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Focus on Panama: Activities include talks, photo exhibit, tribute

by Judy Hughes last modified Oct 25, 2010 02:48 PM

Oct. 25, 2010           


             LOUISVILLE, Ky. — University of Louisville students' photography work with children in Panama will be showcased in an exhibit that opens Nov. 3 during the free, public Celebration of Panamanian Independence Day, which will include talks about the project and a tribute to workers who died building the Panama Canal.


            The documentary filmmaker Anayansi Prado, a Los Angeles-based Panama native who founded and directs the Impacto Project, will speak at the 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. reception event in Gallery X of Schneider Hall on the Belknap Campus.


            UofL fine arts associate professor Mary Carothers and UofL student interns Rosslyn Steinmetz, Nicholas Linares and Samantha Grose worked with Impacto official Victor Mares in June to help 12 children on the Panamanian island of Bocas del Toro develop photography skills to document their world and connect with their past. The Latin American and Latino studies program co-sponsored the joint effort with the Impacto Project, which uses hands-on training to empower rural Latin American youths. Carothers and the UofL students also will speak at the Nov. 3 event.


The photos will be on exhibit through Nov. 15. The university connection was made when Prado lectured at UofL in March 2009 and invited Rhonda Buchanan, director of Latin American and Latino studies, to provide interns for the Impacto Project.


As the events correspond closely with the Hispanic Day of the Dead observation, Schneider Hall also will be the site for the altar "Transitivo: A Memorial to Honor the 27,500 Men Who Died While Constructing the Panama Canal." Carothers and students from a design class and from the Latin American and Latino studies program created human-sized photo transfers, which will be used to represent workers who perished in the 1904-1914 construction. That exhibit will be shown Nov. 2-14. 


            Co-sponsors are the Impacto Project; Latin American and Latino studies program; Hite Art Institute; departments of communication, fine arts and women's and gender studies; honors program; and the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft.


For more information, contact Buchanan at 502-852-2034 or or Carothers at 502-852-0836 or  To view Impacto Project photos, check



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