Any African American in our community, whether child or adult, could be disheartened if they conducted the same search as the founders did: positive imagery of people in their racial/ethnic group was rare. Transforming the cultural perception of a group of people in order to efface the negative narrative and replace it with positive imagery is what we do. From our beginnings in 2021, we have been committed to that goal.
We judge our success by our audience. For example, one of the attendees was a Caucasian mother with her biracial teen daughter. The mother's reaction to the collection "Multi-Me" was one of belonging: she personally told us, "This collection lets me know I am raising her [daughter] right." This is one of many examples of our personal impact on our attendees. Offering this experience at no charge eliminate barriers and opens doors literally and figuratively, that otherwise may remain closed. Through curated tours, more individuals experience the exhibit and have the ability to talk directly with the photographer.
Cultuvue is a philanthropic endeavor, not a political statement. We are motivated by the "love" for what we do; we are not motivated by social activism.
To enlighten our attendees about the pivotal historic and current roles of African Americans by highlighting those in our community
To expose attendees to a new experience of positive representations of African Americans
To encourage critical thinking about deeply held cultural perceptions
To educate our community's youth through inspirational personal narratives and through educational and interactive means
To enhance the visual learning experience through new portrait and art collections celebrating previously underserved black culture
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Cultuvue™ (EIN 88-2226265) 501(c)(3)