Monday, March 29, 2010

Flashes of Hope Photography Series

The following is a modified March 25th release from the City of Bloomington:

This April and May, the City of Bloomington Entertainment and Arts District (BEAD) will showcase Flashes of Hope, a series of photographs featuring child patients at Riley Hospital.

Each month, the Indianapolis chapter of Flashes of Hope transforms a walkway balcony at Riley Hospital into a photography studio. A makeup artist and hairstylist are brought in to help children and parents look and feel their best, then each child is photographed individually and with their closest supporters – siblings, parents and often a favorite nurse.

Flashes of Hope is a nonprofit organization dedicated to creating powerful, uplifting portraits of children fighting cancer and other life-threatening illnesses. Since the inception of the Indianapolis branch of Flashes of Hope in 2007, more than 200 children have been photographed in conjunction with the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the leading trade association for photographers who produce work primarily for publication. ASMP promotes photographers' rights, educates photographers in better business practices, produces business publications for photographers and helps buyers find professional photographers.

The exhibit will run April 2 to May 28, Monday through Friday in the Atrium of City Hall, 401 North Morton Street. Exhibition hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., as well as additional evening or weekend hours when City Hall is open for meetings and other public events.

The City of Bloomington is committed to providing opportunities for Bloomington and area artists to exhibit artwork in the City Hall Atrium. For more information on the exhibition program, contact Miah Michaelsen, Assistant Economic Development Director for the Arts, at 812-349-3534 or Jared Schlemmer, Assistant Deputy Mayor of the City of Bloomington.

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