New Gallery Exhibit Opens at the Genesee Center for the Arts

The Lobby Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts is pleased to announce its first exhibit of the 2004-2005 season, "Faces of Liberty". The photo-journal display, created by the New York Civil Liberties Union, (NYCLU) highlights significant New York State civil liberties cases over the decades.

"Faces of Liberty" is a traveling exhibit about the Bill of Rights, civil liberties and New Yorkers. It attempts to put human faces on complex civil liberties issues by documenting the challenges of ordinary men, women, and students who faced unpopularity and adversity when standing up for their beliefs. The exhibit documents 22 stories about people who, in defense of their civil liberties, have been helped by the New York Civil Liberties Union and include descriptions of the successful challenges to the institutionalization of children and adults at the Willowbrook State School and to housing and employment ordinances which discriminated against immigrants. Also included are two U.S. Supreme Court decisions; upholding the one person-one vote principle in eliminating New York City's Board of Estimate and an account of the landmark U.S. Supreme Court ruling that a school board may not remove books from the high school library for political reasons.

NYCLU Nassau Chapter board member, Donald Parker, who created the traveling exhibit, commented, "This shows that the Bill of Rights is not an abstraction but a blueprint for ordinary people to use to guarantee their individual rights."

There is no charge for the "Faces of Liberty" exhibit which runs from October 1 - 27 before traveling to the Lorette Wilmot Library at Nazareth College in Rochester. The Lobby Gallery is open from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 8:00 a.m. until noon on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, call the Genesee Center for the Arts at 585-345-6814.

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