'Across the Bridge' Exhibit Opening at Salem Harbor Power Station

A photo of the inside of the Power Plant taken by recent Montserrat College of Art graduate Michelle Behre '14 while she was a student involved in the Across the Bridge project.

A photo of the inside of the Power Plant taken by recent Montserrat College of Art graduate Michelle Behre '14 while she was a student involved in the Across the Bridge project.

Footprint Power’s Salem Harbor Station will open from June 16 - July 2 for a public exhibition of experience-based art projects created by Montserrat College of Art students, inspired by and produced in collaboration with workers at the Salem Harbor Station power plant, located at 24 Fort Ave. Salem, MA.

This first-of-its-kind project, “Across the Bridge,” is the result of a unique partnership between Montserrat College of Art and Footprint Power, whose primary goal was to honor and document the lives and work of the power plant employees, most of whom will lose their jobs and move on to other opportunities when the coal plant closes this summer. 

According to Montserrat Academic Dean Laura Tonelli, the project dovetailed perfectly with a campus initiative to expand learning beyond the traditional classroom through collaborative, interdisciplinary projects with businesses and community organizations.  In April of this year, the initiative, called StudioXL (Studio for Experiential Learning), received funding from the Davis Educational Foundation.

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