Youth Exhibit Opens in Hilltowns for New Year

Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western MA Youth Photographers
Opening Reception: Dec. 30th, 2012 from 12-2pm
Cummington, MA

For the month of January 2013, Hilltown Families and the Cummington Cultural Council will present a group exhibit titled Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western MA Youth Photographers, comprising of 20 Western MA youth ages 10-18. All are welcomed to an opening reception on Sunday, Dec 30 from 12noon-2pm at the Community House Gallery at 33 Main Street in Cummington, MA (rear of the Community House). Snow date: Jan. 1st from 2-4pm).

Youth participants in this group exhibit were encouraged to explore, document and share their connections to their hometowns through photographic images and an accompanying narrative. Combined, the pieces together reflect and communicate how these participating youth view and understand their local history, culture and/or community values, as well as the significance of the physical spaces surrounding them.  Participants from around the region submitted nearly 30 entries for this group exhibit.

“The aim of this exhibit was to afford area youth the opportunity to participate in a group exhibit that could aid in their learning and appreciation of their community, town and region,” explains Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families Executive Director.  “Contributors were asked to share the backstory of the images they captured from their town by using local resources, such as their town library, historical society and historical museums, or by interviewing experts and elders in their community. This was a great project for area youth to participate in community-based learning while strengthening their connection to their hometown.”

Images and narratives from this exhibit will be featured here on Hilltown Families in the months to come.  But better yet, come to the opening reception  on Sunday, Dec 30 from 12noon-2pm in Cummington and meet and greet this great group of local photographers and hear what stories they have to share.

Call for Photography Submissions by Western MA Youth for Group Exhibit

Call for Youth Photographers

Affording youth the opportunity to participate in a group exhibit like this can aid in the learning of their community, town and region by researching the background story of the images they capture while giving them a public venue to share their discoveries. Using local resources, information can be researched and gathered at their town library, historical society and historical museums, or by interviewing experts and elders in their community for a supporting narrative. This is a great occasion for young people to participate in community-based learning while strengthening their ties to their local community. – Deadline for entry: Dec 1, 2012

Western MA youth photographers ages 8-18 are invited to participate in an upcoming exhibit titled, Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western Massachusetts Youth Photographers.

Presented by Hilltown Families with the support of the Cummington Cultural Council, the exhibit will be on display at the Cummington Community House Gallery in the rear of the Cummington Community House, originally schedule for this fall, re-scheduled for the month of January 2013.

This exhibit gives youth an opportunity to explore their towns and document their findings both in images and a written narrative. Participation is free and open to all youth living in Western MA.

Deadline for entries has been extended to Dec 1st, 2012. An application and entry rules can be downloaded here: Places We Live, Play & Learn Application Form (pdf).

Download poster here to post in your school, library and community center.

 

Call for Photography Submissions by Western MA Youth for Group Exhibit

Places We Live, Play & Learn:
Narratives of Life by Western Massachusetts Youth Photographers

“Affording youth the opportunity to participate in a group exhibit like this can aid in their learning of their community, town and region by researching the background story of the images they capture while giving them a public venue to share their discoveries,” explains Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families Executive Director. “Using local resources, information can be researched and gathered at their town library, historical society and historical museums, or by interviewing experts and elders in their community for a supporting narrative. This is a great occasion for young people to participate in community-based learning while strengthening their ties to their local community.” – Deadline for entry: Dec 1, 2012

Youth photographers ages 8-18 are invited to participate in an upcoming exhibit titled, “Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life by Western Massachusetts Youth Photographers.”

Hosted by Hilltown Families with the the support of the Cummington Cultural Council, the exhibit will be on display at the Cummington Community House Gallery in the rear of the Cummington Community House during the month of January 2013. Participation is free and open to all youth living in Western MA.

Youth participants in this exhibit are encouraged to explore, document and share their connections to their hometowns through photographic images and an accompanying narrative. Combined, the pieces together should aim to reflect and communicate how they view and understand either their local history, culture and/or community values, as well as the significance of the physical spaces surrounding them.  For work that speaks of the natural beauty in their hometowns, young people can accompany their image with prose or poetry, or an explanation of their community’s ties to their natural environment.*

“Affording youth the opportunity to participate in a group exhibit like this can aid in their learning of their community, town and region by researching the background story of the images they capture while giving them a public venue to share their discoveries,” explains Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families Executive Director.  “Using local resources, information can be researched and gathered at their town library, historical society and historical museums, or by interviewing experts and elders in their community for a supporting narrative.  This is a great occasion for young people to participate in community-based learning while strengthening their ties to their local community.”

Entries are limited to 2 per person and participation is free.  Images can be from any season and must have been taken by the photographer in the past 3 years in their Western MA hometown in which they reside.

All entries will be part of a group show at the Community House Gallery in Cummington during the month of January 2013 and considered as a possible feature on www.HilltownFamilies.orgThe Cummington Cultural Council will host an opening reception on Sunday, Dec 30, 12noon-2pm (snow date 1/1 from 2-4pm) at the Community House Gallery in the rear of the Cummington Community House on Main Street.

“The Cummington Cultural Council is excited about this special exhibit,” says Kathryn Jensen, Council Chair.  “Our mandate is to promote and support the arts and humanities in the Hilltowns, which we do in a variety of ways.  We’re thrilled to be working with Hilltown Families to create an opportunity for community-based learning and artistic exploration for young people in the area.”

An application and entry rules can be downloaded here: Places We Live, Play & Learn Application Form (pdf)

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