Two Oberlin students, Maia Brown and Hannah Linder-Finley (both class of 2010), have been working with the Oberlin Underground Railroad Society during this academic year. Their efforts are a part of the Building Prosperity Project which hopes to raise funds for long-term rental or purchase of the 167 S Pleasant Street house. This beautiful three story house has sat vacant on a large corner lot for six years, but from now until May it will be filled with life, community, and art. In addition to preparing for their senior thesis shows as a part of the Senior Studio program, both Hannah and Maia have worked tirelessly to raise funds to rent the house for three months (March through May) and raise awareness about the project.
Not only has the house showcased the work of Maia, Hannah and the curation work of Oberlin student Rachel Cotterman, but it has also housed exhibitions by Oberlin community members and collaborative projects with Oberlin High School and college- age students. The Oberlin Underground Railroad Society (OURS) hopes to use this short-term rental to build momentum to buy the house for the society and Oberlin community. OURS plans to use the house as an art gallery, community garden and library, as well as turn the second and third floors into a bed and breakfast in order to make continual funding of the space possible.
Ongoing and Upcoming Events:
I am interested in the meanings and memories embedded in physical objects: the stories that gather on furniture, the feeling of holding a familiar stone. Memories are constantly shaping and being shaped by the past, the present, and imaginations of the future. Community, in turn, is shaped by these shifting memories, these gathering stories. I work with connection—creating community through shared reverence for things alive.
Discussion & Potluck: “Makin’ Do”
Opening Reception: May 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Silent Auction Fundraiser For OURS
Exhibition of Silent Auction Items
Hours: Regular Open Gallery Hours
Silent Auction and Dessert Potluck
All are welcome! Bring friends and family for an evening of music, art, and dessert and support a grassroots community organization.
Event Time: Friday May 28, 6pm-8:00pm