September Arts Night Out and Portraits of Pathlight Opening

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Join us at the Center on Friday, September 13th from 5:00-8:00pm for our September Arts Night Out opening reception! We are thrilled to be presenting “This is Me: Portraits of Pathlight,” a photography project that focuses the camera lens on people served by Pathlight throughout Western Massachusetts. The Joyful Chorus will perform at 6pm, and building tours of 33 Hawley will be offered throughout the evening. This event is free and open to the public as part of Arts Night Out Northampton.

Renowned local photographers have partnered with Pathlight to shoot portraits that convey the strength, beauty, complexity and personality of people with intellectual disabilities and/or autism. The portrait subjects come from all parts of western Massachusetts and represent a broad spectrum of abilities, ages, and personalities.

Too often we see that people with disabilities are pushed to the edge of the frame, or are viewed through a sentimental filter that oversimplifies the fullness of the person. At Pathlight we believe that the people we serve are the directors of their own dreams and goals, and they are front and center as the stars in all we do.

This project, and the portraits individually and collectively as a show, are a stunning visual representation of the person-focused mission of Pathlight.