Somewhere Between Place & Home

Somewhere Between Place & Home explores how people take action to create a sense of belonging and connection in the transitional, insecure and unfamiliar environments in which they find themselves.


Exhibit on display September 30, 2019 — February 2020


Think about place as a general term to describe the environments—both familiar and unfamiliar—through which we move. Then think about home as a specific kind place—familiar, secure, comforting—a place that roots us in the world.

In each of the three projects that make up Somewhere Between Place & Home, community organizer, artist and documentarian Corrine Yonce and her collaborators explore what it means when a primary residence—the place in which one lives—is something other than fully home. Through images and words Yonce and her partners show how people take action to create a sense of belonging and connection in the transitional, insecure and unfamiliar environments in which they find themselves.

Somewhere Between Place & Home highlights three of Yonce’s collaborative projects: 1) In Voices of South Burlington Community Housing Yonce built connections with public housing residents in Burlington to support advocacy and action; 2) in Voices of Allen Brook, Yonce explores ideas of home and memory with residents at Chittenden County’s only affordable memory care facility, in Williston; 3) and through the Old North End Community Mural, where Corrine and students from the Burlington City and Lake Semester partnered with neighborhood residents—many of whom are New Americans, and all who face varying degrees of housing and economic insecurity—to create a mural expressive of their community.

Yonce’s work compellingly combines visual art—painting and mixed media—with audio, manifesting a creative and engaging approach to documentary that highlights (in form as well as content) the human, and humane, aspects of sharing the experiences of others.

The Folklife Center is proud to feature another innovative approach to inviting Vermonters from all walks of life to become more visible to one another.

OPENING RECEPTION & ARTIST’S TALK: OCTOBER 25th from 5:00-7:00 PM, the Vermont Folklife Center, 88 Main St. in Middlebury, VT will host a public reception and gallery talk with Corrine Yonce. Complimentary locally sourced food and drink, including beer, wine, craft cheeses, produce and more will be served.

This exhibit is made possible with support from the Vermont Folklife Center Vision & Voice Gallery underwriters including: the Rotary Club of Middlebury, VT; Cabot Creamery; the Vermont Community Foundation; and by the Center’s many generous supporters across the state.

The Vision & Voice Gallery is free and open to the public Tuesday through Friday 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The Gallery is ADA accessible on the first floor (rear entrance) of the Folklife Center headquarters at 88 Main Street in Middlebury.

The Vermont Folklife Center’s mission is to broaden, strengthen, and deepen our understanding of Vermont; to assure a repository for our collective cultural memory; and to strengthen communities by building connections among the diverse peoples of Vermont.