CWUNewsNewshttp://www.cwu.edu/museum/newsen-us"Property of…" A Discussion About Street Art, Free Speech, and the Right to Public Spaceshttp://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2708Mon, 12 Feb 2018 16:36:32<p>What is public, what is private, and how do we define "free speech"? These and other questions <img alt="&quot;Property of...&quot; Poster" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/PropertyOf_Poster.jpg" style="width: 250px; height: 387px; border-width: 1px; border-style: solid; margin: 3px; float: right;">surrounding property rights and free speech will be the topic of a public conversation on Thursday, February 15 at 5:30 p.m. in the Dean Hall lobby.</p><p>Central Washington University's exhibition, Rewriting the Streets: The International Language of Stickers, on display at the Museum of Culture &amp; Environment (MCE) through March 10, raises important questions about street art, the boundaries between public/private property, and the larger public sphere.</p><p>CWU and the community are invited to engage in a roundtable discussion that delves into the issue of "rights" of individuals versus the public. This event features an interdisciplinary panel composed of faculty members from across Central, including Xavier Cavazos (English), Cynthia Mitchell (communications), Chuck Reasons (law and justice), Rodrigo Renteria-Valencia (anthropology), and Elvin Delgado (geography).</p><p>Attendees will interact with panelists on a wide range of topics, from legal concerns about street art to current debates about free speech. There will be many opportunities to ask questions and take part in the conversation.</p><p>Given recent controversies surrounding free speech and the right to access public spaces, this discussion is both timely and conducive to bridging political and cultural divides.</p><p>The Museum of Culture &amp; Environment is located in Dean Hall at 1200 Wildcat Way. Parking is free on the CWU campus after 4:30 p.m. For more information about this and other MCE events, please contact museum@cwu.edu.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.&nbsp;</p>International Political and Social Street Stickers Subject of Next CWU Exhibithttp://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2706Thu, 21 Dec 2017 11:13:56<p><img alt="Paper Bullets Exhibit" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/Paper%20Bullets.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 433px; margin: 3px;">Street stickers are moving beyond stop signs and dumpsters, into the spotlight where they aregaining appreciation for their simple form but powerful social commentary in exhibits and art galleries.</p><p>Works of international sticker artists will be shown in a dual exhibition at the Museum of Culture &amp; Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University from January 4 through March 10, 2018.</p><p>More than 1,600 street stickers from around the world—both historic and contemporary—will be on display in <em>Rewriting the Streets: The International Language of Stickers</em> and <em>Paper Bullets: 100 Years of Political Stickers from Around the World</em> exhibits. The exhibits will be accompanied by 41 artist statements and numerous text panels providing a deeper understanding of the work.</p><p>“There’s something mischievous about them [street stickers] which people respond to—it’s fun and slightly edgy, stickers are a very democtratic art form,” said exhibit curator Catherine Tedford.</p><p><em>Rewriting the Streets</em> will give visitors insight into the many different types of street stickers, from those poking fun at conventional notions of art to those offering passionate critiques of economic inequality, racism, sexism, and invasions of personal privacy.</p><p>A second exhibition, <em>Paper Bullets</em>, focuses exclusively on political stickers, dating from the early 1900s to today.&nbsp; From I.W.W., Industrial Workers of the World, stickers from the 1910s to protests over the U.S. Vietnam War, these political stickers were a way for activists to spread the word about important issues.</p><p><iframe class="youtube-player" name="Rewriting the Streets and Paper Bullets" scrolling="no" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/qkP7DDJ6WWk?rel=0" title="YouTube video player" type="text/html" width="100%" height="390" frameborder="0"></iframe></p><p>Tedford, describes one of her favorite contemporary stickers as not being graphic, just text based, but how it made her stop in her tracks to think. The sticker reads:&nbsp; “What have you done to make things better?”</p><p>“That’s what stickers are, they are simple but they carry very powerful messages.”</p><p>Catherine Tedford and Oliver Baudach have collected thousands of street stickers. Tedford, gallery director at St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, writes about stickers in a blog, Stickerkitty. Baudach recently founded Hatch Kingdom, a Berlin museum devoted to stickers. Together they curated these two traveling exhibitions.</p><p>Some of the stickers were curated from the back of stop signs, bike racks, and other public spaces. While many are new and were acquired from collectors and other sources.</p><p>As a form of graffiti, stickers are an accessible art form: affordable or even free, and relatively easy to make and display. The stickers that appear on city streets are made for many different reasons: to offer commentary or critique about social issues, to promote websites or products, or to protest against the many advertisements that permeate our everyday lives—on trains, billboards, and even our clothing.</p><p>“Even though there may not be an active street or sticker scene (compared to large metropolitan cities) where [CWU] is geographically, 95 percent of your students that walk in with laptops or skateboards, I’d bet they have stickers on them,” Tedford said.</p><p><em>Rewriting the Streets and Paper Bullets</em> will be on display from January 4 to March 10, 2018, in the MCE, located on the first floor of Dean Hall at 1200 Wildcat Way.</p><p>For more information, visit the museum website at cwu.edu/museum, email museum@cwu.edu, or call the gallery at 509-963-2313. The MCE is free and open to the public Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Parking on CWU campus is free on Saturdays.</p><p><strong>Photo: </strong><em>Street Artist Shepard Fairey's framed stickers exhibited in the CWU Museum of Culture &amp; Environment.</em></p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.</p>Caring for Your Treasures Workshop December 5http://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2705Fri, 17 Nov 2017 10:04:48<p>Do you have a family heirloom or a fragile object you want kept preserved for years to come?</p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University is holding a <img alt="Old camera with photographs" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/family%20heirloom.jpg" style="width: 275px; height: 183px; float: right; margin: 3px;">free workshop on Tuesday, December 5 from 5-7 p.m. in Dean Hall to teach proper object care.</p><p>“Caring for Your Treasures” Workshop will teach how to safeguard quilts, photographs, plastic toys, and any other keepsake. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about their personal treasure as they learn ways to extend the life of historic and important artifacts.</p><p>The workshop will be lead by the MCE collections manager Lynn Bethke. Light refreshments will also be provided.</p><p>For more information, email MCE director J. Hope Amason Amason@cwu.edu or Lynn Bethke Bethkel@cwu.edu, or visit the MCE website at www.cwu.edu/museum.</p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.<br>Monday, November 13, 2017</p></br>Museum Examines Climate Change in the Pacific Northwesthttp://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2703Tue, 07 Nov 2017 08:52:47<p>From wildfires to increasing snowmelt, the Pacific Northwest is likely to experience major ice<img alt="Ice" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/ice.png" style="width: 250px; height: 229px; margin: 3px; float: right;"> formationsclimate transitions. Central Washington Universty professors Susan Kaspari and Megan Walsh will discuss what climate change means for those of us who call the Pacific Northwest home during a lecture on November 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the Museum of Culture &amp; Environment.</p><p>Kaspari and Walsh teach in the geological sciences and geography departments, respectively. Their presentation, “Fire and Ice in the Pacific Northwest,” will explain how their research helps to envision the future of climate change in the Pacific Northwest by looking into the past.</p><p>Kapsari’s research examines the impact of black carbon--commonly referred to as soot--on the melting rates of glaciers and seasonal snowpack. Walsh’s research explores how ancient charcoal deposits can help us understand past fire activity. Taken together, their work uncovers the complicated relationship between humans, fire, ice, snow, and climate change.</p><p>“Fire and Ice in the Pacific Northwest” is the first in a series of talks on climate change research that will take place throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.</p><p>The presentation will take place in the Dean Hall lobby at the Museum of Culture &amp; Environment. This event is free and open to the public. Parking is available on the&nbsp; O-5 lot behind Dean Hall, located on Wildcat Way, and is free to the public after 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and during weekends.</p><p>For more information on this lecture or future events, visit the <a href="http://www.cwu.edu/museum/home" target="_blank">Museum of Culture &amp; Environment website</a> or email museum@cwu.edu.</p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, Department of Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, Dawn.Alford@cwu.edu.</p><p>Monday, November 6, 2017</p>Caring for Your Treasures Workshop Planned for Saturday 10/14http://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2699Wed, 11 Oct 2017 21:57:05<p>Do you have a family heirloom or a fragile object you want kept preserved for years to come?<img style="margin: 3px; width: 200px; height: 134px; float: right;" alt="Student examining a basket" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/baskets.jpg"></p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University is holding a free workshop on Saturday, October 14 at 10:30 a.m. in Dean Hall to teach proper object care.</p><p>“Caring for Your Treasures” Workshop will teach how to safeguard quilts, photographs, plastic toys, and any other keepsake. Participants are encouraged to ask questions about their personal treasure as they learn ways to extend the life of historic and important artifacts.</p><p>The workshop will be lead by the MCE collections manager Lynn Bethke. Light refreshments will also be provided.</p><p>For more information, email MCE director J. Hope Amason Amason@cwu.edu or Lynn Bethke Bethkel@cwu.edu or visit the MCE website at www.cwu.edu/museum.</p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.</p>Two New Exhibits at the MCE: Pulling Back the Curtain and Our Changing PNWhttp://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2698Wed, 27 Sep 2017 09:03:15<p><img alt="Artifacts" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/Pulling%20back%20the%20curtain.jpg" style="width: 650px; height: 375px; margin: 3px;"><br><br>The Museum of Culture and Environment (MCE) at Central Washington University starts fall quarter with two new exhibits:&nbsp; <em>Pulling Back the Curtain</em> and <em>Our Changing Pacific Northwest</em>. Both exhibits open Thursday, September 28, with a 5:30 p.m. reception.</p><p>Why can’t you touch the artifacts in museum exhibits? And why do museums hide most of the objects they own? <em>Pulling Back the Curtain</em> is an interactive exhibit that explores the mysterious rituals that take place behind the scenes at museums.</p><p>Take a look behind the curtain from September 28 to December 9, 2017.</p><p><em>Our Changing Pacific Northwest</em>, brings into focus a central concern: how climate change is caused by humans—by asking, “How will climate change impact our region?” To answer this, the exhibit features the work of two CWU professors--Susan Kaspari of geology and Megan Walsh of geography--whose research into the past helps uncover what the future may hold.</p><p>This year-long exhibit is in a window display called “Window on Central,” facing the public hallway.</p><p>All are invited to attend the reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Dean Hall lobby, in front of the Museum of Culture &amp; Environment.&nbsp; Refreshments will be served. Students and curators will also be present to discuss their work and explain how they created their exhibitions.</p><p><strong>Museum Background</strong><br>The Museum of Culture and Environment is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission is always free and regular visitation hours, during the academic term, are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.&nbsp; Parking on the CWU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.</p><p>For more information, email Amason@cwu.edu or Bethlkel@cwu.edu, or visit the MCE website at www.cwu.edu/museum.</p><p>Media Contact: Dawn Alford, Public Affairs, 509-963-1484, dawn.alford@cwu.edu.</p></br></br></br>Jessica Mayhew reflects on chimpanzees and the things they carryhttp://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2685Mon, 10 Apr 2017 06:12:53<p><a href="http://www.cwu.edu/museum/dr-mayhew-chimpanzees-and-objects">Read Dr. Jessica Mayhew's commentary on objects carried by two chimpanzees residing in Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest</a></p>CWU Extends “The Things We Carry” Exhibit to June 11http://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2681Mon, 06 Mar 2017 08:15:14<p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 600px; height: 400px;" alt=" Photo of Barbara Hammersberg holding a dress and passport" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/CWU_Museum_Culture_Environment040117_002.jpg"></p><p>A toddler’s brown and white polka-dotted dress adorned with a white ruffle collar and bow hangs next to an infant’s travel certificate in the Central Washington University Museum of Culture and Environment exhibit.</p><p>The passport photo is of Barbara Hammersberg; the dress belongs to her adoptive sister. Both are now adults who hold their possessions near to their hearts. The items are in many respect the only memories they have from Korea before being brought to their adoptive home in America.</p><p>Their stories are just two of many being told through family artifacts and meaningful keepsakes, all of which are on display in the “The Things We Carry” exhibit.</p><p>The exhibition which opened in January will extend its show through June 11. The additional months will allow for more Kittitas County residents to contribute their family keepsakes to the exhibit. The museum also hopes to attract more visitors to come learn of other family’s moving stories.</p><p>What’s your moving story? We want to share it!</p><p>Submissions should include:</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">1. A photograph of the object you would like us to consider</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">2. Your family migration or movement story, explaining the object’s significance,&nbsp; in 250 words or less</p><p style="margin-left: 40px;">3. (Optional) A three-inch self-portrait.</p><p>Submit entry electronically, by emailing <a href="mailto:museum@cwu.edu">museum@cwu.edu</a>. Alternatively, mail or deliver a printed version to the museum’s physical address: Dean Hall rm. 122, 1200 Wildcat Way, Ellensburg between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Entries must be received by March 19. Physical objects cannot be accepted at this time.</p><p>If the museum chooses to borrow and display the object, it will be on display for a three-month period.</p><p>The Things We Carry takes an intimate look into the movement and migration of local families through their family’s mementos. Whether moving to another country, across the state, or a relatively short distance these moving stories are often associated with memorabilia—an item kept as a treasured memory.</p><p>This exhibit helps support the university’s year-long Social Justice and Human Rights Dialogues about migration and immigration. It’s also part of <a href="http://neabigread.org/communities/?community_id=2245">CWU’s 2017 Big Read </a>program—encouraging the community to read and discuss Tim O’Brien’s novel, <em>The Things They Carried</em>.</p><p>The Museum of Culture and Environment is located on the first floor of Dean Hall. Admission is always free and regular visitation hours, during the academic term, are Wednesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The museum will be closed for spring break from March 12-28. Parking on the CWU campus is free on weekends and after 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.</p><p>For more information, contact <a href="mailto:museum@cwu.edu">museum@cwu.edu </a>or go to www.<a href="http://www.cwu.edu/museum">cwu.edu/museum</a>.</p><p><img style="margin: 3px; width: 150px; height: 75px; float: left;" alt="Big Read Logo" src="/museum/sites/cts.cwu.edu.museum/files/images/NEABigRead-BW.JPG"><em>Big Read Logo“NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.”</em></p><p><em>“El proyecto NEA Big Read es una iniciativa del National Endowment for the Arts (el Fondo Nacional para las Artes de Estados Unidos) en cooperación con Arts Midwest.”</em></p><p>Media contact: Dawn Alford, public affairs coordinator, 509-963-1484, <a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu">dawn.alford@cwu.edu</a>.</p><p>--March 3, 2017</p></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></p style="margin-left: 40px;"></a href="mailto:museum@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:museum@cwu.edu"></a href="mailto:dawn.alford@cwu.edu">CWU exhibit highlights 'The Things We Carried' http://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2671Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:56:07<p>Museum exhibits usually have an eye-catching item or two, but when you walk into Central Washington University’s Museum of Culture and Environment’s new exhibit, one of the first things you see are four shiny, colorful, wrinkled up potato chip bags. Essentially garbage to most, but memories to others.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.dailyrecordnews.com/news/cwu-exhibit-highlights-the-things-we-carried/article_1d16b6c4-c066-5403-9403-b99b324c1c30.html">Click here to read the full Daily Record article </a></p><p>&nbsp;</p>Artifacts of identity: Ellensburg exhibit examines migration through mementos http://www.cwu.edu/museum/node/2670Thu, 19 Jan 2017 07:48:59<p>A new exhibit opening Wednesday at the Museum of Culture and Environment features objects loaned by Kittitas County residents.</p><p><a href="http://www.yakimaherald.com/news/local/artifacts-of-identity-ellensburg-exhibit-examines-migration-through-mementos/article_63f61b5e-d564-11e6-8671-1fd7f000ef76.html">Click here to read full Yakima Herald article</a></p>