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Art exhibit features photos by Paraguayan children

September 29, 2011 12:00AM

Area residents will have the opportunities to see the world of Paraguayan children through their own eyes when a new exhibit opens in Pittsburg State University's Harry Krug Gallery on Oct. 3. The exhibit, "Ahecha Paraguay," will run through Oct. 31.

"Ahecha Paraguay" is the result of a unique and highly successful Peace Corps Project. Peace Corps volunteers taught basic photography to rural school children in Paraguay, who then used the cameras to capture scenes from their communities. More than 300 children have participated in the project since its inception and each year, the best photos are exhibited at five venues in Paraguay's capital, Asuncion.

For more than 50 years, Kansas and Paraguay have been linked through the Partners of Americas organization, which is sponsoring the exhibit in celebration of the 200th anniversary of Paraguayan independence. At PSU, Dr. Alice Sagehorn, a professor in the College of Education, is director of the PSU in Paraguay Program.

At 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 6, Graham Kreicker, a long-time volunteer with the Kansas Paraguay Partners program and coordinator of the exhibit, will deliver a public lecture in Room 103 Porter Hall. The lecture will be followed by a reception at 5 p.m. and an exhibit-related Family Art Night program at 6 p.m.

For more information, contact Gallery Director S. Portico Bowman at 620-235-4305.

The Harry Krug Gallery is located in Porter Hall on the PSU Campus at 202 E. Cleveland Street. The Krug Gallery is open from 8 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Fridays. Admission is free.

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