Coming Full Circle: A Celebration in Focus

May 6, 2015

Jane Cheung is Vice-President of Programs at The Pablove Foundation. Pablove Shutterbugs is an awesome gig and she is honored to have served the program for two and a half years running.

Francisco_DSCN0462If you ever wondered about how we were able to pull off 15 Pablove Shutterbugs programs across the country, you’re in for a treat.

Over the past six months, you’ve heard about the Pablove Shutterbugs national story through the lens (pun intended!) of a teaching artist, a hospital partner, a volunteer, a parent, and students. Pablove Shutterbugs has been many things to different people. Fun. Emotional. Life changing.

But just how did we do it? Although it isn’t rocket science (our childhood cancer research scientists have that covered), it was the collective effort of an entire national community, starting with our partners at The LIVESTRONG Foundation, who supported 12 of our locations through their Community Impact Project. On our end, we provided some sign-up sheets, training manuals, and enthusiastic energy from everyone at The Pablove Foundation. Our communities provided the rest.

Now we have come full circle, and have started our spring classes with an eye toward the ultimate celebration: The Pablove Shutterbugs National Gallery Shows. Communities of healthcare partners, museums, cultural venues, gallerists, artists, families – seemingly disparate stakeholders – will come together to celebrate our kids achievements and join us in fighting childhood cancer with LOVE!

Our students, at the center of it all, have spent countless hours learning and participating in hands-on photography courses and soaking in lessons taught by our local teaching artists. Their collective work has been a pleasure to see, and represents a visual tapestry of the regions that make up our country. From the life of a farmer in Akron OH, to beach culture in Miami FL, to pelicans in the San Francisco Bay – their stories and perspectives will come to life on gallery walls, and the students will be celebrated as the artists they’ve become.

How can you be a part of our national story? Stop by one of our local gallery shows and say hello! Pick an image that speaks to you and take a moment to contemplate it. If you like it…purchase it! All proceeds go back into the program and help put more cameras in the hands of kids who are living with cancer. Our Pablove Shutterbugs have so much to say through their art. And now, you can be a part of the conversation.

Click here for more details and a list of Pablove National Gallery Show locations across the country.

RSVP to a Pablove Shutterbugs Gallery Show in your area.

Can’t make it to a show? Browse our print selections and support the program.

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Early morning farm work in Akron was a great way for Dustin, age 19, to keep his photography skills sharp!

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Zachary, age 11, one of our Pablove Shutterbugs students from our Palo Alto program,
captures a magnificent array of pelicans in the San Francisco bay area.

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Pablove Shutterbugs from our Lehigh Valley program learn about portraiture in a real studio setting.

_DSC3827Pablove Shutterbug student, Jerrica, and her sister celebrate
her and her classmate’s work at our New York City Gallery Show.

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