The Northampton Arts Council works to support and nurture the arts in the city of Northampton. The Council awards grants twice each year to artists and arts groups from both state and locally-raised funds, and seeks to improve public awareness of the arts. Its' goals include maintaining and preserving the rich and diverse cultural heritage of Northampton, programming such annual events of interest to the community as First Night Northampton and Transperformance.

Friday, June 24, 2016

6 x 6 Project #1 - We Are Not Machines

6 x 6 Project #1
We Are Not Machines/No Somos Máquinas/我们不是机器:
Voices of Northampton Restaurant Workers

Exhibition Dates: July 10-16, 2016
Where: A.P.E. Gallery, 126 Main Street, Northampton, MA 01060

The Pioneer Valley Workers Center, in collaboration with photographer Leslie Lynn Lucio and labor historian/audio engineer Adam Reid, will be installing a show focusing on workers’ rights in Northampton. Composed of 25 large black and white portraits, as well as text and audio clips from 25 interviews with workers, this exhibition highlights the voices and faces of people affected by low-wage restaurant work. The show creates a connection between workers and the community they serve daily, and gives restaurant workers the opportunity to speak honestly about the joys and struggles of working in this industry. A series of events will accompany the exhibition, including a public launch, film forum, worker panel, and worker-led musical groups, all of which will help facilitate dialogue between restaurant workers and their community, as well as between one another. In this way, the curators of the exhibition hope to foster a collective dialogue about workplace conditions and create a more just and sustainable future for Northampton and other cities. The show will open on July 10th with a panel which will introduce the project, explain the artistic intervention, and discuss the restaurant economy in greater detail.

Leslie Lynn Lucio, Photographer
Adam Reid, Labor Historian and Audio Engineer
Seth Gregory, Graphic Designer
Javiera Benavente, Cultural Organizer and Collaborating Artist
Pioneer Valley Workers Center, Community Partner

Schedule of public events:
· July 10
o Public Kickoff, 6- 9pm (Worker Panel 6:30-7:30pm)
· July 13
o Film Forum of “The Hand that Feeds,” 6-7pm
o Worker Panel, 7-7:30pm
o Gallery Viewing, 7:30-9pm
· July 15
o Panel: “Voices from the Food Chain,” 6-7pm
o Musical Performance, 7-8pm
· July 16
o Closing event, 6-10pm
o Musical Performance: Bella’s Bartok, 7pm
Note: The gallery will also be open to the public from 12-5pm on Monday 7/11, Tuesday 7/12, Wednesday 7/13, and Saturday 7/17, and from 1-5pm on Thursday 7/14.

For more information, visit:

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Northampton Arts Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency and a grant from the Art Angels, through the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts.

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