Take Another Look Exhibition Shown at State House
(Pittsfield, MA) Take Another Look, an exhibit by Berkshire photographer Nicholas DeCandia, was shown in Doric Hall at the Massachusetts State House from September 14th through September 18th. Take Another Look explores the topic of food insecurity in the Berkshires, and aims to make visible the dignity, strength, and dilemma of those trying to feed themselves and their families on minimum wage salaries or other minimal incomes. Through the lens of the artist this exhibit visually demonstrates the dilemma of feeding a family on a minimum wage salary.
Berkshire Interfaith Organizing (BIO) is holding a Hunger Action Day at the Statehouse on September 16th in conjunction with the showing of Take Another Look. They are inviting state legislators to attend an Opening of the exhibit at 12pm with remarks by BIO clergy leader, Reverend Joel Huntington of South Congregational Church, Pittsfield (the photos represented in the Take Another Look exhibit are from the South Congregational Church Food Pantry); photographer, Nicholas DeCandia and Massachusetts State Senator Benjamin Downing.
“These are our neighbors, they do not live in a Third World Country. They live and work and go to school among us,” said South Church Congregational Reverend Joel Huntington. “The photos, words, and videos will show the dignity and plight of the working poor and the huge amount of volunteer help that fuel the area’s feeding programs.”
The exhibit offers as an opportunity to thank members of the State Legislature for their support for increasing the budget of the Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program, which provides funding for the four Food Banks across the state, including the Food Bank of Western Massachusetts. Mr. DeCandia’s profound and evocative photography will provide a powerful visual argument for the necessity of this important program, underscoring the strong positive impact that the legislature’s decision has had in the Berkshires and across the state.
BIO leaders also plan to call on state legislators to support financing of the Massachusetts Food Trust Program which will provide low interest loans, grants and technical assistance to increase access to healthy foods and good jobs here in Berkshire County and across the Commonwealth.
This is the third exhibition of Take Another Look. It was on display at the city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts in Pittsfield for the month of April and at Guido’s Café Gallery in May. For more information on the Take Another Look exhibition, contact the Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts 413-499-9348. You can view a video essay of Take Another Look by videographer Michael Sinopoli at https://www.discoverpittsfield.com. For more information on BIO, visit berkshireinterfaithorganizing.org or call 413-464-1804.
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