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Ed Murray, Mayor
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SUBJECT: Seattle City Hall exhibition documents family homelessness

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3/8/2012  10:00:00 AM
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Seattle City Hall exhibition documents family homelessness
"Looking into Light" includes photos from The National Center on Family Homelessness' archive and photos by local photojournalist Dan Lamont


SEATTLELooking into Light, on view at Seattle City Hall through April 27, documents the experience of family homelessness in America. The National Center on Family Homelessness and its Campaign to End Child Homelessness present this unique exhibition of 50 photos from its archive of more than 20,000 images. Looking into Light is touring the United States through 2013 and has appeared in Washington, D.C. and Boston. The exhibition is sponsored locally by Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness.

Looking into Light also includes photos by local photojournalist Dan Lamont, whose images tell the often-overlooked stories of homeless families in suburban and rural areas in Washington state. Lamont's images also highlight our region's progress toward ending family homelessness.

Looking into Light is on view in the City Hall Lobby Gallery and Anne Focke Gallery (located on the L-2 level of City Hall), 600 Fourth Ave. Gallery hours are 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call (206) 684-7171 or visit www.seattle.gov/arts.

An artist reception will be 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 4, in the City Hall lobby. Lamont will share stories and audio recordings of homeless families in Washington state.

Lamont is a photojournalist who has covered issues of social concern since the late 1970s. His photos have appeared regularly in Time, Life, Newsweek, The New York Times, Smithsonian magazine, Audubon magazine, U.S. News & World Report and many other publications. He began covering family homelessness in Washington as a 2010 fellow in the Seattle University Journalism Fellowships on Family Homelessness program supported by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

David Jordan, former editor-in-chief of Better Homes and Gardens magazine, and Ellen Bassuk, M.D., co-founded The National Center on Family Homelessness in 1988. Jordan commissioned a photographer to document the issue of family homelessness in America over a five-year period, from the early to mid '90s. Some of the photos appeared in Better Homes and Gardens. The photographer wished to remain anonymous.

The exhibition also features information from Building Changes, a Washington nonprofit organization with a mission of ending homelessness and with connections to volunteer organizations throughout the state. For more information on Building Changes, visit www.buildingchanges.org.

For more information on Seattle University's Project on Family Homelessness, visit www.seattleu.edu/artsci/communication. For more information on The National Center on Family Homelessness, visit www.familyhomelessness.org. For more information on Dan Lamont, visit www.danlamont.com.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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