Adams County Arts Council to Host Exhibit of Photographs Depicting Life among Adams County’s Latino Migrants and Immigrants

Retratos_2Throughout the month of May the Adams County Arts Council will host an exhibition of photographs taken by and of members of Adams County’s migrant and immigrant Latino community.

The exhibition, titled “Retratos/Pictures,” which opens formally on Friday, May 3, will hang in the Reception Hall at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, located at 125 South Washington Street in Gettysburg. The Arts Council will host an artists’ reception from 5:00 to 7:30 P.M. that evening, and the exhibition will run through May 31.

“The exhibit has been a collective effort of many individuals and institutions,” says Jorge Pérez-Rico, parent coordinator of the Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 Pennsylvania Migrant Programs and a community liaison at Gettysburg College’s Center for Public Service.

Pérez-Rico notes that many of the photographs were taken by and of area Latinos who were participating in educational activities such as those offered by the LIU 12 Migrant Education Programs, the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College, and La Casa de la Cultura, an initiative of the Project Gettysburg Leon.

“The LIU 12 offered a photography class—a photo-voice project—to our migrant parents, and the product of the classes was a booklet we named Retratos,” he says. “Our intention is to reflect on our everyday life and the journey we began in our countries. We hope that the pictures will be a point of reflection for our entire community—an opportunity to see the realities in Adams County with other eyes, because if we do not learn to see with the other’s eyes, what sense can our own gaze have?”

The images, photographed between 2010 and 2011, capture everyday moments that reveal the importance of faith and family in the lives of their subjects. Pérez-Rico hopes that the simple images will communicate that these lives are not so different from others, and that their subjects have similar dreams and struggles.

The exhibition was created in partnership with the Lincoln Intermediate Unit No. 12 Migrant Education Technology Center for Adults and Families and the Center for Public Service at Gettysburg College.

For more information about the upcoming Retratos/Pictures exhibition, other upcoming gallery shows, upcoming art classes at the Arts Council’s Arts Education Center, and other news and events from the Adams County Arts Council, visit www.adamsarts.org or call (717) 334-5006.

The Adams County Arts Council’s mission is to cultivate an arts-rich community.