Kathleen Hutton, Reynolda House Director of Education, as Community Hero

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Kathleen Hutton, Reynolda House Director of Education, as Community Hero

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This winter Reynolda House Director of Education, Kathleen Hutton was honored as a Wake Forest Community Hero.

In the fall of 2012, the Museum hosted the most school groups to visit Reynolda House in its history. From 4th graders studying Bearden as a native North Carolinian artist, to high school students reading Homer’s The Odyssey, Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey was a hit.

"It’s my goal that Reynolda House be seen as a community partner and to support local teachers."

College classes visited from as close as Wake Forest University Department of Classical Languages and as far as Virginia Tech, led by poet Nikki Giovanni. The exhibition even served as a tool for corporate discussions around tolerance and diversity.

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A Community Hero’s Philosophy: Art is a way to tell one’s own story and gain self-knowledge

Anyone who has met Kathleen knows that she always speaks about education and art with passion. When asked what was the recurring theme that surfaced during the community outreach of the Bearden exhibit, Kathleen answered:

“He didn’t leave anyone out by telling his story. Everyone picked up on the universality of Bearden.”

Through this exhibition, Kathleen recommitted herself to art as a means to connect all kinds people, all sides of a community, and most importantly, to one’s self. This renewed mission truly encapsulates Kathleen as a community hero who approaches each day with endless enthusiasm and true purpose.

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Romare Bearden is not only a great American artist, but also the best artist from North Carolina

“It is so important Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey came to Reynolda House."

Kathleen explains because North Carolinians were able to experience a great artist from their own state. Young people could see that art is not that far away.

“I can’t believe Bearden was here. I will remember it for a long time.”

Get to know Kathleen on Twitter! Follow @WakeReynolda #KHQA


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