The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Celebrating MLK Jr. Day with Heart and Art Wednesday, January 15, 2:00 p.m., Lyndon House Arts Center

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Monday, 06 January 2014 14:45

Athens has been celebrating Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with style for many years. There's music, poetry, and visual art at Lyndon House Arts Center and hundreds of volunteers ready to put in a hard day's work  to make significant improvements to the community.

Montu Miller, Dawn Aiello, and Stacee Farrell have teamed up to create an interesting program about the way the Athens area celebrates MLK Jr. Day.  Montu has for several years curated the art and performances at Lyndon House Arts Center, which are held the Sunday before the holiday.  Dawn is currently the organizer of the day of service and can help people find the best project for their interests and talents. Stacee was the organizer in the early years and will describe some amazing accomplishments made on this day.

In 2002, four hundred volunteers removed 30 tons of debris from the Gospel Pilgrim Cemetery beginning a transformation of the cemetery from an abandoned property to a visitor destination. Over the years volunteers have increased to more than a thousand and they do a variety of tasks like planting bulbs and trees, building ramps, clearing kudzu, and creating gardens with local businesses and organizations donating generous matching funds.

There are three ways to join us for this program. Attend in person at Lyndon House Arts Center, 293 Hoyt St. at 2 p.m. Attend the WebEx Meeting Center session live from your computer, tablet or phone. Password is 123456 and the meeting number is 739-616-545. You will need the meeting number for your tablet or phone with a WebEx app installed. We have some nifty videos to show you how to download the app and how to join a live webcast.

All are free and open to the public.  Please contact Van Burns, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Madeline Darnell, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it for further information.

 

A New Look for a New Year

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Monday, 23 December 2013 15:37

Reflecting, Sharing, Learning is the new name of the our project.  We've dropped "Boomers" to broaden our audience. But we're keeping the rest of our old name to show what we've successfully done in the first three years of the project.  The grant from the U. S. Institute of Museum and Library Services wanted to give Athens area residents a platform to Reflect back on accomplishments and our history, Share with others our diverse talents and interests, and continue to make life interesting through Learning.

In our new logo, we've simplified the star, omitted the name "The Boomers" and made Reflecting, Sharing, Learning more prominent. The logo was designed by the new grant coordinator, Van Burns.

We're grateful IMLS has given the Athens Regional Library and Lyndon House Arts Center another year to explore what and how people want to participate in life long learning. With WebEx Meeting Center people can watch live programs from anywhere on their computers, tablets and even their phones.  This means that if you have to wait at home for the electrician, care for someone who is sick, or if you are still tied to an office, you can still ask questions and listen as if you were "in the room with us." You can always watch it later from our archive at a time and place convenient to you.

Another unique feature of Reflecting, Sharing, Learning is that we get our ideas for programs from you. Many Athens area residents have given programs about the interesting things they do at their own suggestions or the suggestion of someone else.  Email Van Burns This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Madeline Darnell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it with your suggestions. Visit our Website, which will get its new look soon.

Our grant requires that we write a Best Practices Manual to share with other small museums and libraries, and we're working on that now.  That's why feedback from you when you attend a program or have other suggestions is so important. Visit this website or our FACEBOOK Page.

   

An Extension for Our Project

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Wednesday, 06 November 2013 14:40

We are delighted to announce that the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services has extended our  Leadership Grant for The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning for an additional year! We still have things we want to accomplish!

Stay tuned, and you'll see a new look to our website. We'll make it easier for you to attend programs from home or work on your computer, tablet or phone. We'll continue to offer interesting monthly educational programs you can attend the traditional way or watch on the archive 24/7. There will be an exciting new event and an exhibition in 2014.  Keep up with all this on our Facebook page, The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning, and this blog.  We also have a monthly e-newsletter to keep you informed.  Sign up on the left side of this page.

We have also made a change in the office:  Madeline Darnell, Project Coordinator for the last three years has decided to step back and spend more time with grandchildren, and project assistant Van Burns will be leading the project with Madeline assisting.

Thanks to all of you who have helped us along the way and made our project so successful.  We invite you give a program yourself, or an idea for a program.  Please contact Van Burns with your ideas. This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , or 706-613-3650 ext. 343.

   

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