Amherst Together and the Jones Library invite you to a screening of Aspirations, a short film which documents seven local youth artists and seven local volunteers as they discuss and attempt to represent those aspects of character to which it is worth aspiring.
With each new generation, we see the promise of our future and the continuation of our collective legacy. The lives we lead in adulthood bud from the aspirations of our childhood and, despite the nuance that accumulates over time, deep down they remain the same. Furthermore, across generations, we find consensus about attributes of character worth aspiring to, despite the many different ways those attributes are particularized. Courage, for example, exists in a variety of iterations from small acts of benevolence, like struggling to provide for the ones you love most, to grand gestures, like fighting for the rights of whole nations.
To understand how far we’ve come and how much farther we’ve yet to go, we must confront those most basic assumptions that have shaped our lives and which will continue to shape the lives of countless future generations. In an attempt to do just that, we invited 7 adults to share their deepest aspirations with 7 youth who, in turn, interpreted and painted the adults faces with their interpretation.
This film captures an opportunity for adults to share an experience with our youth that may significantly impact how they think about their futures and the kinds of people they’d like to become.
Free and open to the public.
For more info, contact Carol Ross at 413/362-1820 or Janet Ryan at 413/259-3223.