Library welcomes poets, storytellers, art exhibit

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Digital paintings by local artist Nancy Wood hang along the wall on the fourth floor of Moody. Voices de la Luna will perform a poetry reading 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of cultural events through Feb. 27.  Photo by E. David Guel

Digital paintings by local artist Nancy Wood hang along the wall on the fourth floor of Moody. Voices de la Luna will perform a poetry reading 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Thursday as part of cultural events through Feb. 27. Photo by E. David Guel

Moody’s fourth floor has a performing area for cultural events, poetry reading, and musical performances.

By Alyssa Zapata 

sac-ranger@alamo.edu

Librarians have dedicated a section on the fourth floor of the library in Moody Learning Center to cultural events such as art and photography exhibits, poetry reading and musical performances.

Dr. Alice Johnson, library director, said this area is to help students showcase their work and for the community to visit to see what students are accomplishing.

Librarians are seeking cultural events by inviting organizations from this college and members of the community to participate.

The next event is poetry reading by Voices de la Luna sponsored by the writing center 5:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Voices de la Luna is a quarterly poetry and arts magazine produced in San Antonio that focuses on writers and artists of South Texas.

Joshua Robbins, Victoria Garcia-Zapata Klein and Laura Van Prooyen will be three local poets performing.

Garcia-Zapata Klein is an award-winning writer who grew up on the West Side of San Antonio and is an alumna of Palo Alto College. She wrote “Peace in the Corazon.”

Robbins, author of “Praise Nothing,” is an award-winning writer and a professor of English and creative writing at the University of the Incarnate Word.

Prooyen, author of “Our House was on Fire,” is a creative writing instructor at the Henry Ford Academy: Alameda School for Art + Design, a local college preparatory school.

Every third Saturday of the month, the American Sign Language and interpreter training department will sponsor a storytelling session.

The next one is 2-4 p.m. Saturday.

The department will have a voice interpreter along with a signer who will pick a story to tell.

Johnson is in charge of the video “Quilt Makers of Gee’s Bend” that will be shown 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Feb. 23 as part of this college’s observation of Black History Month.

About a dozen quilts will be displayed 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 27.

“Quilt Makers of Gee’s Bend” is about a small African-American community in Alabama that has carried on the tradition of quilt making that has become a chapter in African-American art.

Currently, the performance area is showcasing art by local artist Nancy Wood.

The performance area is an “enriching process,” Johnson said, noting students now have a section designed to showcase their work.

Events are limited to two hours and one event per day.

To find events, students can go to the library tab located at the top right of the college website and click on Performance Area.

For students wanting to schedule an event or showcase work, they may fill out the online application.

For more information, call 210-486-0554.

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