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

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

CHICAGOFeb. 14, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy (CAAIP) hosted a ribbon cutting Feb. 2 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 at

Local Chicago icons and legends featured are Common, Academy Award-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning artist, actor, author and activist; Derrick Rose, New York Knicks; John HJohnson, Johnson Publishing Company; Deborah Harrington, former President of the Woods Fund Chicago; and Wilbur MilhouseMilhouse Engineering & Construction. Local honorees selected by the community are Dion DawsonDion’s Chicago Dream, Emerging Philanthropist; Janell Nelson, JNJ Creative, Hidden Philanthropist; Leslie J. Anderson Rutland, BMO Financial Group, Legacy Philanthropist; Essence SmithELMS Productions, Young Adult Philanthropist; and Jahkil Jackson, Project I Am, Youth Philanthropist. Prolific Chicago photographer Tony Smith photographed Chicago honorees.

Funders and Partners of the National Exhibit

Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited was made possible through a grant in 2014 from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Matching funds and resources were contributed by The James B. Duke Memorial Library at Johnson C. Smith University, in partnership with author Valaida Fullwood, photographer Charles W. Thomas Jr. and New Generation of African American Philanthropists.

SOURCE Chicago African Americans in Philanthropy

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