Cultural Enrichment Programs
Sponsored by the Friends of the Longmont Senior Center, there will be engaging speakers this quarter.
The programs will be educational, insightful, and intriguing. We hope you enjoy the variety.
All programs are at the Longmont Senior Center, unless otherwise noted.
Cost: FREE, but please register in advance.
Screening and Q&A with “I Know a Man: Ashley Bryan”
“I Know a Man…Ashley Bryan” tells the story of beloved 93-year-old African American artist who skips and jumps in his heart like a child, yet is a spiritually deep creative genius and poet/illustrator of 50+ children’s books, maker of magical puppets and sea glass windows inspired by his African heritage. Born in 1923, Ashley was raised in the Bronx, NY. Drafted out of art school into the segregated US army at age nineteen, Ashley preserved his humanity throughout World War II by drawing, stowing supplies in his gas mask when necessary. Ashley now lives on the remote Cranberry Islands, Maine and has been using art his entire life to celebrate joy, mediate the darkness of war and racism, explore the mysteries of faith, and create loving community. Director Richard Kane will be available to talk about the lm, answer questions from the audience, and sign DVDs. (2016, 73 min) by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly.
Music & Hope: The Life of Alice Herz-Sommer
Renowned Jewish Czech concert pianist Alice Herz-Sommer (1903- 2014) performed over a hundred concerts for her fellow prisoners in the Therensienstadt (Terezín) concentration camp during WWII, giving them beauty and hope. She survived the horrors there, and spent her 110 years not only as a gifted musician and piano teacher, but a teacher of life-a sage! Alice’s passion for music, her optimism, gratitude, and love of learning teach us how to live a full and joyful life. Portrayal by Judy Winnick.
Australia – Wonders Down Under
Acclaimed Australian performing artist, Paul Taylor, delights in sharing the culture of his homeland. Taylor presents audiences with a unique look at the wonderful Aussie character through an exciting blending of stories, songs, didgeridoo, and more. Focusing on many of the cultural icons it honors both Aboriginal and European roots.
Colorado women triumphed with the right to vote in 1893, decades ahead of the 19th Amendment enacted in 1920. Colorado was second to Wyoming, but the rst state to win women’s suffrage by a popular vote. Denver journalist Ellis Meredith, known as the Susan B. Anthony of Colorado, advocated tirelessly for the cause, publishing compelling arguments for women’s rights in the Rocky Mountain News. Winning the right to vote enabled Colorado women to work for many other social causes including child welfare and labor rights. Discover the diverse cast of women of substance who were in uential during the Progressive Era in Colorado, from 1890-1920. Dr. Tom Thomas, fourth generation Coloradan and Ph.D. in history, will shed light on this fascinating piece of rst-wave feminism in the history of the American West.
A larger than life Buffalo Bill-like character, Joseph Bevier Sturtevant took on the alter ego of Rocky Mountain Joe when Chautauqua opened its doors in 1898. A skilled photographer and self-described Boulder icon promoting the romance of frontier life, Joe sold the nostalgia of the Wild West to early twentieth century tourists and his tales have been unquestioned since his death in 1910. What is fascinating about the legend, Rocky Mountain Joe, is that many of his stories are actually true – they just did not happen to him. Learn about Rocky Mountain Joe from an expert, Mona Lambrecht, Curator of History and Collections at the University Heritage Center, who has been researching and uncovering the truth about this local character.