Grandmother Power Exhibit
The Grandmother Power Exhibit was featured from September 6, 2013 to February 2, 2014 at the Grand Rapids Public Museum. The exhibit is now avilable to travel. The exhibit design partner is Genesis/Denver. The exhibit is based on the book .
The exhibit features photo essays about activist grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, South Africa, Senegal, India, Argentina, the Philippines and Thailand plus indigenous grandmothers from around the world---all of whom are creating a better future for their grandchildren.
Large photographs printed on linen are suspended between sets of columns that represent the concept that grandmothers are the pillars of their families and communities.
The exhibit includes an interactive station where visitors can input stories about their own grandmothers. Those stories will travel with the exhibit and ultimately be archived at the Grand Rapids Museum, much like NPR's .
Because the exhibit images are not displayed on the gallery walls, the presentation creates an environment that envelops visitors in the exhibit experience.
A nook, with new-fangled, graphic-printed rocking chairs, invites visitors to sit, relax, and enjoy reading more Grandmother Power stories. Documentary photographer/author Paola Gianturco narrates the cell phone audio tour that accompanies the exhibit.
Diverse community programs at the first exhibit included Grandmother "Power Lunches," speakers like CNN Hero Jackson Kaguri, and a mutli-cultural festival in which grandmothers shared traditional recipes, dances, music and stories.
The Museum's store sold items such as GRANDMOTHER POWER t-shirts, aprons, hats, and gifts.
Starting in 2014, The Grand Rapids Public Museum plans to travel the GRANDMOTHER POWER exhibit throughout the United States, Canada and Europe.