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Award-winning photographer to capture ‘The World We Want’ in unique exhibit


An award-winning American photographer and peace activist will capture local college students and employees in a thought-provoking display of portraits and personal stories.

A Peace of My Mind exhibit

"A Peace of My Mind" exhibit by John Noltner

Photographer John Noltner is best known for his multimedia arts project “A Peace of My Mind,” which features striking portraits accompanied by answers to the question, “What does peace mean to you?”.

Noltner will adapt his project for a special exhibit at Edmonds Community College April 17 that will complete the year-long campus exploration of its 2017-18 Common Theme, “The World We Want.” As an exploration of the theme, Noltner will photograph Edmonds CC students and employees and record their responses to the statement “The world I want to create is … ”.

“We're excited to bring John and the ‘A Peace of My Mind’ project to campus to offer a fresh perspective and engage our campus community in exploring ‘The World We Want,’" said Dennis Denman, Edmonds CC assistant director of student programs. “His exhibit will allow our student body to engage interactively, share their own lessons of peace, and learn from the stories on display.”

Edmonds CC students and employees are invited to have a portrait taken by Noltner and to provide their response the day before the exhibit from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Brier Hall lobby.

Noltner will weave together the portraits and responses to be displayed on Tuesday, April 17, in the college’s Black Box Theatre. He will also give two brief talks and Q&A sessions.

“The World We Want” with John Noltner and the “A Peace of My Mind” project

Campus program | 12:30 p.m. (Doors at 11:45 a.m.)

Q&A | 1:20-1:40 p.m.

Black Box Theatre | Open to the public.

Community program | 5:30-7 p.m. (Doors at 5 p.m.)

Q&A | 6:45 p.m.

Black Box Theatre | Open to the public.

About the Common Theme:

Each year, Edmonds CC chooses a Common Theme and Community Book Read to provide a year-long opportunity for all members of campus and the community to engage and connect on issues of great social importance from a variety of diverse perspectives.

This year’s Common Theme of “The World We Want” was supported by the Community Book Read “Between the World and Me” by Ta-Nehisi Coates, which explores American history through a black father’s letter to his son, and as a supplemental read, The United States Constitution.

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