Genesee Center for the Arts Lobby Gallery Displays "Transformative Power of Community" Exhibit

The Lobby Gallery at the Genesee Center for the Arts is hosting an exhibit based on a collection of amateur photographs. The "Transformative Power of Community" features photographs that chronicle the Project Life War Orphans Rehabilitation Program. The exhibit, which consists of 48 images will be on display from November 4 through December 16.

Deborah Wilson, Assistant Director of Project Life in Waterport, NY said the idea for this exhibit was born "almost two years ago, when I sat down with fellow Project Life co-worker Linda Redfield and local photographer Betty Casey to discuss 'what to do' with the thousands of photos taken by Project Life volunteers."

Since 1995, Project Life, an intensive volunteer-based program, has aided child victims of natural disaster and war in places like Southeast Asia, Afghanistan, Bosnia, and Chechnya, by offering relief, rest, and recuperation in the United States. "As we worked, we realized that there were literally hundreds of stories, of more than 80 children, from three international areas of conflict, not to mention the stories of the volunteers who have reached out to help," Wilson added. Eventually 48 images were selected "on the basis that they would reach out and touch viewers whether they were new to the program or veteran volunteers." The photographs depict children in both their native countries as well as the United States.

"The Transformative Power of Community" is free and open to the public. The Lobby Gallery is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM and on Saturday from 8:00 AM until noon. The Gallery is closed Sundays. For further information about this exhibit call the Genesee Center for the Arts at 585-345-6802.

Additional information about Project Life can be found at www.worldlifeinstitute.org or by contacting Deborah Wilson at projectlife@worldlifeinstitute.org. Funding for this exhibit was provided by a grant from the New York State Council on the Arts, distributed locally by the Genesee-Orleans Arts Council.

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