We can complain all we want. We can scream and cry and waste our energy without doing anything about it. We can also turn our heads and continue to paint our lives with a tint of denial and believe that everything is fine. We can change the news channel or turn people away and live in the sanctuary of our world because their issues indirectly affect us. But it shouldn't be like that.
Each one of us can make an impact that could change the way people see things. Each one of us carries a possibility to make an indelible impression that can transcend ignorance and apathy. Each one of us carries a possibility to make a difference. And that possibility lives in us every single day.
WALTER GRIO, November 2006
Shoot for Change presented an old hollywood glamour photo exhibit featuring several prominent leaders of nonprofit organizations in Washington, DC. The exhibit was called Project Inspiration and was held at L2 Lounge in Georgetown. All of the black and white photos were accompanied by a one-page essay written by each of the leaders on what inspires them about their organization, what inspires them to do what they do, and what inspires them to keep doing it.
Several top tier (and expensive) hair stylists, makeup artists, and stylists donated their time and expertise to the project, which generated $4,200. In true Shoot for Change fashion, all of the money was donated to the nonprofit organizations.
The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home in Washington, DC is one of my all time favorite nonprofit organizations. They provide excellent care and a fabulous home for seniors who have low to zero income. Without them, these seniors would have no place to live.
While there are many other well deserving organizations that serve people with needs, I feel that seniors are some of the most forgotten people in our thoughts. Many of them have nobody there to visit them or take care of them — let alone empower them and show them that life doesn’t end when we get old.
In addition to being supported by an amazing and loving staff, the seniors are provided with an inspiring art program where they learn how to paint — even though most of them had absolutely zero experience. Their art work have been on display at Bloomingdale’s, Sushiko, and Peacock Cafe — with all of them sold for the benefit of the home — which gives the seniors a chance to give back to the home that support them.
During their annual Spring Art show in 2011, we celebrated the lives of the resident artists at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. These black and white portraits were accompanied with paintings by Don Patron and stories captured by Megan Harrington through a series of interviews. It's clear that their stories prove that it doesn’t matter how old we are or how much we have struggled in life, each one of us can still make a difference & inspire others to do the same.
Through sales of their artwork, the photo exhibit, and sponsorships, the event raised over $10,000 for the home.
A THOUSAND WORDS
ONE HUNDRED members of the Washington, DC community courageously came together to express how breast cancer has touched their lives. On April 19th, 2011, Atlas Performing Arts Center, PinkJams, Capital Breast Care Center, and Shoot for Change hosted the photo exhibition, A Thousand Words, which raised over $3,600 for Capital Breast Care Center. Photos by Walter Grio.
MANY LIVES, ONE VISION
NovaSalud, Inc. and Shoot for Change presented a unique photo exhibit that highlighted the work and the inspiration of 17 individuals who work tirelessly for the people in the AIDS community. Many Lives, One Vision was exhibited on November 29th, 2012 at L2 Lounge in Washington, DC.
The photographs by Walter Grio were shot in black and white -- with the exception of a red item or clothing -- a nod to the red AIDS awareness ribbon.
WHAT I LIVE FOR
On June 13, 2012, these photographs were exhibited for one night only at L2 Lounge in Washington, DC. Over $4,000 were raised during the exhibit for CrisisLink, an organization that brings immediate help, hope, and healing to empower individuals facing serious life challenges, suicidal thoughts, emotional or situational problems.
Photographed by Walter Grio of Shoot for Change over the course of several weekends, 32 members of the DC/MD/VA community brought an “item” with them during their portrait session which illustrated what inspires them to wake up every day and what keeps them going.