Bright yellow banners lining the streets of Chicago have just one message to share: “Go Do Good.”
In conjunction with this public service campaign, the Chicago Photography Collective (CPC) has assembled a show boasting many MoCP collection photographers in an effort to document all the good being done within the city. Their photographs will be on display beginning July 7 at the pop-up gallery located at 108 N. State St. on the first floor of Block 37.
The positive message of the exhibition promotes a “pay it forward” mentality meant to encourage good deeds through artistic recognition. The show, which runs through Oct. 1, features 11 photographers focusing on the different ways Chicago citizens continue to “do good.”
The following contributing photographers, whose exhibition pieces each focus on a different Chicago neighborhood, are also members of the MoCP’s permanent collection:
· Patty Carroll chronicles the work being done by Garfield Park’s Inspiration Kitchens, a non-profit offering food service training to homeless and low-income men and women.
· Eric Futran explores Bridgeport’s Growing Power, an organization creating and managing urban farmland for both inner-city residents and popular farmer’s markets.
· Ron Gordon highlights Pilsen’s Growing Station Community in the hopes of showing how simple gestures of kindness and compassion can spread throughout a neighborhood.
· Marc PoKempner focuses on the work of famous social activists, such as Jimmy Carter, Allen Ginsberg, lending activist Gail Cincotta and recycling entrepreneur Ken Dunn.
· Ron Seymour depicts Chicago’s largest housing provider, Deborah’s Place, which is known for supporting women who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless.
The opening reception, which is free and open to the public, runs from 5 to 8 p.m.