Taking annual Visión event virtual brings global scale to Estamos Aquí project

Saratoga County EOC will unveil website housing 14 years of Estamos Aquí exhibits, new 2020 photos, and host community discussion

BALLSTON SPA, NY (Aug. 3, 2020) — Visión: a look at life behind the scenes is an annual highlight of the Saratoga racing season and has traditionally served as the opening reception for new photographs to the Estamos Aquí (We Are Here) exhibit, in which Latino immigrants share their experiences in Saratoga, while also raising critical funds for the Latino Community Advocacy Program (LCAP) of Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC). 

This year, Visión will be held virtually and expanded to three key events that all are designed to empower the Saratoga region’s Latino immigrant community. 

“Saratoga brings together people from all over the world each year,” said EOC Executive Director Jo Anne Hume. “The Estamos Aquí photography exhibit has always captured that global spirit and amplified the experiences of our immigrant neighbors who contribute so much to Saratoga’s success, and we’re so excited to take that to the next level with all the opportunities holding the event digitally brings.” 

First, a new website will be unveiled at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 11, that makes all 13 previous Estamos Aquí exhibits available online together for the first time, broadening public access to this important body of work. Over 200 images from more than 50 artists will be available. 

Then at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 18, the 2020 Estamos Aquí juried exhibit will be released with a moderated photography panel discussion. This year, the photography workshop consists of students who have participated in the exhibit in the past, who may or may not have been able to return to Saratoga for the racing season due to current travel restrictions. It has also enabled Spanish-speaking professional photographers to lead the class from across the world. 

“One of the things that I’ve been impressed with is how the instructors who speak the students’ native language and share a similar cultural background are able to provide examples that are culturally meaningful,” said EOC Deputy Director Krystle Nowhitney Hernandez. “The students have really capitalized on the extensive lessons that can now be offered because the workshop is being held virtually and I think this promises to be one of the most dynamic exhibits yet.” 

The month will close out with a moderated panel discussion on how to build a welcoming and equitable community at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 25. 

“The Estamos Aquí exhibit and Visión events empower immigrants to share their experiences in Saratoga,” Nowhitney Hernandez said. “This roundtable is to help the community find tangible ways to be welcoming to our immigrant neighbors.” 

All events can be viewed from saratogaeoc.org/vision2020 or facebook.com/sceoc. All proceeds benefit the Latino Community Advocacy Program, a grassroots effort of Saratoga County EOC, which is designed to help immigrants be part of the community by hosting English classes, offering translation and interpretation, providing assistance filing taxes and opening bank accounts, as well as many other services. Learn more and donate at saratogaeoc.org/vision2020. 

Thank you to our gold sponsors Minich MacGregor Wealth Management, Munter Enterprises and Saratoga Hospital.