MOUNT MORRIS – The Genesee Valley Council on the Arts will open a new exhibit featuring artwork created through the Creative Artists Migrant Program Services, of CAMPS program.

The program brings arts instruction to farmworkers and families in the region.

The exhibit, “Connecting by Design: Artists and Farmworkers Share Talents and Traditions,” will be on view through Nov. 20 at the Council on the Arts Gallery, 4 Murray Hill Drive. An opening reception is scheduled from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at the GVCA Gallery.

The exhibition is a collaboration between the arts council, CAMPS and GLOW Traditions.

The CAMPS program originated at the Geneseo Migrant Center more than 40 years ago, and now continues at the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts.

“We have been conducting art workshops for farmworkers and their kids since late June, and ongoing into September and October. As a result, we will have a wonderful selection of various art pieces to display,” said CAMPS Director Julia Stewart-Bittle.

Pieces on view will include works of printmaking, weaving, needle felting, tin embossing, yarn art, piñatas, and drawing.

An added element this year comes with the collaboration with GLOW Traditions, which focuses on traditionally based arts and folklife. These include creative arts that are important to maintaining one’s cultural heritage, including those found in celebrating the Día de Muertos or Day of the Dead, which occurs at the beginning of November. The holiday is a time of joyful remembrance of deceased loved ones, filled with an array of colors, scents, sounds and stories. The custom holds that it is the one time of the year when souls can return to earth for a day and commune with their families and friends.

“The arts of everyday life are how we pass on family and community traditions,” said GLOW Traditions Director Karen Canning. “The CAMPS program expanded this year, to include time for farmworkers and families to teach artists about how they remember and honor ancestors through creating home altars or ofrendas, creating paper crafts and decorations, and making special foods.”

The exhibit will include a traditional Mexican ofrenda and several others created by local artists in response to the project.

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The exhibit and accompanying programs, including an Oct. 16 workshop, are supported by funds from the Rochester Area Community Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the state Legislature.

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