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Healing Through Creative Expression

Devin Allen is Changing the Baltimore Narrative One Photograph at a Time

Alisa Hyman | 3/23/2018, 6 a.m.
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Institute for Integrative Health in conjunction with the Gordon Parks Foundation opened the exhibit ...
On Thursday, March 15, 2018, the Institute for Integrative Health in conjunction with the Gordon Parks Foundation opened the exhibit “A Beautiful Ghetto, Three Years Later: A Conversation about Healing,” featuring the photography of Baltimore native and award-winning photojournalist Devin Allen, who chronicled the uprising after Freddie Gray’s death. Allen is pictured explaining where he was and what was happening when he took this photograph. He said he climbed up on a light post in order to get this shot of BCPD officers in their riot gear." Alisa Hyman

The Institute for Integrative Health, a Baltimore based non-profit organization, has taken an interest in Allen’s work because of his commitment to the healing of communities through the decompression and discussion spawned by his photography. The Institute’s focus is on the social and environmental factors surrounding health and the various ways of helping people heal through art, nature, and other creative means.

When asked why he was so passionate about photography at the opening of “A Beautiful Ghetto, Three Years Later: A Conversation about Healing,” exhibit featuring his photography, West Baltimore native Devin Allen responded, "History is written by those who document it. I am telling our story."

When asked why he was so passionate about photography at the opening of “A Beautiful Ghetto, Three Years Later: A Conversation about Healing,” exhibit featuring his photography, West Baltimore native Devin Allen responded, "History is written by those who document it. I am telling our story."

In addition to Allen’s photography, which will be on display until May 24, a series of workshops and creative demonstrations will be offered at the Institute focused on Working to Heal Baltimore (April 12 at 6:30 p.m.); Healing through Creative Expression (April 13 and 6:30 p.m.); and Healing through Human Connection: Exercising the Mind, Body, and Soul (April 14 at 11 a.m.)

Brian Berman, president of the Institute for Integrated Health, is excited about the exhibit and the healing and discussion that will occur as a result. “We are all about finding ways to heal people. Devin is healing an entire community through his work. We wanted to celebrate his accomplishments and give the community the tools they need to find their own creative voices.”

For more information about the program series, visit http://bit.ly/HealingBaltimore. Follow him on Instagram: @bydvnlln