A Google search led to an annual photography exhibition and the start of a nonprofit organization
In November 2020, James and LaToya Carey of Kenneth Grant Inzpirations (KGI) Googled the term "black male” in hopes of finding inspiration, while working on a client project. To their surprise, the results were alarming. Many of the images consistently displayed incarcerated, narcotics-selling, and -using individuals, which means that anyone in the community -conducting the same search at that time- would leave with a completely negative, and false impression of the African American community. There were few results portraying positive imagery.
IT'S AN ANNUAL THING
The community's response inspired KGI to host an annual event. Along with a great group of sponsors, year two brought changes: the exhibit lasted fourteen days, visitors increased to 3500, there was extensive media coverage, and Youth Day was introduced.
The Careys’ curiosity led to further research, which helped define their mission. "Our findings motivated us to fill a void that was created by facts such as these:" a study from the National Research Group (NRG), two in three African Americans do not feel they see their stories or themselves represented in media. In addition, African Americans make up only 1.2% of all art displayed in major art galleries in America (Williams College, PA study). This Google search, along with the statistics discovered, initiated their first public exhibit rePresent. The first exhibit, which brought 1000 visitors in two days, symbolized the community's curiosity as well.
James Carey - Founder, Curator
Known as an alchemist, James Carey transforms photographs into pieces of storytelling art. By perfecting the pose and mastering the art of lighting, he fully captures the essence of the person. With over a decade of experience in video, film, and television production, James and his camera have truly evolved into an extraordinary pair.
Speaking of pairs, James’ counterpart, LaToya Carey, oversees operations, as well as all the personal touches needed to deliver a customized client experience. Being in the presence of LaToya is like reuniting with an old friend.
LaToya Carey - Founder, Curator
SHOWING TWO EXHIBITS AT THE SAME TIME
Year three brought the greatest change: Cultuvue™ was born as a trademarked, 501(c)3 featuring over 70 individuals. The most significant change is that we have added a detailed narrative to accompany each individual portrait as well as each thematic collection. The exhibit was extended for two months following several thousands of hours of preparation. For the first time, impact stories were introduced and the exhibit expanded to two initial showings that ran at the same time in two separate locations.
THIRD SHOW ADDED
Year three was definitely the year of expansion as a scaled version of the exhibit began showing in the Nicole Stott Gallery at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Dr. Robin Roberts
Chair Of The Board
Dr. Chester Wilson
Cultuvue™ (EIN 88-2226265) 501(c)(3)