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PCC to Host Oyama Elementary at ‘Return of the Corn Mothers’ Photojournalism Exhibit

May 8, 2013

Tucson, AZ -- Pima Community College West Campus “Adopt-A-School” partner, Oyama Elementary School, is participating in the Return of the Corn Mothers multi-cultural, multi-generational Photo Journalism Exhibit.

The exhibit takes place Friday, May 10 from 10:00-11:30 a.m. at PCC West Campus Student Art Gallery, 2202 W. Anklam Road, Building A, second floor.

As part of this event, Oyama Elementary invited their students to participate in a creative writing project about their Corn Mother.  The first place winners of the writing competition will read from their work. 

Sixty students from Oyama Elementary will participate and view the exhibit along with Principal Tamara Christopherson, teachers, parents and grandparents.

“This is an opportunity to involve elementary students in a college event that includes a woman’s multicultural celebration, writing, art, photography and digital stories,” said Geneva Escobedo, Executive Assistant to the West Campus President.  

Escobedo also is one of the Corn Mothers.  She collaborated with the Metropolitan State University of Denver to bring the exhibit to Pima Community College.  The exhibit is based on the Pueblo myth of the Corn Mother, the giver of life. This legendary entity is important to the Pueblo cultures and synonymous with Mother Earth, who represents growth, life, creativity and feminine aspects of the world.

The exhibit features the portraits and stories of 34 Corn Mothers who come from Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Texas.  Included are the 2013 Corn Mothers, Dr. Sylvia Lee (PCC Board of Governors member, District 3) and her mother, Sofia Lee.  Four of the Arizona Corn Mothers have artwork displayed in the exhibit.

The Return of the Corn Mothers exhibit runs through August 29, 2013.

  • What: Return of the Corn Mothers Photo Journalism Exhibit featuring work from students of Oyama Elementary
  • When: 10 a.m., Friday, May 10
  • Where: Pima Community College Student Art Gallery, West Campus, 2202 West Anklam Road
  • Cost:  Free and open to the public

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850