A recent episode of the short film series ‘Our City, Our Story’ features Rockford Art Museum (RAM) Curator Carrie Johnson, who has held the position since 2012—longer than anyone else in the 106-year-old history of the contemporary art museum.  

The short film was produced by series creator Pablo Korona who wrote in the episode summary: “Carrie Johnson lost passion for what she felt was her direction in life. Little did she know that a change lay ahead of her. With renewed purpose, Carrie sets about to help her community by helping transform the institution that had helped her reinvent herself.”

Featured in this piece is FIGHT NIGHT, hosted by then-exhibiting artist (and Golden Gloves boxer) Cheryl Pope at Rockford Art Museum. Fight Night featured sparring bouts from Patriots Boxing Club with spoken word intervals by We Empower Too. The event was part of the exhibition-related educational programming for Cheryl Pope: Not Without a Fight, curated by Johnson and on view February 8–May 27 at RAM.

Watch “On Reinventing Herself, Carrie Johnson” here:
https://ourcityourstory.com/rockford/season/3/on-reinventing-herself-carrie-johnson/ and follow along with her adventures on Instagram @carrie_maebe.

Our City, Our Story is a storytelling project based out of Rockford, Illinois. Created by director/producer Pablo Korona, the series includes a collection of unique short films designed to tell stories of individuals within the Rockford region that honor the diversity and authenticity of the community. Learn more at ourcityourstory.com and follow @ourcityourstory on social media.

About Rockford Art Museum: Founded in 1913, Rockford Art Museum exists to enrich the quality of life in the Rockford region through art collection, exhibitions and education. RAM is located inside the Riverfront Museum Park at 711 North Main Street in downtown Rockford, Illinois. Learn more at
rockfordartmuseum.org and follow @rockfordart #rockfordartmuseum on social media.

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