The Armory Annex in Lake Worth reopens its doors to host Discovering Our New World. For this photographic exhibit the Armory is privileged to collaborate with the renowned Palm Beach Photographic Centre of West Palm Beach. The show is part of the Photographic Centre’s Picture My World program.
Images were selected from hundreds made over a nine-month period in which the teens, all recent immigrants from Central America, and their mentors met weekly to explore their new home of Lake Worth. Fifty photographic prints are accompanied by journal entries in English and Spanish. The entries provide insight into the children’s perilous journey to be reunited with family members.
The Armory is fortunate to have use of the Annex building through the Lake Worth CRA for the purpose of enhancing the Lake Worth arts community. Armory Art Center programming and exhibitions began September 2, 2014, and ran through the season until it was temporarily closed over the summer for significant CRA renovations. The Armory’s Executive Director Kim Harty and Director of Education and Exhibitions Liza Niles have had ongoing dialogue with Lake Worth community leaders and arts groups in discovering better ways for the Armory Annex to serve the local Lake Worth community.
The Annex is located at 1121 Lucerne Avenue, Lake Worth, FL 33460, across from CRA sponsored artist’s lofts and adjacent to the Lake Worth Central American community. Kim Harty said, “This exhibition is a perfect fit for the area. Local children will have their work and writings exhibited, and the families will be attending the exhibition and participating in the opening celebration. The arts community will enjoy this important exhibition.” Fatima Nejame, Director of the Photographic Centre, commented, “The project has built these children’s self esteem through the arts of photography and writing. This exhibit gives a powerful voice to a group previously voiceless.”
The exhibit features photographs taken by the children, who emigrated from Central America to the United States last year as part of a large influx of unaccompanied minors. The teens all now reside in Lake Worth and attend Palm Beach County schools.
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Discovering Our New World, A Look at Lake Worth through the Eyes of Immigrant Children
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 12, 2015 | 6:00-9:00 pm
Exhibition runs November 13-December 5, 2015 | Monday-Saturday, 9:00 am-4:00 pm