Talk on Social Justice: A Native Perspective – Nov. 29 at QVCC

Lorén Spears, a two-term tribal councilwoman and executive director of the Tomaquag Museum in Exeter, RI, will present a talk on Social Justice: A Native Perspective on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

The Tomaquag Museum, which works to preserve and nurture indigenous culture and arts, received the prestigious 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ms. Spears has herself been honored with the Tom Roberts Prize for Creative Achievement in the Humanities for her “compelling work as an advocate of indigenous people’s history and cultural heritage in preservation, the arts, and education” and received an honorary doctorate in humane letters from the University of Rhode Island. She founded the Indigenous Empowerment Network, an organization which “strives to eradicate poverty in the Indigenous Community…through education, cultural competency, job training, and employment….”

Ms. Spears will address indigenous history in the local area, particularly focusing on the Narragansetts and Niantics, and connect that history to present-day activism, while sharing cultural artifacts and insights.

This program is co-sponsored by On Cue: Culture & Conversations at QV, the Office of the President, and the Student Government Association. The talk will be held in the Fireside Lounge at 2 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information, please contact M’lyn Hines in the QVCC library at 860-932-4056 or mhines@qvcc.edu

Released Nov. 22, 2018

QVCC to Celebrate International 24-Hour Comics Day

Artists who want to test their creativity and push their artistic limits are invited to Quinebaug Valley Community College for this year’s 24-Hour Comics Day. The day of extreme cartooning allows 24 straight hours for amateur and professional cartoonists of any age to challenge themselves to write, draw and letter an entire 24-page comic in 24 hours. This year’s 24-Hour Comics Day starts at the QVCC Cafeteria at 3 pm on Friday, October 6th, and continues through 3 pm on Saturday, October 7th.

Creating comic art can be lonely work. 24-Hour Comics Day provides an opportunity to stretch creative muscles and get invigorated by working alongside a group of fellow artists.

This annual international festival of comics creation draws in young and old, experienced and novice. Don’t let a lack of experience or materials keep you away – previous participants have been as young as 7, and have used supplies ranging from a box of crayons to top-of-the-line drawing pencils. “Celebrity” 24-hour comic book creators include: Neil Gaiman (“Sandman”), Erik Larsen (“Savage Dragon”), Steve Bissette (“Swamp Thing”), and 24-hour comics inventor, Scott McCloud (“Understanding Comics”).

Artists who complete the challenge may submit copies of their comics to be included in the official 24-Hour Comics Collection hosted by the Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Museum & Library.

For more information about the event, contact Jakob Spjut, QVCC associate professor of engineering science, at 860-932-4156 or visit http://qvcc.edu/event/24-hour-comic-book-day/ or www.24hourcomicsday.com.

Released September 29, 2017

Baugstock Music Festival, Friday May 5, 2017 – Held Indoors – Featuring Local Talent and Vendors

The Baugstock Music Festival continues again this year at Quinebaug Valley Community College on Friday, May 5, 2017, starting at 4 p.m. This free event will feature local talent, food trucks, craft vendors and more at the Danielson campus. The event is open to the community and held rain or shine.

Headliner bands including Desert Rain, from Danielson and New England natives, Wicked Peach, return to this year’s event. Additional talent includes The Dirty Secret, Jon Searles, The Infinite Groove Band, The Stock and Pat You and the Yo-Yos.

The QVCC Student Government Association is the driving force behind the expanded schedule of events and talent.

Besides food and musical entertainment, there will be crafts, outdoor games (weather permitting), and a variety of vendors selling their products. In the event of rain, all activities will be held indoors on campus.

For questions, contact Amanda Giles, 860-932-4217 or agiles@qvcc.edu  or to learn more www.qvcc.edu/baugstock