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Summer 2005: Student field school projects

By Upstate Institute on August 15, 2005

Each summer, Colgate students remain in the region to work as field school fellows with the Upstate Institute. The fellows work with a community, government, or non-profit partner to create and complete projects that will have a positive social, economic, cultural, or environmental impact on the upstate region.

Below are a few of the community partners and projects from the summer of 2005.

Chenango Summer MusicFest

Dan Prial ’07 worked with director Laura Klugherz to augment traditional festival activities with events and exhibits on alternative and complementary health techniques. In its ninth season this summer, the Chenango Summer MusicFest presents chamber music concerts for strings, winds and piano by internationally acclaimed classic and popular musicians in the village of Hamilton. The festival includes the ever-popular Village Day that showcases Hamilton with music, food and events for all ages.

The Exhibition Alliance

Tim Hogarth ’06 worked with the Exhibition Alliance to produce an education DVD about fine art storage. The production of the DVD was in response to the results of a survey conducted in partnership between the Upstate Institute and The Exhibition Alliance.

The survey was sent to a large number of organizations, museums, and galleries in New York State to inquire about their existing art storage facilities as well as their current needs. The results showed that among other things, there was a large need for information regarding proper art storage. Tim traveled throughout the state in order to do on-location filming, and the DVD includes footage of 10 registrars, conservators, and collections managers from various museums and organizations including The MoMA, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and The Corning Museum of Glass.

The DVD will be marketed to museums, galleries, cultural organizations, and other places that may have art storage concerns. The information contained can be utilized by small or large institutions, and demonstrates many different storage solutions for various types of budgets, including ideal storage conditions as well as best-practice under limited resources.

Hamilton Obstetrics and Gynecology

Susan Taffee ’06 took her experience as a birth doula and developed Bright Beginnings in conjunction with Hamilton Obstetrics and Gynecology. Bright Beginnings provided free doula services to patients of Hamilton Ob/Gyn during the summer of 2005. She conducted initial consultations with Hamilton Obstetrics and Gynecology. She made several prenatal home visits to get to know the mother and her family better, to help them create a birth plan, and to provide them with any needed information or answer questions they may have. Susan was present at the births to provide support to the patient. She also did a post-partum visit.

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