PICTURING HUNGER: In 2008, Dorothy Goodwin was watching the presidential debates and the candidates were talking about change. She began thinking about what she could do.
Opening a cabinet in her home, she saw a bowl of spare change and realized if she had money lying around, other people probably did, too.
So Goodwin started Gathering Change Inc., a Lynnfield nonprofit that collects spare change from individuals, schools, churches, and businesses and donates it to local food pantries and social programs.
Since its founding in October 2008, Gathering Change has donated food or money to more than 40 food pantries.
Goodwin was again moved to action when she heard about a nationally acclaimed photography exhibit, “About Hunger and Resilience,” by Michael Nye. She felt she had to bring it to Massachusetts.
The exhibit is on display at Endicott College in Beverly through Nov. 4.
“Gathering Change wanted to bring this story home,” Goodwin said. “Our hope is that people will walk away with a new understanding of what brings people to hunger and work with us to find a solution to this growing problem here in Massachusetts.”
Nye, a professional photographer, spent more than four years traveling the country talking with and photographing people struggling with hunger. “About Hunger and Resilience” is a multimedia exhibit and documentary of voices, stories, and portraits that explore those people’s lives.
“Hosting this exhibition in our gallery and collaborating with Gathering Change confirms our mission and commitment not only to educating our students about hunger awareness, but offering the community at large an opportunity to see and hear stories from people just like us, in our communities and nationally, that are struggling, and how we can help and create change,” said Kathleen Moore, coordinator of visual arts at Endicott.
The exhibit, in the college’s Walter J. Manninen Center for the Arts, is open to the public and free. All are invited to donate their spare change when visiting it.
Call 978-232-2655 or visit endicott.edu and gatheringchangeinc.org.
ACTING OUT FOR STUDENTS: The Firehouse Center for the Arts in Newburyport believes the arts are an essential part of students’ learning because they enhance creativity and teach lessons in nontraditional ways.
To help that happen, the Firehouse has a School Show Series that begins Oct. 24 and runs throughout the school year. It also has a limited number of transportation grants to help schools bring students to the theater.
Programs include “We the People,” which in a fun and accessible way teaches students about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, and the judicial process.
Other programs in the series are “Beethoven’s Wig,” “A Christmas Carol Panto,” “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” “An Arabian Adventure,” and “The Secret Garden.”
The performances use a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop.
Interested schools can contact Evelyn Kovach, program coordinator, at 508-641-7135 or EvlKova@aol.com.
Grants to cover transportation costs up to $200 per school are offered on a first-request basis. Application forms are available at firehouse.org. For questions about grants, contact Beth Falconer at firstname.lastname@example.org
WHO’S WHAT WHERE: Psychologist and author David Elkind speaks at Endicott College in Beverly at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. He is author of “The Hurried Child: Growing Up Too Fast Too Soon,” “All Grown Up and No Place to Go,” “Miseducation: Preschoolers at Risk,” and most recently “The Power of Play.” He is professor emeritus of child development at Tufts University and past president of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. . . . The paralegal program at Northern Essex Community College in Haverhill has received reapproval from the American Bar Association for another seven years. It is one of just six paralegal programs in Massachusetts approved by the bar association. The program was first approved in 1988 and has had more than 600 graduates who work in all areas of law.