Recognizing African American and Women’s History Month in February and March, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau is hosting the Beauty of Diversity Exhibit in the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, located on the southwest quadrant of Memorial Square. As America moves to fulfilling its description of a melting pot of people, FCVB is showcasing the faces of residents that make up the community of Franklin County. Fueled by regional artist-photographer Phillip Michael Whitley, the exhibit offers nearly three dozen faces that highlight the evolving culture of Franklin County PA. The words of Mahatma Gandhi bring together the spirit of the exhibit: “Our ability to reach unity in diversity will be the beauty and the test of our civilization.”
Whitely is an apt partner for the “Beauty of Diversity” exhibit, using his camera to make the world a more beautiful place one camera snap at a time. Whitely is also fueling a local exhibit at the Coyle Free Library, entitled “Franklin County’s Female Firsts” to celebrate Women’s History Month 2020. Partnering with local genealogist Pam Anderson, the exhibit offers a sampling of “first females” in Franklin County. It is a fundraiser for the Franklin County Library System and Go Girls Go—an initiative of Healthy Community Partnership. Whitley’s additional community exhibits include “Black Girl Magic” and a celebration of individual’s with Down’s Syndrome.
The Beauty of Diversity is free and open to the public, Monday through Friday, 8 AM to 4:30 PM, and will be highlighted at the Franklin County Visitors Bureau’s 2020 Women’s History event, “Women’s Voices: “I Am…We Are” on Saturday, March 21, at 1 PM.
Recognizing the health impacts of COVID-19, the Franklin County Visitors Bureau will not be holding events as scheduled. “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” will be rescheduled, tentatively July 18, 2020. Details to follow.
The Franklin County Visitors Bureau welcomes all to “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” on Saturday, March 21 at 1 PM in the Franklin County 11/30 Visitors Center, on the square in Chambersburg PA. The 2020 Women’s History Month remembers Valiant Women of the Vote. “Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” is presented to inspire valiant women. Guest presenter-performer is Carla Christopher-Waid, 4th Poet Laureate of York PA, author, artist, and community advocate. Christopher-Waid is a moving performer and a passionate educator, who empowers her audiences with new perspectives.
In addition to the presentation-performance by Christopher-Waid, the lobby of the 11/30 Visitors Center features the Beauty of Diversity exhibit, showcasing the many faces of Franklin County PA. Fueled by regional photographer Phillip Michael Whitley, the exhibit is on display as part of the 11/30 Visitors Center’s African American and women’s history activities. These many faces make one community.
“Women’s Voices: I Am…We Are” is offered at no charge. All participants will receive take-aways and a chance to win a publication related to women’s history, including Know Your Value, Narrative of Sojourner Truth, and The Seneca Falls Convention.
The public is encouraged to register here on Eventbrite to secure a seat at the event.