Soul of Philanthropy exhibit opening in The Commons

The African American Fund of Bartholomew County will be hosting a new multimedia display in The Commons which starts Sunday and lasts through the end of the month.

Tom Harmon, a founding member of the local African American Fund, explains that “Giving Back: The Soul of Philanthropy Reframed and Exhibited”  celebrates African American philanthropic contributions to our community. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at The Commons.

For the first week in The Commons, the Columbus exhibit will be accompanied by a national traveling exhibit.

The Soul of Philanthropy exhibit features photos and multimedia displays of about 50 local African Americans.

Harmon said that the impact of organizations including African-American churches is also featured.

After the local exhibit finishes its run at The Commons, it will move to several other local locations before finding a permanent home at the Madam C.J. Walker Theatre Center in Indianapolis.

August is Black Philanthropy Month. More information on the national exhibit is available at