Tuesday, July 22, 2014

‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Exhibit to Showcase African American Giving

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JCSU and Charlotte giving circle receive IMLS Museum Grant for African American History and Culture

CHARLOTTE, NC—Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) has received a $96,665 grant award from the Institute of Library and Museum Services (IMLS) and $124,494 in matching funds and resources for a two-year project to develop a touring exhibit and public programs that illuminate cultural traditions of giving in African American communities.

Groundbreaking in focus and depth, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited presents the history of Black philanthropy through artful photography and insightful first-person narratives.  James B. Duke Memorial Library staff at JCSU will work with author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles Thomas and members of the giving circle New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte) to design, curate and fabricate the exhibition as well as create collateral educational and marketing materials in print and online.  The exhibition’s touring schedule at college campuses and cultural museums and institutions, primarily throughout the South, includes robust community programming during each exhibition period.

“Prairie View A&M University in conjunction with the Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is proud to participate in this traveling exhibit as it is certain to provide a larger scale audience the opportunity to witness African American philanthropy up close and personal,” says Nelson Bowman, PVAMU Executive Director of Development.

Influencing the next generation of givers is an objective, so most exhibitions will occur at colleges, particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Innovative approaches that engage not only college students but also K-12 students, alumni, educators, faith-based congregants, neighborhood leaders, volunteers and staff at nonprofit organizations and foundations and the wider public are planned as defining characteristics of the exhibition’s programming.

Partners on the IMLS-funded project include Bennett College, The Black Benefactors, BlackGivesBack.com, Blair Caldwell African American Research Library, Buffalo Soldiers National Museum, Foundation for the Mid South, Levine Museum of the New South, Prairie View A&M University and The Denver Foundation.

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Photo from a recent pop-up mini exhibition, a precursor to the IMLS-funded “Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit and programming.

In celebration of Black Philanthropy Month, on August 5, NGAAP-Charlotte will host Silicon Valley Community Foundation CEO Emmett Carson at an event introducing the project: ngaapclt.eventbrite.com.

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