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DIGNITY Vancouver Photo exhibition and auction brings social change through breathtaking images

Vancouver + acumen will be hosting its annual DIGNITY Vancouver photography exhibition and auction on Thursday, May 24 from 7 p.m. Dazzling photographs by skilled photographers brings the lives of nameless men, women and children around the world into focus, lending them a sense of importance and dignity (hence the name). 

"People seek dignity, not dependence, which is why Acumen Fund invests in entrepreneurs who are building transformative businesses to serve the poor," Acument Fund member Carla Culos said. "The reason behind hosting DIGNITY Vancouver is to raise funds and awareness about Acumen Fund. 

Culos explained that the event  is curated by Nuru Project, a group that leverages photography as an agent for social change. Each of the 21 Nuru prints are sourced from India, Pakistan, East Africa and West Africa, which are the countries that Acumen Fund invests in.

The bold idea of the photography exhibition was conceived in June 2009, when the New York Acumen Fund chapter decided to partner with Nuru Project, explains Culos. Since 2009, DIGNITY has been hosted 12 times in 10 cities around the world, raising over $150,000 for Acumen Fund.

The Vancouver event will be held at Vancouver Urban Winery in Gastown. For those who wish to use their contributions for a cause close to home, Hope in Shadows will be auctioning four prints from their annual photography contest for residents in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. 

The evening highlights will be local food from different restaurants, photography auction and a speech by Seattle-based DIGNITY 2012 poster photographer Kirk Mastin. 

For more information on the event, visit the website.

Alex Masi

 Yuri Kozyrev

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