Maria College Students with the direction of Liz Walkden
Rhinebeck, New York, USA
“This is our display from earlier this year of some of the art that we exchanged. More was added after this photo was taken.
“Pictured are (L-R): Neiman Ortiz, Liz Walkden (me!), and Michelle DeDominicis; all students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant ('17) Program at Maria College, Albany, NY.
“In the Maria College group, students, faculty, and staff, including Careers Services Coordinator along with family and friends each created an individual piece of art. We had contributions from the UK, and our participants ranged from 5 to 70 years of age! Our project was generously sponsored by Prof. Anne Jung. The art was first displayed in Marian Hall and then shipped off to our assigned exchange group at the American University of Nigeria.
“Our art has now reached its destination and will be displayed and appreciated by members of American University in Yola, Adamawa State, Nigeria. This exchange communicates an especially powerful message since our exchange group is in a region that lives with the ongoing challenges of militant groups and terror attacks. It is our hope that the Maria College values of respect, compassion, and community will be felt by everyone who views our artistic creations.”
Bottom Photo: Eugene Uwiringiyimana from Rwanda – a graduate of the American University of Nigeria – holding Maria College art projects.