First Lady Frances Wolf, Press Release
First Lady Frances Wolf announced One Lens: Sharing Our Common Views, a state-wide virtual photo exhibit she is launching to document Pennsylvania’s history throughout the COVID-19 pandemic . The exhibit will celebrate the hard work and commitment of all Pennsylvanians as we continue our fight against COVID-19.
More information about the exhibition and how to participate can be found here.
“We are currently living through an extraordinary time,” said First Lady Wolf. “The way we live, communicate and educate our children has changed dramatically since last March, but we still strive for a sense of community because it is what reminds us of our own strength and tenacity. The One Lens exhibit is an extended community for Pennsylvanians, a community where we can share our stories with our neighbors from all over the state, inspire each other and help us heal while creating our story of that time.
An objective, the brainchild of First Lady Wolf, emphasizes the importance of preserving history by encouraging Pennsylvanians to share their experiences during COVID-19 through photography. Images submitted will be displayed to the public and recorded as visual documentation of the pandemic. Using photography as a medium to tell these stories, One Lens also emphasizes the use of art as a tool for Pennsylvanians to cope and heal. The exhibition covers three themes:
- Our heroes, paying tribute to the heroes of the pandemic who cannot stay at home;
- Our lives, watching how we spend our time when no one is watching; and
- Our communities, featuring Pennsylvanians unite in the face of a global health crisis.
The photo submission period will open on Monday, February 8, 2021 and stay open until Monday, March 8, 2021. The full exhibition will be released on Friday, March 19, 2021.
In preparation for the exhibit, five ambassadors were selected to represent the central, northeast, northwest, southeast and southwest regions of the state. These Regional Ambassadors will use their close connection to their regions to ensure that the One Lens exhibit truly reflects the experiences of Pennsylvania’s diverse, vibrant and resilient communities.
One Lens regional ambassadors:
Shannon Maldonado (southeast) is the founder and creative director of YOWIE, a creative platform and design studio founded in 2016. After more than a decade working in fashion, she created the showcase and design studio to showcase emerging artists and create spaces that evoke emotion and Discovery.
Matthieu Galluzzo (southwest) has devoted his entire career to Pittsburgh and its neighborhoods. In September 2019, he joined Riverlife as President and CEO, and leading a transformational program to create, activate and celebrate the shores of Pittsburgh.
Porcha johnson (central) has six years of experience in health promotion, motivating women to adopt a healthier lifestyle, as well as 13 years of experience as a journalist and TV presenter. Her solid news experience has helped her connect with women and girls across the country across black girl health (BGH), a company she founded in 2014.
James Hamill (North East) is the director of public relations for the Pocono Mountain Visitors Bureau, the destination marketing organization for Wayne, Pike, Monroe and Carbon counties. Hamill helps create content for the various PMVB platforms including social media, TV, and the web.
Ceasar Westbrook (Northwest) is a Pennsylvania-based artist and teacher in Erie. Currently, he is commissioning various collectors across the country, including well-known celebrities, musicians and government officials.
An objective is presented in partnership with the Pennsylvania Tourist Board, Pennsylvania Arts Council, and the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Photography experience is not required to contribute to statewide exposure. For more information on the regional ambassadors, the global project and the rules of participation, visit https://www.pa.gov/one-lens/.