During Centre College’s month-long Centreterm in January, Allison Putnam ’18 and Kristan Schwartztrauber ’18 created a brochure to highlight nearby monuments to local African-American history, with the help of Amy Frederick, assistant professor of art history and their “Monuments and Memorials” class.
The brochure was designed and created to guide visitors to important African-American history monuments in Boyle County, including approximately 60 locations throughout the county and offers longer descriptions for some of the most significant monuments.
Explaining the project’s beginnings, Heart of Danville board member and special collections librarian and archivist at Grace Doherty Library, Beth Morgan ’01 describes it as a convergence of interests benefitting the College and the Danville community.
“Centre students are very motivated, innovative, hard workers who are constantly looking for ways to both get ahead professionally and contribute to the community,” she said.
“We as an organization are always interested in ways to partner with the College in an effort to engage students in the community. So asking Centre students to participate seemed like a very natural option,” she continued.
For Putnam and Schwartztrauber, the project gave them the opportunity to develop their publishing and design skills, furthering their portfolios for future career paths.
“We improved our abilities to work with a group of clients and rework information and ideas to better serve the end product,” Schwartztrauber said.
“We also learned how to use the Adobe program InDesign, which is the industry standard for text-based layouts. We also learned more about collaborative creative work, as well as how to work with many different clients,” Putnam added.
She also noted that their work on the brochure better linked the Danville and Centre communities together.
“Projects like these can help to establish lasting and beneficial ties between both parts of Danville. This city has a lot to offer students when it comes to professional experience,” Putnam explained.
Frederick echoed her students’ views, explaining her role in promoting the project and the benefits of student-community connections for all involved.
“As a professor, I believe strongly in the impact of working with our community. Even if students are only here for four years, Danville is ‘home’ for that time,” she said. “I try to seek out opportunities for my students to engage with members of our community.”
“The relationships that can be formed are effective and inspirational for both sides. It brings what we are learning in the classroom to life in often unexpected ways,” Frederick continued.
Exploring their “new Kentucky home” inside and outside of the classroom, this project’s melding of academics and local history added to the students’ portfolios and honored Boyle County’s African-American history.
“There are some wonderful minds on this campus, and there are some wonderful minds in the Danville community—it’s a win-win when all of those minds work together,” Morgan concluded.
By Kathleen Murphy ’18
February 23, 2018