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Through Our Eyes (Apr. 2014)

This is a recurring exhibit of photographs by students in ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and MET’S (Multidisciplinary, Educational Training and Support) programs in Montgomery County Public Schools, sponsored by The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, under the leadership of Joann Miller The photographs focus on using a camera to communicate the language of art and photography through nature. The activity is a summer program sponsored by Identity: Serving Latino Youth and Their Families. Participation in this event gives young people hope and pride by sharing their creation with the greater community.

The art exhibit Through Our Eyes was shown in the Priddy Library throughout the month of April. The exhibit featured 85 works by adults who are in the autism spectrum and was sponsored by Madison House Autism Foundation Inc. and curated by Roxana Martin.


The goal of the exhibit was to bring awareness to the unique talents of adults with autism.

Local artists on display included abstract expressionist Trent Altman and impressionist Esther Brockaw, who has been compared with Van Gogh, Manet and Cassatt.  Artist Dashir Johnson stated “I am an artist who happens to be in the autistic spectrum. My artwork depicts the beauty I see in everyone. I represent those with differences and my hope is that the world sees the same beauty and finds acceptance through my eyes.”

PhotoKids (Sept. 2013)

Interrupted Lives: Children and the Civil War

Oct.-Nov. 2013

The Priddy Library was among more than 150 sites across the nation to host Making Sense of the American Civil War, a free discussion series that ran from October 15 through December. The series was developed by the American Library Association and the National Endowment of the Humanities. The Maryland Humanities Council and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County provided additional support with a film screening of Life in a War Zone, produced by Heritage Montgomery and four seminars lead by two UMBC faculty members, Brent Newton and Anne Rubin, at the Universities at Shady. The seminars were attended by students and community members interested in the Civil War.


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