“Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited” Ribbon Cutting

Dramatic multi-media exhibition showcases the many faces of Black giving

Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) hosted a ribbon cutting on February 2nd for the outstanding multi-media photographic exhibition Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited at the Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St.

The photos were compelling, and the specially curated Chicago section of the exhibit was particularly arresting with its black backdrop.  Each local philanthropist celebrated had a shadow box of memorabilia that further engaged the viewer with historical data.  The exhibition is free to the public and continues through April with a series of activities and talks planned across the city.  A full schedule of activities can be found here:

Local Chicago icons and legends featured are CommonDerrick Rose, New York Knicks; John HJohnson, Johnson Publishing Company; Deborah Harrington, former President of the Woods Fund Chicago; and Wilbur Milhouse, Milhouse Engineering & Construction. Local honorees selected by the community are Dion Dawson, Dion’s Chicago Dream, Emerging Philanthropist; Janell Nelson, JNJ Creative, Hidden Philanthropist; Leslie J. Anderson Rutland, BMO Financial Group, Legacy Philanthropist; Essence Smith, ELMS Productions, Young Adult Philanthropist; and Jahkil Jackson, Project I Am, Youth Philanthropist.  Prolific Chicago photographer Tony Smith photographed Chicago honorees.

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