Artistic Area: Visual Arts/Photography
Project Title: The Tradition Bearers
Project Summary: The Tradition Bearers is a humanistic portrait photography project documenting members of the community who carry on arts, cultural, folk, and societal traditions in Chemung, Steuben, and Schuyler counties.
Work Statement Excerpt: “Rooted in the Southern Tier’s historical tradition of unique cultural traditions and social justice activism, The Tradition Bearers celebrates those who seek to create community. By practicing and carrying forth societal and cultural traditions, they affirm such community making as essential to creating empathy and building connections. They bring people together, honor their forebearers, give comfort and care, create a pride of place, and innovate, lead, and steward. ”
Gerard Burke by Chris Walters
*sponsored by The Rockwell Museum