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CLASA hosts Art Exhibit in McNichols Library

The Carney Latin American Solidarity Archive at University of Detroit Mercy will host an art exhibit from Central America in the McNichols Campus Library, Jan. 12-31.

The exhibit showcases the work of Donald Voelker, a former processing archivist who currently resides in Costa Rica. His art focuses on current life in both Central and South America. Proceeds from this exhibit will be used to renovate the Centro Arte para la Paz, an alternative school that fosters a culture of peace in El Salvador, founded by Sr. Peggy O’Neill, SC.

A reception for the opening of the exhibit will be held on Wednesday, January 12 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the library. At the opening reception, Patrick Dengate, a Ferndale artist and close friend of Voelker will speak on his behalf. Light refreshments will be served.

Centro Arte para la Paz was a school operated by the Dominican Sisters of the Annunciation, who were forced to abandon the school due to the civil war in El Salvador. Currently, it is open for programs to build unity in the community, teach self-sufficiency skills and gender equality, as well as cultural awareness.

There will also be a closing event for this exhibit on Sunday, January 30 from 1-3 p.m. featuring Deacon Don Leach, pastoral associate at Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish in Plymouth, who works closely with Sr. Peggy O’Neill and a sister community project in El Salvador; he will be available for questions and more information on the Centro Arte para la Paz. Light refreshments will be served.

This is a free event and is open to the public. For more information, please contact CLASA Director Gail Presbey at 313-993-1124 or

Release date: January 13,2011

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