Take Another Look

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Take Another Look – A Photographic Essay on Food Insecurity in Pittsfield to Open at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts Featuring Nick DeCandia, photographer and Mike Sinopoli, Videographer

 

Press Contact:

Jen Glockner, Director, City of Pittsfield Office of Cultural Development, cultural@pittsfieldch.com; 413-499-9348


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For Immediate Release:

(Pittsfield, MA) Each and every week hundreds of Berkshire families make use of the food pantries and hot meal sites located mostly in local houses of worship. Who are these neighbors of ours who on a daily basis struggle to eke out a living in this beautiful and scenic area?

With Take Another Look, photographer Nick De Candia hopes 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 will visually demonstrate the dilemma of feeding a family on a minimum wage salary.

“These are our neighbors, they do not live in a Third World Country. They live and work and go to school among us in Pittsfield,” said South Church Congregational Pastor 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.”

This evocative photo exhibit will premiere at the Lichtenstein Art Center on Good Friday, April 3 during First Fridays Artswalk from 5pm-8pm. Take Another Look will include a video of the project as it was developing. There will also be on display thought provoking statements from interviews with pantry and community meal clients along with those who volunteer in these efforts to assist our neighbors in need.

“Hunger effects many more people than we imagine,” stated Mayor Dan Bianchi. “Even though our economy is rebounding, many in our community continue to be unsure of where their next meal will come from.  This exhibit sheds light on an important community issue that deserves our greatest attention.”

On Sunday, April 12 at 2pm there will be a FREE screening of the documentary, A Place at the Table, at the Berkshire Museum, examining in depth the rise of food insecurity in our nation. A panel discussion following the film will invite creative responses to this ongoing struggle for basic human dignity.

Through the photos, video, words, and film Take Another Look seeks to develop a more informed citizenry, which is the bedrock of cultural vitality in a democratic society and is a vital step in realizing hopeful change.

The South Congregational Church Food Pantry will be accepting food donations throughout the exhibition at the Lichtenstein Center for the Arts and at the A Place at the Table screening at the Berkshire Museum. The non-perishable food contributions that are most desired are: soup; spaghetti sauce; peanut butter and tuna fish. Monetary donations will also be accepted. Please make checks payable to South Congregational, with “Pantry” marked in the memo line.

The city-owned Lichtenstein Center for the Arts is open Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11am-4pm or by appointment. It is located at 28 Renne Avenue in Pittsfield’s Upstreet Cultural District, the gallery is free and open to the public. For more information, visit discoverpittsfield.com or call 413-499-9348.

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