Do “good fences make good neighbors?” Why?
The International Sonoran Desert Alliance explored this and other aspects of the cultural history and current meanings of fences and land use when it hosted Between Fences, a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, at the Curley School Auditorium December 2007 – January 2008.
We were one of six sites expressly chosen by the Arizona Humanities Council to host Between Fences as part of the Museum on Main Street project – a national/state/local partnership to bring exhibitions and programs to rural cultural organizations. In addition to exploring the multiple meanings of the fence icon through the artifacts, photographs and illustrations of this Smithsonian exhibit, we concurrently exhibited the multi media art show, “Borders, Fences, Gates”, conducted a Sunday Afternoon Speakers Series, Cultural Music Events and a free Wednesday Night Movie Series, all referencing the theme of borders and fences.
Local collaborators included Ajo Council for the Fine Arts, Ajo Copper News, and the Pima County Public Library – Salazar Ajo Branch.