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.

Monday, October 31, 2016

On View at City Hall: Neighbors - Voices & Portraits of Muslims in the Valley

Local writer and photographer feature stories from our Muslim neighbors in a new exhibition at Northampton’s City Hall Gallery

Neighbors: Voices & Portraits of Muslims in the Valley

Interviews by Jenny Bender
Portraits by Amanda Herman

Exhibit Opening Nov 11 4:30-6:30PM, as part of Arts Night Out Northampton

Northampton City Hall Gallery
Second Floor – City Hall
210 Main Street
Northampton, MA 01060

Exhibit Runs from November 11 – December 2
Gallery Hours: Monday–Friday 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

Writer Jenny Bender and artist Amanda Herman have been interviewing and photographing Muslims in the Valley in order to learn about our Muslim neighbors. The project arose in response to the alarming rise of Islamophobia and the mistrust and misinformation many non-Muslims have about the religion and those who practice it.

Over a period of six months, Bender and Herman met with a wide range of families and individuals from many parts of the world – those aged 7- 70, from refugees to recently converted, to those born and raised in the USA. Participants were asked to speak about four main topics: what their religion means to them, the role of women in Islam, what their experience has been as a Muslim in today’s tense political environment and what they believe non-Muslims should know about Islam.

The exhibit features a series of 16 portraits of those interviewed, accompanied by edited, first-person statements from the interviews.

Please join us at an opening reception for the public during Northampton’s Arts Night Out on Nov 11 from 4:30-6:30PM.

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