Lift to Rise photography displayed at the Marks Art Center

BY LUIS E. CASTELLANOS 

STAFF WRITER

Photos courtesy of The Chaparral

Noé Montes and College of the Desert are pleased to announce the new and ongoing art exhibit on the Palm Desert campus at the Marks Art Center which started March 12 and will continue through April 19.

Noé Montes partnered with Lift to Rise and their goal is to make sure that all Coachella Valley families are healthy, stable and thriving. The concept behind the art exhibit is to show a seriesof photographs regarding families who live in the Coachella Valley. The idea behind this photo exhibition is to show that people here are more alike than different, how people want the same things for their families regardless of backgrounds. People here want happiness, safety, an opportunity to move forward and a supportive community.

Noé Montes is an award winning photographer from Los Angeles. Most of his themes are about race and power. Montes has been taking pictures for 20 years representing communities and calling out social justice issues. Montes has extensive experience coinciding with educational, cultural and civic institutions as well as non-profit organizations. Montes has been a part of many foundations including the Annenberg Foundation, the California Community Foundation, the University of Southern California, the Los Angeles Police Foundation, L.A. Metro and the Getty Foundation, now adding the Lift to Rise Initiative.

Montes was born in Modesto, Calif. in 1973, where he grew up with a family of migrant farm workers. Here he experienced traveling around the state and capturing moments in new ways which he not translates to his photography. Montes will be participating in an artist talk on March 21 at 3-4 p.m. This followed by a gallery reception on the same day from 5-7 p.m. at the Marks Art Center. Musical entertainment will be provided by Heatwave Jazz and Show Band.

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