Lafayette Exhibit Tells Stories of Disparity and Struggle in Boulder County

Everybody has a story

By Lisa Truesdale

Boulder County may be known as one of the healthiest, wealthiest places in the country, but there are people here who are truly struggling. Everybody has a story, and some tales of heartbreak, struggle, poverty and discrimination occur in our own neighborhoods.

The Boulder County Community Services Department recently partnered with Boulder-based One Thousand Design to create “(In)visible Boulder County,” a project that captures these stories through powerful portraiture and thought-provoking testimonials. The goal of the venture is to spark important conversations about stigmas, stereotypes and disparity in the community—conversations that organizers hope will lead to actions and opportunities to help those of all ages who are living on the margins of society.

After shows earlier this year in Aurora and Nederland, the photographs and stories are now on display at Lafayette’s Collective Community Arts Center until June 30. The companion film “Better” is also available for on-demand viewing at the center; it’s a documentary featuring more than 50 individuals who wanted to share their stories of feeling different because they’re immigrants or because they’re homeless, poor, transgender or youths in crisis.

On Thursday, June 28, at 6 p.m., the community is invited to a conversation to discuss “difference and sameness” and how to best support those who are striving to make a better life for themselves and their family.

The Collective Community Arts Center at 201 N. Public Road in Lafayette is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (open until 7 p.m. on Fridays) and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m. Admission is free. Hours and other details are subject to change, so visit www.cityoflafayette.com for more information.