Hexagon Project enters sixth year of promoting interdependence

Hexagon Project enters sixth year of promoting interdependence

By Josh McAuliffe (Staff Writer)
Published: September 7, 2012

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Photo: N/A, License: N/A, Created: 2012:07:24 14:24:13 First Friday once again will serve as the kickoff for the annual Interdependence Day Hexagon Project exhibit, which begins its sixth year today from 6 to 9 p.m. at Library Express at the Mall at Steamtown.

The festivities will include a hands-on hexagon-making project, refreshments and live music provided by Jason Smeltzer, Julian Sparacino & The Interdependence Experiment with Theremin and Flute.

The exhibit, which uses artistic interpretations of the hexagon to convey Interdependence Day’s focus on global unity and tolerance in a post-9/11 world, is actually two exhibits in one this year.

As always, the exhibit will feature hexagons made using all sorts of media by students ages 10 to 18 from all over the world, including Haiti, Nepal, Jamaica, the Philippines and the United States. Locally, there are hexagons from students in the Riverside, Mountain View, Tunkhannock and Abington Heights school districts.

Exhibit planners recently received acrylic hexagon paintings created by a group of orphans in Kigali, Rwanda. The children are taught by Emmanuel Nkuranga, a Rwandan artist who recently had an exhibit at the University of Scranton. Hexagon Project coordinator Beth Burkhauser gave Mr. Nkuranga a packet of hexagons to take back with him.

“We have 27 really incredible hexagons painted by these kids,” said Ms. Burkhauser, noting those pieces will be on sale for $30, with proceeds going back to the orphanage.

Meanwhile, the first People’s Hexagon Exhibit will be displayed as part of the project. That will include hexagons made by adults and children from throughout Northeast Pennsylvania.

Highlights include hexagons made of marble, cast iron, wood and even chocolate and bread. Some of those hexagons will be for sale as well.

On Sunday, Sept. 16, the project’s Student Recognition event will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at Library Express. The event will feature the collaborative performance, “Red String Theory: Celebrating Diversity and Ties that Blind Us All,” facilitated by Conor O’Brien, and presentation of the project’s Community Partnership Awards. This year’s award recipients are Marianne Milks, Jude Youshock and Nepalese educators and interdependence activists Hari Pathik, HemLal Paudyal and Krishna Pandey.

The exhibit runs through Sept. 30. For additional information, visit interdependencedaynepa.org.

Contact the writer: jmcauliffe@timesshamrock.com; or @featuresTT on Twitter

If you go

What: Interdependence Day Hexagon Project Exhibit VI

Where: Library Express, Mall at Steamtown

When: Today through Sept. 30, with an opening reception tonight from 6 to 9

Details: For additional information, call Library Express at 558-1670, or visit interdependence daynepa.o

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