Southwest Rochester and the University:
Community Building through Puppetry and Technology

April 8th, 2019

This poster centers on the Spring 2019 community-engaged course project of Translation: Interpreting and Adapting (WRT 263/ENG 289/LTS 263) in collaboration with the southwest Rochester community. Mixed with hand puppetry and drone-captured videos, the documentary in progress follows students’ site visits and interviews with two community partners, Sue Choi of Brooks Landing Diner and Kapatah Xi-Amuru of B+Healthy Fresh Food Market. To develop the film project, students have also received training from Puppet Trio, a puppeteering group based in the 19th Ward and worked with Andrew Cappetta of the Academic Programs at the Memorial Art Gallery through a viewing and discussion session on Lessons of the Hour by Isaac Julien,
a multimedia installation loosely based on the life of Frederick Douglass.

  • Community partners
    • John DeMott, The 19th Ward Community Association
    • Tom Bohrer, Elizabeth Wegg, and Mary Weeg of Puppet Trio
    • Sue Choi, Brooks Landing Diner
    • Kaptah Xi-Amuru, B+Healthy
    • Andrew Cappetta, Memorial Art Gallery
  • Presenters
    • David Backer
    • Ruqin Chang
    • Lu Nguyen
    • Raimundo Diaz
    • Michael McCaffrey
    • Heriniaina Rajaoberison
    • Seungju Yeo
    • Diana Rodriguez, Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program
    • Stella Wang, Writing, Speaking, and Argument Program