“Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.”
While it’s disputed who first said it, that quote IS true.
Today we packed up at Johnson C. Smith University for Denver—the next stop of The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.
In August, the exhibition will be on display at Blair-Caldwell African American Research Library, with community partners that include: The Denver Foundation, The Denver CO Chapter, The Links, Incorporated, DAAP – Denver African American Philanthropists and Spin Denver.
“Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there is no such thing as separation.” — Rumi
Though I cried when my exhibition’s outdoor installation was disassembled weeks ago, on June 19th the closing reception for The Soul of Philanthropy at JCSU was a time for reflection and celebration.
Unequivocally unceremonious, the outdoor display’s deinstallation would have made any sensitive soul sob. To dodge another tearful goodbye, this time we planned a party! Food, friends, music and an easygoing afternoon proved perfect for soothing all our souls, particularly one day after learning of the Charleston church massacre. Even after trudging through 90-some-degree weather only to find the JCSU library without central air, the good vibes prevailed.
The collage of photos below capture the farewell to my baby in Charlotte. Now, I’m anticipating a happy reunion in Denver when the #philanthropyframed exhibition opens in August.
Exhibit closing at JCSU
Exhibit closing at JCSU
Love at first sight.
A dream for years, the outdoor, interactive walls of The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit were installed on February 18 (two days before the exhibition’s opening) outside the venerable façade of Biddle Hall—the heart of Johnson C. Smith University. In pure ecstasy, at the sight of a dream come true, I, along with a flurry of snowflakes, danced about and melted at the site. My long labor of love, about the love of humanity, had manifested a momentary monument to love itself.
For 98 days, my giant love magnet drew to its walls crews of JCSU students, curious campus guests and social media-savvy visitors to the exhibition in the library’s gallery. Every day a fresh canvas, the walls invited, captured, presented, broadcast and reframed portraits of philanthropy.
Yesterday—after our grand opening event, the snow left, springtime arrived, founders week passed, commencement ended and nearly a semester on campus—the “love walls” came down. You’re sure to see the structure (and bits of colored chalk) pop up some place new soon. In the meantime, below is a photo slideshow from the 98-day reign of LOVE at Smith.
A photograph from the outdoor element of “The Soul of Philanthropy” exhibit at JCSU.
Two weeks ago we opened Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited in Charlotte at Johnson C. Smith University. For me, the day felt like a dream sequence. Check out these photos and recap via this link.
From a moving tribute toward a triumphant movement of conscious giving for social change
Yesterday, our nation celebrated MLK Day of Service and remembered the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The coming 364 days provide space for the truest tributes to occur.
This year, members of New Generation of African American Philanthropists (NGAAP-Charlotte) have the privilege of partnering with Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) to leverage seven years of work on the Giving Back Project by transforming our book Giving Back into the new touring exhibit, Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited.
Set to come to cities nationwide, this innovative photography exhibit is made possible with an IMLS grant and launches in Charlotte, North Carolina on February 20. In our latest e-blast, you will learn a bit about . . .
- Features, concepts and key elements of the exhibit
- Public programming and civic engagemeent offered in each community
- Opportunities to support this important new dimension of our work
Click here to access the rest of the Giving Back Project’s latest e-blast and to read more about “The Soul of Philanthropy”.
News of the recent IMLS grant award to Johnson C. Smith University still hasn’t quite seeped in. Translating Giving Back into a museum exhibition that will tour college campuses and historically Black cultural institutions over the next two years is a dream come true. And the dream keeps getting better. Every week a new university or museum reaches out to inquire about hosting the exhibition, titled Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited. Twice as many institutions have expressed interest as are slated for the current tour under the IMLS grant. The possibilities astound me.
Black Enterprise ran a story about the project: Johnson C. Smith to Launch Art Exhibit on Black Philanthropy
Here’s to the passion and purpose, hard work, painful sacrifices, blind faith and resiliency that eventually make dreams come true!