WHERE: Narrows Center for the Arts, 16 Anawan St, Fall River, MA
WHEN: March 23rd, 1-3 PM, 2019
On March 23rd, a collaborative photography exhibit, “Through Our Eyes, will open at the Narrows Center for the Arts. The over thirty contributing photographers are all adult English-language learners at SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. who have made their home in Fall River. Over the past year, the students have been exploring the world around them through the lens of a camera and taking photographs of whatever struck them as important, interesting, or beautiful. Every week in their beginning and intermediate ESOL classes, they shared their photographs with one another and in what often became quite animated discussions, explained the meanings, cultural traditions, and artistic visions behind their depictions. They each created work-in-progress journals that included all the photographs they had taken over the course of the semester, selected a set of favorite images, and then worked hard to create accompanying captions that expressed their thoughts and feelings. This exhibit is the culmination of the students’ efforts to use photography to tell stories about themselves and their communities and to share those stories with wider audiences.
The exhibit opening is also the kick-off to the 40th Anniversary celebrations of Southeastern Massachusetts SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc. This non-profit organization has been a leader in adult education, training, and employment since 1979. Originally founded to improve the educational and employment outcomes of Portuguese immigrant families in Fall River, SER-Jobs currently serves residents of the greater Fall River area and other communities in Southeastern Massachusetts who come from diverse cultural backgrounds by offering a wide range of programs and services. The programs they offer include classes for English to Students of Other Languages, high school equivalency preparation classes for adults and out of school youth, and career exploration activities, training in computer literacy and technology, and job and career planning, counseling, and placement.
The themes of the Through Our Eyes exhibit reflect the students’ diverse interests and points of view. Some of the photographs focus primarily on connections with family and friends. Others depict traditions such as the making and sharing of food and celebration of special events. Still others depict the beauty of nature, neighborhoods throughout the city, or new ways to see details of daily life. A goal shared by all of the contributing photographers was to convey the important role the supportive educational space at SER-Jobs plays in their lives. Their captions and autobiographical accounts reveal hopes and dreams and what it has been like to leave a homeland in order to make a new life for themselves and their children in the U.S
This project was made possible by a generous grant from MassHumanities, as well as contributions from SER-Jobs for Progress, Inc., and the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture and the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. The second phase of this project, which will entail public art installations of photographs throughout Fall River, from the Through Our Eyes collection, is supported by a Creative Commonwealth Grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts. All the photographs are also accessible to the public via the Fall River Portraits website (fallriverportraits.org) which was made possible by a Creative Economies Grant from the University of Massachusetts President’s Office.
The exhibit opening and kick-off anniversary celebration will be held at the Narrows Center for the Arts on Saturday, March 23rd, 1-3 PM and is open and free to the public. Families are especially welcome! The exhibit will be up through Saturday, April 27th. Gallery hours are Wednesday thru Saturday, 12-5 PM. For more information contact the Narrows at 508-324-1926, Andrea Klimt at firstname.lastname@example.org, or SER-Jobs for Progress at 508-676-1916.
Nation’s Largest & Oldest Civil Rights Organization Says DACA Recipients And TPS Holders Deserve Action Now Too!
Washington, DC – – One day after his historic meeting in the White House, Domingo Garcia, National President for the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) says, the Administration’s decision to re-open the federal government is a step in the right direction and he urged President Trump to make sure federal workers get paid quickly and come back to their jobs as soon as possible.
“We told the Administration that playing political brinkmanship is a zero-sum game as we have just witnessed and it hurt millions of people including the workers, their families and everyone else affected by the longest government shutdown in our nation’s history,” says Domingo Garcia. “I am pleased President Trump heard LULAC but now it’s time for both parties to also resolve the uncertainty for DACA recipients and TPS holders by addressing the issue through serious bipartisan collaboration. Anything less than that is unacceptable,” he added.
Friday’s action allows Congress to quickly pass spending bills to reopen vital federal agencies as soon as President Trump signs the bills. However, the funding only authorizes operations for the next three weeks until February 15. Also, federal workers will receive checks for the 35 days they worked without paid or that they were furloughed.
“It is easy for both sides to claim victory now but the answers that matter isn’t about who was to blame or why,” says Garcia. “The answers we want to hear are to the questions who will have the courage to honor their commitment to the more than 800-thousand Dreamers and TPS holders and how quickly?”
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Nation’s Largest & Oldest Civil Rights Organization Describes Garcia As a Texas Trailblazer, Trusted Advisor and Leader Among Leaders
Washington, DC – Gustavo L. “Gus” Garcia rose from humble beginnings in the Texas border town of Zapata and achieved important milestones as an Hispanic pioneer over more than four decades of public service: Austin City Council member who became Mayor, member then President of the Austin Independent School District before going on to also serve on the Austin Community College Board of Trustees. He died Monday at the age of 84.
Domingo Garcia, National President, called Garcia a close, personal friend. “We spoke often and in many ways he served as a mentor to many Hispanics. He was always willing to listen, share his thoughts but always allowing others to think and decide based upon what they thought was right. I think what made Gus Garcia such a great leader was that he understood the fundamental truth that respect for others is peace. He exemplified giving and receiving respect as the basis for working with everyone in the community, rich or poor, white, black, brown, yellow — none of that mattered to Gus — so long as Hispanics were included at the table. And he made sure we were. I will miss our conversations, his wisdom and most of all, his love for nuestra gente.”
Garcia attended the University of Texas at Austin where he received a degree in Accounting and became a Certified Public Accountant. His education enabled Garcia to learn the intricacies of government programs and he mastered the skills of dissecting details in public administration which enabled him to identify and articulate instances of social injustice.
Former National President Hector Flores added his remembrance of Garcia: “Gus was persistent as heck when he saw a wrong being committed against la comunidad like when the Austin Human Relations Commission was formed and Hispanics were not represented. He took them to task and we won four seats on that 21-member body for the first time ever. Also, Gus was responsible for leading the call for change in Austin to ensure fair housing practices at a time when the city’s housing authority was clearly excluding Hispanics from certain residential towers. They blocked him from seeing the public records, which was illegal, but he just went around them to conduct his own investigation at one of the towers and blew the case wide open. When history is written about the foundation of Texas itself for future generations to look back, the ‘indelible stones’ laid by Gus Garcia will figure prominently. Rest in peace eternal Amigo!”
Immediate Past-President Roger Rocha, a resident of Laredo, Texas a short distance from Garcia’s birthplace received notification of his passing and called Garcia a “trailblazer for Latinos in Texas”. He urged LULAC to remember and honor Garcia’s memory and to keep his family in our thoughts and prayers. Funeral arrangements are pending.
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