Lift ev'ry voice and sing
'Til earth and heaven ring
Ring with the harmonies of liberty!
|Rev. Louise Williamson|
This is a little different from what I normally post here on the blog, but it is fully aligned with the blog's mission: to celebrate the beauty of the world and to share art with eveyone. I am happy and thrilled to share this art with you today. The following was written by Megan Whilden, the Director of Cultural Development for the City of Pittsfield, MA. My hometown has got it going on!
Lift Ev'ry Voice Photography Show Features Portraits
of African-American Elders in the the Berkshires
|Elaine and Clarence Gunn|
Opens During First Fridays Artswalk
Pittsfield, Mass. -- Two years ago, as part of the first Lift Ev'ry Voice Festival celebrating African-American culture and heritage in the Berkshires, a group of volunteer photographers began making portraits of African-American elders throughout Berkshire County, to visually document and celebrate those who have been through so much in their lives.
|James "Smitty" Smith|
An opening reception will be held during Pittsfield's monthly First Fridays Artswalk on Friday, July 5th, from 5pm to 8pm. The reception is free and open to the public. The gallery is open Wednesdays to Saturdays from 12pm to 5pm. The exhibit closes on Saturday, July 29th.
Lift Ev'ry Voice: Celebrating African-American Culture & Heritage in the Berkshires is a countywide biennial festival first held in 2011, celebrating the rich traditions of African-American community, arts and culture, history and heritage found within Berkshire County and across the nation.
|Issac Crawford, Jr.|
Press Contact: Megan Whilden, Director of Cultural Development, 413-281-7289, firstname.lastname@example.org