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Feb. 23, 2018
 
1,000 Words exhibit at the Chandler Center for the Arts Gallery
Collaborative exhibition with Chandler Public Library shows City’s diversity

Vesnas Family with Serbian Flag1,000 Words, a collaborative exhibition between the Gallery at Chandler Center for the Arts and the Chandler Public Library, opens March 2, in Downtown Chandler.
 
This exhibition, which runs through April 4, shares the faces of a wide variety of individuals in Chandler who have different religious, ethnic and economic backgrounds, but one common goal – to learn English.
 
To capture this diversity, photographers Amanda Mollindo and Josh Loeser created portraits of students who attend Chandler Public Library’s Talk Time and English Tutoring programs. In 2016-2017, the adult literacy program at the library served 359 individuals from 46 home countries.
 
“I really wanted to pull together an exhibition that showed just how diverse our community is,” says Peter Bugg, Visual Arts Coordinator at the gallery. “The adult literacy program at Chandler Public Library was the perfect cross section of our City’s international identity.”
 
“When the gallery approached us about this project, we were very excited to collaborate on an exhibition that tells the stories of people in our community,” says Dan Lee, Chandler Public Library Manager.
 
An opening reception with the artists will be held from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, March 1, at the Gallery located inside the Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The reception is free, open to the public and hosted by Chandler Center for the Arts and Chandler Public Library.
 
The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. More information on this exhibition can be found at chandlercenter.org.