BURLINGTON – Beginning Wednesday, May 3rd, residents of Ruggles House and Assisted Living at Cathedral Square Senior Living will have their portraits displayed in a new exhibit, “Bridging Generations” at the Firehouse Center for the Visual Arts.

The portraits are part of an ongoing community program by the Edmunds Middle School Renaissance Team. During the 2005-2006 school year eighth graders visited with seniors in six Burlington area senior living and nursing homes. The students built relationships with residents through storytelling, playing games and art projects. “The students have been a wonderful addition to our community. We have found the challenges facing the two generations are similar in nature,” says Resident Service Coordinator Holly Baker, “The Bridging Generations program has provided the opportunity for on-going conversations around establishing independence and fitting into community norms. It is a significant piece of our multi-generational programming.”

Thirty-two photographs taken by the students are displayed on the second floor galleries of the Firehouse Center for Visual Arts. Accompanied by excerpts from essays written by the students about their experiences with the seniors, the portraits capture the spirit of the two groups. The exhibit runs through May 26 and is open 9am – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday this week and Noon – 5pm, Tuesday through Sunday beginning next week.

Cathedral Square Corporation is a non-profit, state wide developer of affordable housing, a property manager specializing in resident service coordination, a licensed long term care provider, and a technical assistance resource. CSC was created in 1977 by the Cathedral Church of St. Paul. CSC is proud to be an American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA) Quality First participant and an equal opportunity employer and housing provider.