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K-State Today

October 4, 2019

Edwin Rodríguez to present art exhibit, public talks, workshop series

Submitted by Laura Kanost

Edwin Rodríguez, founder of the Colombian peace and reconciliation nonprofit Mil Colores Para Mi Pueblo, translated as "A Thousand Colors for My Town," will be on campus Oct. 7-11. His initiative uses art as a catalyst for healing war-torn communities.

Rodríguez's art exhibit and two public talks, as well as a workshop and series of class visits, will provide many opportunities to learn about global issues and consider ways that the organization's approach might be adapted to challenges facing our own community.

"A Home for Peace and Reconciliation in Colombia” will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, Oct. 7-18, in the Chapman Gallery in Willard Hall. Rodríguez will give a talk titled "A Thousand Colors for My Town: Healing Colombia's Communities Through Art" at 5 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Manhattan Public Library. The Beach Museum of Art will host "Memories in Color: Painting Peace, Building Community in Post-Conflict Colombia" at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 11.

K-State Spanish translation students have translated written materials and video subtitles for the art exhibit over the past two years, and interpreting students will be facilitating bilingual conversations throughout Rodríguez's visit.

These events were funded by an Engagement Incentive Grant from the K-State Center for Engagement and Community Development.

Direct questions to Lucía Garavito or Laura Kanost, event organizers.