ITHACA, N.Y. — Learn more about the portrait series “We Are Ithaca” at a gallery night event Friday.

Some of the portraits from this project are likely already familiar for people who regularly walk down the Ithaca Commons. The portraits featured on the Commons are just some of 1,200 portraits that have been created by the “We Are Ithaca” team over the past year.

The project “celebrates the individuals who compose our rich community,” the website states. “The collective results will provide an informative and inspirational visual foundation to a vibrant community celebration and a valuable historic snapshot of Ithaca to be shared with future generations.”

In addition to the portraits, a book and documentary are in the works. There will also be a community celebration on the Ithaca Commons in early August.

On Friday, there will be a gallery night featuring portraits and videos from the project and a Q&A with project director and photographer Robyn Wishna at 6:30 p.m. at the Community School of Music and Arts, at 330 E. MLK/State St. Ithaca.

The discussion and presentation is a part of Gallery Night Ithaca, a weekly walkable tour of local art and culture. It takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. on the first Friday of every month.

The project has been supported with a grant from the Park Foundation in collaboration with Community Arts Partnership.

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Featured photo courtesy of WE ARE ITHACA

Kelsey O'Connor

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