Located on the Times Square and Fifth Avenue level Red Wall Galleries, the prime real estate allows casino goers to look into the lives of the photographers and their families. The 37 images tell 37 stories of the group, whose members range from photographers in their 20s to past retirement.
The SEQCC is located in Jamaica, and Michelle Stoddart, director of PR and community development of Resorts World, said the casino was interested in being good neighbors and being supportive of the talent that are located nearby.
The exhibit was meant to show how imperative fathers are to a family, something that can get overlooked in society at times.
“Michelle and I both talked about being daddy’s girls, and that fathers are so important to our lives,” said Lisa Wade, a member of SQCC who orchestrated the gallery alongside Stoddart. “My father passed a while ago but he’s still very present in my life.”
“To highlight fathers is important because often times they get neglected,” Wade added. “They get ties and cards, but they don’t get the same fanfare that mothers do.”
A lot of the photographers took images from their families and the important people in their lives, whether they were a father or father-figure. Some of the photographs also had a tragic quality to them. For instance, one of the members lost a son to gun violence years ago. The member has chosen to display a photo of the young man for a powerful statement.
In Wade’s case, she photographed two pairs of shoes, one pair of work boots representing her father, and sparkly, red ballet shoes that represents his little girl. In another photo, she showcases her 102-year-old great-uncle who served as a vivacious father-figure to the members of her family for so long.
The gallery is the third time that Resorts World has worked with seniors in an artistic project. Previously, they’ve worked with members of the Queens Community House and first-time painters to display gorgeous pieces.
“The children and grandchildren were shocked, they didn’t know their grandparents could do this,” Stoddart said. “Those reactions on the floor made us proud to be able to provide to the community and inspires us to do more.”
No matter what your age is, you can come down and check out the SEQCC. For more information, visit www.seqcc.org/.
If you are interested in submitting work, you can email an introductory letter to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can see the gallery on view from 10 a.m. to 6 a.m.