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Friday, December 21 2012

Places We Live Opening Reception

From a Hilltown Families press release:

For the month of January 2013, Hilltown Families and the Cummington Cultural Council will present a group exhibit titled "Places We Live, Play & Learn: Narratives of Life" by Western MA Youth Photographers, comprising of 20 Western MA youth ages 10-18.

All are welcomed to an opening reception on Sunday, Dec. 30th, from Noon-2pm at the Community House Gallery at 33 Main Street in Cummington, MA (rear of the Community House). Snow date: Jan. 1st from 2-4pm.

Youth participants in this group exhibit were encouraged to explore, document and share their connections to their hometowns through photographic images and an accompanying narrative. Combined, the pieces together reflect and communicate how these participating youth view and understand their local history, culture and/or community values, as well as the significance of the physical spaces surrounding them.  Participants from around the region submitted nearly 30 entries for this group exhibit.

"The aim of this exhibit was to afford area youth the opportunity to participate in a group exhibit that could aid in their learning and appreciation of their community, town and region," explains Sienna Wildfield, Hilltown Families Executive Director.  "Contributors were asked to share the backstory of the images they captured from their town by using local resources, such as their town library, historical society and historical museums, or by interviewing experts and elders in their community. This was a great project for area youth to participate in community-based learning while strengthening their understanding to their hometown."

Images and narratives from this exhibit will be featured here on Hilltown Families in the months to come.  But better yet, come to the opening reception  on Sunday, Dec 30 from 12noon-2pm in Cummington and meet and greet this great group of local photographers and hear what stories they have to share.



Hilltown Families is an online grassroots communication network for families living throughout the four counties of Western Massachusetts.  Hilltown Families' mission is to connect, collaborate, and create community building events, community based educational opportunities, and service learning experiences.  Hilltown Families is incorporated as a non-profit in the state of Massachusetts, currently awaiting the approval of 501(c)3 status.