Make a Positive Difference with Cincinnati Museum Center this October

. September 30, 2011 . 0 Comments

Highlights include Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference, café conversations, and Difference Maker Awards

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Museum Center takes inspiration from Rick Guidotti’s photography exhibit, Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference, and presents an exciting month of October activities! Rick Guidotti and Kathleen Cail make a world of difference, finding beauty where others might not have noticed. Finally, celebrate those that fully embrace what it means to make a difference as we award them for their work in the community.

Community volunteer Kathleen Cail worked hard to bring Positive Exposure: The Spirit of Difference to Museum Center. This enlightening exhibit by former fashion photographer Rick Guidotti seeks to challenge the stigma associated with difference by celebrating the beauty of genetic and medical diversity with positive images and inspiring real life stories.

Positive Exposure has traveled around the world and will be at Museum Center from October 1, 2011 to January 1, 2012. As a community gathering place, Cincinnati Museum Center strives to bring together people of all ages, backgrounds and communities to learn more about our world. Positive Exposure encompasses just that mission.

“We are all beautiful and amazing human beings and our similarities are far greater than our differences,” says Kathleen Cail, whose daughter Grace is in the exhibit. “Regardless of our abilities, we all want to be respected and appreciated for our gifts and talents, to have true friendships and love in our lives, to belong and be part of the greater community and to be free to make choices and have our opinions heard.”

To support this illuminating exhibit, Cincinnati Museum Center has partnered with Starfire U. Starfire enables individuals with disabilities to become active and vital members of the community. Bring your family to experience a different kind of learning. Starfire will facilitate experiences including sports trivia, musical performances, yoga and poetry readings. Every program provides opportunities for individuals to learn and practice their social skills and create strategies for interacting with the community.

Finally, join us as we celebrate Cincinnatians going the extra mile to change our community for the better. The Duke Energy Children’s Museum’s Difference Maker Awards honor individuals, businesses and agencies that go above and beyond to better the lives of children. They are nominated by their peers and members of the community for the inspiring work they do. Celebrate this year’s winners at our dinner and awards reception October 20 at 5:30 p.m. at Museum Center. Visit http://www.cincymuseum.org/events/difference or call (513) 287-7000 for tickets and more information.

Please be sure to check below for more information on some of the programming available to support the message of Positive Exposure.

Genetics and Ocular Effects
Test your science and math skills to explore the genetic causes of Albinism and its effect on eye structure and vision.
Museum of Natural History & Science – LITE Lab: October 1, 2, 18; 1 to 2 p.m.

Genomic Gellin’
DNA analysis has become a vital tool for science research and solving crimes. Learn about gel electrophoresis, one of the most common methods of comparing DNA samples.
Museum of Natural History & Science: November 11, December 1, and January 28: 3 to 4 p.m.

Insights Lecture Series: Café Conversation

Explore the challenges young adults face when transitioning into adulthood. How do we create inclusive welcoming communities for them? How do we help them build strong lasting relationships? Above all, how do we teach ourselves and influence others to treat people the same, regardless of our differences? October 6 Duke Energy Children’s Museum Lobby: 7:30 p.m.

Positive Exposure and Starfire U.
Starfire U is designed for young adults to explore what they are interested in and discover a person’s gifts and talents while finding valued roles in their community. Starfire will facilitate experiences including sports trivia, musical performances, yoga and poetry readings. Every program provides opportunities for individuals to learn and practice their social skills and create strategies for interacting with the community.

Bring your family to experience a different kind of learning with the following experiences: Culture Gallery: 12:30 p.m.

October 7, 2011 Sports trivia
October 14, 2011 Yoga class
October 21, 2011 Waddie Welcome & the Beloved Community Reading
October 28, 2011 Advocacy speeches
November 4, 2011 Cincinnati history
November 11, 2011 Small group discussions (café conversation)
November 18, 2011 Healthy snacks class
December 2, 2011 Writing circle/journaling session
December 9, 2011 Manicures/nail painting
December 16, 2011 Poetry reading

Young At Art: Self-Portraits

Look closely at that beautiful person staring at you in the mirror! Learn some techniques and have fun while you try to capture your features and personality through the creation of a self-portrait.

Duke Energy Children’s Museum: November 19; 3 p.m.

Culture Gallery: November 20; 3 p.m.

About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution as well as national historic landmark. Dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration, Museum Center was awarded the 2009 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Our Union Terminal has been voted the nation’s 45th most important building by the American Institute of Architects. Organizations within Cincinnati Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children’s Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. Recognized by Forbes Traveler Magazine as the 17th most visited museum in the country, Cincinnati Museum Center welcomes one million plus visitors annually. Cincinnati Museum Center gratefully acknowledges operating and capital support from the taxpayers of Hamilton County and the State of Ohio. For more information, visit www.cincymuseum.org

Image: The Cincinnati Museum Center at Dusk

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