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Date: September 18, 2008
Media Contacts: Elizabeth Homan, 240-567-7970; Marcus Rosano, 240-567-4022

Montgomery College Photography Exhibit to Open at BlackRock Center for the Arts
“Portraits of Life” Depicts Local Holocaust Survivors, Runs September 24–October 10

Montgomery College will display “Portraits of Life: Holocaust Survivors of Montgomery County,” a photography exhibition of Holocaust survivors, at the BlackRock Center for the Arts gallery from September 24 to October 10. The BlackRock Center for the Arts is located at 12901 Town Commons Drive in Germantown, Md.

An opening reception for the exhibit will be held on Saturday, September 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. At the reception, four survivors, who are pictured in the exhibit, will talk about the Holocaust and their experiences as victims and survivors of Nazi persecution.

The College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute collaborated with students, faculty and staff to create the "Portraits of Life" photography exhibit in 2005. The exhibit has been shown in galleries, community centers and office buildings throughout Montgomery County, and one copy of the exhibit is on permanent display at The Maryland Arts and Humanities Council in Baltimore. The exhibit continues today as a documentary project that shares the stories of Holocaust survivors who have lived in and around Montgomery County.

A recent $10,000 grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery Council will support this year's initiative to bring "Portraits of Life" to Montgomery County Public Schools, including Gaithersburg High School and Eastern Middle School. It will be used to teach secondary school students about the Holocaust in a compelling and meaningful way.

The Blackrock Center for the Arts exhibition gallery is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, when classes are in session. In addition, the gallery is open one hour prior to and during performances.

For more information about "Portraits of Life," please visit the College’s Paul Peck Humanities Institute Web site at: www.montgomerycollege.edu/humanities/.


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Montgomery College is a public, open admissions community college with campuses in Germantown, Rockville, and Takoma Park/Silver Spring, plus workforce development/continuing education centers and off-site programs throughout Montgomery County, Md. The College serves nearly 60,000 students a year, through both credit and noncredit programs, in more than 100 areas of study.

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