Photo/Video Show by Branford Artist Christine Chiocchio
Visit the James Blackstone Memorial Library rotunda on Sunday, October 7th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm for the opening of YASC: Nicaragua, a moving photo exhibition and video presentation created by Branford fine artist, photographer and resident Christine Chiocchio. Refreshments will be served and admission is free.
YASC: Nicaragua chronicles Ms. Chiocchio’s personal journey to the remote mountain region of El Castillo, Nicaragua as a volunteer participant of the Yale Alumni Service Corps (YASC). Her photographic diary provides a glimpse of daily life in the region and features projects completed by YASC volunteers including: establishing a clinic, repairing roads and buildings, teaching a variety of subjects and sports and supplying water filters to families in need. The exhibition captures residents’ outpouring of respect and gratitude for YASC support as well as their resourcefulness, isolation and poverty. A highlight of the program is the story of 12 year old Karen Tercero who’s dream is to become a doctor. Karen walked several miles through the mountains on her own (carrying her 1½ year old brother) to meet the YASC volunteers. All photo sales proceeds from the exhibition will benefit the Karen Ximara Hernandez Tercero Scholarship Fund. A discussion will follow the video presentation.
YASC trips build on the diverse talents and energies of Yale University alumni volunteers to provide critical services to communities in need. Projects vary from construction to medicine, education, athletics, small business consulting, and more. These programs provide opportunities to enjoy meaningful cross-cultural exchange, work alongside people in a local community and form incredible bonds with fellow alumni who share a passion for service
Photographer and painter Christine Chiocchio lives in Stony Creek with her husband and two children. She teaches art at the Stony Creek Studios and shows her work regionally. Her photos have been published worldwide.
YASC: Nicaragua will be on exhibit at the James Blackstone Memorial Library from October 1 through October 15th.
The exhibition will run 10/1-10/15.