WE ARE ITHACA....... a celebration in portraits. 

WE ARE ITHACA has hosted a multi-faceted portrait project in 2017/2018 that used the power of photography to engage diverse communities within our city in dialogue and celebration of our complex identity. At the heart of WE ARE ITHACA is the photographic portrait project carried out by Project Director/photographer Robyn Wishna, a small group of college  students and volunteers. This is a project of the Community Arts Partnership made possible by a grant from the Park Foundation.
WE ARE ITHACA hosted 28 portrait sessions throughout Ithaca, making more than 1,200 portraits of  Ithacans.  A top priority has been to  represent all segments of the Ithaca community and sessions have been held in all quadrants of the city to be as inclusive as possible. People were invited to bring something meaningful to the portrait session and/or be dressed in clothing that speaks to a part of their identity, life, history. At the same time, those who were willing were invited to share something about themselves on video. 

WE ARE ITHACA celebrates the individuals who compose our rich community. The collective results will provide an informative and inspirational visual foundation to a vibrant community celebration and a valuable historic snapshot of Ithaca to be shared with future generations. Our desire to be seen, heard, and acknowledged is powerful. The project has created a poster and book (available while supplies last at Ithaca Made in the Dewitt Mall-and a link to purchase the book online below) that each have every portrait included and we have had three exhibits around town and an installation at the History Center- in hopes of maximizing the visibility of the project and its participants while creating an opportunity for people to connect, share and celebrate.


You have access to a FREE digital file. The photos are on this website and are available to download/right click at no charge.


All of the portraits are on the website. The videos are all in the “stories” section of this site and some of them are also used in the short documentary that will be uploaded soon. The book, with every portrait can be purchased online HERE . Stay tuned for more updates!