Health System Foundation Presents “Past & Present” Exhibit

BRUNSWICK, Georgia: June 8, 2009 – The Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation, in cooperation with the McIntosh Art Association, is presenting a special photographic exhibit, “Past & Present,” Thursday, June 11-Wednesday, July 15, at the McIntosh Old Jail Art Center, 404 Northway, in historic downtown Darien. The opening reception for the exhibit will be held Thursday, June 11, 5:00-7:00 pm.

This unique exhibit, made possible in part by a grant from the Grassroots Arts Program, was a collaborative project that involved Foundation staff, local historic organizations, professional artists, high school art students, Southeast Georgia Health System Volunteens, senior citizens and others from throughout coastal Georgia.

According to Katherine Thurber, director of development for the Foundation, 11 high school students selected images from a collection of over 50 historic photographs of local people, places, and events from the 1920s to 1960s and digitally manipulated and enhanced the images. “Our goal was to create an environment where local history, art, and technology could be merged to encourage creativity in our young people and provide a connection to our past,” Thurber says.

“Research shows that among senior citizens, especially those with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, long-term memories become more prevalent and more easily accessible,” says Bryan Thompson, the Foundation’s senior development officer. “We hope this project offers these special seniors an interactive photographic bridge to memories from their past that will help stimulate conversations with other senior residents, family members and friends.

The exhibit is free and open to the public at the Old Jail Art Center in Darien from June 11 to July 15. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Following the exhibit, the project will be on permanent display in the Southeast Georgia Health System Senior Care Center in Brunswick. For more information, call the McIntosh Old Jail Art Center at 912-437-7711 or the Southeast Georgia Health System Foundation at 912-466-3360.

The Grassroots Arts Program is supported in part by the Georgia Council for the Arts through an appropriation of the Georgia General Assembly, and is administered by the Golden Isles Arts and Humanities Association.