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Opening for Stonewall Uprising exhibit at Center is Friday

LEWISTON, Idaho – The opening for the exhibit “Stonewall Uprising: A place that became a movement” will be held Friday, June 28, at 4 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St. in Lewiston.

The opening features a piano performance by Tom Schumacher at 5 p.m. The opening is free and open to the public.

The exhibit commemorates the last 50 years since the Stonewall Riots, also known as the Stonewall Uprising. It was a was a series of violent confrontations that began in the early hours of June 28, 1969, between police and gay rights activists outside the Stonewall Inn, a gay bar in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. As the riots progressed, an international gay rights movement was born. The exhibit, which runs June 28-Aug. 31, is a historical retrospective with photos, regional artists, and programming.

The historical retrospective was researched and compiled for the exhibit by LCSC associate professor of history Amy Canfield, who is also the co-advisor of the Gender-Sexuality Alliance Club on the LCSC campus. The exhibit shows how the Stonewall Riots shifted public perception and sparked debates about basic human rights, equality, freedom, and love.

The exhibit is sponsorship by the Shekinah Community and grant funding from ARTSIdaho and US Bank.

The Center for Arts & History galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For more information about the exhibitions or to schedule a docent tour, visit www.lcsc.edu/cah or call 208-792-2447.