WE ARE ALL HOUGHTON

BY AMY COON+ JOSHUA DUTTWEILER


We Are All Houghton was created in response to the experiences of LGBTQ+ students at Houghton College and the college’s involvement in the Supreme Court cases regarding the interpretation of Title VII and Title IX.

Artists Amy Coon and Joshua Duttweiler collaborated using light projections of quotes by LGBTQ+ alumni around Houghton’s campus. The goal of the piece is to amplify the voices of students who have felt marginalized in regard to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity by Houghton’s lack of inclusivity and their discriminatory policies, professors, and administration. The artists’ desire is to remind Houghton of the true meaning of “community” and to draw attention to the urgent need for Houghton to reassess their stance.
Presented during RECOLLECTIVE, an exhibition focusing on alumni voices, the artists desire to amplify current LGBTQ+ students’ voices through an anonymous online survey. Quotes from this form will be incorporated into the show using a projector to display current students’ voices next to the prints of the alumni’s words. In addition, this anonymous data will be presented to the college at the culmination of this show to give Houghton College important information that they have neglected to ascertain.

A survey was conducted to collect the experience of anyone with a connection to Houghton College whose sexual orientation and/or gender identity is unaccepted by the college.

COPYRIGHT 2020 AMY COON + JOSHUA DUTTWEILER