An exhibit talk and reception will be held Thursday, April 14 at 5:30pm for the groundbreaking exhibition, “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.” Currently on view in the Leedell Moorhead-Graham gallery of the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts building, the event is free and open to the public.
The touring exhibition will explore the African-American philanthropy experience and giving traditions grounded in faith, mutuality, responsibility and social justice. The exhibition illustrates Black philanthropy through highly innovative presentations, including luminous photographic prints on metal, iPad kiosks, video and interactive digital apps featuring music, poetry, photography, narratives and more. It is comprised of more than a dozen vignette stories and more than 50 black-and-white images that depict facets of giving across generations.
Images and stories composing the exhibit are from the book “Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists” by author Valaida Fullwood. Photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. Monika Rhue, library director at Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU), serves as project manager for the exhibit’s grant-funded tour, and Jen Crickenberger is the exhibition designer.
“Centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs about giving, though rarely acknowledged as ‘philanthropy’ in African-American communities, have long been an integral and transformational force in lives and communities throughout American society,” Fullwood said.
“African Americans are often left out of the conversation around philanthropy unless fame and wealth are associated, or they are being portrayed only as beneficiaries or people in need,” said Fullwood. “But African Americans actually give a higher percentage of their discretionary income to charitable causes than any other racial group in this country. This exhibition will help reframe the discussion and reclaim the root meaning of the word philanthropy, which is ‘love of what it means to be human.’”
The exhibit will be on view through April 24, 2016. For more information, contact Danny Campbell, at 870-575-8236/8235.