Ephemera Collection Station

Waterville Creates

Paul J. Schupf Art Center, The Hub

June 22, 2023

93 Main Street, Waterville, Maine 04901

Waterville Creates and artist Tanja Hollander are photographing your objects on-site and gathering your stories through a series of collection station events. Objects (no larger than 8×10″) will be photographed and catalogued, and the images will be included as part of The Ephemera Project. Please note objects will be photographed on-site and returned to the owner.

For more information or to participate visit: https://www.tanjahollander.com/watervillecreates 

What is ephemera?  Historically, the word ephemera is used to describe paper objects with no monetary value meant to be discarded, such as ticket stubs, posters and cards. Here the definition is expanded to include the broken watches of deceased family members, baby teeth, moments in history, mementos from vacation or a subway ride-all simple reminders of people we love and homages to lived experiences.

The Ephemera Project is a crowd-sourced archive of personal objects and stories based in memory, self-reflection, and vulnerability. At its heart, this project encourages and celebrates making space to value and listen to each other.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and realized in partnership with the Colby College Museum of Art and its Lunder Institute for American Art.

Image: Jordia Benjamin, Funeral Handkerchief, 1981

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