Thursday, August 20, 2015

Pop-Up Edition Brings Essence of ‘The Soul of Philanthropy’ Exhibit to Wider Range of Places, Spaces

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Exhibition of the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition of "The Soul of Philanthropy" at an event celebrating Black philanthropy, which was hosted by Hartford Foundation for Public Giving.  
Photo courtesy of Hartford Foundation for Public Giving

Groundbreaking in focus and depth, the new multimedia exhibition “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited” is touring the country, presenting inspirational images and stories of generosity among Americans of African descent.

Now selected elements of the comprehensive exhibit compose a versatile, compact version, called the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition. Designed to make the exhibit’s content more accessible, the smaller edition can be mounted quickly in nearly any space, adding an engaging arts and culture ambient when and where people gather—conferences, schools, homes, churches, corporate lobbies, banquet halls, community centers, galleries and more.

Twenty black-and-white photographs and narratives provide insight to centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving and generosity that—though rarely referred to as “philanthropy” in Black communities—have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society.

Like the comprehensive exhibit, the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition draws evocative content from the award-winning book Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, by Valaida Fullwood and photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. Pop-up exhibitions are the latest innovation of The Giving Back Project, which explores Black giving practices and reframes portraits of philanthropy.

Featuring the Pop-Up, Abridged Edition at past special events are Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, New Generation of African American Philanthropists and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity. New exhibitions at Frame of Mind Gallery (August 29) in Columbia, SC and Levine Museum of the New South (September 5 , 2015 - February 28, 2016) in Charlotte, NC are scheduled.

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