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CREATIVE PROJECTS

  Gender Equality: I’ll Know it When I See it
Currently, Connie is working on a Kentucky Foundation for Women grant, Gender Equality: I’ll Know It When I See It, in partnership with the Women’s Center at Murray State University, and MSU’s Office of LGBT Programming. The project includes a series of writing workshops with diverse participants; e.g., MSU students with LGBT identity issues, women athletes, women in STEM fields, and students who are mentoring middle school girls as part of MSU Women’s Center efforts. Writings will be featured in 2916 campus and community activities associated with Women’s History Month.

Link to: Recognizing the rights of the LGBT individuals in the community

 
       
  Grace & Glory: The Arts of Caregiving
Through a Kentucky Arts Council grant, Constance was artistic director of this project, in partnership with the Endowment Office of Murray-Calloway County Hospital. This interdisciplinary project focused on the needs of the elderly and their caregivers, and featured visual art, creative writing, dance, theatre and musical components, through partnerships with local arts organizations. In addition, book discussions and community forums on caregiver issues were hosted by the public library. The local movie theatre sponsored free showings of the film “Alive Inside,” about the use of music with dementia patients, and the program has now been implemented in local nursing homes and has attracted substantial donations that ensure the ongoing implementation of the project.
Link to: Celebrating the creative energy and poetic vision of senior citizens project

 
       
 

Promises to Keep: End of Life Issues
Grants from the Robert Wood Johnson and Benton Foundations funded this joint project with Constance Alexander, independent producer; WKMS-FM, NPR affiliate; and Murray State University’s College of Nursing. Ms. Alexander produced a 12-part radio documentary exploring a variety of interviews and stories about death and dying. The College of Nursing organized public discussions of related topics, and an array of arts events, including poetry readings and book discussions, examined various aspects of end-of-life and its impact on patients and families.
Link to: Promises to Keep project


 
       
  Teaching American History for Teachers/The TAHOE
Project
With extensive experience as a writer and a background in Humanities, Ms. Alexander frequently works with teachers, grades K – 12, to help them integrate the arts into history curricula. Connie secured Picturing America grants from the National Endowment for Humanities for 68 public schools in western Kentucky, and the Murray-Calloway County Public Library. She conducted poetry workshops with kids in grades 3 – 10, inspired by the images in Picturing America. The video she developed was designed to provoke teacher discussion of history, how it is written, and whether accepted historic accounts are really reliable. Link to: TAHOE project
   
       
  Connecting People & Place: The Displaced Residents of Between the Rivers
As Community Artist in Residence at Land Between The Lakes, Constance Alexander conducted scores of interviews with former residents of small communities who were displaced through the right of eminent domain when the Tennessee Valley Authority decided to create a National Recreation Area. This 12-part radio documentary features interviews with people from many communities between the Kentucky and Tennessee Rivers and how forced relocation changed the loves of their loved ones and led to the destruction of homes, churches, cemeteries, and scores of small, close-knit communities.
Link to: Connecting People & Place project
 
       
       
       
       


 
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