“See Through Our Eyes. Hear Our Hearts”
Opening Reception for Photojournalism Exhibit by People with Disabilities
TROY, NY—The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV) will host an opening reception for “See Through Our Eyes. Hear Our Hearts,” a photojournalism exhibit featuring the work of eight artists with disabilities. The event will take place on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 at 5 p.m. at 15-17 3rd Street in Troy, NY.
Funded in part by a Community Arts Grant, a program of The Arts Center of the Capital Region through the New York State Council on the Arts, the exhibition will include essays and photographs produced by the artists describing their own disability journey. Their work is the result of a six-week workshop guided by Lee Anne Morgan, a nationally recognized fine arts photographer and writer.
“See Through Our Eyes. Hear Our Hearts” is a project of Pat’s Place, an initiative launched by ILCHV to continue the work of the late Patricio “Pat” Figueroa, a leader of the modern disability rights and independent living movements and a long-time resident of the Capital District. Pat’s Place nurtures creativity for people with disabilities by sponsoring programs and classes in the fine and performance arts, as well as expository and creative writing, graphic design and storytelling.
The Independent Living Center of the Hudson Valley (ILCHV) is a non-profit organization located in Troy with a satellite office in Hudson, working towards removing both physical and attitudinal barriers to independence for persons with disabilities. ILCHV is a non-residential, consumer controlled and community based organization. The ILCHV operates under a Board of Directors and a 17 person staff, most of whom are persons with disabilities. We believe that consumers are entitled to participate in all aspects of community living, including owning a home, raising a family, pursuing a career, and enjoying leisure time.