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Notre Dame College Presents "Sights That Hurt And Visions That Heal:" A Photographic Exhibit

Notre Dame College’s Clara Fritzsche Library presents "Sights that Hurt and Visions that Heal"─a photographic exhibition by award-winning author, photojournalist, philanthropist and urban activist Jan Thrope─through November 1.

Thrope’s photography of Cleveland’s poverty-stricken urban areas from the perspective of its residentsdepicts the inspirational stories of those she serves.

While recording much despair, brutality and hopelessness through her camera lens, Thrope said she also discovered rays of light in the form of creative, talented and positive individuals who were implementing numerous projects that are transforming the fabric of urban Cleveland. These stories of hope and renewal are the inspiration not only for her photographer but also for an award-winning book she authored and an organization she founded.

Thrope founded Inner Visions, a nonprofit organization in support of Cleveland’s poor, and wrote Inner Visions: Grassroots Stories of Truth and Hope (Orange Frazer Press, c2011). The book was the Grand Prize winner of the 2012 Next Generation Indie Book Award and has received a 2013 Nautilus Silver Award Winner, which is given to authors in recognition of works that contribute to a body of knowledge and understanding for a better world.

Through Inner Visions, Thrope stimulates and supports visions for change among poverty-stricken Cleveland residents via workshops and collaborations with other nonprofit and social service organizations. The organization utilizes her “friends first” approach to providing resources for community projects by establishing and promoting existing purpose-driven connections among individuals. 

In addition to serving as founder and executive director of Inner Visions, Thrope is project manager for MaryRuth Books, a leading publisher of manuscripts for emerging and struggling readers designed for use by Reading Recovery teachers and students. She also serves as a board member at Rainey Institute, an organization that promotes positive change for Greater Cleveland’s youth and families through education and participation in the visual and performing arts.

A resident of Shaker Heights, Ohio, Thrope is a co-founder of the Shaker Arts Council, which began in 2002 with the purpose of creating a citizen-directed effort to coordinate the arts and cultural resources of the Shaker Heights community.

A licensed social worker and chemical dependency counselor,Thrope earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in art from Michigan State University.

The exhibit of her works may be viewed during library hours from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1-10 p.m. Sunday.

Notre Dame College is located at 4545 College Road in South Euclid. Enter campus from South Green Road. For additional information, contact Karen Zoller at 216.373.5267 or at kzoller@ndc.edu.