News Coverage: Museum of Culture & Environment

The opening of a new exhibit on homelessness at the Museum of Culture and Environment was recently covered by KIMA News in Yakima. The story interviews Mark Auslander, museum director, and a CWU student whose art is featured in the exhibit. Here are some behind the scenes photos.

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Exhibit spotlights homelessness in Kittitas County

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — As the weather gets colder the problem of homelessness in Kittitas county becomes harder to ignore.

“When it dips down to the low teens at night, your warmest clothes won’t necessarily still keep you warm,” explained Donald Green, First Christian Church of Ellensburg Pastor. “And if they get wet, that makes a big difference too. So when we get the snow, and wet weather, then we have them come.”

Pastor Donald Green opens First Christian Church of Ellensburg up to the homeless this time of year. But University Professor Mark Auslander — the Director of a new exhibit on homelessness believes it’ll take more than just shelters to solve the problem.

“We see someone who is homeless; we see someone who is addicted, we turn our eyes away,” said Auslander. “And all the students felt that we couldn’t do that anymore.”

That’s what inspired the art exhibit — local students and the homeless want people to know about the issues and drug use in Kittitas and Yakima counties.

To read more and watch the story, please visit KIMA News here.

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