The goal of my 2016 “Faces and Identities” exhibit was to promote intercultural understanding and widen our perception of beauty. Portraits of ethnic residents in my community were illuminated with historical references. Their ancestries are traced to Armenia, India, Africa, Ukraine, Jamaica, Spain and Mexico. They embody the spirits of our immigrant nation - their hope, anxiety, courage and sense of fulfillment. And although these faces tell individual stories, each expresses the pride and dignity that underscore our common bond of humanity.