PICTURES OF HOPE Art on Exhibit
April 8 @ 8:00 am - July 8 @ 5:00 pm MST
Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Club Members
Connected to National Program PICTURES OF HOPE
Art to be on Exhibit April 8th – July 8th at Tucson Museum of Art
For the second year, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson (BGCT) is excited to connect fifteen (15) of its Club members, who have navigated adversity and struggles in their young lives, with the national program Pictures of Hope, made possible through a generous grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. A picture can be worth more than a thousand words, a picture can spark hope.
Award-winning photojournalist and author, Linda Solomon, shared her nationally acclaimed program “Pictures of Hope” on March 11, 2021. Club members received virtual instruction and photography lessons led by Linda Solomon and connected with noted Tucsonans who mentored the youth through the process. The participants were also surprised with their own digital camera, donated by Walgreens. They used their new cameras on their first photo assignment – to capture their hopes and dreams in photos.
“I am so very grateful to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation for giving “Pictures of Hope” the opportunity to help MORE youth in Arizona,” said Linda Solomon. “Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson youth will have opportunity to open their hearts and share their poignant hopes and dreams captured in photographs. Their Pictures of Hope will build their self-esteem and show each youth how much their dreams MATTER!”
“It is wonderful to be partnering again this year with Linda Solomon and hosting her to lead the Pictures of Hope program with Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson Club Members. The experience to practice being photo journalists has definitely sparked our participants curiosity and creativity,” said Karin Malbrough, Vice President of Program Operations, Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson.
We are thrilled that the prestigious Tucson Museum of Art will have an exclusive exhibition of the young people’s heartfelt Pictures of Hope. This incredible opportunity will create outstanding awareness for the youth of BGCT. Can you imagine having a photograph in a museum? The children will now be able to share their work with their families, friends and teachers through this public exhibit at the museum. This is a life-changing experience.
All of the amazing and heartfelt Pictures of Hope photographs will be on exhibition at the Tucson Museum of Art opening on April 8 through July 4.
The children’s photographs and words will also be featured on Pictures of Hope greeting cards. 100% of ALL proceeds of sales will benefit BGCT. Please contact our offices or visit our website www.bgctucson.org to purchase these very special sets of cards and know each card will make a difference in the life of a child. Dreams MATTER!
About Pictures of Hope
“Pictures of Hope” has been recently featured on NBC Nightly News “MAKING A DIFFERENCE,” featured nationally twice on ABC World News, twice on CBS Evening News, three times on Fox News Channel, The Today Show, and three times in 2016 byMeredith Vieira. Additionally, profiled in People Magazine, feature story USA Today, and numerous local newspapers and magazines across the country. Linda Solomon has received numerous awards and honors for “Pictures of Hope” and was inducted in 2011 into the prestigious Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.
About Linda Solomon
Linda Solomon, Photojournalist and author Linda Solomon is recognized for her celebrity portraiture. She has founded educational photography programs that have reached over 1 million children. Linda’s new book “The Queen Next Door – An Intimate Portrait of Aretha Franklin” is available now. http://www.lindasolomonphotography.com
About W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson
For more than 60 years Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson has helped keep thousands of local children involved in after school and summer programming. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, BGCT opened its doors to serve the community Monday through Friday with extended hours of 8:00am until 6:00pm. Every Clubhouse is staffed with amazing Youth Development Professionals who support youth with virtual learning linked to their schools. After members complete their school day, the Clubs engage members in recreation, art and other enrichment activities focused on their development.The organization currently serves youth age 7-17 at its six local clubhouses and outreach programs. Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson is a qualifying charity for the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit (QCO 20282). To find out more about Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, visit bgctucson.org or call (520) 573-3533.
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