct. 21 at the Museum Center in the former Union Terminal.

EXHIBIT INFORMATION: Admission to the exhibit is free. It will be displayed in the African American History Museum of the Arts Consortium, on the mezzanine level of Union Terminal. The Arts Consortium is a co-sponsor of the exhibit. For information, call (513) 287-7000 or 1-800-733-2077.

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