Paola Gianturco's 'GRANDMOTHER POWER' Exhibition to Open This Month at Dennos Museum

The Dennos Museum Center at Northwestern Michigan College will present a new exhibition of the works of renowned photographer Paola Gianturco called Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon. The exhibition will be shown from September 18th to December 31st.

Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon is based off the book of the same title published by powerHouse Books. Grandmother Power won Fore Word Reviews 2012 Book of the Year Award for Women's Studies, the 2013 International Book Award for Multicultural Nonfiction, and the 2013 Readers' Choice Award for Favorite Grand parenting Book. The exhibition will feature images and stories of grandmothers worldwide who are acting courageously and effectively to create a better future for grandchildren everywhere.

There are more grandmothers in the world today than ever before. They are younger, healthier, better educated, and better off than they have ever been. They are energetic and effective, and they are modeling important lessons of collaboration, generosity, patience, perseverance and resilience.

Grandmother Power includes stories of grandmothers in Canada, Swaziland, and South Africa who collaborate to care for AIDS orphans; grandmothers in India who are becoming solar engineers, while those in Thailand fight environmental degradation. The exhibition will include eight powerful stories from Paola's book, highlighting women in South Africa, Swaziland, Thailand, the Philippines, Argentina, Canada, the United States, India, Senegal and indigenous grandmothers from around the globe. Visitors will have a chance to add their own grandmother to the story, through a special digital interactive experience.

"Grandmother Power is unexpected and eye opening. The exhibition will impact visitors at an emotional level and redefine the way many of us think and feel about grandmothers and the important role they play in creating a better future for their grandchildren." said Gene Jenneman, Executive Director of the Dennos, "This is the second project we have done with Paola Ginaturco, having presented Celebrating Women in 2010."

The National Writers Series in association with the opening of the exhibition Grandmother Power at the Dennos Museum Center presents an evening with author Paola Gianturco whose book Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon inspired the exhibit on September 17th at 7pm in Millken Auditorium.

Tickets $20 for the general public, $15 for Museum Members & NWS Friends. Tickets at, or 1-800-836-0717.

There will be a free reception (no ticket required) for Museum Members, NWS Friends and NWS ticket holders starting at 6 PM in the Dennos Museum Center to view the exhibition. A book signing will follow the program.

The Dennos education department is planning two programs in association with the exhibition:

The Art of: Grandmothering - Tea and conversation (Thursday, November 10th at 12pm)

Let's gather to celebrate the lives and stories of our grandmothers. Join several local grandmothers for an hour of storytelling and sharing, along with an audience Q&A. in conjunction with the exhibition, Grandmother Power, from the Grand Rapids Public Museum. Together we'll discover the true power of grandmothers around the globe. Refreshments served. Free to everyone. Sponsored by Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, a Senior Residential Club.

BLACK FRIDAY FUN DAY: Grandmothers Unite! (Friday, November 25th)

Skip the shopping frenzy and bring grandma for a fun-filled day at the Dennos. Check out Grandmother Power and other exhibitions, try out some hands-on artmaking, and spend a few minutes shopping in the Museum Store. And of course, all grandmothers (and grandfathers) get free admission! Sponsored by Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, a Senior Residential Club.

Grandmother Power at the Dennos Museum Center is sponsored by Cordia at Grand Traverse Commons, a Senior Residential Club. Additional support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Robert T. and Ruth Haidt Hughes Memorial Endowment Fund. Grandmother Power: A Global Phenomenon was developed by the Grand Rapids Public Museum in cooperation with Genesis Inc.

The Dennos Museum Center is open Monday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm, Thursday until 8pm and Sundays 1pm to 5pm. Admission is $6.00 for adults, $4.00 for children and free to museum members. For more information on the Museum and its programs, go to or call 231-995-1055. The Dennos Museum Center is located at 1410 College Drive, Traverse City, MI 49686, at the entrance to the campus of Northwestern Michigan College.

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